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News From Elementary Principal

         

News from the Elementary Principal.

 

Dear, Parents,

 

I hope this message finds you healthy and well.  We are nearing the third week of our school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As you are aware, Hershey Public Schools has closed indefinitely and have implemented our “Continuity of Learning Website”.  This platform allows the school district to provide clear expectations and norms for all patrons. I encourage you to check out the “Temporary Distance Learning Plan” tab located at the top of the “Continuity of Learning Website”.  This offers a magnitude of information such as: School District’s Roles & Responsibilities, Student’s Roles & Responsibilities, Parent’s Roles & Responsibilities, General Guidelines for Distance Learning, & Elementary Priorities.

 

If you have not done so already, try to encourage a daily routine with time set aside for academic learning, reading, as well as physical activity.  Here are some suggestions to support you in developing a successful routine that works best for your family during this time:

 

Elementary Priorities

  • Learning will be mainly focused around prioritized content.

  • Students will have both online and off-line learning activities.

  • The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be Remind, Zoom, Google Classroom, student email addresses, and parent provided email addresses.

  • Teachers will provide online learning that will be recorded and made available to students to watch at any time. The online learning sessions will follow the provided schedule.

 

Grades K-2

20-25 minutes per day

Reading (Science/Social Studies connections as appropriate)

15-20 minutes per day

Writing

20-25 minutes per day

Mathematics

20-25 minutes per day

Art, Music, PE and Library teachers will provide a range of activities that continue to support the current program

Flex Learning

Reading aloud and independent reading

Board games and challenges with math/strategy/critical thinking/problem solving

Puzzles

Designing and building structures with blocks, legos,  or other available materials

 

Total Distance Learning Time:  approximately 1.5 hours per day


 

Grades 3-6

25-30 minutes per day

Reading (Science/Social Studies connections as appropriate)

25-30 minutes per day

Writing

25-30 minutes per day

Mathematics

20-30 minutes per day

Art, Music, PE and Library teachers will provide a range of activities that continue to support the current program

Flex Learning

Reading aloud and independent reading

Board games and challenges with math/strategy/critical thinking

Puzzles

Designing and building structures with blocks, legos, or other available materials

 

Total Distance Learning Time:  approximately 2 hours per day

 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we continue to navigate through these uncharted times in history.  I am so thankful for our amazing teachers, parents, and students, who have poured endless hours of investment into continuing their child(ren)’s education!  Please know that the Hershey staff is here to support you in any manner. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us for assistance and or resources.  We are all in this together.  

 

Be Safe & Be Well,

 

Jared Thomsen

Elementary Principal

(308) 368-5572

jared.thomsen@hpspanthers.org 

 

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“Educating Every Student, Every Day, Every Way”