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Check in on Remote Learning
Cheryl Leonard
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Good afternoon,

We seem to be in a groove with the teachers communicating with families through electronic means to provide schoolwork and maintain contact for any needs for which we may offer assistance. The buses run every Thursday with food and grade level packets. Old Town High School continues to be open as a food pick-up location on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00. Each elementary school has a bin out front with packets for grades K-5 available for pick up.  You may also return library books in this bin.  The RSU34 Resource Center is still functioning.  Jennifer.Goodwin@rsu34.org is the contact for that.  Secretaries are in the buildings during regular hours to answer calls and get requests to the staff members who are available to help.

With those things in place, a lot has been left on families to provide for children. We owe a big thanks to parents and caregivers! You are picking up the slack during this crazy time when we are not able to gather our students together and provide instruction and support in our usual ways. We know it is not easy and there are any number of obstacles that you are struggling through. Your efforts to maintain the skills your child had in March are so important and appreciated by the school staff. Please let us know anything we may do to make this easier. We know children are going to be returning to school with a range of skills and needs. Developing a plan to assess students and fill the gaps is part of what teachers are working on now. We are also gathering ideas and considering various scenarios for when schooling resumes in the fall. It is a moving target at this point, so there are many versions of planning to consider.

A priority to us is providing students with some measure of closure with their teacher and classmates for this year. We also will be developing a step-up exercise to prepare students for moving on to a new experience in September. More information will follow as details are worked out.

The present climate is a difficult one to experience with the lack of social opportunities for all of us and most of us are feeling pretty disconnected from our normal. There are four weeks of remote learning left to finish out this year. Your commitment to helping your child stay involved and "present" in the remote classroom is a benefit to them both academically and emotionally. Please stay in communication with your child's teacher regarding the schoolwork they are completing and let us know if we can help in any way. We have a variety of resources to share if folks are experiencing struggles. We worry and care about the health and well-being of all of our families!

All my best,

Cheryl