School Dismissal Resources for Families
During this challenging time for our community, Calais Elementary School teachers and staff are working hard to help our students maintain their learning and routines while at home.
To help with this, we have put together the following resources for folks to review in addition to the materials being sent home by teachers. This site will expand and adjust as needed through the duration of the dismissal. If a shared district website becomes available later on, it will be shared on this page prominently.
Important News and Announcements
Announcements will arrive via email for most families. This is a selection of some important announcements regarding dismissal, but please always rely on phone and email communications first.
NEW: See the above video message from Cat Fair to students (it's fun, we promise)!
Superintendent Debra Taylor sent information to families regarding meals and school work delivery as of Wednesday 3/18.
Classroom materials will also be available in the CES Cafeteria on Thursday 3/19 and Friday 3/20. Future resources and assignments TBA.
Families who do not have devices at home for students in grades 3-6 can pick theirs up between 9am-3pm Thursday 3/19 and Friday 3/20, but must also fill out and sign a technology use agreement before doing so. Students in Kindergarten at CES do not need devices for our distance learning plans, and devices are unlikely to be needed for students in 1/2.
The library is closed to book circulation at this time until we can identify a safe way to allow materials to circulate. Our first goal is to keep students and library staff safe and healthy.
General Resources for Everyone
See these resources for enrichment outside of what your classroom teacher has assigned for the week. Lots of LIVE events, STEAM activities, and boredom busters and "gap fillers" for times when kids just need a little something extra.
Live Events on Social Media and Youtube
M -W - F, 4pm EST - Mark Rober (the glitter bomb package prankster) teaches physics LIVE (youtube)
Daily, at 10am and 4pm USO South Carolina Virtual Storytime (facebook)
24/7 Cornell University Live Bird Cameras - Youtube
Weekdays, at 12pm EST Read Alouds with Peter H. Reynolds (facebook)
Weekdays, 1pm EST – At Home with Emily Arrow, awarding-winning children’s songwriter (youtube)
Weekdays, 1pm EST – Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (youtube)
Weekdays, 2pm EST – Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (youtube)
Weekdays, 2pm EST – Oliver Jeffers Reading (facebook)
Weekdays, 3pm EST – Home Safaris from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (facebook)
Tuesdays 11am EST - Aldrich Library Read Aloud with Mr Ian (in Barre!) (youtube)
March 16-20 at 10am EST – Shark Story Hour from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (facebook)
March 18 at 2pm EST – Ben Clanton’s Squiggles and Scribbles (facebook)
March 20 at 5pm EST – Ben Clanton’s Squiggles and Scribbles (facebook)
March 24 (Tues) at 3pm EST - Storytime with the Vermont State Police (facebook)
March 26 at 3pm EST – Irene Latham Live Read-a-loud
Enrichment Resources (cross-curricular)
Brainpop - From their About Page: “Our animated movies engage via narrative, humor, and characters who speak in a voice kids can relate to, encouraging self-directed learning and further exploration of the world around them.”
Khan Academy - Library of standards-aligned practice and lessons covering math K-12 and more. Includes suggested daily distance learning school schedule for families
Mystery Science - Mystery Science offers digital video mini-lessons for science subjects K-5.
Tech and Coding -
TinkerCAD (3D Modeling) - Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!
Art - See this PDF document recommending artistic ideas and resources. Created and shared by Mrs Morse!
Social Emotional Support -
My Coronavirus Story - Counselors have shared this digital social story that can be shared with younger children to help explain what we are all going through and why.
Contact Information for Teachers and Staff
Teachers and Staff will reach out to students directly at least once a week, but if you are in need of assistance, please use the following links to contact us. Teachers are doing our best while we are all healthy to check email during the typical school day.
If you are in need of medical attention, please call your doctor. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Resources From the Stern Center
Click here for lots of resources and guidance from the Stern Center.
"The Stern Center staff is doing what we do best: meeting learners where they are with a strengths-based approach, and offering support to those most in need--students, parents, and educators. Over the coming days, weeks, and months, we're offering more online courses & workshops and sharing as many free resources and tips as possible for everyone engaged in eLearning.
If you have suggestions or additions worth sharing, click here to email us, and we'll vet it. Wishing you all good health during this uncertain time."
Reading Resources and Links
If your classroom has access to Epic, use the link above to reach getepic.com, then use your classroom code!
Enrichment activities across subjects, including recommended schedules for a homeschool day.
Reading Resources for school and home. Some teachers may have recommended this in their weekly assignments, but they offer a free trial for families as well!
More to come!
Math Resources and Links
Zearn - “K-5 curriculum – including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation. Kids, teachers, parents, and caregivers can directly access all our top-rated content 24/7, outside of school, including paper-based materials that can be used without a device. ”
More to come!