LMS Resource Document during the COVID-19 Home Learning Event

This document will be updated on an ongoing basis. Information is organized as:

 

  • Basics (including SPED contact)

  • Montessori Resources

  • Technology and Online Resources

  • Counselor Information/Contacts

  • Messages from the State Department of Education

  • Important Messages from Admin

 

Please reach out to Admin@Lowcomo.com if you need other information.

Basics:

Montessori Resources:

Technology and Online Resources:

Technology and Online Resources:

  • LMS is using Google Meet. It is the most universal Live Chat system available to accommodate all families. If you are requested to join a meeting, please check out this how to page.  You do not need any special account to join and can even join by telephone. Also from any Web browser or Android and iOS App. Please email tech19@lowcountrymontessori.com with any issues. 

Online Curriculum and Fun Resources:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counselor Information/Contacts:

Please reach out to the counselors if your student learner needs any emotional support during this time. 

 


 

Resources from the Counselors:

Here are some classic games to play with your little ones! Also some good books online! 

To the students: I miss all of you terribly! I miss my weekly guidance lessons and oh by the way Kelso the frog misses coming in to see you all! 

 

1.  Red Light, Green Light – kids move on the green light and stop on the red light.  Don’t get caught moving on the red light.

2.  Mother May I – one child is the leader.  The rest of the children ask: “Mother May I take….” a certain amount of steps, hops, jumps or leaps to get to the leader.  The leader approves or disapproves.

3.  Freeze Dance – turn on music.  When music stops children have to freeze.

4.  Follow My Clap – The leader creates a clapping pattern.  Children have to listen and repeat.

5.  Loud or Quiet – Children have to perform an action either loud or quiet.  First pick an action i.e. stomping feet. The leader says Loud and the children stomp feet loudly.

6.  Simon Says – Children have to perform an action only when the leader says “Simon Say do…”.  For example, if the leader says “Simon Says touch your toes” and all the children touch their toes.  If the leader says “Touch your toes”, no one should touch their toes.   

 

Stories you can check out online:

The Empty Pot – Honesty/Integrity (StorylineOnline - YouTube)

Enemy Pie – Friendship/ Forgiveness(StorylineOnline - YouTube)

School-based services updates:

  • Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center is only seeing crisis and emergencies in the clinic.  School-based mental health counselors are alternating days working in the clinic and at home. They can also provide services via phone or video conference via Zoom.   If you have any questions, call the Beaufort clinic at (843) 524-3378.

  • Hope Performance Systems is operating through Tele-med services for clients. They have cut their cash rates to make Tele-med more accessible during this time. I shared a resource yesterday for 85 virtual physical fitness lessons that can be accessed online and does not require a username or password by visiting https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts

  • Wright Directions Family Services is checking in virtually with clients. No face-to-face services are being provided at this time.

 

Helpful articles:

 

https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf 

 

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

Why hunkering down for coronavirus matters:

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/shutting-down-coronavirus-right-reaction

 

 

Messages from the State Department of Education:

 

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, a former classroom teacher, did a fairly lengthy interview the other morning with Columbia television station WIS.  In her interview, Superintendent Spearman answered a number of questions from concerned parents. To watch that interview, click here:

 

https://www.wistv.com/2020/03/25/sc-education-superintendent-spearman-answers-questions-about-school-closings-whats-ahead/

4/1/20   

Molly Spearman sent out a memorandum yesterday to school Principals. Below, we are sharing the highlights of that document, which is attached. Lowcountry Montessori School’s expectation is that all students are continuing with their work and online classes. Please be sure that your child is logging into the classroom, completing assignments, and meeting with their teachers.  If you have specific questions, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher. 

  • Seat-time requirements have been waived.

  • State and Federal tests have been waived. This includes: SC READY (English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3–8); SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6); End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived; Prekindergarten assessments – 4-year-old kindergarten (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS Pre-KTM), Individual Growth and Development Indicators (myIGDIsTM), and Teaching Strategies® GOLD); and Alternate Assessments – some students have already taken the alternate assessments. 

  • Mandatory third grade retention is based on performance on the ELA portion of SC READY, which is suspended for the current school year. Retention at third grade, as well as any other grade, will not be based on any one assessment, but a collection of data points that may include formative assessments, teacher-made assessments, quarter grades earned, and prior parent notification and input. 

  • The SCDE is reframing the structure of the second semester so that only one final semester grade will be reported. The semester grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated during the third and fourth quarters combined, but will not be reported as two separate grades. (This only affects our High School students).

  • For HS Seniors: Every effort is being made to ensure that high school seniors have the opportunity and adequate period of time to earn the necessary credits for on-time graduation. The period of time for course completion, demonstration of mastery, and course remediation must be finalized by May 15th. All grades for seniors should be entered into PowerSchool by May 22nd.

Guidance for Handling School Homework Packets 

With the emergence of SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) as a new novel coronavirus, there is evidence to suggest that the virus may live on surfaces for extended periods of time (Kampf, Todt, Pfaender, & Steinmann, 2020; van Doremalen et al., 2020). Schools should consider providing digital homework packets that can be accessed by the students from their computer or tablet. If digital homework packets are not an option and paper packets have to be provided to students, the following is recommended for handling school homework packets. 

School staff preparing homework packets 

  • Staff should take the following measures when preparing the packets: 

    • Perform hand hygiene before preparing homework packets. Follow the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) guidance for performing hand hygiene.

    • Prepare homework packets on a surface that is clean and can be easily disinfected. Clean and disinfect the surface before preparing homework packets. 

 

Students/parents receiving homework packets 

  • Homework packets received from the school should be opened on surfaces that can easily be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. counter tops, table or desk). 

  • Avoid touching your face or eating and drinking while handling the homework. 

  • Handwashing should be performed after handling the homework packets and paperwork. 

  • Clean and disinfect the surface after handling the homework. 

 

Staff receiving homework packets from students 

  • Returned homework packets from students should be handled on a surface that can easily be cleaned and disinfected. 

  • Avoid touching your face or eating and drinking while handling the homework.

  • Perform hand hygiene after handling the homework. 

  • Clean and disinfect the surface after handling the homework. 

  • Store students’ homework according to your school's policy. 

 

References 

Kampf, G., Todt, D., Pfaender, S., & Steinmann, E. (2020). Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate 

surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents. Journal of Hospital Infection, 104, 246-251. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2020.01.022 

van Doremalen, N., Bushmaker, T., Morris, D. H., Holbrook, M. G., Gamble, A., Williamson, B. et al. 

(2020). Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1. The New England Journal of Medicine. doi:10.1056/NEJMc2004973

 

Important Messages from Admin:

 

Subject: Admin Update for April 6, 2020

 

Dear Families,

 

LMS’s policy on grading for the Elementary/Middle School is that student learners work toward mastery of information. Guides assess whether a student has mastered a concept or is continuing to practice toward mastery. During this time of remote learning, participation will be a key component of assessing how a student is performing. This assessment will be made by the classroom Guides based on the individual child’s circumstances regarding access to technology, their abilities, the participation in classwork and in virtual meetings. The minimum requirement is for the student to turn work in and engage the Google Classroom once weekly. Participation is the key element and the minimums and goals for the uninterrupted work cycles are below. Guides will be keeping an internal record for student attendance/participation.

 

Level                                             Minimum Time / Day                                           Goal / Day

Primary                                        20 minutes / day for PK3/4                                  1.5 hour work cycle

                                                       30 minutes / day for K                                          1.5 hour work cycle

Lower                                           30-45 minutes                                                         2-3 hour work cycle

 

Upper                                           90 minutes                                                              2-3 hour work cycle

 

MS                                                 2 hours                                                                      2-3 hour work cycle

 

HS                                                  3 hours                                                                     3 hour work cycle

 

The recent guidelines from the state have school districts creating and sharing their own interpretations of how long a child of a certain age should be working. These fall naturally in line with what we do in Montessori, so we are adhering to our procedures and have detailed below what this looks like for you and your child(ren) in the table above. We call this work time an “uninterrupted work cycle.”

 

The uninterrupted work cycle is a core component of the Montessori Method. With continued practice, we build the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time and increase attention spans. The goal in Lower Elementary - Upper Elementary Montessori is to have 2 uninterrupted work cycles consisting of 2 - 3 hours a session. Your children do this at school regularly, and we would like for them to maintain some semblance of this order. Typically, the morning work cycle is the most productive, with students fresh and ready to engage with their learning. 

 

Structuring your day this way creates an easy divider between school time, family time, play time, etc. To this end, we have put the minimum amount of time for an uninterrupted work cycle by developmental age below, and the goal of the amount of time in a work cycle for that developmental level. We understand the challenges of remote learning, so are offering what we believe to be achievable minimums and larger goals.

 

Families are encouraged to set up a work area for their child, ensuring they have all their materials needed to begin the work cycle, and then allow them to work. If they need guidance, assist them, but try not to interrupt them. Even this unassuming gesture can disrupt their learning process. 

 

During a work cycle, it is natural for students to get up for water, a snack, a short brain break/stretch, and then return to what they are working on, or have small breaks in between works. 

 

Checking in with the student at the end of a work cycle to review what they completed/are still working on/etc. is an important way for you to engage with your child’s learning, and still have them learning independently. Younger children will need more interaction to set up their learning environment, and possibly need more support through the activity. This will be something  parents will need to gauge for their children.

 

Thank you for your time.  Be mindful, stay informed, and practice social distancing. Just because the campus is closed, we are all working hard and here to help. Please reach out to us if we can assist you and your family in any way. We miss you and your children!

 

LMS Leadership Team

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