Ms. Lawrence’s Crew News

Starting the 2020-21 School Year Information/Inicio del año escolar 2020-21 Información

*English version below*

Hola padres:

A partir del lunes, los maestros de las Escuelas del Condado de Cobb y otro personal increíble han vuelto al trabajo, preparándose para el desafío establecido para nosotros: proporcionar una instrucción efectiva y atractiva para TODOS los estudiantes desde la distancia, hasta que sea seguro que nos reunamos físicamente nuevamente. . Este esfuerzo requerirá trabajo en equipo, dedicación, flexibilidad y paciencia por parte de todos los miembros de la comunidad de CCSD, pero me alegra saber que cuando todos trabajamos juntos hacia un objetivo común y un resultado positivo, ¡suceden cosas increíbles!

Como ya saben, los funcionarios de CCSD han tomado la decisión de comenzar el año escolar 2020-21 digitalmente para priorizar y proteger la salud y el bienestar de los estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad en general. Con tal esfuerzo en marcha, el distrito proporcionará mucha información nueva en la búsqueda de una comunicación abierta y transparente con los estudiantes y las familias. Manténgase al tanto de las últimas actualizaciones y mensajes / acciones importantes y urgentes a través de lo siguiente:

Visite con frecuencia https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/ para obtener información específica sobre los planes para la instrucción 2020-21 y http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/ para obtener las últimas noticias del distrito
Si aún no lo ha hecho, configure una cuenta ParentVUE para su estudiante. Puede comunicarse con la increíble secretaria de la escuela de Dickerson, Carolina Helsel, para recibir ayuda en Carolina.Helsel@cobbk12.org o 770-578-2710 (Tenga en cuenta: si aún no ha inscrito a su estudiante en DMS, deberá hacerlo ANTES de acceder ParentVUE)
Si ya tiene una cuenta, puede iniciar sesión aquí: https://parentvue.cobbk12.org/PXP2_Login.aspx
Revise su correo electrónico con frecuencia para obtener actualizaciones del Sr. Adam Hill, el impresionante príncipe-PAL de Dickerson. (Si actualmente no recibe estos correos electrónicos, comuníquese conmigo o con el personal de la oficina de DMS para obtener ayuda).

Envíeme un correo electrónico o llámeme con cualquier pregunta o inquietud. Al comenzar este año, no tendré todas las respuestas, pero haré todo lo posible para comunicar información precisa y aclaraciones para asegurar la comprensión de los padres, así como proporcionar recursos hídricos de calidad para apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias.

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Hi Parents!

As of Monday, Cobb County Schools’ teachers and other amazing staff are back to work, preparing for the challenge set for us: To provide effective and engaging instruction for ALL learners from a distance, until it is safe for us to physically gather together again. This effort will require teamwork, dedication, flexibility, and patience from all CCSD community members, but I am heartened to know that when we all work together toward a common goal and positive outcome, amazing things happen!

As you know by now, CCSD officials have made the decision to begin the 2020-21 school year digitally to prioritize and protect the health and wellness of students, staff, and the community as a whole. With such an endeavor underway, lots of new information will be provided by the district in pursuit of open and transparent communication with students and families. Please keep abreast of the latest updates and important, time-sensitive messages/action items through the following:

  • Frequently visit https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/ for specific information about plans for 2020-21 instruction and http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/ for the latest district news
  • If you have not done so already, please set up a ParentVUE account for your student. You may contact Dickerson’s amazing school clerk, Carolina Helsel, for support at Carolina.Helsel@cobbk12.org or 770-578-2710 (Please note: if you have not yet enrolled your student at DMS, you will need to do this BEFORE accessing ParentVUE)
  • If you already have an account, you can login here:  https://parentvue.cobbk12.org/PXP2_Login.aspx
  • Check your email frequently for updates from Mr. Adam Hill, Dickerson’s awesome princi-PAL! (If you do not currently receive these emails, please contact me or DMS office staff for help).
  • Email or call me with any questions or concerns. As we begin this year, I will not have all the answers, but I will do my best to communicate accurate information and clarification to ensure parent understanding, as well as provide quality, vetted resources to support students and families.
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COVID-19 in Georgia: Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

COVID-19 in Georgia: Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This is a weekly online/phone series to share your COVID-19 challenges and learn about resources available to Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Registration is required for all sessions. Visit this link to register for sessions: GDDN Zoom Sessions

If you were unable to participate in our first session, find a complete recording of the presentation here. All sessions will be recorded and made available. A complete list of resources shared during our first session is available on this Google Document

For questions about the call or resources, email gaddcovid19@gmail.com .

This web series is brought to you by the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Network:

The Arc Georgia

Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University

Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta

Georgia Advocacy Office

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Spectrum Autism Support, Education and Resources

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Assistance from Family Supports Funding/Asistencia de fondos de apoyo familiar

Hello Parents! The following information was provided to me by the CCSD Transition Services Team. If you or a family you know is in need of support at this time, please access or share these resources as needed.

Family Supports Funding can provide goods and services such as information and referrals, special medical equipment, diets, personal care items, and in-home supports. There are two agencies in Cobb that provide Family Supports Funding. The application documents are linked here:

Family support agreement

family supports application

Applications may be sent to:

InCommunity
1945 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 220
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-634-4222
http://www.gacommunity.org

or

Cobb County Community Service Board
Family Support Coordinator office:
2051 Greenridge Street
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone # 770-434-7911 ext. 1635

 

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Cobb Public Library PASS Program Helps CCSD Kids Keep Reading

The Cobb County Public Library is excited to introduce the Library PASS (Public Access for Student Success). The program is for ALL students in Marietta City and Cobb County Schools! Please see below for further information and to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.


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Visit My Padlet to Access Learning Resources (all in one place)!

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Take What You Need, Give What You Can

Food insecurity is a real concern for many families in our community as schools and businesses close.

To get help, adhere to the pick up schedule at listed sites, or call MUST Ministries at 770-427-9862.

To donate food to MUST Ministries from their Wish List (to be delivered directly to their center), click here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/53YS8UY1OWSJ

To volunteer with MUST Ministries Food Rapid Response Program, send a message to neighborhoodpantry@mustministries.org OR click here: https://www.mustministries.org/must-food-rapid-response

For a full list of resources available to CCSD families (as well as organizations which may be in need of volunteers or donations at this time to continue serving Cobb families), click here: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=32140

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Survey and Support :)

Hello Wonderful Parents and Students,

I wanted to take a moment to provide information about our fabulous Dickerson counselors and the supports they are offering during our time at home. Each grade level counselor has a blog to which they are posting frequently, with links to information about local community and district resources to support DMS learners and their families. I encourage you to check out these pages for information about crisis resources, food resources, access to free/low-cost internet service, addressing student anxiety, virtual learning, time management strategies, executive functioning tools and tips, and other helpful content. Please see below:

Also, if you can, please visit the link below to complete a brief survey regarding digital learning needs for Cobb students on a modified curriculum. This survey, shared by CCSD Director of Special Education, is meant to gather information to assist us with providing the best support possible to students and families during this time. Please complete by March 23rd. Your participation is appreciated!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BGPFJYD

Happy Friday!

-Ms. Lawrence

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A Message from Cobb and Douglas Public Health

Dear Dickerson Families,
In an effort to do our part to flatten the curve, the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Director of Epidemiology, Rachel Franklin, has asked CCSD teachers to please share this with our communities.
“Please remind students that while schools are closed, they need to be social distancing, and that includes play dates! Everyone should be self-monitoring for symptoms.” Please check out these links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html.

Stay well,

Ms. Lawrence

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Technology Resources and At-Home Supports

Hello 7C3 Parents and Students,

I hope you and your families are healthy and happy today. I appreciate everyone’s patience as I create individualized at-home learning plans for each student, compile resources, and make suggestions for modified distance learning. In the coming days, I hope to reach all of you by video chat (Google Duo) to troubleshoot any issues you encounter with the online curriculum, provide explanation or modeling of how to complete or prompt through a particular task, or simply to say hi. As we move forward in this uncharted learning territory, I will continue to make myself available to conference call, video chat, text, and email with parents and students to support at-home learning as much as possible. Once you have received all personalized learning plan information from me, please reach out with any questions or concerns as soon as possible. Also, if there are any specific resources you’d like (social story on a particular topic, writing practice, visual schedules, life skills activities, etc.), please ask. I don’t want to overwhelm you or fill up your inbox with materials you do not want or need, but I am more than happy to provide specific, individualized materials and resources upon request. Remember – I am HERE FOR YOU for as long as learning-at-home continues.

Please see below links to educational resources I have compiled which I feel may be beneficial during this time. Also, if you or any CCSD family you know is in need of financial, emotional, social, or other support at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so I might connect you to the appropriate source. Stay well, everyone!

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Hygiene to Stay Healthy!

Hi Parents,

As you all know, it is essential that all school community members take appropriate measures to protect ourselves and our families from illness, not just in the current climate, but at all times. At school, in addition to following appropriate procedures as usual to disinfect frequently touched classroom surfaces and materials, I am reviewing basic hygiene routines with my students daily in order to reduce the spread of germs as much as possible. I encourage you to also review these with your child at home. Please join me in stressing the importance of and modeling the following actions:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (I practice in class by singing “Happy Birthday” or saying the ABCs to demonstrate this amount of time)
    • Students are encouraged to wash hands after using bathroom and before and after eating at school, as well as before using classroom technology
  • Use hand sanitizer when no soap is available, or immediately after blowing nose, touching face, etc.
  • Use a tissue or your elbow to sneeze or cough into (this is difficult for my students to time correctly, so we practice this skill very frequently)
  • Keep hands away from mouth, nose, and eyes and refrain from putting objects in/near mouth
  • Keep your personal space. Refrain from hugging/kissing or high-fiving/fist bumps. In our classroom, “elbow bumps” are the new trend!

Any and all parent support with encouraging these measures is greatly appreciated!

Healthfully,

Ms. Lawrence

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