Back at it after Spring Break

Dear parents,

I wanted to thank all of those who were able to get on and zoom with me for your groups’ session the week before break.  My thought is to zoom with each of my groups once a week going forward to check in, have a quick lesson, do a kahoot, and or just connect.  I am not trying to add any more stress to anyone’s plate, but would love to add a time for these kids to be together, and I can see them.  I am missing the daily interactions with your kiddos and nothing can replace the face to face learning that takes place within our little classroom, but I am very happy for the ability to connect with your kids.  Please let me know at anytime if you have ANY questions or concerns I am happy to help in any way.

katherine.walker@cobbk1.org.

I am going to try and do a teams conference with each group to see if we can navigate another platform, other than zoom.

Thanks again for all you are doing teaching your own children in this new age is hard on a lot of people.  I read in some article that this time of a pandemic will be one your children remember with fondness and/ bonding…or stress and negativity.  So I want to say, your children are precious gifts and I miss them and give yourself a pat on the back it is hard work sometimes.

Love,

Mrs. Walker

Week 2 digital learning!!!

I miss all of you.  I have been able to zoom with some of you and it was great to see your faces!!!!

I will try to set up one with every group.

Also be on the look out in the mail from me.  Hope you get something in week three of digital learning. 🙂

There are no additional assignments or lessons from me, other than to read the books you need to for your regular class, and one you choose for fun.

I miss doing Kahoots with you all as well, so if you want to make one and we can all make a time to join and do one together.

Email me at anytime:

Katherine.walker@cobbk12.org

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Dear Mt. Bethel Families,

We miss our Buccaneers and hope that you all are well and ready to access to some awesome digital resources!

We cannot replicate learning that takes place in our classrooms/school, but we have worked to combine a variety of resources into one place: the Mt. Bethel Digital Learning Website. The web address is: https://www.smore.com/kj568

Digital learning will provide our Buccaneers with opportunities to refine previously taught skills through a variety of platforms, some funded by our District and others through our PTA and Foundation. Currently, our digital learning plan does not expect parents to introduce new standards but focuses on reviewing critical content that has already been taught. We are also focused on reading and math – the most critical skills students learn in elementary school that set the foundation for success in and beyond school.

Time expectations will include about one hour of work for Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders and about two hours of work for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders. Plenty of opportunities to go above and beyond are available, too!

We will provide guidance, but we fully anticipate hiccups. Give yourself grace. If things don’t work as planned at first, breathe. It is okay. While these digital resources are valuable, equally as valuable are reading real books, practicing math with flash cards or a deck of cards/dice, and discussions with families and loved ones, taking a walk, completing chores, listening to music, putting together puzzles, playing board games, or trying out a new recipe together.

Today’s assignment is for you and your child, together, to practice logging into each of the platforms. Guidance for the logins is contained in each section of the website. If you cannot log in, simply email your child’s teacher and we will get to work resolving the issue.

We also encourage you to work with your child to create a schedule outlining what time of day you are going to participate in digital learning. Don’t forget that your school schedule while you are away can absolutely include specials and recess! Brain breaks are important, too!

On Tuesday, March 17th, our teachers will post ideas of the most important subjects on which to spend time and energy.

If you have a question, do not hesitate to reach out to any of our teachers, counselors, or administrators. We are available for you!

Mt. Bethel’s Digital Learning Website: https://www.smore.com/kj568

Want to share images of digital learning? You can email them to mt.bethel.buccaneers@gmail.com or tag @mtbetheles on Instagram!

 

Mt. Bethel Digital learning

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Dear Mt. Bethel Families,

<strong>We miss our Buccaneers and hope that you all are well and ready to access to some awesome digital resources!</strong>

We cannot replicate learning that takes place in our classrooms/school, but we have worked to combine a variety of resources into one place:   the Mt. Bethel Digital Learning Website.  The web address is:  <a href=”https://www.smore.com/kj568″>https://www.smore.com/kj568</a>

Digital learning will provide our Buccaneers with opportunities to refine previously taught skills through a variety of platforms, some funded by our District and others through our PTA and Foundation.  Currently, our digital learning plan does not expect parents to introduce new standards but focuses on reviewing critical content that has already been taught.  We are also focused on reading and math – the most critical skills students learn in elementary school that set the foundation for success in and beyond school.

Time expectations will include about one hour of work for Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders and about two hours of work for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders.  Plenty of opportunities to go above and beyond are available, too!

We will provide guidance, but we fully anticipate hiccups.  Give yourself grace.  If things don’t work as planned at first, breathe.  It is okay.  While these digital resources are valuable, equally as valuable are reading real books, practicing math with flash cards or a deck of cards/dice, and discussions with families and loved ones, taking a walk, completing chores, listening to music, putting together puzzles, playing board games, or trying out a new recipe together.

Today’s assignment is for you and your child, together, to practice logging into each of the platforms.  Guidance for the logins is contained in each section of the website.  If you cannot log in, simply email your child’s teacher and we will get to work resolving the issue.

We also encourage you to work with your child to create a schedule outlining what time of day you are going to participate in digital learning.  Don’t forget that your school schedule while you are away can absolutely include specials and recess!  Brain breaks are important, too!

On Tuesday, March 17<sup>th</sup>, our teachers will post ideas of the most important subjects on which to spend time and energy.

If you have a question, do not hesitate to reach out to any of our teachers, counselors, or administrators.  We are available for you!

Mt. Bethel’s Digital Learning Website:  <a href=”https://www.smore.com/kj568″>https://www.smore.com/kj568</a>

Want to share images of digital learning?  You can email them to <a href=”mailto:mt.bethel.buccaneers@gmail.com”>mt.bethel.buccaneers@gmail.com</a> or tag @mtbetheles on Instagram!

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Dear Buccaneer Families,

Mt. Bethel’s digital learning plan has launched!  Today, we ask that you practice logging into each of the resources outlined on the Mt. Bethel Digital Learning Website:  https://www.smore.com/kj568 .  If there is a resource that you cannot access, please email me and we will start working on a resolution.

Today we are asking families to access each of the resources and to set a schedule.  Music, Art, PE, STEM, and Counseling can be an important part of that schedule.

We know that we are all doing the best in this current situation.  I will be available daily to assist and will be responding to emails from 9:00 -10:00 am each weekday.

We will keep you updated with information as we receive it.  Our initial plan is simple, but if needed in the coming days, we can lean on our Office 365 tools along with Seesaw to provide more in-depth plans and collaboration.

Tomorrow, we will be posting grade-level specific information to blogs.  Today, please focus on logging in and letting me know if you are unable to access any resource.

Thank you,

Katie Walker

EIP Corona Camp

Dear students and parents,

Specifics for Mt. Bethel’s digital learning plan will be communicated by Monday, March 16th.

but in the mean time this is what I was thinking

I wanted to post and say that I will be trying to post videos, or a game, or review every other day for EIP. I will also attach documents you can print out to copy.  Please enjoy this time to be with your family and map out a schedule for M-F with every child so your lives can run smoothly.  Carve out time with NO NO NO devices not even for you to all read together in the same room silently.  If your child sees you reading they will join in. Lead by example and know that you have WONDERFUL children that will remember this time in US’s history for the good and the memories you made.  It is a great time to also see where your children’s interests are.  Have them complete their own project or presentation on a nonfiction subject they have always been interested in.

Children will lead you to their passions if you let them.  I just want you to know that I will miss your children greatly and they have permission to skype me.  I will send the link out here and I will post times for next week.

Moby Max is their friend even if they do not like it, once they complete their initial assessment, with no help from parents ( this is really important no help as it drives their areas of non- mastery and will allow them to fill in their own gaps), it will go smoothly for them in small time increments and they can see their own growth.

Let me know if you need anything.

My email is :

katherine.walker@cobbk12.org

Also in case your kids ask we will have kahoots too, I just need to establish a time and they can play their classmates or friends.

ARe we going to be okay working from home? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

FOUNDATION IS FANTASTIC!!!

Dear Parents,

I wanted to let you know in first grade we have been working tirelessly on glued sounds ( -all, -am. -an) as well as learning that TH has two sounds (hard) and (soft).  Ask your children what they get to do to Mrs. Walker every Thursday. 🙂  They can only do it to me, because otherwise they might get in trouble for being rude.  We read the book Dash on the Path to look for TH words.

In math we have worked on subtraction with dots and x’s and scriggling out.  Ask your child to show you how with a simple problem 8-5=?.  We have also discussed MAKING 10. This is a huge math concept and you can reinforce this at home….play this game:

I say 9…( your kid should say 1)..I say 5 ( your child should say 5)..this should continue for all the ways to make 10.  It is fun and will serve them well.  We will play this daily for awhile until they get the compliments of ten memorized.  We have used OG math for all of this.

SPEAKING OF ORTON GILLINGHAM MATH…have I mentioned how amazing our foundation is?  They helped pay for OG math for training for all teachers K-1st grade last year and are funding the 2nd grade teachers this year.  I can not tell you the difference this makes for all students, especially those who are not math minded.  If you are unaware of how awesome our foundation is just know teachers and students benefit by leaps and bounds every year because of what they enable us to do.  I am so thankful to them for the leg up they give us with training, and anything we need to help the kids.  Mt. Bethel is the best elementary school and we are lucky to have our kids go here.  Please remember to donate in October for our annual fund.

In 4th grade, we have done a fairy tale unit.  We read a strange big foot cinerrrrrella book, and read Rumpelstiltskin.  The students I think had fun with this, but we will be focusing on main idea and details when we return from break in fiction and non fiction texts.  We will also start the book Freckle Juice.

Keep up the great work with your students.

Love,

Katie

Hooray for our first day.  I loved meeting all of your children and starting our EIP groups.  We established 3 rules of Mrs. Walker’s room and got our sticker charts.  The students learned that i am in a little room so we have to use a little voice ( rule#1).  They also learned my rule #2 is huge, it is be respectful and that means soooo much.   They helped me to describe what that looks like and they did great:

raising hand, looking at their neighbor when they talk, do not speak over someone, do not shout answers out, keep hands and feet to one’s self, share supplies, do not fight, push, or run.  This also means being respectful with our words and only saying kind things.  In first grade we drilled OG cards, sounds, digraphs and learned about short vowels.  We played a game with Popsicle sticks that had the vowels on them and they got to select the vowel they heard when a word was called out.  I let them also have a turn to be the teacher.  We had an memorable experience with bottled glue and how they will always be able to remember that short i makes the “ih” sound.  I hope they tell you about it, even your sensory reluctant children loved it. 🙂

In math in first grade we worked with OG number rods, and making our dots.  In one group we made flash cards too.

In 4th grade, we started with a chapter book called Tuck Dam.  I know they thought I was crazy selecting a book that had a curse word on it, but I explained that it was not a bad word and they are not spelled the same way.  If might be one of the easiest books they have ever read!  It is a simple sound out chapter book that they don’t know but they fly through a chapter book and feel a taste of reading with ease.  So tell them congrats on reading a whole chapter book in two days with Mrs. Walker!!!

I will not have groups on a normal schedule until September 12th due to Cogat this week, and Iowa testing next week.  I miss them already and can’t wait for us to be on a normal schedule.

 

WE CAN NOT WAIT TO START!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited to start with my EIP friends on Tuesday.  We will have one normal day, and then a modified schedule due to standardized testing in grades 1, 3, and 5 for the following 8 days.  We will start back to normal on the 12th. The first day your child will get to meet me, we will establish my 3 rules in my classroom, and have fun.  I will see them every other day after that and we will work on phonics, starting a book, and key elements.  I will post what the phonics focus will be each week and what the one we will preview for the following week so they have a leg up on their peers in their classroom so they can have success, by already knowing the skill because I touched on it.  The goal in my room is to build confidence and know they can do tough things and learn a lot along the way.

Have a fabulous weekend and I will see them Tuesday, I can not wait.

 

2019-2020

It’s  brand new year and we are busy screening all the new buccaneers in Kindergarten.  What a wonderful new crop of kinders.  The EIP team and counselors will finish screening by early next week, and move on to the older grades.  These first few weeks are very busy ones where students are learning their new classroom rules and procedures, so we do not pull EIP groups until all of the assessments are given.  We will move on through the grades next week and continue through 5th grade.  If you have any questions or concerns, or want to know if we still get to see your kiddos, let us know.
We do not know exactly who is with which grade level yet but, that information will be coming soon too, depending on numbers.

Can’t wait to see you at the parent meeting that will be August 27th at 8am.

#3 Welcome back

WELCOME BACK!!!

I am thrilled to have 2 EIP teachers join me to help more students get to where they need to go.  Brook Rozen and Meagan Allred will be moving from the regular classroom to help students in the Early Intervention Program.

Enjoy the last few precious days with your kiddos and establish a no tech at the table rule when you are eating any meal together.  This is a precious time and an easy rule to start and they wont waiver.  You can not multi task and they can not fully engage if they are engrossed on a screen.

If you need me email me at any time and I want to give a shout out to Lorelei McGahee for my post card from across the pond and some sweet child sent me one from ITALY but did not send it, so please let me know and I will write you back.

Love,

Katie Walker

katherine.walker@cobbk12.org