Message from OSMS Administration

Message from OSMS Administration
Posted on 03/31/2020
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Dear Families,

 

We hope you are all doing well. Week one was a big learning curve for everyone, but we do believe this will get easier as we all learn from each other.

 

Teachers have been working hard to calibrate and assign work that is meaningful and essential. As we enter week two of distance learning, we are becoming more aware of what is assigned, how it is to be collected, and how to best support our students. We have listened to feedback from families to streamline how students and families access this information to ensure that students are not feeling too overwhelmed in their new learning world. As we move forward together, please know that your student or yourself can reach out to teachers if you see that the amount of work is too much. We are talking daily as teams to look at getting this balance right.  

 

Parents have also expressed a need for support with what students should be working on daily. To help, grade 6-8 are utilizing their HW pages to best consolidate that information for parents. Because grade 5 is made of several teams of two teachers and do not have a homework page, they are working on their own way to communicate daily assignments with families. We will have information for you about that soon. Below are the links for grades 6-8.

 

Grade 6- https://sites.google.com/oldsaybrookschools.org/osmsgr6/home

 

Grade 7- https://sites.google.com/oldsaybrookschools.org/osmsgr7/home

 

Grade 8- https://sites.google.com/oldsaybrookschools.org/osmsgr8/home

 

 

Support staff are here to assist families during this time as well. School counselors, our psychologist, social workers, and school nurse are all available to families and students. They are seeking additional ways to support you. Below is a link to a quick survey. Your feedback will help us to help you.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOhTGk9spdVypRynYgmWXwnwlJPipbgfjvwXiKSwkXhth3Gg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

Some additional quick things…

 

  • You can now find resources to help with distance learning on our district Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oldsaybrookschools/
     
  • When it comes to school work, we encourage you not to step in too quickly. We expect some assignments to be challenging. Help students by asking questions rather than supplying them with answers. Also, remind them to have academic honesty and only submit their original work as their own. If they copy work or turn in work with a lot of parent support, it's hard for teachers to know how to help them. Encourage students to ask their teachers if they have questions. Self-advocacy, flexibility, and resilience maybe some of the most important things they learn during this unique time.

  • If your child is unable to work on classwork, please call the school to report them absent.

 

Thank you for all your hard work and support of student learning in your home. If you need any assistance or have additional feedback, you can reach us by email or phone.

 

-Krista and Matt