Parent Update Letter 4-10-2020

April 10th, 2020   

Dear Granville Elementary  Families and Students,   

As we transition into a longer school closure period, Granville Elementary teachers have been working diligently on the shift of virtual teaching and learning using Google Classroom. Teachers have been working to identify essential learning of new standards and skills using the available technology and will be posting new learning materials and  assignments in Google Classroom starting the week of April 13th. For those families without internet connectivity, paper packets have been sent with instructional guides to assist students in learning. Teachers will be contacting those families to ensure that students have support in navigating new materials.   

Additionally, we have developed guidance for the amount of time that should be spent each week on core classroom subjects and encore areas. The amount of time is as follows: 2 hours a week for ELA, 2 hours a week for Math, and 1 hour a week of PE, Music, and Art (combined). The total hours per week for students Grades 4-6 is 5 hours per week.  Students will be graded based on work submitted with an “Evidence of Learning=Pass” or “Not Yet Learned=Incomplete.” Students will have multiple opportunities for revision and submission of work. Our goal is to continue to assist and support your child in their learning.   

Additional online formats that teachers are using include Google Hangouts Meet, in which virtual classes are being  held to support students in their academic learning. Teachers are sending invitations for students to participate via their school email. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We ask that you review the expectations for participation during Google Hangouts Meet with your child. We are developing building-wide expectations for student participation, which are in alignment with GES’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and  Supports ​(​PBIS). Students are expected to Be Kind, to Be Safe, and to Be Responsible during instructional time, just as if they were in school. PBIS is designed to support all students in learning as they navigate remote learning with their teachers and classmates. Taped video lessons, online books, and virtual field trips have also been added to each Google Classroom for your child to access.   

In continuation of ensuring that your child receives an equitable and accessible educational experience during the school closure period, teachers, case managers, and related service providers are reaching out to families to make sure that students have access to learning and are maintaining the level of services provided as per their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plans. Additional student support is being provided by Mrs. Culligan, Mrs. Mitchell, and Mr. Healy via Virtual Lunch Bunch groups through Google Meet on a weekly basis. If your child is interested in joining please have your child email, Mrs. Culligan, at ​jculligan@granvillecsd.org​. Mr. Healy continues to host career planning meetings for 6th-grade students as part of the transitional planning into 7th grade.     

Please know that the entire GES school community is here to support you and your child. We know the shift to remote learning will take time to learn and to navigate. We are all here to support you and provide guidance as needed.   

We thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child’s learning. We hope this finds you and your family well. Please feel free to contact me at 518-642-9357, ext. 3203 or via email at ​ctalmadge@granvillecsd.org​.     

Happy Easter! 
My best, 

Cara Talmadge