Littlebrook Back to School Information 2020-2021
Welcome Back: Letter from Principal Ramirez
Dear Littlebrook Families,
I hope you all found time to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! The big day is almost upon us! Our children, staff members, and administrators will be embarking on a new journey of learning and teaching. This will obviously be a unique start for all of us, and we will need to work together to make it a successful one. We have outstanding educators ready to take on remote learning and continue to bring the children the highest quality education.
The teachers have been learning about Canvas, the District's new learning management system. Tomorrow will be the first full launch of Canvas as an educational platform. I ask for your flexibility and patience as we try this for the first time District-wide. If you recognize any glitches, please reach out to me or to Mr. Nick Heller, our Technology Specialist. We will be available to support you and the children throughout the school year, but especially during these days of virtual learning. Our goal is continue to grow in our proficiency with Canvas with your input.
Prior to tomorrow morning, please make sure your children are able to log into PPS Link. This will be essential to their remote learning program. Information on how to do so, can be found here. If there are any issues with logging in, please reach out to Mr. Heller. Also, there is a student help desk that you can contact with this email SHD@princetonk12.org
Over the past couple of days, we have distributed devices and materials for the start of the school year. If you were unable to get your child's items, please stop by during the week and we will get you what you need. If you do not have a vehicle or means to get to the school, please send me a private email so I can make arrangements for you.
We will focus our start on ensuring the children feel comfortable and welcomed in the remote setting. We will look to bolster their emotional, social, and academic well-being. We will build and strengthen relationships with their teachers and peers as we move through remote learning. The children are our top priority and working together, I know this school year will be successful.
We are all looking forward to a great start of the school year!
August 21, 2020
Dear Children of Littlebrook School,
I have missed you all so much! I hope this summer you were able to find ways to keep your love of learning as vibrant as I have seen while in school. I am looking forward to the days when we can see each other in person again and share our stories with one another. I hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The last several months have been truly unique in our history. We have had to work diligently to find ways to maintain a high level academic program while teaching in a remote setting. Through it all, the teachers, children, and all of you collaborated to create a positive learning environment. I applaud everyone’s efforts and thank you for working with us!
This year, we will come back even better! The subject area supervisors, school and district level administrators, and teachers will collaborate on delivering an impressive remote learning experience for all. In the first few days of school, we will all receive training on several fronts. There will be a focus on Trauma-informed Teaching Practices, Technology, and Remote Teaching Best Practices. Each child will be given a district device that will bring their learning to life. We will have additional supports in place to assist our children as they navigate the various learning tools they will be using. In the schools, we are using the CDC guidelines to prepare the classrooms and common areas for the eventual return of our staff members and the children.
This past spring and summer, the teachers and specialists placed students in classroom groupings that would most benefit them. The children will remain in that placement for the start of the school year and will remain there. As students begin to return to the building, there may need to be some minimal shuffling to a different teacher for the remote learners. I will do all I can to assign the children to a Littlebrook teacher as long as the number of children remains manageable for that teacher.
Remote Learning Schedule
The building Principals have worked together to create a schedule for remote learning. The guidelines regarding the specials and the amount of learning time available for each subject area can be found on our school website. We will follow an 8:30AM – 3:00PM daily schedule each day with the exception of Wednesdays when we will follow a 1PM dismissal schedule. Each morning, the children must attend a Morning Meeting to be counted as present for the day. Morning meetings will take place 8:30AM – 9:00AM daily. The teachers will share their specific schedules with you in the coming weeks. The children will not be expected to stay on their devices for hours each day. The amount of time will be determined by the teachers and based on individual student needs and be grade level specific.
One to One Technology
In the coming weeks, we will send out information regarding the distribution of the student devices along with a schedule to follow for pick up. The students in kindergarten and 1st grade will receive an iPad, while students in grades 2 – 5 will get a Chromebook. We will try to coordinate the device distribution in a manner that will allow the children to briefly say hello to their classroom teachers in a socially-distanced manner. As a reminder, please gather any remaining school materials in your home such as textbooks and novels to return them while picking up your child’s device.
New Learning Management System
As part of the professional development the teachers will attend in the first few days of school, they will learn about CANVAS, the new learning management system purchased by the district. The teachers and children will use CANVAS for their lessons each day. This will make it easier for the children (and parents) to navigate the learning day. We will also provide parents with training on the use of CANVAS. Look for more details on this training in the coming days.
During the second week of September, we will be holding virtual New Family and Kindergarten Orientations. More information will be coming regarding these events.
We have worked diligently these past few months in preparing for the re-opening of our schools. While there will never be a replacement for in person interaction with teachers and students, I am confident we are ready to deliver a robust learning experience for the children. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer with your family and friends. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!