Memorial Messenger 3-31-20

A Message from Mrs. Hennessey

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Memorial School Families,

On Monday, March 30th, we will begin daily remote learning at Memorial School. Your child’s classroom teacher has reached out to share what to expect in terms of lesson content, learning platform, and daily routines. If your child has a learning plan (Special Education or Response-to-Intervention), you will also hear from your child’s case manager with information on how these services will be delivered in the remote environment.

All of the staff at Memorial School recognize that families are facing very challenging times. We will create the following opportunities in the coming weeks:

  • students will connect with their teachers and their classmates;

  • students will receive support and comfort from their teachers, case managers, and other school staff;

  • students will maintain their skills;

  • students will continue their learning;

  • and students will experience a sense of routine in their weekdays.

We know family situations vary and that many of you may be working at home or working away from home during the school day. We know that stress levels are understandably high and that maintaining your child’s and family’s physical and emotional wellbeing is most important.

Our daily literacy and math lessons will be made available to you so that students can interact with the material at any time in the day – morning, afternoon, or evening – on your schedule. We ask that you receive the information, your child takes part in the learning and social opportunities that they are able to participate in, and that you provide us with on-going feedback about your family’s experience with remote learning. We promise to listen, make changes as needed, and be here for you and your child in this difficult time.

Attendance in the K-2 Remote Learning Setting

In an effort to keep students engaged in their learning and with the Memorial School community, attendance will be taken each day.  Attendance will be determined by student or parent contact with the school, including participation in an online platform (liking or viewing a post, for example), sharing of student’s work with a staff member, or email contact with a teacher. We have a school-wide system to keep attendance, and Miss Lisa, Ms. Banks, or I will reach if a student is disconnected from his/her class.

If your child is unable to participate in school for the day due to an appointment, illness or other reason, please email Miss Lisa (lhaughey@sad15.organd your child’s classroom teacher. You can also call and leave us a message at 926-4322. We will get back to you.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Our school community is committed to maintaining the social and emotional well-being of our students, as well as, their academic success. Keep in mind that remote learning is a new experience for students and educators. When we all strive for patience and flexibility, we will make the best of a difficult situation. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns about their learning plan as they arise. Katie Banks, our Guidance Counselor, will be working to support any students in need during the closure. If you need additional support or guidance, she is available at kbanks@sad15.org.

As we move into this next chapter, please be reminded that this is a new venture for all of us. Watching the Memorial School staff rise to this occasion has been amazing and inspiring. I am so fortunate to work along with these talented educators! I also want to applaud all the Memorial School families for making this adjustment and continually partnering with us. I know the Memorial School staff and community can meet any challenge and work together for the benefit of the K-2 children of New Gloucester.

I hope you find time and opportunities to take care of yourself and your family through this challenging time. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and hearts. Please let your children know we miss them. Please tell them we can’t wait to see them soon.

Take care,

Amanda Hennessey, Memorial School Principal

ahennessey@sad15.org