May 8, 2020
Thank you for your continued support with your child.  I am happy that some of you are using the websites that I recommended in our weekly activity calendar.  These websites contain good reinforcement skills in reading and math.  I welcome any other sites you would like to share with me or any feedback from you concerning the websites I suggested.  For those families who do not have access to the internet, please let me know and I will mail out the weekly activity for your child to complete.
If you are missing Zoom meeting times and info or passwords to sites, they are listed on my weekly update page.  You can also email me if you are unable to find it.

A message from our Encore Team:

Library, Music, Art, and PE have been busy preparing weekly lessons for you to do at home.  Please see the links below to check out their websites. On their websites you will find library, music, art, and pe lessons for next week. Have fun!

PE https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=410764&pageId=17262419

PE has flip grid videos of activities to help keep you active. View a video and leave a recorded response. We would love to hear from you! https://flipgrid.com/pandape

Library: https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/about_us/Library

Musichttps://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/class_pages/specialists/karen_ralph_-_music

The results for week 2 are in!  Go check to see the identity of one of our mystery singers! 😊 Go tohttps://flipgrid.com/shesmaskedsinger New performances will be posted on Monday, with an 80's theme!

May 1, 2020
We have a brand new schedule for this month.  Please note the change in time for our meetings.  There is also a new meeting number and password to get into the meeting.

Topic: Class Zoom
Time: May 5, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Tue, Thu, until Jun 4, 2020, 10 occurrence(s)
        May 5, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 7, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 12, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 14, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 19, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 21, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 26, 2020 10:00 AM
        May 28, 2020 10:00 AM
        Jun 2, 2020 10:00 AM
        Jun 4, 2020 10:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165035132
Meeting ID: 831 6503 5132
Password: ikeda2020
Thank you so much for supporting your child in our Zoom meetings.  I love seeing their faces.   
Attached is our weekly activity calendar for the upcoming week.  As always, you and your child can work on any of these activities according to your schedule. 
I want to emphasize that the Lalilo  website that was added on last week is a great resource to help your child with their phonic skills.  I encourage you to have your child take the initial assessment and the site will design the level of phonics he/she will need to reinforce or work on new phonic skills.

Please email me if you have any concerns and questions.
Have a great weekend.  I hope to see your child on Zoom next Tuesday.  


April 24, 2020

We have all survived another month of stay-at-home!!  I am sure we are all awaiting the day when we get back to some type of normal.  Thank you for your patience and support.

Attached is next week's calendar of activities for your child.  Again, please do this at your own pace and it is not required that your child has to do all of the activities.  The important thing is that your child continues to read, write, and do some math activities during their time at home.

I am attaching a couple of sites for your child and you to explore this week:

Lalilo: This is a phonics site,  your child will take an assessment at the beginning and the program will set him/her up with where to start on his phonics program.
Click on to Mrs. Ikeda's class
Epic: This site has leveled books for your child to practice his reading and comprehension.  I noticed a few students from the class has already started using this site.
Classroom code: biq6254
I also have individual access codes to get into Starfall.  This code is good for 90 days.  If you are interested in receiving your child's code, please email me and I can send you their codes.
The specialists have also added activities for your child this week.  Please check their web page for their activities.  The kids have a ton of fun when they attend encore classes at school.


April 17, 2020
Next week's activity calendar for your child.  When we meet for Zoom, please encourage your child to share what activity he/she have been working on that week.  The class and I would like to see all their hard work.  Along with the class activity calendar, the encore team has also created activities for the students. 

For Tuesday's Zoom meeting, please have your child join me with paper, pencil, and 5 items (crackers, raisins, M & M's, cereal) he/she could use as a manipulative tool.  Please share with your child we have a mystery visitor joining us at our Zoom meeting on Tuesday.  
I will start having office hours on Mondays 9:00-10:00 and Fridays 9:00-10:00 via email or if you would like to meet virtually through Zoom, please email me in advance and I can set up a time with you.  I will continue to answer emails within 24 hours of receiving them.  
Thank you so much for your support.  I know it is a difficult to juggle work schedules and your children's schedules, I am very appreciative of the help you have provided for your child.  Please take time to breathe and take care of yourself.  We are all doing the best we can under the circumstances.  The most important thing is you are there for each other.  Stay safe and healthy.


April 3, 2020
Here we are on our third week of homeschooling.  I hope you are all doing well.  I really appreciate your help in getting your child set up on zoom.  It is the highlight of my morning when I get to see them on my laptop!

Going forward, I will be emailing you every Friday with updates so that you will not get inundated with a slew of emails from me.  Please continue to check my web page for ideas for your child to do while they are at home.

So here are the weekly updates for the third week:

I have set up a new Zoom invite so please disregard the last invite. Please look for the new Zoom invitation in a separate email.  Note that I have changed the Thursday meeting time to 12:30 pm. I am also going to ask that when you sign in for these meetings,  you put in a password for the meeting so we can have better security. The password will be in the invitation I send out.  

Also, our librarian has presented a list of sites that are available to your children.

Usernames and passwords are provided.


PebbleGo:  www.pebblego.com

Username: signal               Password: pandas

CultureGrams:  http://online.culturegrams.com/

Username: Princewmr         Password:  county

Any Worldbook Online product:  www.worldbookonline.com     (personal favorite 😊)

Username: pwcschools        Password: research

FactCite: http://factcite.com

Username: signal               Password: pandas

Eye Discover:  https://eyediscover.com

Username: signalhill           Password: kEaerEGo

 

If you have difficulty accessing any of the links please contact Ms Stavros at stavroke@pwcs.edu.


The links to these and a bunch more are on the USEFUL LINKS part of the school library page (see link below).  Our classroom usual links are on the Catalog HOME page. 

https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/about_us/Library/useful_links


Besides these resource links, encore specialists have also added links for your child to use.  Please check the links on my web page.   The links are also provided here for your convenience. 

PE:  https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=410764&pageId=17262419

Music: https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/class_pages/specialists/karen_ralph_-_music

Mrs. Fava has shared the following information with me that I would like to share with the class:

Amazon canceled the subscription fee of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

I know that next week is Spring break and many of you may have already planned activities, but if you're home, I hope to see you next Tuesday morning.  Till then...for those traveling, please have a safe and wonderful spring break and a blessed holiday.

March 27, 2020
Hope all of you are doing well at home at the end of week 2.  Thank you again for being such a big academic support for your kids while they are home.  I understand it is not easy juggling working at home and helping the kids.  Please know I appreciate all you have done and will continue to do.

A big thank you to all of your children who were able to emailed me or sent me a video.  It so warmed my heart to hear from them.  Please keep them coming.
The big news is that I have set up a Zoom schedule for our class!  It will begin next week, every Tuesday from 9:30 am-10:00 am and Thursday 12:30 pm-1:00 pm.  I may change the length of time, depending how our first couple of sessions go.  I can't wait to see their adorable faces, I have missed them so much and I'm sure they miss seeing and interacting with their classmates.  This will give us the opportunity to do it in a virtual setting.  I hope your child will be able to make it.
Again, please check on my web page for any resource links, files, and weekly updates.

For those of you who are unable to locate your Dreambox account, please email me and I will provide the information to you.
Remember, if you are interested in free breakfast and lunch from the county, our location is at Parkside Middle School from 9:00am-11:00am.  There are others as well but this location is the nearest to our school.  This service is available to any child up to the age of 17.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Hope your child will make it to our first session of Zoom.  Have a great weekend.


March 24, 2020
As all of you know by now, the governor has cancelled the remainder of the school year.  I am trying to come to grips with the news.  I am heartbroken that I will not see the children at school this year.  It was my goal to complete their first year of kindergarten together.  I will miss seeing them 😢.  I am so proud of the progress they have made.  They have become so independent since the first day of school.  They have progressed so much academically and socially.  We had become a family in room 103.  
Looking ahead, I will continue to add links to resources and files to my web page.  I will also continue to email you with any upcoming news.  Please feel free to contact me.  Please have your child send me an email.  This is a great way to practice their keyboard and writing skills.  I look forward to hearing from them and will email them back.  
Till then, continue to stay healthy and thank you for supporting your child during this time.

End of Week 1 of No School:
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.
As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.
Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  
https://signalhilles.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=410764&pageId=7589625
Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.
Thank you so much for your support.  Stay safe and healthy.


As all of you know, our county has made the decision to close schools until April 14th due to the growing health concern caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus)
.  Stay tuned on how we will address instructional time while we are away from school.  Please continue to check the website and I will also stay in touch via email.

In the meantime, here are some suggestions that are meaningful and things that are simple to do that don't require technology.

READ- By far THE most important (academic) thing to do each day.  Read books for fun, read nonfiction books about things your child is interested in, start a chapter book together, read instructions, read recipes, bring a blanket outside and read under a tree, build a fort and read with a flashlight ...just read anything together.  Take the time and just be together.

Create- Create things with Legos, blocks, play dough, cardboard boxes, any materials you have around the house.  Make a leprechaun trap, build a boat for a book character, construct houses and buildings.  Let their imagination be BIG.  You will be amazed at what their minds will think up on their own.

PLAY-Play games, board games; such as Zingo, Chutes and Ladders, Guess Who, Bingo; and card games like Uno, concentration,  War, Spot It, Hearts.  Your child will have much fun playing these games while learning.

GO OUTSIDE- Go to your backyard, take a hike on a trail that is empty.  Be in nature together, talk about what you see, collect treasures like pine cones.  Take a "five senses walk" and look up at the clouds, notice the changes in seasons.  Take out the sidewalk chalk, count things you see  Being outside is such a wonderful booster for kids.


Talk to your child:  Just talk to your child without the interruptions of tvs, phones, tablets.  We are often so busy that it's hard to find time, good quality time, to talk to our kids. Time with us is what they really crave the most. 

Our kids definitely pick up on what we are feeling and it's hard not to feel stress right now.  Above all, love on them and help them feel secure in a time of insecurity.  I am thinking about them, worrying about them, and am already planning on how best to take care of the academic pieces once this has passed. 

Stay healthy everyone.  
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.

As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.

Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  

Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.

As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.

Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  

Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.

As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.

Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  

Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.

As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.

Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  

Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.
You have survived day 5 of no school!  Hope you are all doing well.  I miss seeing your child's adorable face coming into the classroom every morning and sharing what he/she did the night before.   I know this is a trying time for all of us and like you, I am waiting to get back to the old normal.

As you are home with your child, please do not feel that you have to make them sit and work for the duration of a school day.  We all need breaks during the school day, too.  Children need time to be bored so that they can explore and use their imagination.  Let their imagination and creativity overflow.

Children like routine, and at school, we try to have it as close to it as possible each day.  Make a simple schedule that will work for all of you.  If your child has a high energy level in the morning, you may want to have him/her use this time to focus on subjects. I know you are all doing your best, we are all dealing with a new normal.  Just remember, we are in this together.  

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I have set up a website on our school page that has helpful hints and links to websites that you might find useful.  

Check the weekly updates and useful links on the school website page.  I will also send you updates via email too.