Week 2 of Online Classes (February 10th – 14th)

Dear Grade 4 Families:

Good Morning and Happy Monday! We hope you had a restful weekend! We have three important updates from our team for online learning moving forward, which will hopefully make life easier (or at least online learning easier).

FIRST IMPROVEMENT: We will be condensing grade 4 assignments starting this week. Therefore, you will notice that there won’t be as many tasks assigned. We still expect high-quality work and critical thinking at all times. For instance, on certain days, they may have to read an article, take notes on this article in their notebook, and then complete a math post. But, if they are putting forth the correct amount of effort and utilizing their thinking skills, that may (and should) still take 4 hours to complete.

If students finish early, the school day still continues. Students can always practice math on IXL (which should be used DAILY for practice), read a good choice book (which they should do for 20+ minutes EVERY DAY), and/or read using the EPIC app. If EPIC isn’t working for your student, please see Ms. Graff’s (primary librarian) message to all students through Seesaw about how they can read books on a different website. Check it out!

For those students that have a username / password to RAZ Kids from Ms. Kim: Please spend 15-20 minutes DAILY AT LEAST reading through this online program. This won’t be posted for daily assignments, but it is an expectation for students receiving EAL support.

SECOND IMPROVEMENT: Students should be keeping track of assignments as we post them on Microsoft Teams. This will still be the case. However, to stay more organized, we have added a channel each on the 4A, 4B, 4C, and 4D Class 2019-2020 Microsoft Teams called “Week 2 of Online Learning.” This channel is where we will post assignments for this week and where students will discuss assignments and post anything they need to on Microsoft Teams. Please remind students not to post on the General tab anymore during online learning. This will help both students and teachers in managing conversations and staying organized with assignments.

CONTACT US! Office Hours:

There will still be assignments on Seesaw but that will be clearly stated in the assignment posted in “Week 2 of Online Learning” in Microsoft Teams. Please make sure to remind students to submit posts on Seesaw and Microsoft Teams. Attendance will be taken again based on students completing work.

Here are the office hours of all teachers that will be monitoring grade 4 throughout the week of February 10-14:

Ms. Kim will be communicating through email (skim@sis.org.cn), through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4A’s Seesaw 8:00-10:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Deng will be communicating through email (sdeng@sis.org.cn), through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4A’s Seesaw 9:00-11:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Wallace will be communicating through email (rwallace@sis.org.cn), through her personal WeChat, through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4A’s Seesaw 8:00-10:30 Monday-Thursday.

Mr. Damroth will be communicating through email (pdamroth@sis.org.cn), through his personal WeChat, through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4B’s Seesaw 10:00-14:00 Monday-Thursday. He will be traveling this Friday.

Mr. Porter will be communicating through email (sporter@sis.org.cn), through his personal WeChat, through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4C’s Seesaw 8:00-10:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Middleton will be communicating through email (emiddleton@sis.org.cn), through Microsoft Teams, or on class 4D’s Seesaw 9:00-11:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Kim will be communicating through email (skim@sis.org.cn), through her personal WeChat, or through Microsoft Teams 8:00-10:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Gao will be communicating through email (sgao@sis.org.cn) or through Microsoft Teams 13:00-15:00 Monday-Friday.

Ms. Hou will be communicating through email (hou@sis.org.cn) 14:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.

*Again, all of these above times are based on Shenzhen‘s time zone.*

Happy week 2 of online learning! 

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