Owl Blog for Week of May 18th
As a collective staff we have very much appreciated the additional communication opportunities with families this past week from preliminary Department of Education Remote Learning Survey results, to fifth grade moving up meetings, to our parent engagement evening. In a time where quarantine and remote learning fatigue may be setting in for many, your continued efforts are a testament to your endurance.
To further support families, we are putting together a series of workshops on a variety of requested topics. To begin the series and best meet your needs we will have a Family Resource Live Lunch where Social Worker Mike Molloy, Guidance Counselor Ana Veras, and Parent Coordinator Niomi Vasquez will co-host an event highlighting the topics they will be leading. From here, interested parents can sign up for further offerings.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 27th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Zoom. Please take this survey to indicate your interest in attending the initial event. The blurbs below provide an overview of the workshop topics to be covered.
Mike Molloy: Coping Strategies for Families
Over the last two months, I have had the opportunity to work with many families and listen to the varying concerns and emotions that have arisen during this strange time. I believe it could be useful to share out some of the issues that have been explored as well as touch on strategies to cope with various life stressors. I will dedicate the majority of session explaining SMART goals, a concrete technique used to identify and accomplish making changes in our lives. I hope you join me!
Niomi Martinez: Resources for Families from Food Services to Webinars
Hello AmPark family! So excited to share some valuable information regarding health, free opportunities, webinars and much more! Let me leave you with this quote, " Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday." Can't wait to see you all in the info session!
Ana Veras: Supporting the Transition to Middle School
It is a great pleasure to be able to support you with transitioning to Middle School during this challenging time of crisis.
We are hoping to tap into some of our AmPark alum to support our fifth graders in preparing for middle school. Many of our current students have older siblings that can help us to shine a light on this transition. We are in the preliminary stages of planning the structures for these supports, but if you have a AmPark alum that would be willing to help out, please email our Parent Coordinator, Niomi Vasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Lunch Events:
All Live links to be posted in Google Classrooms, please take a look!
Monday, May 18th: One Book One School - Chapter 6 of Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel with special mystery readers!
Tuesday, May 19th: Live SING with Josh!
Wednesday, May 20th:One Book One School - Chapter 7 of Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel with special mystery readers!
Friday, May 22nd: One Book One School - Chapter 8 (The FINAL Chapter!) of Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel with one last special mystery reader!
AmPark’s Got Talent!
We may be remote, but that's no reason we can't showcase the magic that our AmPark Family has to share! On June 3rd & 4th, from 5PM to 6PM, we'll be holding our very first (and hopefully only) remote edition of AmPark's Got Talent!
Going remote does pose some challenges, so we're going to ask that all submissions be sent in by Thursday, May 28th. This will give the AmPark team time to upload and cue up videos to show during the live events on the 3rd & 4th.
All PreK-2nd Grade Talents videos will be shown on June 3rd
3rd-5th Grade Talent videos will be shown on June 4th
The videos will be shown in live Zoom events, giving each of our students a moment to shine and be seen for the stars that they are!
Please ensure that no video is longer than 4 minutes. All videos are to please be sent to Bonnie at email@example.com.
Any families who would like to help in curating and supporting the event, please reach out to Bonnie as well!
We cannot wait to see you shine AmPark Stars!
-A recommended read from AP Francisco De La Cruz on supporting students with math: https://qz.com/1847985/how-parents-can-be-better-math-teachers-in-coronavirus-lockdown/
Take a moment for yourself today with our daily affirmations! This week we are leaning further into remaining open to new challenges, experiences, and perspectives!
Monday, May 18th: I am open-minded and can try new things.
Tuesday, May 19th: I am open-minded and can look at things from another person’s point of view.
Wednesday, May 20th: I am open-minded and can ask questions to learn more.
Thursday, May 21st: I am open-minded and can learn from mistakes I have made.
Friday, May 22nd: I am open-minded and can take on new challenges.
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