Head of School’s Letter

Continuity of Learning During School Closing

Posted by Joanna on March 12, 2020

I have made the decision to close school, beginning on Monday March 16 through at least March 27. I am choosing to be proactive, due to the highly communicable nature of COVID-19, to best position our community to remain healthy. I will reassess the situation as it develops and communicate with you regularly.

The timing of last week’s Professional Development Day for faculty and staff could not have been better. We were fortunate to be able to spend the day making plans for continuity of learning. We created learning plans and activities for students to complete at home.

Below is a summary for each of the program levels.

Children’s House: A Guide to Learning from Home – This parent guide is intended to help you structure your child’s environment, provide you with ideas, activities and on-line resources for the Children’s House curriculum areas, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and STEM. There are also suggestions for podcasts and reading materials for your child. Kindergarten students will receive a Fundations packet for handwriting practice. The Guide will be sent to parents via email. You will also receive a hard copy along with some books in a bag for your child.

Lower Elementary: Students will receive homepacks that include a daily to-do list and a work plan to complete with their parents. Project work and skills reinforcement will be provided in the areas of Math, Science, Language, Cultural and STEM. This format is intended to mirror the workday that they experience in the classroom. Students are expected to complete this work independently and ask their parents to initial their work plan at the end of each day. Students will receive printed homepacks and electronic versions will be shared as well.

Upper Elementary: Students will engage in a remote classroom learning environment with their teachers via Google Classroom and Google Meet. Classes will be scheduled each morning and lessons will be taught in Math, Language, Science and Cultural. Each afternoon, students will work independently to complete follow-up work. Chromebooks, literature books, workbooks and homework will be given to the students in homepacks. A simulation of the remote environment was practiced with students today.

Middle School: Units of study as planned will be continued in a remote classroom learning environment with their teachers via Google Classroom and Google Meet. Math, Science and Humanities will each meet 3 times per week in the morning. Chromebooks, literature books, workbooks and homework will be given to the students in homepacks. A simulation of the remote environment was practiced with students today.

Spanish: Homepacks with independent project work will be given to students in the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School grades.

Art: Kindergarten through Middle School students will receive printed activities that reinforce previously taught skills in their program level homepack.

Music: Music lessons and activities will be provided to parents via links to online learning sites.

Library/Media: Projects will be included for the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School students. Examples include a biography project, cultural projects in collaboration with Spanish and a National Parks project.

Physical Education: Lower Elementary through Middle School students will receive homepacks that include lessons in health and physical activity challenges.

Remote learning cannot replicate the Montessori classroom environment for your children. This work is intended to provide continuity of learning for your child. Work will be sent home with your child tonight, however, please encourage him or her not to begin until Monday.

Teachers and administrators have met with students in Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School to discuss what it means to be a remote learner. Children’s House parents, I leave it to you to explain the school closure to your child. You will be receiving more specific information from your child’s program level director. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Orlowitz, Mrs. Caruso or your child’s teacher with any questions you may have.

Thankfully, we are well-prepared. I witnessed the success of our older students as they worked in their virtual classroom simulations this morning! I know that this is unexpected, stressful and will impact your work and schedule. Preventative measures are in the best interest of our community at this time.

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