KEEP A SCHEDULE

Check the schedule for each week.  Know when students should be attending class and when tutorials are available. 

CHECK VERACROSS

Teacher will be posting assignments and grades in Veracross.  Keep check to see how your student is progressing

ask for help

We are new to remote learning just like you.  It is important than we communicate early and often if there are challenges.  See the list below of who you should contact.

Remote Learning:        SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENT

As always, we are here to partner with you in the education of your student.  In this unique time, we may not always be physically present with your student and we will depend on you and your student to communicate and advocate for the needs they have that may not be as apparent to their teacher. Here are some ways you can support them in this new learning environment. 

  • Keep a schedule.  Providing a sense of normalcy in a time that is anything but normal can help students overcome anxiety.  

  • If possible find a space in the house where the student can engage in classes with their teachers with limited interruptions.  We recognize that this may be challenging and if it is not possible, it is fine. 

  • Know that we are working through many new skills as well.  Encourage your student to let their teacher know if they are having trouble using the technology tools or in the new learning environment. 

  • Let us know if your student is experiencing challenges.  We are here to support you and your family during this time and will work to find solutions to problems that may arise. 

Wellness and Self-Care Tips

 

  1. Stick to a routine: Uncertainty is challenging and can increase feelings of stress and anxiety.  Staying rooted in routines and predictability is going to be helpful right now.  Over scheduling time is not productive, but trying to emulate the structure of a normal school day can be very helpful

  2. Limit news consumption: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  3. Focus on the big three:  Sleep, Physical Activity, Nutrition

    1. Sleep: Poor sleep can intensify stress and make it more difficult to cope with stressors. There are a number of strategies that can help you develop healthy sleep habits, such as turning off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, going to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, making sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature, and removing electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smartphones, from the bedroom while you sleep.

    2. Physical activity: Physical activity is a natural stress reliever.  Even moderate exercise can have a positive effect on mood.  A short walk for 15 or 20 minutes every day can make a difference.  Physical wellness and mental health tend to go hand in hand.

    3. Nutrition: If possible, try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals. Additionally, try to eat at normal meal times. This will help maintain routine and structure. 

  4. Have fun: Schedule time every day to do things you enjoy and help you unwind. 

  5. Relaxation: Practice relaxation exercises like deep breathing, mindfulness, stretching, and mediation/prayer. Here are a few free resources that have relaxation exercises:

    1. Calm - free breathing and mindfulness exercises

    2. Breathe2Relax - app with deep breathing exercises

    3. Lake - mindful coloring app

    4. Simple Habit - meditation app

    5. Some local fitness studios are live streaming yoga classes

  6. Addressing feelings of fear and anxiety: Experiencing feelings like fear and anxiety are normal.  However, it’s important not to ignore these feelings. Instead, explore healthy outlets to help process these feelings.  Some recommended activities include talking to people you trust, journaling, listening and to music, drawing or coloring, breathing exercises and exercising.  

  7. Keep in contact with your support systems: Stay in touch with the people in your support system through formats such as text, phone calls and emails. You can also use other social media outlets like Netflix Party - a Google Chrome extension that allows you and your friends to simultaneously stream Netflix.  Additionally, check in on your friends who may not be reaching out at this time to make sure they are doing okay. If you have serious concerns about a friend, please share that concern with a trusted adult.  

  8. Be a part of the solution: Remind yourself and others that your current actions, such as handwashing and social distancing, are helping to keep you and others safe. 

  9. Practice gratitude: Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives. Try writing down three things you are grateful for each day, or sending a message of gratitude each day to someone in your life. 


Go outside: Spending time outside can be beneficial for our physical and mental health.     

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