• Class News - September 11, 2020

    Posted by Wendy Snyder on 9/11/2020

    Ms. Snyder’s Class News for September 11, 2020


    Thank you again for all of your patience and support as we muddled through our first week of remote learning.  I am so proud of your students as they have maintained a positive attitude and continuously persevered through their day and their school work.  Below you will find important information for next week as we move into a “yellow” schedule for learning.


    School Supplies for Next Week

    In order to help minimize the spread of germs and the amount of materials we need to keep clean at school, I am asking students ONLY bring what they can keep in their pencil boxes in their desk (with a couple of exceptions).  If you haven’t yet purchased any supplies, the supply list can be found at the West Ada website and using this link: District School Supply List


    Here is a list of supplies students SHOULD bring to school next week.  Supplies should fit in a pencil box and/or a large zip lock bag. This also helps students keep track of their supplies.  Any supplies that have been purchased and aren’t sent to school can be kept at home and replenished as needed.  I have bolded the items that are MUST HAVEs and noted supplies that students tend to need replenished throughout the year.


    Pencil boxes brought to school should include: 

    • 4 #2 pencils
    • 1 large pink eraser
    • I pkg. Crayons
    • 1 pkg. Markers
    • Colored pencils (optional)
    • 2 dry erase markers (we are constantly running out of these)
    • 1 pair of scissors
    • 2 glue sticks
    • 1 bottle of glue (ok if this doesn’t fit in the pencil box)


    Other supplies students will need include:  

      • 3 Ring binder
      • earbuds or headphones that fit in our Ipads (please check at home before sending to school)


    • At least1 pocket folder
    • At least 1 wide ruled composition notebook


    • 2 black or blue pens
    • 2 red pens


    *Water colors and notebook paper are not necessary.  I have plenty of paper and we don’t use water colors enough to warrant purchasing them unless you want to.


    Devices (Expectations and Guidelines)


    As we move into “yellow” next week (and whatever comes after that)  I wanted to highlight a few Expectations and Guidelines that will help students whether they are at home or in school. I have already started going over these expectations with students in our morning and closing meetings and will address them next week when students are in the building.


    At the end of each learning day students should:

    • Leave devices on to allow for district updates
    • Plug devices in to charge overnight (or when they are done using them for the day) so they are ready for the next day


    Each morning students should:

    • Reboot Ipads by holding down the home key and power button at the same time until an apple appears on the screen


    When coming to school students should:

    • Students should bring their device, keyboard AND charger


    Other Miscellaneous Things for Next week


      • Masks are required on campus.  Students may also wear a shield, however, I will need to space them further from the group.  If you know in advance that your child will wear a shield, please let me know so I can ensure their placement in class follows the proper safety guidelines
      • Hand Sanitizer: Students are expected to get hand sanitizer EVERY TIME they enter and exit the classroom.  If your student has any issues with hand sanitizer, please let me know so I can work with your student on an alternative plan.
      • Drinking Fountains have been turned off.  Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with them to school.  Please note the need to be VERY CAREFUL with water bottles in backpacks with devices.  If possible, I prefer water bottles with a “pop top lid” as opposed to a lid that unscrews to completely come off the water bottle.  These tend to spill and leak the most.


    • Snacks: Since we will be eating lunch at 11:20 we anticipate students will be hungry later in the day. For this reason, students are encouraged to bring a small, healthy snack that can be easily eaten either outside or at their desk while they work.  We will talk more about appropriate snacks next week when students are in the building.



    Thank you for all you do at home to help support your students!  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  Next week's agenda will be sent out on Sunday for students ``Remote Learning” at home.



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  • Class News - September 2, 2020

    Posted by Wendy Snyder on 9/2/2020

    Ms. Snyder’s Class News for September 4, 2020


    Thank You

    It was so nice to meet you and your students yesterday during our device pick-up. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to bring your children to meet me, see where their new classroom will be and pick-up their Ipads.  I also want to thank you for the many kind words of encouragement and support, along with your patience and understanding as we navigate this “less than normal” school year.  As I stated yesterday, “Don’t Stress” if something doesn’t work the first days or weeks of school.  We are all learning and doing the best we can, including you and your students.  Please, do reach out to me and let me know if you have any questions or assistance.  I am happy to help in any way I can.


    Technology “How-to” Videos Assigned in Seesaw to Students


    Yesterday I assigned some Seesaw lessons with “How to” videos for Seesaw and Teams.  Today I have unassigned them so they won’t show up in your students activities feed.  Instad, I resent the video links as announcements.  You will notice that I also sent an announcement to parents with a link to the Teams video’s, because this is the platform that your students will likely need the most help next week and you may want to preview these videos too.


    Note: These videos are meant to help students navigate both Seesaw and Teams from home. If your student is feeling uncomfortable in either of these programs, I would encourage them to take a look at some of the videos over the weekend. Most students are very comfortable and familiar with Seesaw, however they may not be as comfortable with Teams.  


    We will ONLY be using Teams for:

      •  Video check-ins both at the beginning and end of each day
      • Office Hours help (I will also ask students to join me during these times if I see they are struggling with something or want to provide direct instruction on an activity or lesson).


    • Document storage - Important documents, such as our daily schedule will be housed in the General channel of Teams under files.  I am also working on linking those to my Website and/or emailing families as families DO NOT have access to Teams themselves.



    Important Documents


    Below you will find two important documents. I am working on getting them uploaded to my website as well, but that might not get done until next week.  Until then, I wanted to make sure you had a digital copy of the schedule I shared with your student yesterday along with the ABCD Specials Schedule.  This will be especially helpful when we are in “yellow”.


    Monday night I will email you the specific weekly schedule for the first week of school.  I will also send an announcement to your student with the Daily Agendas  which will also be linked in Teams for an additional access point.


    Weekly Schedule (handed out yesterday)

    ABCD Specials Rotation


    Thank you again for all your support and understanding.  I hope you enjoy a relaxing Labor Day weekend.  I am headed to the mountains for a little R & R, so I won’t be available to answer emails until Monday.  Please however, DO NOT hesitate to reach out with an email with any questions you might have and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.



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