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Principal's Message Week # 14
Posted 12/2/20

December 2, 2020

Dear Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to enjoy a break from school. Good food, time together, and a respite from virtual lessons were likely needed by everyone and came just in time. I do recognize however that to get children back into the routine of school can be difficult so I wanted to offer some suggestions to assist parents, students, and teachers.

To set a scholarly mindset:

  • Discuss your student’s recent report card and express how proud you are of their accomplishments.
  • Highlight areas of excellence and encourage their curiosity and inquisitiveness by discussing the subjects they enjoy and wonder about.
  • Reassure students that they can progress in areas that are harder for them.
  • Express that learning is a life- long endeavor that can continually and positively be impacted by their time and attention.
  • Collaborate on a daily readiness routine by checking with your student to see materials are organized, ready and available. Involve your child so they take ownership and responsibility.
  • Check the class schedule with your child the night before and discuss it to assist with readiness and check on assignments, projects, and to see if there may be a need to attend office hours. If students have Resource, Speech, or other services make sure they are attending at their designated time and returning to their regular class after.
  • Plan your child‘s morning routine schedule with them to allow them enough time to get up, get dressed, and eat before school. Remind them they are going to “real” school even if it is virtual and not the experience they may have expected.
  • Refer to and discuss the virtual classroom as real school. Explain students need to treat it as they would an actual live classroom where it’s important to them and their classmates to arrive on time, participate fully, and utilize supports like small group instruction and office hours.
  • Encourage utilization of built in supports like brain breaks, breakouts, small groups, and office hours that offer on-going support. These are available yet when I am visiting classes I sometimes see students treating them as optional when their participation would make the distance learning more connective and positive.
  • Turn off devices after school and set break times to let students decompress before doing homework. Planning fun breaks with your student can offer them an incentive to participate in classes fully.
  • Incorporate a daily review discussion into your family time to share how the day went for you and for your child. Let them know what you did and ask them about what they learned. Speaking and listening are important skills and can also add to building your educational partnership and personal relationship during this difficult time.

I want to thank everyone for all you do to support your wonderful children. Our recent Parent/Teacher conferences had many parents, grandparents and guardians meeting virtually to discuss their child’s progress and actively work with us to improve the education experience of our students. If you were not able to attend please do reach out and make an appointment with your child’s teacher. Thank you for the work you are personally doing to collaborate with our team. If I can assist you please contact me at sguerrero@fusdk12.net. I am happy to assist you.

Cordially,

Susan Guerrero

Mattos Principal