Class News
National Summer Learning Association (NSLA)
https://www.summerlearning.org/resources-for-programs-and-families-during-school-closures/

As we continue to weather the COVID-19 health crisis, NSLA has gathered resources and guidance from the field on remote learning and news regarding food access. Programs and families are encouraged to visit the organization’s pages for information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.


SUNDAY, MAY 31
Special Kids Network (SKN) Helpline9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
http://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/Special%20Kids%20Network/Pages/Special%20Kids%20Network.aspx

1-800-986-4550

The SKN helpline assists providers and parents of children and youth with special health care needs access local services and supports. SKN serves children and youth with physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional needs from birth through age 21.




May 27th, 2020

Special Needs Units

http://www.healthchoices.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_271137.pdf

Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are responsible for managing physical health care for children enrolled in Medical Assistance. MCOs' Special Needs Units provide care coordination and refer individuals to other resources like housing and mental or behavioral health services.


May 26th, 2020
Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs)
http://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/ELRCs.aspx
Pennsylvania's Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) designed ELRCs as a place where families can find high-quality early education opportunities, apply for assistance to help with child care costs or access other resources that will set them on a path to success. It is also where child care providers can receive information on improving program quality.

May 25th, 2020

Early Intervention
http://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Children/Pages/Early-Intervention%20Services.aspx
1-800-692-7288
Early Intervention helps children with disabilities develop and learn to their fullest potential, while enhancing each family's capacity to meet the developmental needs of their child in the settings where children would be if they did not have a disability.

May 21st, 2020:
PA Family Network
1-844-PAFamily (1-844-723-2645)
PAFamilyNetwork@visionforequality.org
http://www.visionforequality.org/pa-family-network/
The PA Family Network services include providing information, connections and supports through Family Advisors and networking opportunities, including family workshops and individual mentoring sessions throughout Pennsylvania.

Parent to Parent of PA
http://www.parenttoparent.org/
1-888-727-2706
Families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs are matched in order to develop a supportive network.

May 19th, 2020
AID in PA
http://aidinpa.org/
AID in PA is a resource collection for Pennsylvanians in the autism and intellectual disabilities communities. A joint effort between ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) and the statewide HCQUs (Heath Care Quality Units) designed to connect individuals with disabilities, families, professionals, and community members with resources that can best serve them in emergency situations. Current resources focus on the going COVID-19 crisis.


May 18th, 2020
ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training)
www.Paautism.org/resource/coronavirus-resources/
ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. ASERT was developed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and
statewide.
HCQU‌ ‌(Health‌ ‌Care‌ ‌Quality‌ ‌Unit)‌ ‌- Intellectual Disabilities Supports

https://www.myodp.org/mod/page/view.php?id=7699
The‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Care‌ ‌Quality‌ ‌Units‌ ‌(HCQUs)‌ work‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌and‌ ‌improve‌ ‌the‌ ‌health‌ ‌information‌ ‌and‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌for the intellectual disabilities community service system by building capacity and competency within the physical and behavioral health systems as well as the stakeholders of the ID system. There are 8 HVQUs across Pennsylvania.
May 17th, 2020
KinConnector
1-866-KIN-2111‌
The‌ ‌KinConnector‌ ‌helpline‌ ‌assists‌ ‌families in kinship care situations, including grandparents, raising their grandchildren, with locating, understanding, and accessing resources, including gaining access to local, state and federal resources.

May 14th, 2020

Mental Health and Suicide Crisis Lines
Mental Health in PA offers resources from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) for mental health and substance use disorder.  
http://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Mental-Health-In-PA/Pages/default.aspx
Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free 24/7 support and information via text.
http://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/

DHS Assistance
Links to resources including, but not limited to, housing, cash, food, utilities and medical assistance.
https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/default.aspx

DHS Warmline
The
helpline is available 24/7 for those struggling with anxiety or overwhelming emotions due to COVID-19. Specialists will listen to Pennsylvanians and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
Support‌ ‌&‌ ‌Referral‌ ‌Helpline:‌ 1-855-284-2494
For TTY, dial 724-631-5600
May 7th, 2020
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.  I wanted to share a resource for teens and young adults with you,  ok2talk.  The website is:  https://ok2talk.org  

ok2talk.org
It's time we talked about mental health. Share what's on your mind.


ABOUT OK2TALK
Living with mental illness may sometimes leave you feeling hopeless and alone. Often, you may not know what’s wrong or you may even feel like you’ve done something wrong. Even when you do understand what’s happening, you may find it hard to talk about what you’re going through with friends and family. The stigma associated with having a mental illness often makes it hard to talk openly about your feelings and experiences. We want you to know that help is available. 
OK2TALK is a community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing stories, poems, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards helping you get the support you need to feel better.

April 29th, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning Monday, April 27th, Teachers are conducting “Planned Instruction”. All students are working out of provided packets and workbooks that were distributed to the students. 


Students also have online components, Think Central and ConnectED, which are aligned to their reading and math series, and may be utilized. Students do not need to complete assignments via these platforms, however they are the resource components to access the lessons/stories.

        

MobyMax will also be utilized as a supplemental component that is not required by the students, but is a useful tool to enhance their skills.

   

Teachers will also be posting assignments to their individual websites and the “Remote Learning” tab of the Kennedy Early Childhood Center webpage. All teachers are required to utilize their email and either the Remind App or Class Dojo as a means of communication to the students and their families.


Please be advised that student participation and attendance will be monitored and tracked. This can be done using various methods and platforms (e-mail, ClassDojo, Remind)

Daily

-You can send pictures of the students work to the teacher

-You can simply let the teacher know that your child has completed the daily assignments

2) Weekly

-At the end of the week let your child’s teacher know that the work has been completed

We encourage students and parents to actively communicate with their child’s teacher for assistance, engagement, and to ensure the well-being of all.


A future date and details will be provided for all families to participate in an end of the year drop-off, in which the school will be collecting and reviewing all workbooks and packets.


On behalf of myself and my staff at the Kennedy Early Childhood Center, we sincerely miss all of our students and wish that everyone remain safe and healthy through this unprecedented event.



Sincerely,


Mrs. Bartle

Principal





April 27th, 2020:
Dear Parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Bunnell, your child's music teachers, have set up a class dojo for their music classes.  They have also posted resources on the website but are inviting you to join their music dojo.  If you are interested, please email either Brad or Jennis Bunnell and they will send you an invite. 

April 27th, 2020:

Dear Parents,  

Our reading lessons will come from the SRA Reading Series that I use in my classroom.  I understand that your child’s regular education teachers also included the Wonders Reading Series that the district uses in those classrooms.  I would like for you to put those materials on the side, and focus primarily on the SRA reading.  You can use the Wonders Reading for enrichment as needed, however you may find it difficult for your child.  The regular education teachers sent those materials home as required through inclusion in their classrooms.    I assure you that there will be no consequences against your child for not finishing the Wonders reading and focusing on the SRA Reading.


I hope this alleviates  some of the worries and concerns that you may be feeling.   

Daily Math assignments from the GOMath! Series will be posted on the Grade K and Grade 1 webpages or individual teacher's dojos.


Stay safe and healthy,

Mrs. Litch


GRADE K

SRA Reading  -  Lesson 67

Step 1:  Have your child say the letter and corresponding sound for the following letters/sounds:

/m/, /o/, /c/, /a/, /t/, /d/, /u/ /r/

Correct your child as necessary and have them repeat the letter/sound the correct way.

Step 2:  Have your child sound out each letter in the word and then blend all the sounds together.

Point to  c-u-t. Sound it out.   Point to c-u-t as your child says cccuuuut.

Go though all the words on the list by sounding them out this way.  Do not sound out any small letters.

nut    cut     sock       roc

fun    sun    run

sick    sack


Step 3:  Complete the 2 sided workbook page for Lesson 67.  The workbook is red with a picture of a mama and baby bear on the cover. Check their work and correct as necessary.  


I also included the supplemental workbook pages for each lesson.  It came stapled together in a separate packet.  Lesson 67 has three sentences on top, the first sentence says:  the ⯀cat ⯀sat. Only one side page needs to be completed daily.

GRADE 1

SRA Reading  -  Lesson 94


Step 1:  Have your child say the letter and corresponding sound for the following letters/sounds:

/y/, /t/, /x/, /e/,  /r/

Long vowel:  /ō/, /ā/

Dipthong:  /er/


Correct your child as necessary and have them repeat the letter/sound the correct way

Step 2:  Have your child sound out each letter in the word and then blend all the sounds together.

Point to m-e-n. Sound it out.   Point to m-e-n as your child says mmmeeen.

Go though all the words on the list by sounding them out this way.  Do not sound out any small letters.

men    jumps   brōke 

pool     moon     soon

Swimming


Step 3:   Read the story for lesson 94 outloud.  An adult or older sibling can help read the story to them. 

Step 4:  Complete the 2 sided workbook page for Lesson 94.  The workbook is orange with a picture 2 foxes on the cover. Check their work and correct as necessary.  

I also included the supplemental workbook pages for each lesson.  It came stapled together in a separate packet.  Lesson 94 has two sentences on top, the first sentence says:  pet in bed . Only one side page needs to be completed daily.


April 24th, 2020

Parents,
Beginning on Monday, April 27th the district will be implementing enhanced enrichment assignments. Check my dojo page or this GNA webpage for assignments.

Thanks,
Mrs. Litch

April 24th, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning Monday, April 27th, Teachers are conducting “Planned Instruction”. All students are working out of provided packets and workbooks that were distributed to the students. 


Students also have online components, Think Central and ConnectED, which are aligned to their reading and math series, and may be utilized. Students do not need to complete assignments via these platforms, however they are the resource components to access the lessons/stories.

        

MobyMax will also be utilized as a supplemental component that is not required by the students, but is a useful tool to enhance their skills.

   

Teachers will also be posting assignments to their individual websites and the “Remote Learning” tab of the Kennedy Early Childhood Center webpage. All teachers are required to utilize their email and either the Remind App or Class Dojo as a means of communication to the students and their families.


Please be advised that student participation and attendance will be monitored and tracked. We encourage students and parents to actively communicate with their child’s teacher for assistance, engagement, and to ensure the well-being of all.


A future date and details will be provided for all families to participate in an end of the year drop-off, in which the school will be collecting and reviewing all workbooks and packets.


On behalf of myself and my staff at the Kennedy Early Childhood Center, we sincerely miss all of our students and wish that everyone remain safe and healthy through this unprecedented event.



Sincerely,


Mrs. Bartle

Principal

Kennedy Early Childhood Center



April 24th, 2020:

Parents:  I have downloaded the virtual Extended School Year Flyer (ESY) from the LIU to my class dojo.  If I contacted you and you are still interested, please let me know on dojo.

April 20th, 2020:

Reminder:  The new drive through distribution of materials for all Kennedy students will be conducted today from 9-11 am and also from 2-4 pm.  This will consist of all student workbooks, packets from myself and your child's regular education teacher and their school belongings.  I strongly urge you to please come to one of these times to collect these materials and their school belongings.

April 20th, 2020:
 

On Wednesday, April 22nd, we will be conducting a drive-through style distribution of materials for all students in Pre-K through 2nd Grade. These materials consist of student workbooks, packets, and student belongings.
It is essential that all parents come to this distribution, as this is expected to be the final distribution for Pre-K through 2nd Grade.
The distribution will be held from 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm in front of the Kennedy Early Childhood Center.
All parents will enter the school parking lot from the Church Street entrance, where someone will meet you for your child’s name, grade level, and teacher’s name. You will then be directed towards the flag pole and your child’s materials will be brought to you.

If you need further clarification, this information will be posted on the Kennedy website, or feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

Valerie Bartle
 

4/20/20:
Dear Parents,
I have included a link on a Parents Guide to Google Classroom.  As of this time, we are not using Google Classroom at this level.  However, I included the guide for those of you who have children in the upper grades.
Take care,
Mrs. Litch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys


www.youtube.com
#GoogleClassroom #GoogleClassroomGuide #GoogleClassroomTutorial Feel free to use this presentation: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1g-0F_xa9WSocHxHz8aJylaFnj...
4/13/20  and 3/23/20 
Dear Parents and Guardians,

     As we venture through this time of uncertainty, we as special educators would like to provide our parents and guardians support through enrichment activities.  We are including on the special education web page websites that will be a resource for parents to assist in maintaining foundational skills such as; handwriting, letter recognition, letter sounds, blending sounds, number recognition, number writing, counting, addition and subtraction.  

      Please continue to work on the packets that were sent home with your child on the last school day on March 13th and the second drive through packet distribution on April 14th. All students should have received a packet from their regular education teacher as well as myself.  The work included in the packet is a review of material covered in class and your child should be able to complete the work with little guidance.  If you have any questions regarding material in the packet or any other foundational skills, please contact me at the following email address: litchkofskil@gnasd.com or on my classroom dojo.

In addition, attached on the GNA Website are offers for free internet service, from providers such as Comcast, Atlantic Broadband, and Service Electric during the pandemic.

Stay healthy and safe,

Mrs. Litch
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Support Teacher

Contact:
email:   litchkofskil@gnasd.com  and Classroom Dojo

 
READ 5 BOOKS AND GET A FREE TICKET TO A RAILRIDERS GAME! 4/22/20
READing Railroad:
Information on the Railriders Reading Program
https://www.milb.com/scranton-wb/community/reading-railroad


 
Resources

www.scholastic.com/learnathome  - Keeping Kids Reading, Thinking, and Growing (4/22/20)

https://www.speechbuddy.com/  Activities from a Speech Therapist (4/22/20)

http://www.ABCmouse.com/  (code: school7771)
http://www.Crayola.com/ - Free lessons 
http://www.classroommagazines.scholastic.com/ - Scholastic Learn at home
http://www.stories.audible.com - free audible stories
http://www.BigLifeJournal - Big Life Journal - Growth and Mindset Resources
http://www.Osterhout.info/tumblebooks - Osterhout Library
http://www.edhelper.com  
http://www.seussville.com

Wonders Reading Series

http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com//school/r8t7


Fun and Interesting Websites
http://youtu.be/YnuOeG2EpVk  - Story Based Yoga for Kids
http://www.Crayola.com  -  Free coloring pages
http://travelandleisure.com  - World Famous Museums- virtual tours
http://houstonzoo.org   - Live animals at the Houston Zoo



Interesting Reading on COVID-19

http://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html -Information of Coronavirus

www.scholastic.com/coronavirus    - Teaching our World: The Coronavirus  (4/22/20)

Pathfinders For Autism   Information on teaching your child about COVID-19 from ASD.(4/22/20)

BrainPOP video about the Coronavirus — It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind.