Hello Parents,
I want to apologize for not getting this email out to you earlier.  I wanted to send it out early today, but didn't get the chance.  All grade levels at Clark are trying to coordinate together to send you resources on either Sunday or Monday.  So those of you who have multiple children in various grade levels, keep on the lookout for those resources.  You will be getting them all at once!
I hope you are all doing well at home.  Thank you so much for all of you who sent responses to the survey.  It was very helpful and informational.  If you haven't done that yet, please complete it when you get the chance to help me better help you:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8nAYNexOdUyAWk20-BGuoRBj127xl5xJoBCXNVaEfHhUQ1ZGRFo3UVpNVVpGSlpaVEpIUlE2QjlSOS4u
 I had a couple of items on the survey that I would like to address based on your answers and questions.
  1.  Because I know many of you do not have access to a printer, I am not going to be sending things your way that requires any printing.  Since I can't hand out packets of printed materials to you, much of the work will be online.  There are several "unplugged" activities that your child can do around the house that is on the attached gameboard (check out the changes).
  2. About writing and how much a child should do a day.  That is a tricky one as we do about 30-40 minutes of writing a day just during writing time, but they practice writing throughout the day.  I would say the goal would be about 30 minutes of writing a day, but do writing at your discretion.  If they are getting antsy, let them take a break and they can pick it up another time or another day.  There are activities on the gameboard that include writing, so you can just have your child do that activities for as long as they can be focused.  I have also attached "Kindergarten Resources" that might help with reading and writing questions and what you can do.
  3. EBooks:  There are several websites that help with books online.  Headsprout actually has books once they pass several of the phonics lessons.  I'm not sure what level they add the book resource room link.  Also, in the Kindergarten Resource attachment, you will find some online books you can use.  https://blog.reallygoodstuff.com/11-free-reading-websites-for-kids/ is a website where you can find free reading websites as well.
  4. Specialists:  The specialists have collaborated together to create one newsletter for all specialists to make it easier for you and to reduce the amount of emails you are receiving.  Here is the link:   https://sway.office.com/YzHStfNcYyF1asDE?ref=Link
  5. About laptop computers or devices from the district, if you have contacted me about that, I have sent an email to Christy Otley to let her know about this as the district instructed me.  Also, here is the process and information of being able to receive the laptops from the district:

 

  1. Families must call one of the numbers and talk with a staff person to sign up for a computer. (see the copy of the ISD webpage below).
  2. Families will be told what day and location to pick up a computer.

 

Families cannot just show up to pick up a computer, each computer is configured in advance for the specific student(s) to be able to log in.  We have the capacity to configure about 100 computers per day so we are now experiencing a couple days between families requesting the computer and being able to pick up their computer. 

 

You may also look at this website:  https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/supports/laptops

During school closures, K-12 students who do not have a computer, laptop and/or internet access at home may check a laptop and/or internet hot-spot out from the school district.

Parents and/or guardians will be able to pick up the laptop at one of these schools:

Briarwood, Newcastle, Sunset, Issaquah Valley, Grand Ridge, Endeavour, Issaquah Middle School.

 

Parents interested in checking out a laptop, please call one of the staff members below. In addition to English, staff members are available to take your call in the language indicated.

 

Wenli Mithal (中文)

MithalW@issaquah.wednet.edu
Office: 425-837-7106
Text: 978-252-3686

Francisca Mejia Campos (Español)

CamposF@issaquah.wednet.edu
Office: 425-837-7141
Text: 978-400-2516

Ina Ghangurde

GhangurdeI@issaquah.wednet.edu
Office: 425-837-7008
Text: 252-563-3498

Krima Molina (Filipino)

MolinaK@issaquah.wednet.edu
Office: 425-837-7214
Text: 971-251-0691

 

Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a form taking responsibility for the laptop. A copy of the form will be provided when you pick up the laptop. We are able to process approximately 100 laptops per day. After placing your request you will receive a confirmation email with the date of pick up.

Families may checkout an internet hot-spot for the laptop if internet is not available at home (limit one per family). Please note many companies have changed their rules to give families more data options during this time. More information can be found on company websites. Comcast  (Spanish Version), T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. 

Again, another really long email.  I hope you were able to get to the end! Tell your kiddos hello from me!  I really miss them.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me about any questions or concerns.   I hope you have a wonderful week!  
 
Mandy Mayclin
Kindergarten Choice Board (March 27-April 3).pdf
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