Dear parents, friends and families,
We are recognising that the longer we are at home there are things that we are missing, and this is true for all of us, parents, teachers, students, non-teaching staff and leadership alike, we are all having to rethink what is important in our lives what do we truly need as opposed to what we want. This can only be good a good thing as we think about 'essential' items in our lives. More families are recycling, upcycling, reducing and reusing; we are starting to realise that it makes sense to be mindful of our resources, which can only be a good thing.
We know that our teachers and their co-teachers are extremely busy every day. Our teachers are not only researching and posting weekly assignments but they meet with other, in their Grade levels on a daily basis. Collaboration between teachers has always been evident in our school but now teachers are telling me that their meetings are much more effective and efficient. Our teachers are also giving feedback to students individually on a day to day basis, they have meetings with the PYP Coordinator once a week, they have been involved in Virtual Care Calls and will be involved in 3WayConferences, report writing and 'live-teaching sessions.' Some Grade levels have initiated 'new' systems in their Grade levels, from Nursery using a Green screen to go on a field trip to the bus depo to grade 3 virtual cafe sessions, to Grade 5 students taking part in our first PYPVirtualX and playing the part of panelists with a group of adult experts.
Our Single Subject teachers are launching live sessions this week and have also been busy with meetings. The Drama and music team are putting something together for the Early Years and for our Grade 5 students. There is so much happening in these last few weeks.
Our parents have also been undoubtedly busy teaching, trying to run households, shopping, cooking, looking after family member, cleaning (which my friends in the UK find quite amusing that we are missing our house help) and some parents are working themselves. It is safe to say that this pandemic has made us even more busy than before!
The Pedagogical Leadership team have been busy too, as you know Ms Nik and Ms Kristen are working from different countries and both of them are parents. As a leadership team, we have tried to be as involved as we can and not just problem solving or holding the fort.
The leadership team have daily meetings with teachers, we are involved in senior leadership meetings, we are also researching about the possibilities for next year and taking part in many webinars to find out international perspective of schools. I continue to look at all the regular, normal school happenings at this time of year; staff appraisals, staff allocations for next year, orders and meetings with the Senior Leadership Team.
On a student level, I meet with Grade 4 students once a week for a check in, to see how they are doing and to implement some of their ideas to make learning better for them. I am also leading and guiding a PYPX group, which I am very excited about; we are investigating the topic of well-being. I will also join the Early Years live-singalong sessions, which I can't wait for! I meet regularly with our Primary Student Council to discuss 'Take Care Tuesdays' and a culminating week of celebrations, which we are hoping to focus on appreciation for our teachers. The Leadership team have also set up a 'readaloud' channel, giving children some time to watch people they know, listen to stories they may not know.
Ms. Kristen has been busy too, here's what Ms Kristen has to say.......
"I've been busy helping to make sure that things are running smoothly for OIS JVLR Distant Learning. This means meeting with teachers of homeroom teams to ensure that education is happening in the best way possible and that it's as aligned with the PYP framework as possible. We are working together to provide students with engaging learning experiences that help them build skills and learning dispositions and gain content knowledge. I continue to coordinate planning, reports, conferences and critical feedback and make sure that documents are in order. In addition, I've been helping get our first PYP Exhibition for grade 5 running smoothly. We've quickly had to transition to a virtual Exhibition, and I've helped put together organization, timeline, information videos and am mentoring a group of grade 5 students several times a week. The students and I have had fun meeting and discussing the current situation and finding some positive ways to help out.
And I've enjoyed doing read alouds--on videos--for OISJVLR students and receiving feedback from them on how they've enjoyed the read alouds. Next up is some poetry!
The time difference has been challenging (I'm in the US) but talking with the kids, teachers, Ms Lisa and Ms Nik and keeping OISJVLR running smoothly has been a great joy during this time."
And Ms Nik......"My role has changed a lot since we left the building and it is continually adapting. It is keeping me on my toes. I am in the UK at the moment so I get up really early to have meetings at Mumbai time. I am working a lot with our single subject team who have been trying to plan live sessions, fun tasks and interactive learning. I am spending a lot of time on Google Meet in virtual meetings with teams and individuals. In the last few weeks I have been working with the Grade 5 students, I have 4 meetings a week with my PYPx groups; they are researching how Coronovirus has changed technology and the environment. I have also joined in Morning Meetings and live lessons with different classes. We are still looking towards the future and I am having online interactions with families who are in Mumbai and around the world, that would like to join our school. The pedagogical leaders in the school are still working behind the scenes working out how the school will run and how we will move forwards. I am also talking with the Secondary Leadership Team to plan for a smooth transition for Grade 5 going to Grade 6. I’m not sure how I will need to adapt over the next few weeks as we approach the end of the school year, but I am ready for the challenge."
Thank you for your continued support,
We have all (parents, students and teachers) worked very hard to make this lockdown time a happy and fruitful time for all our kids, as free from anxiety as possible. But we are, as always, open to the possibility of doing something different.
As you are aware, we are trialing our face-to-face ‘live teaching sessions’ and we will be starting this on Thursday, 14th May and/or Friday 15th May. The following week will be Three Way Conferences, we will not have ‘live teaching sessions during this week, but will resume our live teaching sessions during the week of 25th-29th May.
The live teaching sessions will be an opportunity for students to interact with a teacher, where possible, in small groups. Please do not confuse this letter with the Three Way Conferences. For the sessions, we will be using Google Meet, which most parents have used during their recent Virtual Care Calls.
So how will ‘live teaching sessions’ work?
Each division will send out sign-up times for the ‘live teaching’ sessions based on what we have been doing already, timings will look different depending on the division.
For Nursery and JKG we will have a 20 minute live singalong with the Music team on Thursday 14th May (an invite has been sent to parents). On Friday 15th May, Nursery and JKG will have a ‘live teaching session’ with their point of contact teacher; please sign up for a time-slot; your point of contact teachers will send you the sign up sheet on Wednesday 13th May 2020 Children will be in small groups.
For SKG, we will have ‘live teaching sessions’ on both Thursday 14th and Friday 15th May. Parents, please sign up for a time-slot; your point of contact teachers will send you the sign up sheet on Tuesday 12th May. Children will be in small groups. On Thursday 14th, SKG children are also invited to a ‘singalong’ with the Music department from 12:00-12:20.
For Grades 1-3, we will have ‘live teaching sessions’ on both Thursday 14th and Friday 15th May. Parents, please sign up for a time-slot; your home room teachers will send you the sign up sheet on Tuesday 12th May. We will also schedule Hindi, Spanish and French during the week of 25th-29th May and these language sessions will involve the whole class.
Our Grade 4 and 5 students have already had daily opportunities to connect with their teacher.
For Grade 4, we have increased the amount of ‘live-teaching sessions’ and these will run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 12:45 and 3pm. Your child already has an assigned time and is expected to attend each of these sessions. We will also be adding a Spanish and Hindi slot for Grade 4 during the week of 25th-29th May. Your homeroom teachers will send you the times for Spanish and Hindi.
Our Grade 5 learners are deep into their inquiries for the PYP Virtual Exhibition, so we don’t want to take away too much time for their already planned interviews, sessions with the HRTs and sessions with their guide or mentor. In addition to the many things that Grade 5 are exploring we have added a scheduled Spanish and Hindi session for the whole class.
Please be aware that, according to our official, Board-ratified, child safeguarding policy, children are not permitted to engage online in real time with an adult unless one of their parents is present. During the entire session, the teacher must be able to see (hopefully in the background) one parent for every child present.
Because this is a trial, teachers will be measuring key variables to help us assess its viability. Parent feedback will also be valuable, so feel free to pass that along to either the teacher or Miss Lisa.
We recognise that some families have got into a routine or rhythm and are working on a flexible schedule and are happy to continue with an element of flexibility to their day, we are happy to support parents who wish to not join the live session; just let your teacher know.
We will trial these sessions again during the week of May 25th-29th and parents will be sent invites or sign-up sheets before this week. The session may be recorded, with parent permission an we will not be changing the times.
We ask that your child:
Don't forget parents, you can access readalouds from our teachers @ www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdLwM_sksrZjsCjWDtNYWhZNPAwfPNobq.
On Wednesday 20th May and Friday 22nd May we will organise 3WayConferences. We recognise that parents have played a vital role in ensuring their child is learning at home and we value our parents' contribution to these conferences.
We are asking all parents to prepare one positive statement about the learner profile/ATL to share with the students/teachers at the conference. We will give parents a template to help guide students through a conversation about their child's learning. We ask that you return this template before the actual 3WayConference.
Please read carefully below.
Form: Three way conferences involve parents, students and a teacher.
Function: On Monday 11th May parents will be given a template of how you can best prepare, this will involve parents having a conversation with their children about learning at home.
Parents are requested to return the form to their child's homeroom teacher or Point of contact teacher on Friday 15th May. We require all parents to do this, so that the teacher can have time to plan the conference using your observations and your child’s perspective before the conference call.
Parents please use the template as a guide to talk to your child about their learning. Parents can sign up for a 20 minute slot which teachers will share with you. Teachers will call you at your assigned time via Google Meet, so please make sure you have the App downloaded.
These conference calls will be different from the VCC and will focus on skills, concepts, knowledge and action. So please encourage your child to think about what they have learnt, using the template provided.
Miss Lisa Hughes
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Welcome to Week 6 of distant learning.
This week will be a short week, no posting on Friday. Please take the time to enjoy a screen free day!
We had such good feedback from our recent VCC's that we will do them again next week. Your teacher will send you a sign up sheet on Thursday 30th April.
On May 22nd, we will organise ThreeWayConferences. These conferences will be an opportunity to talk more about your child's holistic learning during the past 8 weeks. Teachers will provide parents and students with a guide as to how to organise these conferences and what you, as parents, can bring to come prepared.
Primary StuCo, will be thinking of some fun things to wrap the year up and will continue to post their Take Care Tuesdays. Thank you StuCo for helping out with this engagement.
The Grade 5 students will be taking part in an online PYP Virtual on May 29th, please offer any support you can as a parent to the Grade 5 team. This will be a very different approach to how schools approach the Exhibition normally.
Don't forget the Ped. team have set up a readaloud channel, parents can have a break for a few minutes whilst the children listen to the stories. If you, or your child, have any stories you would like us to read, please let us know.
Lastly, don't forget to show appreciation to your teachers. A lot of families have sent in messages of thanks - it means so much to teachers to hear that, so thank you - if your child hasnt done this already, please encourage them to do so.
I have posted a testimonial from our art teacher, Ms Basilia, be sure to read this with your child. I found it very humbling.
I am currently in a place called Aarey colony. I come here sometimes to go hiking/trekking with my friends. It so happened that I came back from work and decided to go to my friend’s place in Aarey just before spring break. I had a few change of clothes, a packet of oil pastels and a few art sheets with me in my bag. I thought it would be a good idea to go hiking for a few days before school reopens after spring break. Suddenly, everything changed after the PM, Mr. Modi announced the lockdown. I actually live in Vasai which is really far from where I am right now. I can’t go home because they have locked down my area. They found a few positive cases nearby. My building society members and relatives advised me not to travel under any circumstances. Plus, local trains are not running for passengers. I have been living in my friend’s PG place for almost a month now. The phone and WiFi connection is a bit bad at times, but somehow manageable. There are hardly any people around here as the building is in the middle of the Aarey forest, so no COVID scare over here. Actually, I feel a lot safer over here than in the city area. For food and essential goods, I have to walk approximately 2 kilometers to reach the nearest store or ATM. It’s an uphill and then a downhill nature walk. This place is beautiful and scenic. I have a homemade mask made from an old bed sheet and I use a dupatta to cover my head as it gets really hot walking in the sun. I can buy only a week’s supply of food as I can’t carry too much weight in one go. There is a small village near the building where I am staying. Lots of people there but thought it’s best to maintain social distancing for now.
Even if trains start working after the 3rd of May and I try to go back to my place in Vasai, I will have to self quarantine myself for two weeks again. I am intentionally going to continue to stay here as it's safer this way for at least another couple of weeks. I am living one day at a time. I don’t know what my tomorrow is going to look like, whether I will have internet access, or be able to approve posts or check my mails or be able to contact my friends/family. This causes a lot of anxiety at times. But I try to gather myself and try to look on the bright side. I keep telling myself, “At least you are healthy, you have a roof over your head and have food to eat.”
This experience has made me realize about so many things I cannot even begin to fathom. I hope life will get back to normal soon. I still have my sanity intact and burning desire to teach and learn. Cheers!
Thank you and remember to be kind,
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Welcome to Week 5 of distant learning.
We hope you are keeping well and are staying indoors and staying safe.
My family and I enjoyed doing a variety of science experiments over the weekend; science always brings a smile to everyone's faces.
We constantly have to remind our children to wash their hands, here is a fantastic experiment (not trick) you can do at home to show the importance of washing your hands - try it with your family and send me the link of what you discovered - hint - don't show your children what will happen, let them discover it for themselves.
I hope you are managing to watch my weekly video on school announcements. I am hoping to give updates via this video link.
This week we will have Virtual Care Calls (VCCs). I can see that many students have signed up for times to meet their teacher already. This is an opportunity for the teacher to gain a better understanding of what your child's learning environment is like at home.
This week we will also see the celebration of Earth Day and on Wednesday 22nd April we will have a digital detox day; no screen time. The aim is to have a day of spending time with family, doing what we love, rejuvenating and taking a break from the screen. As we get hooked on to digital devices, our energy requirements keep increasing. We can help support the protection of our planet by keeping our devices off for a day. Instead we can read books, draw, paint, sing, play games, spend time to admire nature around us, have conversations with our family, cook something, etc. So, this Earth Day, it's time to log off!
Our Tech and Pedagogical Leadership Team have been diligently investigating the use of Google Hangouts and Google Meet with our Grade 4 and 5 students. You may see some changes in how these communications are happening.
We are learning that technology is a new way for most of our learners to learn and we want to keep them safe. Child-safeguarding is a priority for us and it is important that when children are on line they feel safe. For Grades 4 and 5 parents, please check the Essential Agreements that have been shared with you - you should discuss them with your child, make sure they understand the 'why' and then sign them and return them to the teachers. We take these agreements very seriously, so don't just sign, make sure you understand them too.
Please follow the link for stories from the admin team: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdLwM_sksrZjsCjWDtNYWhZNPAwfPNobq
Many thanks for your amazing support and feedback, these are testing times, but we will get through them together.
Finally, a note for Grade 4 Parents:
Hope you had a restful weekend. We have made two small changes in our distant learning program.
One is for the platform that we use for making class video calls
We are switching to Google Meet from Google Hangouts for our class video calls from tomorrow, Tuesday, 21st April. The time for the class video calls remain the same- 10 am up to 10:30 am. One needs a code to join a meeting on Google Meet. The code will be generated by the homeroom teacher and will be shared with the students on G Hangouts 10 minutes before the 10 am call. A new code will be generated for every meeting and will be shared with the students to join the meeting.
Parents only need to ensure that the students have Google Meet on their devices.
Students can also type meet.google.com on their browsers and attend the meeting if the app is not installed.
The code for meet is a 9 digit on the invitation link.
Our focus for the first few video calls will be to ensure a smooth transition from Hangouts to Google Meet. We will introduce the tools on Google Meets to the students during that time.
The other change that we are bringing in is in our interactions with our students to answer their queries.
We will be calling these our Check-in sessions. They will be conducted on Google Meet as well.
Check-in sessions begin from today, Monday, 20th April.
As our class video calls are focused on social-emotional development, the purpose of the check-in sessions is for the students to ask their queries, if any, in small groups. The purpose of the session is not to go through the activities for the students. Students are expected to read the activities on Seesaw and make a note of their queries, if any, before the session.
The class will be divided into 4 groups - each group will consist of around 4 students. Each group will get 15 minutes to ask questions and queries, if any, with a grade 4 teacher.
Student group lists with the allotted check-in time will be shared by the respective homeroom teachers today via email.
The check-in sessions will be conducted between 10:30 am and 11:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays.
Students can check- in for their queries at the allotted time only.
*Please note that students only need to join the check-in session if they have questions. It is not an expectation that they are in the call even if they don't have a query.
The check-in session will be a continuation of the Morning Meeting video call, therefore, no new code for the check-in session will be required. After the Morning Meeting, students in the first time-slot of the check-in session will continue being a part of the call, while others will exit the call and rejoin the video call using the same code at their allotted time.
Students are to make a note of their Check-in time slot and be mindful of adhering to the time- slot allocated to them.
** Please note: As we start with our Virtual Care Calls today from 10:40 am to 12:10 pm- Our check-in sessions begin from today, Monday, 20th April, and will be held from 2pm to 3pm for this week only. A new code will be shared with the students on Hangouts 10 minutes before the 2 pm call. The same code will be applicable to the whole class and to be used by students only when entering their allotted check-in time.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any queries.
Grade 4 teachers
Dear Parents, Friends and families,
Welcome to Week 4 of distant learning. We hope you are doing well and getting prepared for a full week of learning.
I am hoping to share working families perspectives of how they approach distant learning with their families. Ms Nik very kindly gave us a brief perspective of how her days rolled out with her family. She is very lucky to have access to outside space!
Some families may be experiencing 'cabin fever' and may be starting to experience both a positive and negative approach to distant learning.
I read an interesting article that may help you gain perspectives about this: www.huffpost.com/entry/covid-19-virtual-distance-remote-learning-kid-challenges_l_5e8735d4c5b6a94918354752.
Planning a field trip - thank you to the parent who shared ideas for virtual field trips, what a great idea!
As you can see in my Week 4 video, we are considering feedback on how to provide more opportunities for students to 'see' or interact with their students. For now, our approach is that Grade 4 and 5 students have virtual access to their HRT on a daily basis at set times.
Nursery to Grade 3 videos are mostly pre-recorded.
Next week, we shall embark on Virtual Care Calls (VCC). On Monday 20th April, HRTs or point of contact teachers will be sending out a sign up sheet for students to talk with their HRTs one-on-one. The calls are optional for parents and not mandatory and we won't be organising different times for parents who cannot make it.
Once a parent has signed up for a time, teachers of nursery to Grade 3 families will send out an invite via Google Meet (we will not be using Zoom). Grades 4 and 5 can use Google Hangouts. Each meeting will be with 1 parent and 1 student for 15 minutes.
The purpose of the meeting is to find out what the home environment is like, how the child is doing and for the child to say hello live to the HRT. It is a meeting between the HRT/POC and the child, but 1 parent must be present.
I will send out some guidelines to parents to help understand. It is not an opportunity for teachers to explain tasks or receive feedback from the parents. If the parents have feedback for you, they need to put it in writing, this is not for the VCC.
The sign up sheet will need to be shared with parents on Monday 20th, April at 8am.
What do parents need to do?
Dear Parents and Families,
Sadly we waved goodbye to Ms Kristen this weekend. Her and her family are going back to the States, it was such a sad way to leave and so abrupt, but she is fine and this is the best decision for her and her family. Kristen will still be checking emails and working from over the pond, so please send her your goodbyes, I am sure she would love to hear from you.
This coming week is a shorter week. We have posted learning engagements for three days as Friday will be a holiday, Not everything has to be completed in a hurry – children choosing their plan for work for the three days, with your guidance if required, would be a good goal to have for this week.
Don't forget Take Care Tuesdays, Primary Student council will post a learning engagement on Seesaw every Tuesday, this Tuesday will be making, painting, creating, dressing up as rainbows. Take a photo and upload it to Seesaw.
Please check out the remote learning testimonials tab on the right side of this screen.
We are getting quite a lot of feedback from teachers, parents and this week we look forward to collecting feedback from the students. As you can see on the right- hand side of the blog is a link to any testimonials that we have collected over the last week.
As parents, we feel it now that routines are disrupted, schools are shut, families are acting differently from normal, playdates are cancelled, playgrounds are closed, your children are most likely showing energy in a different way and probably for some of the children they are 'bouncing off the walls.' Just remember a moving child is a learning child!
Let 'creativity run in your family for a while, my daughter woke up, dressed herself and decided she wanted to wear her swimming costume and make sure parents that you give yourself a break. I highly recommend the App, 'Calm.'
There are so many fun and free resources going around at the moment, probably too much. I recently discovered: Google 3D animals. Go to Google, type in the name of an animal and it should pop up on your phone in 3D and your child can pretend to be scared/hold/pet/feed or ride the animal. The photo above is Elsie with an Alligator.
I know for some of you you probably feel as though your children are following you around and wanting to remain very close to you, this is quite normal for children to exhibit this behaviour. They are experiencing a very different life right now and this is becoming the new norm. Just make sure to make time for cuddles and love and time for yourself.
The teachers are working tirelessly, planning for your children, so please be sure to say thank you, if you haven't already. Thank you to the parents who have been in touch and given us some helpful feedback.
There are a wealth of resources out there and I have highlighted some below.
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2020, March 22). Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
Mhonde, R. D. (2020, March 16). Talking to children about COVID-19: Reducing hysteria during a global emergency. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-reducing-hysteria-during-a-global-emergency/
Unicef. (n.d.). Covid-19 parenting tips. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.unicef.org/media/66146/file/COVID-19%20parenting%20tips.pdf
Weinstein, E. (2020, March 14). We're all in this together: Facing the coronavirus crisis. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/were-all-in-this-together-facing-the-coronavirus-crisis/
World Health Organization. (2020, March 12). Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf
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My hearts and thoughts are with you. One of the biggest issues in this new way of learning for parents seems to be, ‘how do I fit in the home learning and everything else I have to do during the day?’ Or 'How can I be sure that my child is doing enough?'
Organising the routine of the day together as a family is a great opportunity to collaborate with your child and empower them as IB learners, IB learners of any age.
1. Make a space for learning
Many adults have a specific area of the home in which they work, and it’s important that a similar space is created for your child. If you are all working in the same space, find a place in the space that is your child’s place to learn. If possible, this space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.
2. Build a daily routine
Children like routine and believe it or not, boundaries.
These help to provide a sense of safety and security for them.
A schedule, for your work and your child’s work, is extremely important. It is also important to keep the normal daily patterns of getting up, changing for work/school (not staying in their pj’s for the day which is very tempting), snack and meal times, a time to play and have fun and keep to the normal sleeping patterns.
3. Remember to have some fun
It is important to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, it can also be the hardest thing to be all home together in close confines, so see this as an opportunity to bond. Some families have said they are organising a family tournament, family card games, board games, puzzles, charades, or chess. Some families are enjoying preparing the meals and cooking together, listening to music together and having a daily family yoga session.
4. Its okay to be bored
As a parent myself, I feel at times that my children have to be constantly entertained and kept busy and that they always have to be doing something. It is okay for children to say they are bored
Please be patient when waiting for feedback from the teacher to be posted. Teachers are aiming to give feedback to every child in a timely fashion however this will not be immediate as their day is not only spent reading work uploaded but they are also in daily meetings with the other members of their team.
Next week, we will launch into week 2, having met with some key teachers, administration, and received feedback from parents and teachers, we have considered how we can make changes to the planning to best fit into everyone's lives at the moment.
Your teachers will be contacting you to ket you know exactly what this means.
Remember it doesn’t all have to be done!
Stay well, stay safe,
Head of Primary
Schools Are Closing for Coronavirus. Now What?
Education may be disrupted, but that doesn’t mean our kids have to lose out. (New York Times)
Hopefully you are all keeping well and remaining highly vigilant during this pandemic. You would have all received the message from school that OIS will remain closed for the foreseeable future and that on-line learning or ‘school from school’ learning will take place from Monday 23rd March.
This is the first time I have been involved in leading anything like this in a school and I hope that we do the best we can to make sure that your children are still learning even though they are not in school. From our home survey for access to technology, 458 parents completed the survey; most responded positively to the question about access to devices. Whilst having access is important for distant learning to happen, we are insisting that teachers share a balance of both on-line and offline learning engagements; we don’t want teachers to become parents, we don’t want to cause family stress and we don’t want our Primary children spending too long in front of a screen. Please remember that this type of learning will look very different from a typical school day.
From Sunday evening, teachers will be contacting you about next steps, we are expected to launch our distant learning on Monday 23rd March, if you do not receive an email, don’t understand the tasks on instructions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher in the first instance.
Teachers have worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks to ensure that we are ready to go on Monday. Please forgive us if we make mistakes or that balancing the set tasks is proving to be an issue for your child, we are there to support you first and foremost. As a working parent, I even experimented with using Seesaw at home with my six year old, and even for a teacher and a student who knew what they were to do, two learning engagements took us some time to complete. So please do not feel any pressure to complete tasks but make sure your child is involved in doing the task.
I am sure you are reading many different types of advice available on the web and I hope you have found sources that are trusted, reliable and accurate. My advice with your Primary children over the next few weeks would be:
Please take care,
Miss Lisa Hughes
Head of Primary
Oberoi International School; JVLR campus