Room 20

Welcome to Room 20! 
Dear Families, 
I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer vacation. As we are starting our school year through Distance Learning all I can say is, "We can do this!"  I look forward to seeing the children via Zoom first, and then in person once we go back to school "face to face." 
Mrs. Merha sent an informational school email to parents/ guardians on August 5th. Please check the email for pertinent information regarding school matters. Also, information about chromebook pick up dates and times is noted in her School Messenger sent August 10th, if you are in need of a device for school. 
This school year, our Distance Learning may look different from your experience last year. We'll basically be "in class" much of the normal school day. Sixth graders are expected to have teacher "face to face" or "classroom peer" interaction 240 minutes per day. Also, attendance will be taken daily. With that said, I will post a weekly schedule in Google Classroom once I have our list of Room 20 students. 
Our first week of school will look different than subsequent weeks as far as our schedule. Monday, August 17th, is scheduled for material pick-up. Attendance will be taken based on material being picked up from school, and 6th grade pick-up is scheduled for 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Room 20 material will be distributed in front of Room 20.
Starting Tuesday, August 18th, will you please plan on having your children online (or able to access online) from 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. each week, including the first week. During the first week of school we'll go over routines, procedures, expectations, supplies, get to know one another activities, and curriculum. 
I plan on our typical school day starting at 8:30 a.m. with opening, social studies or science, followed by math at 9:30 until 10:45. We'll take a break from 10:45 to 11:00 and will have language arts from 11:00 through 12:30 (we may have science or social studies in here as well). I'll be leading directed lessons, asking for class participation and interaction, and the children will be practicing concepts and skills throughout the day. Lunch will be from 12:30-1:15. I will be holding "office hours" on open Zoom from 1:15 until 2:30 for any students (or parents) who have questions or need extra help. If the "office hours" become congested, I'll change the open hour to scheduled appointments, or possibly compartmentalize into subjects. I'll see how the open hours work first, though.
Also, will you please make sure the office has your most up to date and preferred email address as well as cell phone number? I'll send Google Classroom invitations so you can be kept up to date on assignments through email as they are completed in Google Classroom. I'll also be able to send group emails to parents via the Google Classroom contact list, and it is especially important to have updated email addresses. In the past I have used Remind to communicate in "real time" with parents, but will likely switch to a different system of "real time" communication, which is why I hope to also have the updated and preferred cell phone number. 
I plan on having a parent "meeting" via Zoom Monday, August 17th at 5:30 p.m. for any parent / guardian interested in attending. I will send the invitation to your child's student email account, so the Zoom meeting access will be from your child's account. The purpose of the meeting will be to show you how I will be communicating schedules and assignments with children, and how to navigate Google Classroom with children. I'll also quickly review the expectations for distance learning. 
Please, if you have any questions, let me know. I look forward to working with your children, and to the day we will be in the classroom together. 
Christy Raish
Believe in yourself, and what you can do!