We are a community that ROCKS
Weekly Message From Ms. Leach
APRIL 3, 2020
Friday, April 3rd we begin our spring break. I hope you will find creative, peaceful, and healthy ways to enjoy your current social circle and depart from screen time. Check out some ideas from Ms. Carol on our remote learning resource page.
Teachers and parents have been hard at work providing continuity of learning for our precious children; both the children enrolled in our school and for our teachers, their own children. This has been daunting and I applaud you all! Doing the “best we can” looks different for each of us and it’s important for us all to show grace.
I’ve instructed my teachers to log-off for the break. They need to quiet their brains and attend to their families. They need to reboot emotionally. I’m sure you need the same. Please take a break from the online lessons and return to our remote classes on Monday, April 13th.
Also, after spring break, I will host a “Coffee with the Principal” virtually or with a video. During that time I will share updates about school closure, our school’s continuity of learning plan, and discuss some of the “pressing” questions around enrollment and permits.
Thank you everyone!
I cannot over emphasize the gratitude I feel for having THIS staff and THIS community during THIS crisis. I have been moved to tears more than once this week with what I’ve witnessed.
WEEK OF MARCH 30, 2020
The District is working around the clock to get us ALL on the same page instructionally in a completely new way; in turn, principals need to disseminate loads of information to teachers through emails and virtual meetings. We are all in front of our screens much too much. In an effort to provide training to support this range of technology demands (grades, collaboration, instruction, meetings, etc.) all teachers have been taking online course to support all students and families.
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT and SITE PLAN
This week all staff must all participate in 2-hour online trainings daily and complete follow-up exercises. We are all doing this at various times due to capacity restrictions. As a result, please expect LESS INSTRUCTION THIS WEEK FROM TEACHERS. Teachers will provide reduced assignments and will be less accessible for individual emails.
I hold virtual faculty meetings with my teachers and this week I will have individual virtual meetings with each gen-ed teacher in K-6. I am developing our site plan with my leadership team around communication elements to address specific needs. Each grade level is developing a long-range plan that will also be shared with families. All of this will initially be in draft form and will be revised as we get feedback, learn better/more efficient options, and continue receiving directives. Please keep in mind that as we attempt to create plans for more needs than you might be able to imagine, we are also parents, spouses, and children to elderly family members. Some teachers are neglecting some of the self-care we are telling you to practice, and I must insist that they draw some boundaries during this tough time. We are creating some standard practices for each grade level to improve equitable opportunities, but this does take time when we can only collaborate virtually. We thank you for your patience.
Tuesdays will continue to be reserved for professional development and faculty meetings. We have a whole new calendar of trainings to support technology and distance/remote learning.
Self-care is critical right now. Some people in our communities are very isolated and there are people we’ve been unable to reach. We have been provided resources with hotlines, websites, and more if you have a need or you know someone that has needs. Please visit our website and check the resources that are posted; we will add to this as we receive more.
If you have needs for emotional support and you need someone from our school community to reach out to you, please share this with your teacher. They will let me know and we will find someone to reach out to you.
Mr. Shum has been charged with addressing all the District directives for disinfecting our devices and carts, identifying who still needs technology, and identifying who needs a hotspot. He is the man! He has done a phenomenal job and I’m so grateful.
When picking up devices at scheduled times, please maintain social distancing.
Update on Hotspots: They have been ordered. When they arrive we will contact individual families.
Please always monitor your child when they are on the internet. Look at what teachers are assigning and if they need to use the internet for research, or are using platforms that allow access to the internet, please be present and aware. We are navigating new waters and are trying to avoid any inappropriate use or access.
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE
Friday, April 3, 2020
Unassigned Day - No school “in session”
Monday, April 6th – Friday, April 10, 2020
Spring Break - No school “in session”
Monday, April 13, 2020
Remote Learning Resumes
I trust we will all be STAYING AT HOME and doing our part to stop this virus from spreading. I hope you can find some creative ways to enjoy your time during this unusual time. This might be a great time to create a journal/scrapbook to memorialize this historic time by having your children draw and journal about their staycation. I'm sure our Instagram accounts will promote some more original ideas – the posts from ERE and ERE PTA cheer me up daily!
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I would like to take a moment and say thank you to all of you for your uplifting words of kindness. The emails I’ve received have given me strength, and I thank you for that. I know when the teachers hear or feel your support, it means the world to them as well. We are on a steep learning curve at all levels of the District and we are working in phases to make things increasingly coherent. It’s a massive undertaking, so thank you for the part you’re playing in all this. I know it’s stressful at home for a variety of reasons, and the ways many of you have creatively kept our spirit alive is nothing short of miraculous! Again, this community is EXCEPTIONAL and it ROCKS!
Please, continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. I eagerly await the day I can greet you again face to face!
LAUSD Crisis Hotlines
Mental Health Hotline
The hotlines are open 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.
Please feel free to call with any questions about the COVID-19 virus, tech support, and any other questions.
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ACCESS TO MEALS
LAUSD will continue to distribute meals to students. Please follow the link for more information.
Grab & Go Services will continue during the Spring Break
8:00 am-11:00 am
GRAB & GO Centers Near ERE
Eagle Rock High School
1750 Yosemite Drive
Los Angeles 90041
Burbank Middle School
6460 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles 90042
Sotomayor Arts/Sciences Magnet
2050 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles 90065
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Disaster Distress Helplines
Text “LA” to 741741
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