Important Notes: CERTS: Self-Reflection for Evaluations in Talent Ed (It is open for you to enter!). Please make sure this is complete before our Eval meeting.
Wrap Up Meetings: This week will host several wrap up meetings (5th Grade Transition & Evals)- please be mindful/remember that these will be in Hayley’s Room!
5th GRADE Transition Meetings: Ed Center Tam Staff: All staff will join Monday at 10:30 and Tuesday from 9:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:00. This will be the time for the student and family to meet our team (Introductions) and ask questions! *Intake Meetings will be in August!
Please use and share with Parents the link to Hayley’s Room (https://bendk12.webex.com/meet/hayley.etnier) Here is the schedule:
Cert Eval Meeting Schedule:
Events: 6.11.20 Last Day for Students! 6.12.20 Cert Work Day!
Article of the Week: Article 1- An article I referenced in several conversations last week around potential experiences, based on the timeline of Hong Kong, when returning in the fall!
Article 2- An article that Katie and Jim shared about returning to school after this time of COVID!
FUNDING: As you are aware, and likely have heard about since, the state provided an economic forecast earlier this week. Even before it was presented, we knew it would be tricky because of the pandemic. What we heard is that, although not pretty, it could have been worse news. The hole wasn’t as deep as some were projecting, and there is still a major lifeline that could come into play via a special session with the legislature!
The summer iPad communications are complete and ready for you to share with your families beyond the phone calls. The district will also advertise this information in a variety of ways. This letter contains hotlinks embedded, so please share this Word version (rather than PDF). Here is the Spanish version; and the English version.
Here is a link to more information and registration to a webinar on June 4 around the topic of exploring strategies for supporting the social and emotional needs of students amidst COVID-19 school closure/re-opening.
ESY: It was decided this week, based largely on the summer guidance sent out from the state last Friday, that our Extended School Year will be conducted via a distance learning format – students and staff will not enter our buildings over the summer for this program.
An important note from BLPO about 2019 SUMMER PROGRAM FEES for ONLINE courses:
New or continued original credit course $200. Reduced to $50 if completed with a passing grade by August 18th.
New or continued original credit course for free/reduced lunch students $50. Reduced to $0 if completed with a passing grade by August 18th.
New or continued credit recovery course $50. Reduced to $0 if completed with a passing grade by August 18th.
New or continued credit recovery course for free/reduced lunch students
$25. Reduced to $0 if completed with a passing grade by August 18th.
2019 Seniors who have 4 or fewer courses (2 or fewer credits) necessary for graduation. No charge.
Events: Next Monday is Memorial Day… enjoy the holiday!
Article of the Week: Take a few minutes to watch this video- the message rang so clear during this time of COVID but also for all staff that work in the Tamarack Programs. I hope that you watch this now and again in the fall once we settle back into a more predictable experience to refresh-Great reminders! A ER Doctor Triaging your “Crazy Busy Days“
Important Notes: There will NOT be a district-wide Welcome Back (for all district staff) this fall.
K-5 Tam (NSES & SRES): Kids, Inc. Registration- you may want to communicate this information to families on pre registration for kids, inc. programs in the fall. Obviously, we don’t know what fall will look like in schools, but they are proactively planning. This would be especially good information for kindergartners who don’t have siblings.
I’ve shared this general link previously, but I wanted to share (and hope you take time to listen to) this 20 minute talk by Dr. Bruce Perry on the topic of decision fatigue. Dr. Perry shares some ideas that will likely make you think about leading our students in our current situation, as well as how to best make decisions after things return to normal.
Paraeducator Professional Development webpage- The HDESD is excited to share the Paraeducator Professional Development webpage, compiled by the Culture of Care Coaches (link ). Please take some time to review. These would be great options for times when you are not planning with Classroom teachers or on webex’s with Program students!
Please adhere to social distancing if/when you need to come to your school building (Ed. Center staff please contact me when planning to enter). This includes cleaning out your classrooms, preparing or distributing work packets, or other essential functions. Additionally, please make alternative plans with me if you need to come to school, but should not due being in an at-risk category.
Dr. Bruce Perry during this COVID-19 Pandemic is providing a number of resources (office hours and videos). These topics are great – and may be a resource for you and/or your school community.
Thank you for doing what Tam does best! We are connecting really well with our students and families. I am so proud to be connected with an awesome group of people!
Connected: defined as students accessing webex, students accessing google classroom (K-5) or Canvas (6-12), *phone or text communication with parent/student or all of the above.
*phone or text communication with parent/student on its own is the least favorable, but understandable based on individual family needs. If this is the only way connection is happening, and we have not talked specifically (reasons why) about the case lets review next week!
Great lessons and activities throughout the week! I appreciated seeing a shared opportunity of Certified and Classified staff leading activities. I encourage more of that- Students love seeing different activities from all staff!
Do you need to get into your classroom for summer clean out? K-5 programs work with your building administration! Ed Center- please let me know and we will make a plan to enter the building.
Important Notes: Deployment Monday- 11:00 – 1:00 @ Ed. Center (Please make sure your families know about the pick-up. This will be the last in person deployment).
Bruce Perry Website– Includes upcoming Webex’s and previous sessions shared!
MAC Survey is on Tuesday (4/21)
The Oregon CPS Project is offering a 2-hour Intro to Collaborative Problem Solving webinar on May 5th from 12-2pm Pacific Standard Time. Funding is provided by the Oregon Health Authority; there is no cost to attend. This is a broad overview, and all are welcome! The training will take place via Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive the webinar link.
Article of the Week: Us as Distance Learning for All unfolds- Video Link Building it as we go- Hang in there, good luck on day 1 with students and know that Connection is the key to the work we do on any given day at Tamarack!
Important Notes: “Attendance” Google Docs: Don’t forget to take attendance via your teacher page. Ed Center- you should all have access to each others. Attendance: Student participation, parent contacts, and/or if you do not see a student over the course of a day, please document that as well (so we can monitor for patterns and needs).
Data: If you are ready to go with your data sheets (K-5: parent collection, Ed Center: Student Collection) feel free to start. Program Data Collection Start Date: 4.20.20
Our team of amazing Behavior Coaches have organized a user-friendly tool for parents. The tools in this resource- schedules, ready/not ready, and break routines- are tools that we use when coaching across the district (so students may/will be familiar). All the links are set for Anyone with the link can view. Behavior Coaching Tool: Parents and Families
FAN OUTREACH (From Mara): When checking in with families, please let them know about FAN. I think we will be running into many families that have never accessed these services before. FAN works with ALL families, there are no income guidelines. FAN advocates can help with connections to basic need services. During this time, the services can include wifi connectivity, food, rent assistance, utility assistance, school supplies, etc. FAN does rely on outside resources and does not have its own funding to help financially. Families can reach me via email or text (541-246-7409).
PD OPPORTUNITY: The QPR Gatekeeper course is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. The course takes approximately one hour to complete. Key components covered in training: · How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal. · How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide · The common causes of suicidal behavior. · The warning signs of suicide. · How to get help for someone in crisis. All courses are: · Evidence-Based · Heavily Tested · Peer-Reviewed · Qualify for Continuing Education Credits Trainings are provided by Certified QPR Instructors in Oregon. This training is being offered at no cost through OHA on the following dates: Tuesday, April 14, 9a-10:15a Tuesday, April 14, 11a-12:15p Thursday, April 16, 11a-12:15p Thursday, April 16, 1p-2:15p Monday, April 27, 1p-2:15p Register here: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/a7e5e22f-9a76-46c0-b44f-89e475d2076d
Events: 4.13.20-4.17.20: Ed Center Staffing and Debrief: (M-F 8:30 & 1:00) K-5 Staffing and Debrief (W Staffing 9:30 & T/TH Debrief 1:30)
Spring Conferences: They will be cancelled. We will be hosting school (in its new form) through the original conference time this week! These days are contract days for all staff, this is in lieu of adding additional days in June for the week before spring break!
Rosetta Stone: I heard that Rosetta Stone is currently being offered for free- check it out!
This Week: CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS: Connecting with the students on your case management/advocate list. The connection should look like a review of zones, personal feelings and experiences right now, review of the supplemental materials sent home (Are they working on that, do they have questions). This does not need to be daily.
Supplemental CORE: Instruction needs to be provided through the supplemental CORE curriculum, these are the agreed upon instructional materials that we adopted last spring. Feel free to add additional activities to the workload after covering the core!
Events: 4.8.20 Next Deployment date- If your student requested an iPad and has not received the iPad, we will have those ready on Wednesday (Ed Center doors will be open from 10-12 and we will have a separate plan for LaPine on Wednesday). I will be in touch with Roy on Monday for the additional iPads requested after 4.1.20. I will keep everyone posted on the arrival date and deployment of the additional iPads.