October 13 - Co Principals' Office hours | 11-12 pm; ZOOM
October 14- Morning Sing | 9:15 am | ZOOM
October 14 - Hollygrove Breakfast/Lunch Service at Hollygrove | 11 - 1 pm
October 16- Friday Morning Parent Coffee | 10-11 am | ZOOM
October 19-23 - Parent Teacher Conference Week | Information Coming soon!
October 21- Co- Principal Story Time | 8:30 am; Zoom Link
October 21- Morning Sing | 9:15 am; Zoom Link
October 21 - Hollygrove Breakfast/Lunch Service at Hollygrove | 11 - 1 pm
October 23- Friday Morning Parent Coffee | 10-11 am | ZOOM
November 4 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)
November 11 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)
November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
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FROM YOUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Hello Hollygrove Grownups,
We think it's safe to say that most of us are in a groove now that we have the first 6 weeks of school behind us. We had such a fascinating Friday morning Coffee, where Hollygrove Parent and NPR reporter, Nina Gregory, led those of us in attendance in a thoughtful discussion regarding our children and responsible news consumption. Though a very complicated topic, some suggestions discussed included:
Very, very, limited to no TV news exposure for kids-- the limited exposure would include PBS or occasional morning news
Make a habit of reading the news and discussing the news in front of your children so they know what is going on in the world and have a place to process and ask questions.
Actively seek out multiple sources of reliable news
Teach your kids what news is and how to read a news story -- reading more simple forms of news (i.e. the Larchmont Chronicle)
Don't forget to read and share news about art, literature, science, humanities and local events
And, finally, we engaged in a discussion around how we have to monitor our own news consumption and our adult habits around obsessive news watching/scrolling. Our favorite quote of the morning from Nina -- "We can bear witness, and it doesn't have to be in real time." Thank you, Nina, for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise with the community. And, thank you to all who came and participated. We hope to explore this topic further in the future. Please be sure to read below about next week's Friday Morning Coffee when Hollygrove Parent and Family and Marriage Therapist, Savannah Sanfield, shares simple tools we can all use to take care of ourselves as parents so that we can be there in a meaningful way for our kids. More info below!
Next, our teachers are preparing for upcoming Parent-Teacher Conference Week which is scheduled for the week after next, October 19th through the 23rd. While we know many parents are eager to discuss beginning of the year assessment findings, we ask that you please hold your questions for your upcoming Parent-Teacher conference. At that time, your child's teacher will be able to fully engage with you and answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please be sure to read all emails regarding conference week from the school and from your child's teacher. We will be operating on a modified schedule in order to allow teachers time to complete their conferences. We've included more information below and we will still send another dedicated school email with additional information.
We all know that a strong partnership between home and school is essential to a student's success at school, but this partnership has taken on a whole new meaning this particular school year. We can't think of a more important year for 100% of our parent/guardian community to engage fully in attending conferences. This brief 20 minute meeting is a powerful touchpoint in our year to exchange information, ask and answer questions and review student progress. This is also a time when you may provide some much needed insight that will help your child's teacher work more effectively with him or her at school and visa versa, allowing you to strengthen your support at home. Please be sure to sign-up for your conference as soon as possible.
Finally, we're asking every family to donate to the Annual Giving Drive by 10/31- this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the funds go directly to help our school keep our small class sizes, our strong and rich program, college counseling, athletics, arts, and much more. Please join us in making your pledge for the 2020-21 school year today. Thank you in advance for all of your support and generosity! LARCHMONT ANNUAL GIVING DRIVE Have a wonderful weekend! Alissa & Eva firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE WEEK
Our fall Parent Teacher Conference Week is October 19 trough October 23rd. Please make sure that you take some time now to sign up for a conference block through the signup that was sent to you from your child's teacher. If you require a Spanish or Korean translation and have not heard from us, please email email@example.com to let us know that you would prefer translation at your conference.
The students will have a minimum schedule during conference week. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday- students will have their morning meeting, and their first 2 synchronous scheduled classes as they regularly would. After 11:00 am, your child’s homeroom teacher will not be teaching any live classes though your child will be assigned a couple additional asynchronous assignments to be completed at their own pace. Lead teachers will be preparing for conferences or in conferences the rest of the day, and will not be available for student support. Each day, Monday through Friday, your child will have the opportunity to participate in an optional enrichment class hosted by the Instructional Aides and Enrichment teachers from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. We will send out the schedule and corresponding links in a separate email. Please Note: all small groups and 1:1 tutoring sessions will be cancelled for this week, and will resume as scheduled the following week.
Wednesday will still be a almost typical asynchronous day. We will host a Co-Principals’ Read Aloud in place of the family/morning meetings at 8:30 am. We will use the same Morning Sing login that we use every week. As usual, we will still have Morning Sing at 9:15 am. There will be the regular Wednesday asynchronous learning activities for our students following Morning Sing.
Informational Sessions at Hollygrove
Our Virtual Tours are launching this upcoming week. Please spread the word!
TK-4th Grade Informational Sessions are for parents applying for TK - 4th grade at either the Fairfax or Hollygrove campus. Families can hear about our program and familiarize themselves with all that Larchmont Charter School offers. At these events, you'll be able to meet our school leadership team and learn about our admissions process. We will hold a short Q&A session at the end of each presentation.
We have online info sessions scheduled from 9-10 am on the following dates:
Oct. 13, 2020
Oct. 20, 2020
Oct. 27, 2020
Nov. 10, 2020
Nov. 17, 2020
Jan. 26, 2020
Please pass along this sign-up link to all interested friends and family!
Please click here for a Hollygrove specific flyer.
HOLLYGROVE ATTENDANCE REMINDERS
Teachers will be taking attendance every day in their live Zoom classes. On Wednesdays, the completed independent work will indicate that your child is present asynchronously and your child will be marked present accordingly. If your child is going to be absent (both synchronously and asynchronously) for any reason, please email your teacher and firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive credit for attending asynchronously (not live/zoom) students/parents must both:
Log into Seesaw or view the teacher's assignments via their websites to access and complete assignments AND
Complete the Distance Learning Attendance Certification Form.
Please notify your teacher & email email@example.com when you know your student cannot attend synchronously or asynchronously.
Questions about attendance? Email our office manager, Solace, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLLYGROVE FRIDAY PARENT COFFEE
Please join us for our next Parent Coffee on Friday, October 16th, 10:00 to 11:00 am when Hollygrove parent and marriage and family therapist, Savannah Sanfield, leads us in a much needed parent support session. Please see the details below.
Remember the Oxygen Mask Rule?
“Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”
Our children need us to be very capable right now -but what if we are falling apart?
Join me to hear about simple tools we can use to take care of ourselves as parents so that we can be there in a meaningful way for our kids.
Savannah Sanfield, LMFT, PMH-C is a marriage and family therapist, certified parent coach and maternal mental health specialist. She supports families of young children (prenatal to 6 years) as they tackle both common and complex parenting challenges.
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81250608645
Meeting ID: 812 5060 8645
Note: You an always find the link in the LCS online calendar.
HOLLYGROVE BREAKFAST & LUNCH PICK UP
New: Now Also Providing Free Breakfasts at Our Lunch Drive Through!
Starting next week, September 30, we are excited to be able to provide all of our LCS students with free breakfasts as well as lunches through December 18, 2020! We welcome all of our LCS families to come pick up breakfasts and lunches for their students on Wednesdays, 11am-1pm at the Hollygrove campus whether they pre-ordered or not. Please remember to bring a piece of paper with your child or children's first and last name and grade level written in large clear letters. This will be shown to our staff through your car window. Please remain in your vehicle and wear a face covering at all times while on campus. Thanks and see you on Wednesday!