Larchmont Fairfax Weekly Update | 10.24.20

IMPORTANT DATES

  • October 26 - Monday Morning Video Message | 8 am

  • October 27 - LOOP Meeting | 8:30 am | https://zoom.us/j/3568699887?pwd=SnhjRzZ6cW1BaTdabnM1Qmh6NXlBUT09

  • October 28 - School Sing | Instagram Live | 9:15 am

  • October 28 - Grab n Go Meals | 12 - 3 pm | FFX Campus

  • October 28 - NEWLY ADDED!! BAKE SALE!!! | 12- 3pm | FFX campus

  • October 29 - Prospective Parent Info Session | Signup - www.larchmontcharter.org

  • October 30 - FFX Halloween Community Group celebration | 9 am | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6440852148?pwd=WUNOYmpFQjBqTUhvUnlMSFF6dGwrZz09

  • October 30 - NEWLY ADDED!!!!! LARCHMONT FFX TRUNK OR TREAT!

  • November 4 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Dvpt. Day)

  • November 11 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)

  • November 23-27 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

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FROM YOUR SCHOOL LEADER


Dear Larchmont Fairfax Families:


I hope this message finds you all well!


First, a huge congrats to teacher Katie (pictured left, bottom - 4th grade) on the exciting baby news revealed during School Sing! We look forward to welcoming another Larchmont wolf in mid-March!


On Friday, Andi and I presented our latest parent coffee about supporting students with the academics of distance learning, especially for the times when students get "stuck" with something they don't understand or with more challenging or new concepts. We wanted to share some tidbits of advice from our coffee with you here as we know this is a common situation with many young learners who are suddenly right next to parents while the teaching is happening. We're providing you with the deck here: DISTANCE LEARNING & ACADEMICS

  1. First, we've found that it's very helpful to help students transition into learning mode in the morning since they're not actually leaving the house. A grounding conversation where you can provide some structure and routine to the day will help your child develop priorities and goals for the day. Thinking back to in-person school time, in the course of a regular school day at Larchmont, your son or daughter engages with other students or adults dozens if not hundreds of times. While some of these social interactions will be re-created on virtual platforms, others will not. Kids learn best when they have opportunities to process their learning with others and a grounding conversation can help address this. Ask questions like: What classes do you have today? Do you have any assessments? Any questions about Seesaw assignments? Do you have your learning kit?

  2. Help your child OWN their own learning: We don't expect parents to become overnight teachers. Your job is really to provide lots of encouragement; give your child breaks when they're having difficulty; give them lots of "think time" and don't provide the answer right away - this builds confidence so your child can do their job as a learner.

  3. How to help a child who is 'STUCK?" If teachers (or parents) are too quick to jump in when students are ‘stuck’, then they will not develop those key skills of problem-solving or resilience. It might seem counter-intuitive but allowing children to struggle is good for their self-esteem because the setbacks, mistakes, muddles and mishaps they encounter teach them how to be problem-solvers, creative, tenacious, innovative and resilient. It's important that we don't give students the impression that raising their hand and asking for help gets them off the hook from doing any thinking (if that were the case, why would they ever work independently?). Instead, we need to set the expectation that asking for help will require a little work on both of our parts. We don't want to leave students stuck, but we also don't want to provide too much help and minimize the cognitive demand of the task. SO, WHAT SHOULD WE DO? Ask questions. Listen. Ask more questions. It requires balance and a very intentional line of questioning. Here are some thoughts to help students get unstuck...

  • Get students talking. The more they talk about the problem, it's possible they may get themselves unstuck.

  • Find out what students do know or understand about the problem. Again, sometimes just talking about what they do know helps them get started on their own.

  • Ask students what specifically about the problem is causing them to be stuck. Is it the academic language? Is it the context they aren't familiar with? Is it the math content itself? This will require thinking on their part, but it will help you provide very targeted assistance.

  • CHECK OUT THE DECK ABOVE FOR EXACT PROMPTS YOU CAN USE WITH YOUR CHILD TO GET THEM "UNSTUCK!"

4 . Growth Mindset: If a child gets stuck and gives up (i.e. I can't do this! I don't know

how!), help elicit a growth mindset. Use words like "yet" and tell the child that "our

brains can grow"; emphasize and praise the process - "I like how you tried that

strategy and didn't give up!"; catch them being persistent and encourage a healthy

attitude towards challenges.

5. End of the day: Help your child process their learning for the day with questions like:

How far did you get in your tasks today? What did you discover? What was hard?

What do you still wonder about? What could we do to make tomorrow even better?


You all are doing an amazing job, as are your children, and we are so lucky to partner with such a great community on this most challenging of endeavors.


Don't forget to read all of the important announcement below, including great news about a Halloween community group on Zoom AND a TRUNK OR TREAT at the Fairfax campus! Finally, our pledge drive is coming to an end on Halloween! If you have yet to donate, we kindly ask for your support for whatever amount is manageable for your family. Everyone who donates before the deadline is entered into a raffle for Apple AirPods (one per campus) and a schoolwide raffle of an iPad! We thank you in advance for all that you do for our school!