Lower School

Gilmour Academy's Lower School virtual classroom protocols

Special LS Portal Page for Toddlers - Grade 6

As we conduct lessons in our virtual environment, Mr. Haag and Mr. Fowler have created a special portal page to communicate with the Lower School community. The page will be used to post resources, videos, and messages for the entire Lower School family.

Toddlers

Communication

  • Toddler teachers will send an email to families on March 30 that provides direction on suggested activities to use with children. Suggestions will also be posted to each teacher’s portal page.

  • Teachers will also post videos of themselves (or others) reading stories that children can enjoy.

  • Parents will be asked to send photos to the teachers through the Remind app, which will be posted to the photos section of the portal page as a way of sharing and checking in.

  • Families should read with their children daily. Teacher suggestions will include age-appropriate practical life activities, simple baking recipes to try, how to make play-dough, outdoor nature adventure hunts, and daily conversations revolving around friends and school.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Communication

  • Beginning at 8 AM, homeroom teachers will connect with families via email to get the day started with opening activities. They will also share a list of age-appropriate activities that parents or caregivers can do with their children. The list of activities will also be shared through ClassDojo.

  • In addition, the homeroom teachers will post occasional videos to ClassDojo, or send them as attachments to their emails. Parents will be asked to send photos to the teachers through Class Dojo, which will be shared with class families.

  • Families should read with their children daily. Other recommendations and suggestions include age-appropriate practical life activities and household tasks, outdoor nature activities, and daily opportunities to be creative with basic art supplies.

  • Kindergarten students will also be expected to complete IXL and ST Math work, and to engage in a variety of Language Arts/Reading activities.

Grades 1 - 2

Communication

  • At 8 AM each day, homeroom teachers will send an email to families that provides a schedule of classes to “attend” for that day and a list of assignments to complete. The daily schedule of assignments will also be posted on the portal.

  • In addition, the homeroom teachers will post occasional videos to their portal, or send as an attachment to their emails.

  • Daily work and assignments will be consistent with the normal schedule of classes in order to maintain some consistency and routine.

  • Daily assignments will include completion of IXL work, which will also be a way of “taking attendance”.

  • In addition to Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies assignments, the special area teachers will have their activities posted on their portal pages as well.

  • Students should also engage in independent reading, shared reading, or be read to by a family member for approximately 30 minutes each day.

Grades 3 - 4

Communication

  • Monday at 8 AM, homeroom teachers will send an email to families that provides a weekly agenda for Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

  • All instructions and materials will be available on the teacher’s portal pages, and new lessons will appear each day for the students to complete.

  • There will also be a quick daily check-in via Google Forms for students to fill in each day, along with their assignments, which will give teachers feedback on participation (and “attendance”), as well as allow them to address student needs.

  • Daily work will include Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies lessons, with assignments posted on the portal. Daily assignments will also include the completion of IXL work.

  • In addition to assignments for the major subjects, the special area teachers will have their activities posted on their portal pages as well.

  • Students should also engage in independent reading for approximately 30 minutes each day.

Grades 5 - 6

Communication

  • Monday at 8 AM, the 5th and 6th grade team will send an email to families that provides a weekly overview for Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Each day, students will need to log into the teacher portals for the core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Students will record their “virtual attendance” via a Google form, and then choose the course topic for that date. Teacher communication will include daily lessons, assessments, and instructions on how to submit completed work.

  • Daily work will include Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies lessons, with assignments posted on the portal.

  • In addition to assignments for the major subjects, the special area teachers will have their activities posted on their portal pages, as well.

  • Students should also engage in independent reading for approximately 30 minutes each day.

Class Expectations

To engage in a virtual learning environment, students are expected to:

  • Follow teacher instructions from portals and emails for submitting any work and attendance.

  • Complete work daily to keep routines and stay up to date on academic progress.

  • Be sure to monitor online gradebooks and emails for assessment feedback and grades.

  • Contact teachers with any questions - teachers available from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM

Absences

We ask that parents continue to report student absences. If a student will be absent from the virtual classroom, please email Steve Teisl, Assistant Dean of Student Life, so we can update our system. Students are expected to communicate with their teachers and to make up any missed work.