March 16, 2020
We hope this update finds you and your family well. We continue to be grateful for our MMS family as we navigate this uncharted territory together. As in our previous communications regarding the status of school during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we continue to be in close contact with the Alachua County Health Department, Center for Disease Control, Florida Department of Education, and governor’s office. We are following mandates and taking steps to prepare for additional measures, should they become necessary.
Our faculty and staff met at school today to discuss these plans. All classrooms and classroom materials are being deep cleaned with CDC approved cleaners to combat the virus. Teachers are developing lessons and assignments for students to access following Spring Break if we need to remain closed. You will receive specific classroom communication from your child’s teacher by the end of this week. Teachers will primarily communicate via Class Dojo or Jupiter Ed, so please make sure that you have signed up and know how to access these systems. Teachers are working to create assignments and suggested activities for students, as well as hold regular check-in times to ensure continuity of learning. We are taking a proactive but flexible approach, mindful of the many different situations that students may have at home.
Please note that we are not holding classes this week or next and we will not be making up this week at the end of the school year. Should prolonged closures occur, our online learning curriculum will take the place of classroom learning, so as of now there are no plans to extend the school year into the summer. Again, we will be following guidelines and recommendations of the FDOE and governor’s office regarding these policies.
Teachers will be providing lessons and resources for you at home, however, here are some recommendations and helpful hints for helping your child through the extended Spring Break:
Talk to your child about Coronavirus, why schools have closed, and how they are feeling. Children will need reassurance and a safe place to discuss their worries. There is no substitute for age appropriate facts and a caring adult to give children space to talk.
Get outside! Movement and fresh air daily will help children both physically and mentally.
Reading and writing each day is highly recommended! Many children will find journaling and art helpful to process their feelings during this uncertain time.
Try to set a daily schedule to keep some consistency for students.
Our school’s website has an extensive curation of resources through Millhopper Tech
Montessori at Home Guide: 101 Montessori Inspired Activities for Children Ages 2-6 This is currently free on Kindle and Audible through Amazon.
Montessori Apps https://www.mobilemontessori.org/ Cataloged by age range and developed by Montessori teachers for ages 2.5-9
Khan Academy Kids (ages 2-7) https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-academy-kids/ and Khan Academy (K-12) https://www.khanacademy.org/ a top e-learning resource full of practice exercises, educational games and instructional videos focused in a variety of subjects
Scholastic Learn at Home Available from Scholastic, this free resource provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.
Alachua County Public Library: https://www.aclib.us/digital-media/blog/mobile If you have an Alachua County Public Library card, there is a lot to access online including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and online research databases. Visit the link above to see all of the options. Download the Libby app ( https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ ) to your smartphone to quickly and easily browse and download thousands of books!
We will continue to update you via email as we receive information. Again, thank you for your patience and partnership during this uncertain time.
Christina Miller Owner/Head of School