Friday, March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 - Weekend Update


Stonehedge Weekend Update
March 27, 2020


Report Cards


Your child’s report card for the 2nd marking period is available and can be viewed online.  Please visit this link for viewing instructions.  Here is a short video that also explains how to access the report cards online. For anyone that needs to update their email or phone number on SchoolTool, please click here.


Distance Learning



Hopefully, we are getting adjusted with our new normal when looking at the situation we have been dealt with and becoming more comfortable with the Distance Learning Program. There has been much feedback and it is greatly appreciated. This ranges from "This is awesome!" and "Thank you!" to "This is not enough." and "We are overwhelmed." Please understand, we hear you, and we understand. These are not abnormal feelings, and we will continue to put our best foot forward as we proceed.  It is important to understand the first two weeks were structured in a way that offered everyone, staff included, time to get adjusted to the process, platforms and schedules, while making sure everyone is on the same page. The curriculum that was laid out was for review purposes only and intended to keep your child engaged and productive. The instruction that will take place following spring break (if necessary) will include new learning. If you need assistance with anything, please call the office at 315-487-4631 or email me at bsuddaby@westgenesee.org.

PTA Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser 

During these stressful times, we do not want to get between you and your chocolate!
Due to the closing of our school, we have changed our Gertrude Hawk delivery.  The chocolate that you have ordered is being delivered directly to your home by the manufacturer.   We are sorry if this is inconvenient for anyone. Thank you for your understanding.

Virtual Spirit Week



I hope that you all had fun with the West Genesee Virtual Spirit Week!  Thank you to everyone who shared pictures of themselves making the very best of the situation.

Monday, March 23 - Pajama Day




  Tuesday, March 24 - Goofy Outfit Day





Wednesday, March 25 - Crazy Hair Day





Thursday, March 26 - Reading Day




Friday, March 27 - Blue and Gold Day




Have a great weekend. 

Brent

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020 - Weekend Update

Stonehedge Weekend Update

March 20, 2020



Positivity Project-

  • The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is…..Fairness

Happenings Next Week

  • Monday, March 23 - K-5th Students Begin On-line learning activities.  Here is the link that went live yesterday with assignments for next week.
  • Monday, March 23 - Virtual Spirit Week (see information below)
  • Friday, March 27 - Publishing of Report Cards via SchoolTool


In The Near Future

  • Monday, April 6 -10 - Spring Break!!!


PTA News

The West Genesee School District PTA/PTO’s are celebrating our community and showing West Genesee pride by holding a West Genesee Virtual Spirit Week - 3/23 - 3/27.  Stonehedge parents are encouraged to email pictures of your children during Virtual Spirit Week to the PTA at stonehedgepta@gmail.com and/or post to their Facebook page (Stonehedge Elementary PTA).  
  • Monday, March 23 - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, March 24 - Goofy Outfit Day
  • Wednesday, March 25 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Thursday, March 26 - Reading Day
  • Friday, March 27 - Blue and Gold Day

Online Learning: We Have Got This! 

Our Stonehedge students have been extending their learning online in school for years. Just before we went out on this unplanned break, our fourth grade classes took a virtual field trip to learn about the Boston Tea Party.  Over the past several years, all of our classes have brought top experts in their fields into our classes to enhance our instruction.  Virtual learning on topics of History, Culture, Science, English Language Arts and Mathematics have been common for our students.  There is no doubt that our students will be able to make the transition to online learning. Parents (like me) will probably need a little more help.  No worries!  The Stonehedge teachers and staff are ready to help and will be reaching out to every child and their families to provide any needed support. 


Students interact with key characters of The American Revolution to gain a deep understanding of the issues and feelings facing the colonists in 1773.

It did not seem fair to our students that the colonies were not represented in the British Parliament.


West Genesee Online Learning 

The West Genesee Elementary Online Learning Portal is now open.  You can access it by clicking here or you can find it under the "Connect" section located on the bottom left of the West Genesee Home Page at westgenesee.org.  To help ease the transition to online learning, all activities assigned are review or practice activities for the next two weeks. Each week the site will be updated, however, you will still be able to access the previous weeks if necessary.  If we need to continue with online instruction after the break, new learning will take place, some of which will be provided via this portal and some of which will be assigned via Google Classroom by your child's teacher.  If you have any trouble accessing the portal, either contact your child's teacher, email me at bsuddaby@westgenesee.org or call the main office at 315-487-4631 and leave a message.



Fighting Cystic Fibrosis with the Power of Ten!

On Monday, February 24th our fifth-grade students celebrated their 1,000th day of school!  (5 years x 180 days + 100 days of 5th)    WOW! Doesn’t it seem like they were coming to school for their first day of Kindergarten just yesterday?  This started the students thinking about how quickly things add up.  By the time they were studying the Powers-of-Ten in math class, the brilliant and charitable idea for a "Dimes for Dollars" challenge was hatched!  The children calculated that if each class could bring in 1,000 dimes, (that is an average of 40 dimes per student) they could raise $100.00 per class.  With seven classes of 5th-grade, they could raise $700.00!   

Mrs. Drake’s homeroom received t-shirts for raising the most money in dimes for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The grand total of the seven classes came very close to their goal - $664.00.    The children decided that the money raised should go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help people who are living with this illness.  Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe normally. 




Please stay in touch and stay well!
Brent

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020 - Stonehedge Update

Stonehedge Elementary

March 18, 2020 Update



Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we all adjust to the constantly changing situation.

Our school building has now been closed until further notice.  My previous communication indicated that the building would be open this week but the decision was made to close the buildings to all non-essential personnel beginning yesterday afternoon.  If you would like to contact me, you can either email me at bsuddaby@westgenesee.org or call the building, 315-487-4631 and leave a voicemail.  Your voicemail will go directly to my email.

I know that some students and parents are anxious to begin home instruction. That is great!  I will be sending out communication this Friday. March 20th which will provide you with information regarding remote learning.  By the end of the day on Friday, we will have a weekly instruction page with suggested activities and learning for our students on the district homepage.  This instruction page will be updated weekly and will provide you with reading and math activities, as well as special area activities (art, physical education, library, and music).  We will also include Positivity Project (P2) lesson.  I believe that you will only be able to access the P2 lessons if you have a gmail account.  The activities for the first two weeks were put together by the instructional coaches and administrators.  If it is necessary to continue instruction remotely following our upcoming break, your children’s teachers will be in charge of populating the remote instruction page with new learning.

With your help, we can minimize the potential instructional slide through remote learning.  We certainly do not want to add any pressure to families during this stressful time.  No worries; our students are brilliant and our teachers are phenomenal!   We will bounce back from this as strong as ever.  Our intent to help families by providing activities that will keep students productive and engaged.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the remote learning opportunities.


Remember that your district is here for you.  If you have food or technological needs, see the District website (westgenesee.org) and the notes from Superintendent Bills.  Again, I can be reached via email or voicemail.

Please stay safe and healthy and tell your children that they are dearly missed at Stonehedge!

Brent