Emily's Update 5-4-2020

posted May 4, 2020, 12:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Monday, Everyone!


New - Seesaw Family

Today you should have received an invitation to connect to your child’s Seesaw account.  You can see the work they’ve turned in so far, add your own comments, and send and receive messages from Carmen and me.  This family portal will be a great tool to help you keep a finger on the pulse of your child’s learning.


Biography Project

We are taking the first steps towards our annual end of the year peacemakers project.  Each child will choose a person to study – someone who has brought positive change to the world.  These could be pioneers for civil rights, environmentalists, inventors, scientists, or healers.  The most important thing is for students to connect with the person that they choose. 


This week, we’re learning about character strengths.  These are qualities that we all have – like perseverance, self control, and creativity - that help us become successful, ethical and wholehearted people.   We will be looking for those traits in ourselves and in the amazing people that we learn about.


We’re also going on a biography hunt.  I’ve listed a bunch of free online resources with biographies, and today children will be reading (or listening to) a biography of their choice. My goal is to familiarize kids with a variety of great examples before they settle on the person that they’ll study.  It’s a great time to share some of your heroes with your child and to talk about the character strengths that are important to your family.


Does Your Child Need a Check In?

Carmen and I want to reach out to kids who need a little boost – extra time to connect with their teachers, set goals for Seesaw, or get questions answered.  We’d like to reserve some time at the end of our meeting each day to meet with kids individually or in a small group.  If you think this would help your child, let us know!  We’ll dismiss them last from our meeting and see if we can set them up for success for the day.



I’ve attached a list of biography resources, a character strengths poster, and this week’s work plan to this email. 


Reach Out!

Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make distance learning more effective for your family. 


Thank you,

Emily and Carmen

Cynthia Friedman,
May 4, 2020, 12:11 PM
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Cynthia Friedman,
May 4, 2020, 12:11 PM