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eNews 4-30-2020

posted May 6, 2020, 1:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman

2020-2021 Supply Fee - Many families are experiencing financial hardships at this time. In light of the current circumstances we will be collecting the $75 per student annual school supply fee next Fall. Please know that financial assistance will be available to assist with supply fees. 

Seesaw Family Access - Next week families will be receiving an invite from Seesaw to connect to their student’s journals. When you connect to your child’s journal, you will only be able to see their individual work, or group projects that your child is tagged in. 

If you have more than one student using Seesaw, please note that each child will have their own folder and are not connected to one another.

When you receive your email, please follow the prompts to log into your child’s journal. You will then be directed to sign in or create a new account. (Please note that you do not have to download the Seesaw Family App. The program is accessible using your browser). 

If you have several students with Seesaw accounts you can accept each email invite or upload your student’s QR code once you are on your family home page by locating the ‘+ Add a child’ button in the upper right hand corner.

If you run into any problems with gaining access to your child’s journals please contact either Leauriy or Jen at We will be available via this email Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will respond within 24 hours.

Thank You & Tall Grass Needs - Thank you to Cory Hoover and Ameilia Mau for tackling the tall greenery at school! There is still a lot of mowing and weed whacking to be done! If you would like to join the “Green Team” to help us maintain our grounds, by mowing and weed whacking, contact Cynthia and she will include you in the group notifications. 


Friday Evening Attendance Calls -    4J started new attendance recording requirements last week. Students will be recorded as having been present or absent during a whole week at a time.  Attendance will be entered once a week on the last day of the week based upon students checking in one or more times over the course of that same week (having at least one two-way contact with their teacher). Families will receive autodialer calls about an absence every Friday 4:30-6 p.m. The message in those autodialer calls will be appropriate to the current circumstances per 4J. 

No School May 1 - Friday, May 1st is a no school professional development day. Staff will be busy leading and participating in training on Distance Learning Tools and Platforms.  What does that look like for students when school is distance learning you may ask? It means that there will not be classroom zoom meetings and your child will not receive feedback/communication from teachers on their school work that day. 

Site Council -  The Site Council will meet next Thursday, April 30, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you would like to join our meeting as a guest, here is the link

Meeting ID: 985 9134 0055

Password: 000582


Identifying the signs of stress in children

Children often react to stressful events differently than adults. How the child in your life reacts to COVID-19 will vary by age, their previous experiences and how they typically cope with stress. The graphic below shares signs of stress that you can watch for in preschool and elementary aged children and how to help them.

You can find resources and learn more about how to support children of all ages by visiting CDC’s Helping Children Cope website or the national Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope.

Children's mental health infographic