Dear IPS Community,
I hope this finds you all well and healthy. I also hope you have begun to step into routines and have an increased comfort level with the new way of living we are all experiencing. As you know, we will be continuing to work and interact from our homes until at least April 29th.
Thank you to those parents who have sent us encouraging emails about their child’s Zoom Connections experiences as well as words of kindness and compassion. This goes a very long way for all of us.
Beginning on Monday, April 13th our Specialty Teachers will be joining your class zoom sessions. In addition, we will send weekly videos from Mr. Doug, Ms. Peggy and Ms. Talcott for you to share with your child.
In my last letter I mentioned office hours for parents who want to have a private zoom session with me. Rather than set up times in advance, I ask any parent who wishes to meet with me to email me directly and we will set up a time that works. I welcome these meetings!
Teachers will be communicating with you about scheduling Parent/Teacher conferences which will be held via Zoom.
This week I was able to join in with every Zoom class. Besides being filled with joy, I was very impressed with the variety of activities and interactions taking place! A great deal of work goes into every Zoom session. Each 30 minutes session is like producing a 30 minute TV show, but without a week to rehearse, a teleprompter to read from, and many people working behind the scenes. Our teachers deserve a huge amount of gratitude for their creativity and efforts. What they have accomplished in these two weeks is wonderful.
As a reminder, there will not be any Zoom sessions tomorrow, Friday, April 10th. I wish you all a wonderful spring holiday weekend! You will receive two videos from Ms. Gabby at The Art Farm for your child to watch!
Here are some resources we have compiled. Additional resources will come every Friday afternoon.
- “6 Ways Parents Can Support Their Kids Through Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak” (UNICEF)
- “Caring for Preschoolers at Home” (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
- “A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids” (New York Times)
- 20 Virtual Field trips
- Weekly Wildlife Webinars
- Cincinnati Zoo (live animal lesson every day at 3:00pm)