Friday, 5/22/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Happy three-day weekend Friday! I hope that you are looking forward to the brief pause on Monday as much as I am (which may explain the earliest release of the update yet). With a favorable forecast ahead for the weekend, it is my intention to spend as much time outside as possible.  


When we return to our regularly scheduled remote classrooms on Tuesday, we’ll be on the final push to the end of the school year. All schools will have roughly 3 weeks until the school year ends. I urge you to check in with your teachers over this period to see what you need to do as you get set to cross the finish line. Your teachers have done an incredible job and they, along with all of our staff, want only the best for every student. Parents, guardians and families have done an amazing job as well. In what is unquestionably a stressful time, you have worked very hard to make things happen for your child(ren) throughout this period. There have been sacrifices, frustrations, difficult (and I’m sure unpopular) decisions that have been made in order to keep your child(ren)’s education going to the best of everyone’s ability. There may have been some stumbles and perhaps some falls along the way, but you got back up and continued forward. Please don’t let those few moments where it was extremely difficult or frustrating define the overall effort that you have made...that we have all made. If I had enough to go around, I would give you all a gold star for your efforts, but because I don’t, I’ll include this one for you. 

   

There has been a great response by the students with regard to this week’s challenge. Today is the final day for this challenge and a new one will be issued next week. Next week’s challenge will run over a two week period and will be the final challenge of the school year. I hope that this one will be our most participated challenge of all. Please be on the lookout for that next week. I have included the final installment of last week’s challenge at the end of this update so that you can see the submissions for favorite poems from our students. 


Because it is a three-day weekend, I’m reopening the access to the film “Like” for those that may not have had the opportunity to view it last week. That means you will have two of our three films available for watching in the comfort of your home over the long weekend. The link and details are included below in the update for those that would like to take advantage of this limited opportunity. Both films will remain available until we have reached our limit for viewings or our viewing period comes to a close, whichever happens first.


Lastly, because it is a three-day weekend and the weather looks cooperative (am I over playing my enthusiasm a little?), I’m including a link to the song that we ended our weekly check in with all central office staff so that maybe you too will feel like Dancing in the Streets this weekend, socially distanced of course because after all...WE GOT THIS!!!!


Happy Friday and Please Be Well,

Robb


Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher. Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.


Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness MonthMonday we launched access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program.  I am also including the link and login information for the film Like once again for anyone that may not have had the opportunity to watch it last week.  Both of these films will remain available until we have reached our limit for viewings.  


Link to View Angst


Link to View Like


The specific details to login to either film is the same and provided below.

Login: sau29@indieflix.com

Password: sau29


The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:


May 11-15:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

May 18-22:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

May 25-29:  The Upstanders a film about Cyber-bullying.


A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings. This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.


As always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org.  


Resources:

  • The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

School Boards:  Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.


Chesterfield -  CSB Meeting Video

Harrisville -  HSB Meeting Video

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video


Student Challenge:  This week’s challenge is related to Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is an observance to honor military personnel that have passed away while serving.  


My challenge to you is to write a brief message to those that have passed while serving our country. You may know someone specifically that has, or maybe you do not. It’s okay either way, but what would you like them to know if they were here today?


I will be tweeting the responses (anonymously) that come in throughout the week and weekend.  You can follow them on Twitter by finding me (@rhmalay).  Students, please get your parent’s permission before setting up an account. Send your response to me directly by email at rmalay@sau29.org, or through a Google Doc.  This challenge will remain open until Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.  


Special Education: The special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meetings (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!


Meals: The order form for the towns is now closed for meal pick up Wednesday, May 27th . If you signed up for meals in the towns, you will pick up your meals at 12:00 on Wednesday at the school you selected.


Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin and Keene High School on Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  No pre ordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School.


At every location, Wednesday you will receive 5 days’ worth of meals.

The order form for meals on Monday, June 1st (3 days of meals) and Wednesday, June 3rd (4 days of meals) will open on Monday, May 25th.  The link is the same each week. 

Menus and offerings will vary based on availability


Technology Help desk number (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here


Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.


We have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for the help with getting started with Kami.  


Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here: SDPC. Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team. 


Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  


Additional Resources:


School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.


School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.


School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  


Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.


Contact Information: Dr. Rick Matte is the lead contact person for all COVID-19 inquiries and concerns at all SAU 29 schools and districts.  He can be reached at rmatte@sau29.org


Governor Sununu has also activated a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for all related needs and supports. The hotline can be reached by dialing 211.


COVID-19 and Remote Learning Resources:



Favorite Poems:

  • Annabel Lee

  • Invictus

  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

  • Bleezer's Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky

  • Pretty Ugly by Abdullah Shoaib

  • The Tiger by William Blake

  • It Was Like This: You Were Happy by Jane Hirshfield

  • Spring

  • New Wings

  • Roses are Red

  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Sick by Shel Silverstein

  • Daffodils by William Wordsworth

  • I am drowning in the sea of desire and the only one who can save me is you. By Christy Ann Martine

  • Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

  • Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss

  • Dr. Seuss

  • I Love You to the Moon and Back

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Wind on a Hill by A.A. Milne

  • Acrobats - Shel Silverstein

  • A Red, Red Rose - Robert Burns