• PPS schools are moving to a distance learning program for the remainder of the 19/20 academic year. We are so sad that we will not be together as a whole school community this year. 

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  • Principal's Message: April 11, 2020

     

     

    Dear Chapman Families,

    As we launch the PPS Home-based Distance Learning program next week, I want to share with you some of what we’ve learned this week about what distance learning will look like for Chapman students. As you know, Governor Brown announced earlier this week that our school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, making distance learning our only option. I want to acknowledge that this news brought up a sense of grief for our staff, knowing that we will be missing out on the important face-to-face contact with your children, the special performances and community celebrations that bring us all so much joy, and just the daily feeling of life that exudes in our halls. While I miss seeing our students, witnessing their joyful curiosity in classrooms, and their exuberant energy on the playground, I am inspired by the creative ways our teachers are finding to connect with students and the tremendous learning they themselves are doing to bring engaging lessons to your children. 

    PPS shared expectations this week for implementing Distance Learning, to begin April 13th. (The original date shared was April 6th, but then the Oregon Department of Education asked school districts to start on 4/13.)  The expectations offer different options for teachers to choose from and clarify the kinds of learning to offer students. For the first two weeks, the only requirement for teacher led-instruction is for Math and Language Arts. Other content areas are optional. Teacher-led instruction may be synchronous (students learning together at the same time) or asynchronous (teacher has curated lessons and activities that students can complete on their own time). These could look like assignments posted in Seesaw or Google Classrooms, expectations to complete work in the variety of online programs we now have access to, a video the teacher has chosen for students to watch and respond to, etc. In addition, teachers will ask students and families to engage in supplemental learning, and will share ideas for activities that students and families can choose from to encourage continued learning outside of the teacher-led instruction. 

    The district has provided teachers guidelines for how much time students should be spending in each area (see table below). Over the next 5 weeks, these daily time expectations will increase gradually. We understand that every family’s situation is unique, and that people are experiencing all kinds of different hardships. I also want to acknowledge that we have families with limited access to technology and we will be working throughout the week to provide devices to students in need. Nevertheless, I want to stress that all classes and activities are optional for students and families to engage in through the coming weeks. Our greatest priority is making sure that students are staying connected with our Chapman community in whatever way that works for you and your family. Please reach out to your teacher or to me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Daily Time Expectations for Weeks 1 & 2 

     

    Teacher-Led Instruction

    Language Arts & Math

    Student-led Supplemental

    Language Arts

    Student-led Supplemental

    Math

    Other Content Areas

    K-1

    20 minutes

    20 minutes

    20 minutes

    Optional

    2-3

    20 minutes

    30 minutes

    30 minutes

    Optional

    4-5 

    30 minutes

    40 minutes 

    40 minutes 

    Optional


    I hope that you and your family are staying healthy and finding ways to enjoy this beautiful weekend.

    Thank you,

    Pamela Van Der Wolf

    Principal

    Chapman E.S.

     

     

     

    Principal's Message: April 4, 2020

     

     

    Good Afternoon Chapman Families,

    I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. I’m sure that many of you are feeling anxious about what next week will look like as the district unveils our new Home-Based Distance Learning format. Our teachers have all been working really hard to learn brand new programs and skills. We are practicing with technology that we never dreamed we would ever be using with young children. Nevertheless, Chapman teachers are rising to the challenge! I am so impressed with how our professional educators are helping each other out with sharing valuable resources they’ve discovered, and with being willing to be vulnerable with each other by sharing mistakes they’ve made and asking for help.

    As the district finalizes plans and shares more resources, our plan is to treat next week as a “soft start” with students. Our primary focus will be to check in on students, make sure that they are set with technology, and let them know that first and foremost, we care about them. As you know, we have done a great deal of work around creating caring communities in our classrooms, and teachers will spend next week building community with students in this new era of distance learning focusing on the emotional health of our students. Please be patient with us as we navigate this uncharted territory together. We will all certainly make mistakes along the way, but as I tell students everyday, mistakes make for new learning. Now, more than ever, we are all learning new things every day and there will be plenty of mistakes made along the way.

    Assistance with Technology

    Many of our students are still without the needed technology. Staff will be communicating directly with anyone teachers have not yet heard from to verify they have both a device and internet service. Paper request forms are now available at all of the food location sites. 

    If you have technology, but your child has had trouble logging in with their PPS password, please do the following:

    1. Make sure you have the correct login info. Students usernames are first initial, last name, last four digits of their student ID.

    • IE: Stacey Willis with an ID of 123456 would be swillis3456@student.pps.net

    • K-5 student default password is four characters, two-digit month and two-digit day of their birthdate (MMDD). Most of our k-2 students have not changed their passwords.

    1. If you have tried the above and not had success. Please fill out this Login Assistance Form

    More info about Home-Based Distance Learning

    Superintendent Guerrero addressed all students, families and staff this week. You can watch the video at www.pps.net. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of the Chapman staff in a Google meeting!


    More detailed information of what is to come can be found here: PPS H-D. One of the questions that has been coming up is about student grades. That question is addressed here and explains that for K-8 students we will not be assigning grades

     

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