A Message for MECC Parents & Guardians

Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

March 18, 2020


Dear MECC Families,

I hope you and your family are doing well during this difficult time of no school or work for so many.  Please know that I recognize the challenges of being out of school for an extended period of time and would like to take a moment to update you about a few items and to share some resources that may help you in the weeks ahead. 

We are all navigating uncharted circumstances and our team is working diligently to find ways to best support you and your family. Our teachers will be checking in with you weekly. Please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher about any ideas they might have to better support you and your child at home. If they don’t have an answer for something, we can direct you to the right person as we have many knowledgeable staff in different areas. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. 

As you may already know, there are many resources out on social media for you to access. Our MECC Facebook page will have videos and ideas from our staff that we will post throughout the coming weeks. Please download our school app and/or check out our district webpage at https://www.middleboro.k12.ma.us/MECC. I have already gone live reading a Cat in the Hat story. There will also be a district enrichment activity website available Friday night.

School Closed

Please note that all buildings are closed to visitors.  Office hours will be staggered and the best way to contact us is through email at hletendre@middleboro.k12.ma.us office phone messages will be checked periodically as onsite work is permitted.

Need Support?

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go, event so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district. Please feel free to contact Meg Quirk if at any time your family is experiencing any type of food insecurity. 

Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  

As a district, we have begun to create a special web page for these three weeks which can be found on our school’s website.  On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to support student learning and you will also find sample schedules that you might be helpful during the next few weeks   The district will send out information on how to access ClassLink. This is where you will find a number of academic resources and websites that would be a great alternative to video games.  

Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

Please note that all suggestions and activities listed on our website, as well as activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  We do hope, however, that you will encourage your child to participate as it’s our goal to ensure all students remain intellectually engaged and ready for when school is back in session.  

Student Passwords

By the end of the day on Thursday you will be receiving an email from Sean Sciliano with information on how to access student passwords. Your child’s login information is for district purchased programs like ST Math and Discovery Ed. If you have any questions regarding student login information please contact your child’s teacher.  

Talking to Your Child

Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

CDC Talking to Kids

Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids

Report Cards

At the elementary level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

Download our MPS Mobile App 

Did you know that Middleborough Public Schools has a Mobile App? Stay connected while you’re on the go with our FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. We are posting all the information you need about our schools including the COVID-19 Update Center with updated information, frequently asked questions and helpful links. Search Middleborough Public Schools in the App store or google play store. 

Sample Daily Schedule

 

Time

Focus

Activities

8:30 - 9:30

Rise & Shine

Get dressed, eat breakfast, make your bed

9:30 - 10:00

Learning Time

Reading Activities: 

*read a book together

*silent reading

*story discussions (retell with a beginning, middle, end)

*identify characters in the story and discuss their traits

*create a list of rhyming words, plural words, parts of speech 

10:00 - 10:30 

Snack/Technology

 

10:30 - 11:00 

Learning Time

Writing Activities:


*write a journal entry about your reading

*write a letter to a friend or family member

*practice letter formation

*daily journal

*Write to your teacher, secretary, custodian, assistant principal or principal

11:00 - 12:00 

Inside Play

 

12:00 - 12:30 

Lunch

 

12:30 - 1:00

Learning Time

Math Strategies:


*practice counting

*practice math facts (create flashcards - addition,subtraction,multiplication,division)

*create and solve word problems

*use of measurement and fractions while cooking

*measure things around your home

*sort and classify household items

1:00 - 1:30 

Household Chores

 

1:30 - 2:30 

Learning Time

Science Activities:


*create a tower as tall as you

*build a supporting bridge

*create a ramp, pulley, or simple machine

*research a favorite animal

2:30 - 3:30 

Outdoor/Indoor Play

 

* Please see the district web page for additional links and resources.

 

Additional Activities:

Family Game Time-Board Games and Card Games are great ways to work on social skills

Family Stop Everything and Read

Family Movie Night

Journal Writing about your day and your feelings

I wish you all well and sure do miss having our school filled with your precious children.

All the best to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Heidi Letendre

Principal