Letter from Mr. Garcia 3/30

Good Evening Linden Families,

  

I hope that you are healthy and safe.  We learned last week that schools would be out until at least May 4th.  Malden Public Schools is working to put together a remote learning plan that makes sense for our families. The first thing we need to do is make sure we have technology out to our families who may need to borrow a Chromebook. 

If you do not have a device in your home, please click on the link on the Malden Public Schools website (www.maldenps.org) to request to borrow a Chromebook device.  Due to limited resources we must limit this to one Chromebook per family.  Families who do not have access to a computer can fill out the form and will be given an appointment with a day and time to pick up a Chromebook at the Ferryway School. Distribution will take place on April 2nd, 3rd, and 6th only and only by appointment. Please contact us if you have any questions and make sure to check the Linden STEAM Academy’s main page for more information. https://maldenps.org/linden-steam-academy/

 

The district will be rolling out our Remote Learning Plan on the week of  April 6. We just received guidance from DESE on Thursday and Friday and will be using the coming week to develop a plan. 

  • Remote learning is not online learning.  We do not expect students to be in front of a screen all day.  In fact, DESE recommends about half of a school day.  
  • We will use Google Classroom and Google Meet to conduct some remote learning.  In fact, as you know, many learning experiences that are happening in families during this time, do not take place online at all.
  • While remote learning will look different from a traditional school day, we are looking to build opportunities for teachers to provide feedback to students; we anticipate that  assignments during this time will receive a “Credit/No credit” designation. 

 

Finally, a few reminders,

Meals are being served Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Salemwood and Malden High School. These are curbside pick-up and the student does not have to be present to receive the meals. Students are given both breakfast and lunch at that time.

MaldenPublic Schools’ online Enrichment page is live. This has enrichment content by grade level and can be accessed through the Malden Public School’s website and each school website. This website is updated regularly. There is also a suggested daily schedule posted for you to consider. The schools are taking part in an iReady and IXL participation challenge to try and encourage students to spend some time reading and practicing math each day. As of today, Linden is tied for first place. A Linden tiger roar goes out to all our amazing students!!

The City of Malden has made the decision to close the parks. This decision was made to help students to maintain social distancing. The city was seeing an uptick in pick-up games in the park which were not in keeping with the CDC guidelines.

Over the next few weeks you may receive phone calls from blocked numbers or numbers that are unrecognized.  This is likely a call from one of our staff persons. Please answer the call as we are checking on as many families as we can.

As always, please reach out if there is any way the school can be of support to you and your child during this time. 

 

Wishing you well,

Ray Garcia, Julie Jones, and Stacey Scott

 

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