Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Memo: Laptops, Grades and Grants

On Friday, kids received their Chromebooks. During first and second hours, kids learned a bit about how to operate them and sign on to the school wifi (which can be tricky). Since then, we have been working with kids to familiarize them with the apps and digital tools we'll be using this year, primarily the ones on the right hand side of this blog in the "Most Used Sites" section. We've begun using Google Classroom and we're picking it up quickly. Kids also have created accounts on 3DGameLab so that we can complete class-related online quests. We'll continue demonstrating various tools (BrainPop and Khan Academy) to the kids this week and integrate them gradually so as not to overwhelm them.

Term 1 closes on Friday. Grades will be issued and mailed home next week.

The link to use to sign up for conferences will be available in the next few days. It will be available on the school web page and as soon as we see it, we will post it here as well. Please sign up for conferences so we can talk about your amazing kiddos.

We submitted a grant to for five Kindles for our Kindles in the Classroom program. As soon as the grant is live, we will publicize it with the hope that some of you or those you know would be interested in making a donation to the cause. We normally get a code which enables every donation (up to 100.00) to be doubled. We have had great success with in the past and hope that we can put even more Kindles in the hands of our kiddos.

That's about it for this week. We hope everyone has a great week!

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