The Answer is YES
Dear LJSD Parents,
During these unsettled times, you may wonder whether you are leading your child in the right direction. Are you doing enough? What if you don’t understand the new math they are working on (don’t worry, this comes up for all of us!!). Where is the sweet spot between too many and too few expectations? How do we hold our kids responsible while still providing the appropriate amount of empathy during this school closure? Will your student be ready for next school year? The answer is YES. You are doing what is best for your family. Your child is still learning and growing every day, it is simply taking place in your home environment. Parents are still and always will be their child’s first and best teacher. You are doing the right things. The silver lining in this storm is that our world has taken a pause and our focus is on family. Families have had more time with each other than ever before and are learning new activities and making memories together that will last a lifetime. You have probably heard this is a “once in a generation” event. If that is true, let’s make sure the memories we are creating with our kids will be ones they look back on with fondness and gratitude for all we did to help focus on the positives and find the joy. We have the privilege of influencing the future attitude of our children when they approach any problem in the future. They will know that they can handle any obstacle with grace and perseverance, recognizing their own industriousness and self-efficacy. As parents, I hope we all commit to using this unprecedented time to bring out the best in each other and ensure the future of our community, our kids, will be better on the other side by our modeling of resiliency and strength. Thank you for being the best group of parents one could ask to work with – I appreciate all you are doing, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
A Message from our Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Hello Parents and Guardians! Thank you for supporting your students through our remote learning endeavor! I have some exciting news. The Idaho State Department of Education has partnered with Idaho Public TV and Idaho Businesses for Education to bring teachers and lessons to your homes each day, Monday through Friday, for the remainder of the school year. Each week teachers from around the state will lead lessons for students in grades 3-6. You can find these lessons in two locations: at IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel or Idaho Public TV channels. These channels are free and available with an antennae at 99% of Idaho family homes. For a list of channels carrying Idaho Public TV check here. Lessons air at 7:00 am for third grade, 8:00 for fourth, 9:00 for fifth, and 10:00 for sixth. If the times aren’t conducive to your family’s schedule, lessons can be saved on your DVR or watched anytime online. One exciting note, Lakeland teachers will teach lessons the week of May 18th and will be broadcast throughout Idaho! We hope you are able to tune in for engaging, hands-on learning with Idaho teachers. Take care of each other and stay healthy!
Lisa Sexton, Assistant Superintendent
Social – Emotional Health
Finding the motivation to continue with regular learning in the home environment especially on sunny days can prove difficult. Our TLC and Federal Programs Director, Patty Morrison wants to share with families THIS RESOURCE to help in moving forward towards the end of our school year
Virtual Field Trip
There are many interesting things to find within the city of Rathdrum. How about a virtual field trip brought to you by Mr. Worthen, longtime volunteer and former teacher at John Brown Elementary School. Third grade students in our district typically take a field trip to tour the city, so this is an awesome why to access this field trip in our virtual world.
Our technology department continues to work on getting hotspots for families that do not have internet access. We have also requested help from the Idaho Business Association in getting donations of WiFi access for families in our district. Also, the Guest WiFi is opened up for anyone to use in all school parking lots. CLICK HERE for a list of home internet options and resources
What does Learning Look Like in your Home?