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Lower School Distance Learning Plan

Dear Parents,
Hello to every one of you! With the consistent staff development opportunities over the past few years and a commitment to delivering our mission, the Lower School team is prepared for the challenge of distance learning.  The faculty has worked many hours this week to prepare lessons for our Carmel students. I am incredibly proud of their shared efforts and commitment to providing continuous educational practices and high-quality resources. Our educational learning plan provides consistency throughout the Lower School through the following ways:
  1. Bible Verse Memorization — Every Lower School student will have the same Bible verse to memorize each week. 
  2. Daily Greeting — Every day students will have the opportunity to see a pre-recorded message from their teacher to be viewed at a time that is convenient for the family. 
  3. Consistent Lessons Times and Office Hours — All students will be able to connect with their teachers at consistent times throughout the week. We are providing two evening office hours for students who may be completing learning activities when their parents return from work. Teachers will post their office hours on Seesaw. The main way to communicate to faculty is through Seesaw or the teacher’s email.
  4. Academic Subjects — All teachers will continue to provide lessons in subject areas currently taught in the classroom. Special teachers in Music, Art, P.E., Computer, and Library are also providing lessons as well as Spanish in grades 3, 4 and 5. 
  5. Weekly Newsletter — The newsletter will be sent to parents each weekend to give families a preview of important information for the coming week. Our specials will also be including information in the newsletter.
  6. Theme Weeks — We will have Lower School theme weeks so we can learn together in a fun way. The week of March 23-27 the theme is, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” More information is forthcoming from your child’s classroom teacher. 
Some parents have asked if the supply pick up is critical to completing assignments for distance learning. In one word, yes. The teachers have packed workbooks, photocopies of classwork, textbooks, and other materials needed for distance learning at home. Please plan to pick up or have a fellow Carmel parent pick up your child’s supply bag on Friday, March 20, from 7:15-9:15 a.m.  The Carmel School will continue to provide a curriculum where children can grow in mind, body, and spirit. We miss you and your children.

Warmest Regards,