Update from Special Areas + Admin



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Counselor, PE, Music, Art, Library, & Reading Specialist

Message from Ms. Jacobson, Maplewood Principal

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Ms. Jacobson

As we end our 2nd week of school closures, please know we continue to think about and miss all of you very much. We know and appreciate everyone is trying and doing their best, from teachers to parents to students. As Monday, April 4th arrives, our teachers will begin sending you distance learning lessons. The AISD “Learning-at-Home” webpage includes a suggested schedule for families to use at home each day and will provide you opportunities to set up at-home learning for your child. Between the AISD site and our teacher-created lessons, we are sending you a variety of options so students can stay engaged and continue learning opportunities. We know that everyone’s home situation is different, but we want to provide you with learning opportunities that allow everyone to continue to grow and develop. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding as we all continue to experience learning in new ways.

Stay safe and healthy, and take care of each other! Sharing peace with all of you!

Ms. Jacobson

Ms. L-A, Maplewood P. E. Teacher

The district Learning at Home website has PE and Health & Wellness ideas for each day. There is a theme for each day of the week that helps you stay active and continue our learning.

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Ms. L-A
  • Monday’s theme is Mastery Monday so we are working on direct practice of skills that will hopefully (with practice along our learning journey) lead to mastery.
  • Tuesday’s theme is Teamwork Tuesday knowing that you need to be a team in your household to get everything done. There are some great tips on how to exercise while helping around the house.
  • Wednesday’s theme is Wacky Wednesday knowing that we all need to let loose and have some fun. Check out all the cool/silly games that you can make/play with your family and things you have around the house.
  • Thursday’s theme is Take a Trip Thursday where you’ll map a course around your house or safe outside area and use it to take an imaginary field trip learning about a different place each week around Austin.
  • Friday’s theme is Fitness Friday where you can get a great workout in. Remember to take care of your body warm-up, workout, then cool down!

Let’s stay connected as a Maplewood community by sharing what your family is doing to be active at home. To add what you’re family is doing to be active to our PE padlet use this link to access it with the password Mustangs!. #AISDmovesAtHome You can add pictures or videos of your activities! Check out the PE Page on Blend to see what everyone is up to!

Ms. Cervantes, Maplewood Art Teacher

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Ms. Cervantes

Share your talent Maplewood artists! I’ve created our own virtual wall to share our artworks on an app called PADLET. If you’d like to share your drawing, sculpture, or digital artworks with me create a post on: https://padlet.com/karencervantes/3la4yklrm3pz

Maplewood artists will be able to like, comment and enjoy each other’s artworks! I will also be posting comments and offering feedback.See you there!

PADLET post Challenge: Found Object COLOR WHEEL

Scavenge around your house and find 5 objects of each color on the color wheel (5 red, 5 orange, 5 yellow…etc.). When you’re done, take a photo and post it on our padlet.

Mr. Hutson, Maplewood Music Teacher

Hello students!

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The best part about our music class is we utilized the time together to enjoy music. We stepped on the beat to music, listened to music, sang our own music, listened to our classmates create music, we danced to music, we played drums and xylophones to enhance music. All of these things were in place to help us do one thing: enjoy music. That’s the part you get to take home now, enjoying music. I’ll be sharing some lessons along the way to facilitate your music enjoyment. Things you can do on your own: if you hear a song on the radio you like, tap the beat and sing with the melody. If you go on a walk outside, create your own rhythm clapping, while stepping on a steady beat. If you feel happy, make up some words to your own happy song, if you feel sad, you can make up a song to help share those feelings too. You can choose to share your own music with everyone around you, or keep it all to yourself, it’s your music to enjoy however you like. If you’re wondering what music class will look like in the next few weeks, I hope it looks like Mr. Hutson’s music students, continuing to do what you do best, enjoying music in anyway your imagination would like to, at least once on a three day rotating schedule, jk…but seriously.

-If you’d like to share ways you and your new learning community are sharing music at home I encourage you to go to the Music Padlet using the password “Mustangs!” to upload and share a video or write about ideas you might have tried in your new learning space.

Ms. Braziel, Maplewood Librarian

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Ms. Braziel

We celebrate so much that is special and beautiful in our world during the month of April. It’s Poetry Month, Earth Month, Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, and School Library Month! I’ll be sharing read alouds and resources related to those topics over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy helping to build our grade level BLEND courses, which are available through the BLEND link in your AISD portal. You’ll look there to find music (K-5), art (K-5), PE (K-5), library (PK-5), counseling (PK-5), and reading specialist’s (1-5) lessons as well as links to Pre-K to 5th grade teachers’ virtual classrooms in SeeSaw, Google Classroom, or BLEND. We’ve also linked additional resources, including log-in information for a wide range of amazing online resources, a direct link to AISD Tech Support, and a link to the AISD Distance Learning Site.

Our hope is for the portal to function as our virtual school building, with grade level BLEND courses serving as virtual grade-level hallways, and the colorful “buttons” with teachers’ names opening virtual doors to teachers’ distance-learning classrooms. Thank you for your patience while we learn to fly this thing as we build it.

I welcome your constructive feedback: Amanda.Braziel@austinisd.org

Ms. Kirk, Maplewood School Counselor

For Kids: Feelings will come, and feelings will go. During this very strange time of unexpected change, be patient with yourself, and know that uncomfortable feelings, like worry and frustration, will pass. Please remember to stop, take a deep pause breath (one hand on tummy, one hand on heart), then recognize, accept, and name that feeling. Then you have a choice of which tool you will use to manage that feeling, so the actions you choose are peaceful, safe, and helpful for you and your family. Will you talk with someone and label that feeling out loud with an “I” message, draw, move your body, focus on your 5 senses? What feels good for you today and in this moment? Ask your parents for help posting on our Peacemaker Padlet! We would love to see how you are Increasing the Peace at home. https://padlet.com/kellikirk/l41ul2ylaswd

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Ms. Kirk

For Parents:

There are so many amazing resources out there for parents, it can be overwhelming. I will choose one or two each week that stand out as especially helpful to share with Maplewood families. This is a brief reminder about the importance of taking time to talk as family about feelings. https://www.wnet.org/education/video/expressing-emotions/. This resource teaches why taking a break from screens is important for balance. https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/media-balance-is-important

While nothing can take the place of a face to face, real time conversation, I am working on ways to best connect through picture or video posting, phone, calls and emails. Look for a Ms. Kirk Check In sign up for students next week. For starters, please take time to post Peacemaker celebrations on our Peacemaker Padlet! This includes any pictures and comments with students and family members practicing mindfulness, kindness, self-care, expressing gratitude, and being comforted by our pets. https://padlet.com/kellikirk/l41ul2ylaswd

Stay safe! I REALLY miss you all.

Ms. Baker, Maplewood Reading Specialist

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Ms. Baker

Hi Mustangs- I miss you so much and have been thinking about you each and everyday.

Take Flight Kiddos- please read at least ten minutes, twice a day, to build your fluency and decoding skills. Also, don’t forget about I-station. It’s a good way to practice spelling and vocabulary.

Take Flight families- Check your email soon! I am sending several ideas and tips to try over the next week including sight word app ideas and ways to review Take Flight pages that may be laying around the house.

Sending hugs and please take good care-

Ms. Baker

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Important Resources

AISD Learning at Home https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home

Meals Support https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals

Food Bank Delivery 512-972-5133

City of Austin Neighborhood Centers (some are providing meal delivery) 512-972-5133

*email Ms. Kirk (kelli.kirk@austinisd.org) if you need additional information re: food, rent, or utility support

Austin Diaper Bank https://www.austindiapers.org/

Spectrum Internet Free for K-12 students https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Unemployment: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services 800-939-6631

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