This year we are going with an on-line vendor for school supply lists. You may purchase any or all items from this vendor, and a portion of the profit goes back to our PTA.
Greetings, Prune Hill Families!
As we continue to work toward a full remote Monday-Friday opening experience for our students, below are answers to common questions that may help give you a clearer picture of what school will look like for your penguin September 1st. If you were with us last spring during emergency teaching, we understand clearly how painful that was for all involved, and have worked to streamline platforms and create a structure that mirrors our on-site school day. Our hope is that when we begin bringing kids back into school, the schedule looks and feels similar to them.
We will work hard to support each of you and your family’s particular situation to engage your learner. We’re watching closely to see how and when we can get small groups back with us safely.
I will be in touch Friday, through my weekly updates, and again next week for a Q&A. If you want to be prepared, I’d suggest downloading the ParentSquare app on your cell phones…that way I can send you videos!! 😊 Otherwise, digest this FAQ and jot questions down that you may have. Maybe pick out a wig to wear for next week’s Zoom meetings together?? I’ll be in touch.
What is synchronous/asynchronous instruction?
Synchronous Instruction: Teachers deliver live instruction and communication to the whole class or in small groups.
Asynchronous Instruction: Teachers will deliver a recorded video of a lesson. Students engage in learning at their own pace. Asynchronous instruction can take place using digital platforms like Seesaw (K-2) or Google Classroom (3-5) or watching teacher-created videos.
What will the school day look like?
Elementary school days are organized into instructional blocks with intentional social-emotional breaks in between the blocks. This is an example of what an elementary remote learning day could look like, which includes set time for specialists like music, library, and PE. This is only an example of one day, please note that your child’s schedule will contain all of these components, but will not necessarily be in the same order as shown below. Individual teachers and grade teams will communicate their schedules to you …..
|8:00 AM||Student logs on for morning meeting with class; this will focus on community building, social-emotional learning (SEL), and preparing for the school day – Synchronous|
|9:00 AM||Brain Break/Movement Break – Synchronous|
|9:15 AM||Instructional Block #1: whole class, small group, individual practice, asynchronous learning – Synchronous|
|10:15 AM||Brain Break/Movement Break – Asynchronous|
|10:45 AM||Instructional Block #2: recorded instruction with learning tasks, individual/small group check-ins, asynchronous learning – Asynchronous|
|12:15 PM||Brain Break/Movement Break – Asynchronous|
|12:45 PM||Read Aloud/SEL/Community – Synchronous|
|1:15 PM||Instructional Block #3: Music – Synchronous|
|2:15 – 2:30 PM||Reflection from the day, preparation for tomorrow – Synchronous|
Will students in grades K-3 get Chromebooks this year?
Yes! Chromebooks will be distributed via curbside pickup at our school during the week of August 24-28. We will share our schedule when it is set.
Will curricular materials be provided to families?
Yes, we are building a collection of materials to share with families. Due to shipping constraints, the distribution of these materials will likely take place during the first week of school in a curbside format.
What is ParentSquare, and why should parents register?
ParentSquare is the new and only communication tool Camas School District will use going forward K-12. It allows for two-way communication among teachers, our school, and our district. We encourage you to register your account through the invitation you received on August 11. If you choose to not register, you will still receive messages from ParentSquare, you just won’t be able to respond to the sender, RSVP for events, sign up to participate, view school calendar events, or choose your communication preferences. By default, you will get all of your messages via email in a digest mode each night between 6-7.
A parent overview of ParentSquare is available at https://youtu.be/QyosnpErX1w.
Why is the Camas Connect Academy not open to students in grades K-2?
We’ve been looking for quality K-2 online curriculum resources/programming for a fully online platform for our earliest learners and haven’t been successful. We’ve also had teachers spending time trying to develop a program unique to the Camas Connect Academy and have come to the conclusion we cannot offer a program we feel will deliver for our early learners better than having them start the year with our remote learning option.
Our thought is to start all K-2 students in remote learning and then when conditions in the community start to allow us to bring students back on campus determine who prefers/needs to stay online and provide services for them. Communication that reflects this will be coming from our principals this week.
Where are our school supply lists?
Our staff members are working to pinpoint the essential items needed in a remote learning environment. As soon as we have the lists ready, we will share them with our families. We want to be very mindful of what supplies are needed during remote learning. We are going with an online purchase of school supplies that you can order and have delivered to your home.
Prune Hill Elementary is closed for the duration of the school year. We are in a remote learning cycle through June 19, with new learning beginning May 4, 2020. Please connect with your child’s teacher via email to connect with learning. Platforms we are using include: Google Classroom, Class Dojo, Bloomz, Marco Polo, and SeeSaw.
Here is a link to our specialist landing page where you can find links to P.E., music, library, counseling, SLP, ELL, reading support, math support, and learning support lessons:
We understand how trying these times are for everyone. We’ve personalized learning using a menu-style format so that you can engage in a variety of activities that work for your child.
Our hope is to keep connected with you! Please email us with questions, concerns, or feedback so that we may serve your child well!
If you have a soon-to-be kindergartener, you’re invited to attend our annual Kindergarten Orientation! If you know of a future kindergartener, please spread the word!
WHO: Kindergarteners and their parent/s
WHAT: Come and learn what school ‘looks like’ in a day at Prune Hill. Parents are listening to a presentation in the gym while kids visit the kindergarten classroom with teachers and participate in activities, ending with a short bus ride and time to play on the playground!
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20th 1:00-2:30
WHERE: Prune Hill Elementary School
HOW: Register your kindergartener via the Camas School District website and call us at (360) 833-5730 to sign up for Kinder Orientation!
Here’s what’s cooking this month:
March 3 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
March 3 Penguin Sports Clinic #4, 5th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
March 4 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
March 4 Recorder Choir 12:10-1:00
March 5 Penguin Sports Clinic #4, 5th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
March 6 Birthday Table
March 9 5th Grade to Burnt Bridge Creek Estuary (9:05-11:50 Holscher/King; 11:35-2:20 Driver/Rush)
March 9 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
March 10 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
March 10 Penguin Sports Clinic #4, 5th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
March 11 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
March 11 Recorder Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
March 12 Penguin Sports Clinic #4, 5th Grade Basketball 2:30-3:45
March 13 Last day of Trimester 2
March 13 Coffee with the Principal 8:30 Staff Lounge
March 17 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
March 18 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
March 18 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
March 20 NO SCHOOL-Possible inclement weather make up day
March 23 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
March 24 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
March 24 Penguin Sports Clinic #5, 4th/5th Grade Volleyball 2:30-3:45
March 25 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
March 25 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
March 26 Report Cards Sent Home!
March 26 Penguin Sports Clinic #5, 4th/5th Grade Volleyball 2:30-3:45
March 27 Spirit Day/Future Day (Students dress for a future job)
Mar 30-Apr 3 SPRING BREAK
February 4 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
February 5 5th Grade Water Quality Monitoring 8:15-11:15
February 5 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
February 5 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
February 7 3rd Grade to OMSI 9:00-2:00
February 7 Birthday Table
February 10 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
February 11 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
February 12 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
February 12 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
February 12 PTA General Membership Meeting 6:00-7:00 PHE Library
February 14-17 NO SCHOOL-Presidents Weekend
February 18 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
February 19 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
February 19 Recorder Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
February 24 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
February 25 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
February 26 Read to Feed Assembly 8:15-9:00 Gym
February 26 Recorder Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
January Happenings at Prune Hill
January 6 Welcome Back!
January 7 Penguin Sports Clinic #3, 4th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
January 8 5th Grade Water Quality Monitoring In Class Presentations 8:15-11:15
January 8 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
January 9 Penguin Sports Clinic #3, 4th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
January 10 Birthday Table
January 13 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
January 14 Penguin Sports Clinic #3, 4th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr Assembly, 8:15-9:00
January 15 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
January 16 Penguin Sports Clinic #3, 4th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
January 20 NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King, Jr Day
January 21 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
January 21 Penguin Sports Clinic #3, 4th Grade Basketball 2:30- 3:45
School is closed December 21-January 5, 2020. See you all back on January 6th!
December 1 End of 1st Trimester
December 3 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
December 4 5th Grade Water Quality Monitoring 8:15- 11:15
December 4 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
December 4 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
December 4 Run4Fun Pizza Party 12:15-2:00
December 5 Staff Meeting, 7:10-7:50, Rm 10/Alanis
December 5 Stuff the Bus Donations DUE
December 6 Stuff the Bus Donations picked up
December 6 Birthday Table
December 6 PHE Choirs perform at Hometown Holidays
December 6 Coffee w/Principal Swan 8:15
December 9 Hearing Screenings, 8:00-11:35, Computer Lab
December 9 School Board Meeting, 5:30 at ZAC Board Room
December 10 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
December 10 Kindergarten Gingerbread Performance 5:00-5:30, Gym
December 11 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
December 11 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
December 12 Staff Appreciation Lunch provided by our PTA
December 12 Report cards go home today
December 16 Combined Choir Concert at Grace Foursquare Church 6:00-7:00
December 17 Choir Rehearsal 2:30-3:30
December 17 Staff Christmas Party 4:30 at Main Event
December 18 Early Release, 12:10 Dismissal
December 18 Recorder Choir Rehearsal 12:10-1:00
December 19 Staff Meeting, 7:10-7:50, Rm 14/Landers
December 20 Spirit Day/Pajama Day
December 20 Sing Along Assembly with Read to Feed Kick-Off 12:15-12:45
Dec 23-Jan 3 Winter Break, See you all on January 6th