Community of Ashburton Elementary School parents, teachers, and faculty.
Operating as usual
Really enjoyed, or missed the beginning of Back to School Night? Worry not - we've got the welcome video right here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGlE0u-ly5Q&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=GregoryMullenholz
FLEX is here and ready to rumble with some online enrichment activities for the kids. Registration is open now! Check out the Fall schedule here:https://flexacademies.com/wp-content/uploads/PTA-FLYER-MD.pdf
Have you joined the PTA yet? All the cool parents are doing it. This year is weird, so we're finding new ways to support the kids and amazing staff at Ashburton. Stay tuned!
Day three of distance learning, and one of our PTA leaders has affixed the following to her child's wall. How's it going for you guys?
[08/31/20] First day of school pics! Share 'em if you got 'em (and if sharing pics of your children on the FaceHoles aligns with your personal philosophies).
First day of school coming atcha! You know who's got this? YOU'VE got this.
The school year is fast approaching! Here is the latest intel on how to get your red hot materials for the start of the school year. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e37jzEpaEfbxu2UE3CZfLzc4SzlbFfaF/view?usp=sharing
I'm just going to leave this right here.
washingtonpost.com Caesar, also called a “llamactivist,” offers emotional-support hugs, which people will line up to give him.
Update Placeholder: Because there isn't really much of an update yet, but just wanted you to know we haven't forgotten about you and we're all equally in the [shrug] about what the Fall semester will really look like, and we're all anxious for our kids to have education and engagement. We're planning to host a live Zoom session with Mr. Mullenholz when more is known - hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, hang in there, wear a mask, and wash your hands!
I'm hearing from a lot of people (in a non-PTA-related capacity) that this is the week that almost broke them. No particular reason, I think, just the slog and the weather and the uncertainty, and the ongoing peril, and general trauma/stress. Do know that whatever you're doing, you're doing great. We remain in uncharted territory. Take care of yourself and of one another. We'll get there.
And with that, the 2019-2020 school year is over. Let the healing begin. But seriously, let's once again pause to thank the magnificent staff and faculty at Ashburton for adapting so quickly in a time of unprecedented crisis. No one trained for this, but they handled the pandemic and our current heightened political/social environment with grace and empathy, focusing on wellbeing, and taking great care of our kids. Thank you Team Ashburton.
Congratulations to the Ashburton ES Class of 2020! So much awesome even a pandemic couldn't keep you down!
It’s a 5th Grade Car Parade!
You are invited to a spankin' new, pandemic-conscious, socially distant, contact-free, epidemiologically sound plan to celebrate the Ashburton ES Class of 2020!
On Saturday, June 13, 5th grade family cars will group up at 10:30am in the old Sears parking lot and then start their route. A flotilla of cars and minivans will meander through the Ashburton neighborhoods, decorations flashing in the sun, drivers and passengers cheering, surprising and delighting our students as we honor their achievements and mark this milestone.
We invite you and your family and your friends and your neighbors, and maybe even your pets and/or houseplants to come out of the house and cheer these kids on as they make that big step into Middle School. And perhaps into the actual Middle School someday. One can dream, can't one?
Check out the map. We're looking forward to seeing your actual faces, as some of us have forgotten how to people.
Check out the first comment for the full route in text form.
Man it has been a lot of week, hasn't it? Whatever you're doing to unplug, you should probably do a lot of that.
May all of your dishes and laundry stay done, may your kids fall deeply in love with a book, and may you fit easily into your pre-quarantine pants. This is my weekend wish for you.
We've all been home since approximately the Late Cretaceous Period. Thanks to schools, camps, and graduations closing and then adapting at speed, we are all now a wholly owned subsidiary of Zoom. The news is... hard to look at. But it's a lovely Spring, our community here is the best, and you are rocking whatever it is that you're doing to stay healthy and get through this. Keep up the great work.
The school year got scuttled, but the book fair is ON! It is a scientifical fact that good books feed brains. And kids need well-nourished brains so they can grow up and do important things like tweet and vote. Support Ashburton and feed brains by ordering real books from our virtual fair. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ashburtonelementaryschool
If you're not in the habit of watching the AETV episodes Mr. Mullenholz sends, it's your loss man.
You made it! It's officially Friday afternoon and we're all done quaranteaching for the week. It stopped forking raining for a minute, the flowers are blooming, and your kids - like my own - are exceptional. You are amazing, and we're going to get through this together. Stay safe out there.
Take a break from [waves hands around wildly] all of this and join us via Zoom for a meeting with Mr. Mullenholz, Ms. Gillespie, Ms. Strauss, Ms. Hill, and the PTA Board. We'll share any recent developments, and discuss what's on your mind.
When: Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm. Pants are optional.
Please submit your questions in advance so we can manage the meeting: https://forms.gle/weu4ehkchyxbgjL36
Day sixteenyfour of isolation. Working, and parenting, and trying to get a grocery order in, and then putting the food into the actual children, plus supervising the digital schooling, and figuring out what’s wrong with the cat, and then zomg so many apps and interfaces and single-sign-on flubs, and browsers, and emails, and Canvas and Zoom, and exit tickets.
And you know what? Even if we don’t get it all perfect? The kids will be fine. We’ll demonstrate resilience and teach them how to adapt in truly weird times. And we’ll cook together, and go for walks, even if we don’t ace all of the Eureka math constructs.
They. Will. Be. Fine.
Just a typical day in the old home office. Show of hands if this looks familiar.
In other news, it's Friday! You made it! You are awesome.
Isolation day twelfinity. My shoulder hurts, derailing good-faith plans to exercise. Other complicating factors include Netflix, ranch dip, generalized indolence, and the near-constant quest for toilet paper. I have developed a strong emotional attachment to pine nuts that is as sudden as it is inexplicable. My daughter came into my office to rub my face with a bunny slipper on a stick during a videoconference. The PTA board spent three hours text chatting about how best to assist an ailing bumble bee.
Seriously, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing great. You got this.
Day eleventy hundred of sheltering in place. I haven't seen the kitchen counter since Saturday. The cats' usual look of mild disdain has gelled into full reproach. I can't upload my first grader's homework despite 20+ years of experience working in digital content. My kids are outside barking.
Whatever you're doing, you're amazing. Keep up the great work.
What Happens to Special Ed When Schools Close?
SPED and FAPE in the Time of Distance Learning
Host Organization: Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds)
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Gerton, Education Lawyer
Location: Online — register to receive a link to the event
Join other concerned MCPS parents to hear education lawyer Michael Gerton give us the information we’re all wondering about: What is the status of special education rights during the COVID-19 crisis? Michael will review and clarify the latest federal, state and local guidance, and cover topics like IEP meeting logistics and provision of supports, related services and accommodations. And most important — time will be reserved for participants’ questions!
Registration is required — See the details, register, and submit your questions here:
xminds.org Michael's law practice in Rockville focuses on estates and trusts, disability law and education law. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Rochester (High Distinction), he has also received a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William & Mary Law Sch...
Hidely Ho, fellow quarantinos! The following is a copy/paste from the Montgomery County PTA people:
Please find below questions from the community that have been shared with MCCPTA and answers provided by MCPS. You can expect more in-depth communication from MCPS soon. Please feel free to share with your school communities.
Q: Some schools ran out of Chromebooks yesterday. Will there be more distributions before online learning begins on March 30?
A. Yes, we will have additional distributions but we don’t yet have a specific date. Our technology team is working with schools to figure out who didn’t get one and will be able to finalize what the next round of distribution will look like and when it will take place.
Q. Does MCPS have enough Chromebooks to distribute to students who need them? If not, how many are still needed?
A. Yes, MCPS has enough Chromebooks to distribute to students who need them.
Q. Is MCPS accepting used Chromebooks/laptops to distribute?
A. We are not accepting used Chromebooks/laptops at this time.
Q. Some students and families have not received information about Chromebook and food distributions. What can be done to close the information gap? We've heard that some teachers are calling families individually to check on "mood, food, and access to internet and technology". This seems like a best practice. Is this being standardized or is it an individual teacher or school initiative?
A. Principals have been following up on our districtwide message with a personalized call and email to provide information about meals and Chromebooks. Teachers are not being asked to call families.
Q. What can families do if they are still in need of a Chromebook?
A. Families can call the technical help desk that is handling Chromebook inquiries: (240) 740-7023 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Q. Some families are having difficulty connecting with Comcast to set up free wifi.. Does MCPS have any recommendations for students trying to connect to internet services in time for online learning? What can be expected in terms of mobile hotspot delivery?
A. We are finalizing plans for mi-fi distribution and will share details with the community once we have the details. Also, Comcast has made their xfinitywifi public wireless network available to all users for free. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the xfinitywifi network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. These are typically available even from within someone’s home.
Q. When should MCPS teachers expect to hear from MCPS?
A. Staff have been receiving frequent messages from Dr. Zuckerman and Dr. McKnight and will receive additional details about plans and other critical information today and next week as promised. If a staff member has not received any of the emails that were sent, they should contact the technical help desk.
Q. Will marking period 3 and 4 grades be moved to Pass/Fail?
A. There have been no discussions about moving to pass/fail for MP3. We are working toward closing out marking period 3 and grades will be issued. I can’t speak to MP4 at this time.
Q. What kind of mental health and child protection resources are available to students during this crisis?
A. This is an incredibly difficult time for our community and we want you to know that we also will continue to provide supports and services to address the social-emotional, psychological and physical well-being of our students. These resources can be found here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbeing/index-new.aspx
MCCPTA committee on school climate and safety, chair
As I keep telling my kids, none of us know how to do this because we've never done it before. This is all new to everyone. Take it easy on yourself. You're doing great.
Excerpt from an MCPD email, shared here for your convenience:
MCPS is providing laptops to students with a need to ensure they can access instruction from home. Laptop distribution will begin Thursday, March 26. Devices are in limited supply and are reserved for students who do not have access to a computer or laptop at home.
To pick up a laptop, students (or the parent/guardian) will need to present their student ID (or provide the student ID number). Distribution locations are organized by school level. Complete instructions as well as distribution dates, times and locations are listed on the MCPS Coronavirus Information website. Students and parents can also call 240-740-7023 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for information.
*** Distribution will take place at Ashburton Friday, March 27, 8 a.m.-11:15 a.m ***
It's 5:00 on Friday! You did it, you marvelous thing, you!
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Eeeee blog by Shelly the Turtle
twitter.com “Check out how Shelly, @TurtleTownAES's mascot, is keeping busy during the school closure! Shelly is keeping a blog so that you can stay close and in touch but also practice appropriate social distancing! https://t.co/8hsjY9z6OC #tqtweet”
It's 5:00! You made it! You're amazing!
Hi Neighborinos! Here is some info from the county on free meals for school-aged kids, internet service for those who need, and more.
montgomeryschoolsmd.org Dear MCPS Community: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to work closely with county agencies and community partners to navigate this dynamic situation and provide critical supports and resources for our community. As a reminder, the district will begin providing free meals to all scho...
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