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"Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow” -- New Schedule for Student Meals

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dear parents,

A few quick reminders for you --

"Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow” -- New Schedule for Student Meals

  • Tomorrow, we will begin our new schedule for student meals. 
  • We will not have breakfast tomorrow at 8:30am. 
  • Starting tomorrow, we will serve meals once a day. We will have a “Lunch for today, Breakfast for tomorrow” program that will mean families only need to make one trip to schools each day for student meals.
  • The sack lunch can be eaten immediately, and the sack breakfast can be refrigerated for the next day.
  • You can find student meal locations here: https://www.slcschools.org/news/2019-20/coronavirus-information/meals-for-students/.

No School Until Further Notice!

See this post for more information from Salt Lake City School District regarding school closures!

¡Vea esta publicación para obtener más información del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City sobre el cierre de escuelas!

See this post for more information from Salt Lake City School District regarding school closures!

See this post for more information from the Salt Lake City School District on closing schools!

 

No School Until Further Notice

Update: Detailed information has been posted to the website listed below. Please check back often for updates and current information.
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Dear SLCSD parents and families,
In accordance with the new guidance from the Statewide Coronavirus Taskforce, Salt Lake City School District will immediately implement a districtwide two-week dismissal. More details will be posted soon at coronavirus.slcschools.org.
#SLCSD #uted

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Library Fun Over the Break!

Hey Amazing Riley Readers,

Over the week of Spring Break and this week keep reading your 20 minutes a day! 

You should have several new books in your packet that are yours to keep and

those with additional library books should READ! READ! READ!

Students in grades Kinder through 2nd grade, visit Mrs. Edgley’s library page each week for:

** Quests

** Assignments 

** Reading links and fun books and read alouds to support your reading!!!

Students in 3rd through 5th grades watch for assignments in Teams.  There will be links for games, treasure hunts and some amazing read alouds.

We will keep track and those working hard can still win prizes!!!

We will see you soon so in the mean time, wash your hands, work hard and stay safe and happy!!!!

 

Music link while we are out of school...

Budding musicians can still practice at the music weebly at this link:

http://slcsdmusicteam.weebly.com/

Resources for Families

Counselor’s Corner

Dear Riley Elementary Families,
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing it is important for us to maintain our connections with one another. Although this is a challenging time, it is also an opportunity to plan creative ways to stay in touch with family and friends. I am sending home some resources that may be helpful to you, your family and your student. I will be holding office hours from 10:00am-11:00am if you or your student wish to contact me. If there is a preferable time that you wish to speak please let me know. You may email me at elissa.stern-kolb@slcschools.org , text or call me at 385-240-2587. and I will be glad to follow-up with you. For any urgent needs, please see the HELPLINES below. Wishing you all peace and good health.
Mrs. Stern, Riley Elementary School Social Worker
 

How to Talk With Your Student

Now is a time to ensure that we are being mindful of our own feelings and sharing information with our children that is age appropriate. Here are a few helpful tips from author Deborah Farmer Kris, a writer, teacher, parent educator, and school administrator. She works on parenting projects for PBS KIDS for Parents and writes about education for MindShift, an NPR learning blog. https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-corona...
First, I shared age-appropriate facts and corrected misinformation. Because my kids are young, I kept it simple. “You know what it’s like to have a cold or the flu — how sometimes you get a cough or have a fever? This is kind of like that. Most people who catch this sickness stay home, rest and get all better. And we have wonderful doctors and nurses who can help people when they need it.”
Second, I reassured them that they are safe, which is the most important message my kids can hear from me. I know that they take their emotional cues from my tone. “You don’t need to worry. Right now, lots of amazing grown ups are working hard to keep people healthy. Luckily, we already know a lot about how to keep healthy!”
Third, I emphasized simple things our family can do to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there! As Harvard’s Dr. Richard Weissbourd once shared with me, kids and adults alike are “more distressed when we feel helpless and passive, and more comfortable when we are taking action.” The hygiene routines that slow the spread of the COVID-19 are the same habits that help keep us healthy all year round.

Community Resources and Supports

FOOD In partnership with the Salt Lake Education Foundation, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, and the Utah Food Bank, bags of food for families will be available at all of our Community Learning Centers.
The addresses for the Community Learning Centers are:
 Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
 Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
 Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
https://211utah.org/ or call 211 for health and human resources information
 
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
These times of uncertainty may lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Below are some ways to manage those feelings from Alan Brown at MindfulSchools as well as some resources to support you if those feelings become overwhelming and additional support is needed.
1: Manage Information Intake
Notice what happens inside of you as you take in and share information. Ask yourself: Is this bringing my anxiety up? Or calming me down? Do I already know everything you need to know at this moment? Do I need a break?
2: Keep Perspective
Use perspective and try to hold multiple truths – “both/and.” Under duress, the mind starts to narrow in and grasp onto one thing – this tunnel vision can actually feed the overwhelm. But this is not the only thing happening in our day and in our lives. Try to find one good thing that is going well in the world around you, one thing you’re grateful for, a funny moment you remember, a delicious meal….something that is pleasant. Holding that in our attention can open us up to “both/and.” The mind can hold that both – the good things and the challenges that are present. For example, “I am having a thought that I should turn on the news again, and I am so grateful to be eating this delicious snack.”
3: Don’t Forget Kindness
Be kind to yourself and others. We don’t have to beat ourselves up for how we feel. We are having biologically appropriate reactions to an unusual situation. We know that this will not last forever, so while this is here, can we offer ourselves some kindness and tenderness as we would offer a child who is frightened?
HELPLINES
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Website in English: https:// www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website in Spanish: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/ disaster-distress-helpline/espanol
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365
Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español) Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/nationalhelpline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800- 273-8255) Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454 TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Website in English: https:// www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website in Spanish: https:// suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol
WARMLINE: 801-587-1055 This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis, but seeking: support, engagement, or encouragement. Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and selfrespect. Callers may speak with peer specialists daily from 8 am to 11 pm.
CRISIS SERVICES—CRISIS LINE 801-587-3000 Services are available 24/7 both locally and statewide as the Utah affiliate for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273- 8255). Our licensed clinicians provide: prompt and compassionate crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referrals, follow-up services, emotional support, and assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis.

Food Assistance Available for Families

If you need food assistance during the school break, please see the district website for times and schedules to pick up food.

https://www.slcschools.org/news/2019-20/coronavirus-information/food-for-families/?fbclid=IwAR1FCXOQi-3swLNztvfYMcFfxmF0yMSy08G8C9s5aibyDjEBV7vxZ-OB9yo

Here is also a local food resource that is low cost:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Nickeys-Wholesale-Food-Warehouse-755662681232814/posts/

Read During the Break!!

Please spend time reading for fun and interest!  Books will not be overdue until we return to school!

Families here are resources to use to READ outside of school!

Books to borrow-

http://slcschools.lib.overdrive.com/
Students need their school email + password to use the SLCSD Overdrive account.
Younger students will not have access to email accounts so you can also access Overdrive & more through your public library accounts here-
https://resources.slcpl.org/digitallibrary
https://www.slcolibrary.org/
You just need your Salt Lake City or County Library card # and PIN.
More free ebooks-
https://www.fbmarketplace.org/catalogsearch/result/?form_key=kIdCGR2fpIRLixr5&q=ebooks
Read aloud links
Storytime from space-
https://storytimefromspace.com/
Picture books read by actors-
https://www.storylineonline.net/
More-
https://librivox.org/search
Author/illustrator learning resources-
https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/
Authors answer kids' questions-
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCowhHSUaWp3KJDcuI0nR0vw?view_as=subscriber

Students Have Email!

Students and Families,

You can contact your teachers by email.  Click on Faculty and Staff and find the person you want to email.  Their email address is listed.  If you don’t know your email, here is how it works.

Student Email (on back write lunch number, circle last 3 #s)

  1. First name followed by a period
  2. First letter of your last name followed by the last 3 numbers in your student/lunch number
  3. @slcstudents.org

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If you need low-cost email, please check out this link: https://www.internetessentials.com/ for assistance.

Corona Virus/ Covid 19 Information and Links

Please watch our website to stay up to date on information and changes about Covid 19.  We will keep families notified on the district website:

https://www.slcschools.org/news/2019-20/coronavirus-information/?fbclid=IwAR3ALNUbREEqJnm_IEvWNMr5T3LOt1l4Ed9jCsZtflWY6L0-u3yIX0di9Rs

Stay Healthy at Home and School

COVID-19 update

 

We know in recent weeks our community has paid close attention to the outbreak of novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In response, the Salt Lake City School District has been in regular communication with the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCHD) and the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) as they monitor the progress of COVID-19. Our district relies heavily on the expertise of these agencies on issues related to public health. We follow their recommendations closely and are grateful for their support in informing us about these important topics. 

 

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus contracted in Utah, although one person has been quarantined in a Utah hospital as part of a transition plan to his home in St. George. While UDOH says immediate risk of this new virus for most of the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help prevent spreading illness.

 

Here are some tips for what you can do right now to prevent the spread of any flu-like illness.

 

  • Talk with your children about the importance of good hygiene habits, including proper handwashing instruction.
  • Stay home if you are sick, and keep you students home if they are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and encourage your students to do the same.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you or your child do have flu-like symptoms – sore throat, fever, cough, runny nose – please call your doctor.

 

If you need help accessing medical care, please speak with your child’s teacher or school principal for help in connecting to local resources.

 

We will work with our local health departments as they continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our communities, and we will provide you with updates when needed. In the meantime, you can find more information on the following websites.

 

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