Given the widening scope of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to close school from Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 29. Our decision was made after careful deliberation, consultation with local authorities and district leaders, and updates from affiliate private, public, and charter schools. Please know that our decision is precautionary, and not because anyone within our community has been impacted directly.
We are committed to supporting continued learning and enrichment across divisions and grade levels, despite the school closure. In collaboration with our dedicated faculty, we will be transitioning to remote learning. Teachers have recommended resources and activities for students, though plans and recommendations will vary from grade to grade. These resources and activities include reading, journaling, digital learning, phonics, and more.
We will continue to update this page and our community as things progress and change. Also, all our faculty and staff will be available throughout the closures to answer your questions. Even though our we will be off-campus, we will be working remotely to provide as much support and continuity as possible. Please connect with us via email.
We thank you so much for your continued support, patience, and cooperation. Wishing everyone health and safety during this time.
IMPORTANT CALENDAR UPDATES
- School will transition to remote learning starting Monday, March 16, 2020
- School is set to re-open Monday, March 30, 2020
- Parent-Teacher Conferences, which were scheduled for March 19-20 are cancelled and we have tentatively rescheduled these conferences for April 2 and 3, which were planned teacher-in service days. We will provide more updates in the coming days about sign-ups. Please know that we will make every effort to accommodate you and your schedules, given the disruptions.
- All activities at Northern Light will be impacted by our school closure, which includes any team-related activities, along with our extended day program (both early care and aftercare)
- Our regularly scheduled Spring Break will continue the week of April 6-10, as calendared.
NORTHERN LIGHT DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN
We are committed to supporting continued learning and enrichment across divisions and grade levels, despite the school closure. In collaboration with our dedicated faculty, we will be recommending resources and activities for students, though plans and recommendations will vary depending on grade and content area. Please know that our approach is going to be organic and variable. These resources and activities include reading, journaling, digital learning, phonics, Google classroom learning, artistic production, and more. Individual teachers will be reaching out to their families.
We will be available throughout the closures to answer your questions. Even though our faculty and staff will be off-campus, we will be working remotely to provide as much support and continuity as possible. We are actively working to provide lesson plans as quickly as we can - please note that this is a work in progress. Please revisit this page and continue to look out for more updates.
FREE REMOTE LEARNING WEBSITES
As we continue to evaluate various e-learning platforms, below are a few recommended sites that are offering free distance learning during these school closures.
BrainPop - Kindergarten through 12th grade Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and more
Khan Academy - Kindergarten through 12th grade Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and more
Khan Academy Kids - Preschool through 2nd grade (children ages 2 to 7) curriculum
Scholastic - Pre-K through 8th Grade Reading curriculum
Raz-Kids - Kindergarten through 5th grade leveled reading
Mystery Science - Kindergarten through 5th grade Science lessons
Dreambox Learning - Kindergarten through 8th grade Math lessons (90 day free trial)
THE PEOPLE'S CONSERVATORY - ARTS ENRICHMENT
The People's Conservatory is our arts enrichment program. They are teaching free online courses like coding, music, music production, visual arts, gardening, capoeira, engineering, and more! Below is their schedule of classes and zoom links.
With so much information out there we understand that it's hard to know what information to trust. Here are some organizations we have been using to inform our decisions and guide our response to Covid-19:
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN
We know that the ongoing developments concerning COVID-19 may be overwhelming, especially for younger children. Families can help children understand the situation by engaging with their questions and concerns directly. The California Department of Education Covid-19 site is a helpful resource for families seeking more background and context. For children, interactive resources and websites like the ones below are helpful in navigating these difficult conversations:
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
We recognize the impact that this closure is going to have on families, particularly those who cannot work from home. For families needing a letter stating our anticipated closure dates, one is attached below.
Times like these can present significant challenges to all types of families and community members. In the spirit of taking care of each other, we're compiling a list of organizations that may be helpful to those in need and to those who have time or resources to give. Our goal is to update this space regularly so if you have an organization to add to this list, please email Jill Diaz.