Keeping our children learning
Arbor Elementary’s third-grade teacher Andrea Johnson found a way to make sure students’ learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school year.
Mrs. Johnson received a grant from the organization Donors Choose, which helps teachers get materials for their classrooms that wouldn’t necessarily be included in the regular school budget. She has been a member for nearly six years and has had eight different projects funded by them.
Donors Choose began collecting large donations from various corporations for a new grant called Keep Kids Learning when school buildings began to close. The grant was intended to help teachers purchase items for their students to continue learning at home. Donors Choose randomly selected teachers who had demonstrated integrity by completing at least one official Donors Choose project.
Mrs. Johnson was among the teachers chosen and received a $1,000 Amazon gift card from the Overdeck Family Foundation. She purchased six books, various school supplies, a game of Uno, and a variety of their favorite snacks for each of her students. She also purchased drawstring backpacks in which to put the items. She recently delivered these to students.
“The students were absolutely thrilled and I have high hopes that the books and the game will help to keep them busy this summer,” she said.
Thank you to Mrs. Johnson for your dedication to your students. She is among many of our teachers who search out additional funding on their own to benefit Euclid’s children.
Celebrating students’ success
The COVID-19 pandemic changed how the school looks for all of us and disrupted how we usually celebrate students’ success, but our elementary schools made sure to send students off in style.
Arbor, Bluestone, Shoreview, and Chardon Hills Magnet School held clapout parades to say farewell and best of luck to fifth-graders moving on to middle school. The Early Learning Village did the same for kindergarten students moving on to first grade.
Teachers and staff lined the driveways and designed signs to let students know that they are missed and appreciated. Families drove by and were greeted by the signs and the cheering staff.
Thank you to all students who completed your distance learning and families who helped them. I appreciate your hard work and patience as the school building closure forced us to change how we educate our children. I want to join our teachers and staff in wishing you well and good luck as you make the transition to your next grade or school.
Summer programming at Euclid Public Library
As a community partner, the Euclid Public Library is gearing up to contribute to our students over the summer months with the following programs. Its goal is to help students enjoy their break and, hopefully, keep up with some of their skills for the upcoming school year.
The library will be using Instagram and Zoom to host and facilitate its programs. Its programs will begin with Level Up: Virtual Skills for the Virtual Classroom, book talks, comic book and graphic novel discussions, family history programs, blackout poetry, zines program, gaming, and a podcast. All programs will be listed on the library's website, euclidlibrary.org, and will be located in the calendar section. They will also be promoted on its social media outlets (Facebook and Instagram).
With our student’s education becoming more virtual by the minute, the library is going to do its part to help fine-tune student’s virtual classroom skills like creating proper email messages, doing independent research online, and creating Google docs, spreadsheets, and slideshows. The library would love for parents to attend with their children. Its goal is to provide sensible learning opportunities that not only keep student’s skills sharp but also help to build confidence in their learning abilities. Students will be playing Jeopardy, Scattergories, and Taboo all in the name of education.
Other Programs at Euclid Public Library this summer:
Book Talks - The library is going to discuss and recommend some good fiction and nonfiction, but will also feature a number of the books on the 8th-grade summer reading list to help bring those books alive for students.
Teen Comic Book Series
Family History Program