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APS updates: https://www.apsva.us/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
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Arlington County Government
WMATA (Metro) is reducing service
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS has shared a notice on its website informing immigrants that they will not be subject to the public charge rules for testing, treatment nor preventative care (including vaccines, if developed) related to COVID-19.
Guidelines for gatherings of kids while school is closed.
How to protect yourself: CDC website
APS Food Services
Beginning Mon, March 16, APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street).
Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will provide one lunch for that day and one breakfast to take home for the following day. These meals will be free to any child aged 2 to 18. The child must be present to receive the meals; no meals will be given to parents without the child present. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed.
Families in need of food should be directed to the main AFAC location on Nelson St (2708 S Nelson St, Arlington, VA 22206 Phone number: (703) 845-8486). It is important to note that families who are not already part of AFAC can still come to this location and receive groceries ONE TIME before having to register. They will just need their ID and proof of address.
Our Lady Queen of Peace will also keep their weekly food pantry open on Wednesday mornings 8:30-11AM. 2700 South 19th Street
Other Free Meals
- Jaleo in Crystal City (2250 Crystal Drive) is offering “affordable plates of the day” for takeout only. 12-5 pm.
- Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Rd ): Starting Tuesday, 3/17 10AM-12PM, children and families can pick up a free meal. Any updates will be found on Real Food for Kids Facebook page
- We, the Pizza (Ballston, Crystal City, Capitol Hill), Good Stuff Eatery (Crystal City, Capitol Hill, Georgetown), Santa Rosa (Capitol Hill): Starting Monday, 3/16, kids eat free.
Grocery Delivery Services
- InstaCart: Free delivery on first order and $20 off.
- PeaPod: Use this referral code to get $50 (that’s $25 off your first and second orders) and 60 days free delivery or pick-up! $25 will also be used on fruit for backpack families! https://peapod.extole.com/s/Sarah530
If you’re not sure what your child should be working on or how to access their assignments, send an email to your child’s teacher:
- Kindergarten / Kinder /
- 1st Grade / 1er Grado
- 2nd Grade / 2do Grado
- 3rd Grade / 3er Grado
- 4th Grade / 4to Grado
- 5th Grade / 5to Grado
For food and basic supplies for your family, contact:
- Yna Walters (Claremont Social Worker) at firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Haydee Colon (bilingual family liaison) at email@example.com.
For urgent needs, contact Ms. Panfil at Jessica.Panfil@apsva.us.
For PTA or other questions, contact the PTA President.
Connecting a 1:1 Device to your Home Network. If students experience technical difficulties with internet connectivity (Global Protect), and our core student digital learning systems such as Canvas, you should contact Rosie Santiago at Claremont . Her email is Rosalita.firstname.lastname@example.org
MiFis (wireless internet cards) are available upon request and for pick up from Kenmore Middle School or Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School. APS Information Services staff will contact these families to determine the more convenient location and pickup date.
Arlington Public Library will be closed March 14-15. On March 16, Central and Columbia Pike branches will reopen for Wi-Fi and public PC use. Updates available here.
Membership Toolkit. Account members have access to the app and school directory. Note: During registration, you must verify your email within 2 hours. Email the Claremont PTA VP of Communications if you have any questions or problems.
Claremont School PTA will continue to pack food for our Weekend Backpack Program. You can shop our Amazon List. If items are sold out, keep checking back later!
Donate with GoFundMe to help provide free and reduced meals to eligible APS students.
Meals on Wheels. Send an email to email@example.com if you can help drive meals to people.
Arlington Free Clinic for healthcare.
For Usernames and Passwords, please see the “pink sheet” that went home on March 12th.
- 3 ways to access:
- Use app on 3rd-5th APS iPad
- Download the Student App on a Smart Device (smartphone or iPad)
- Username: APS Student ID
- Password: see pink sheet that went home or email teacher and cc Rosalita.Santiago@apsva.us
- K-5 Math Program
- Students can access Dreambox from any computer with the internet.
- Classroom Code: see white sheet from teacher
- Username: APS Student ID
- Password: 6 digit birthday (MMDDYY)
- If you can’t log in, email teacher and cc Rosalita.firstname.lastname@example.org
Destiny Discover (APS Library Resources on Canvas)
- Download books.
- How-To Video with Mrs. Maceo, CIS LIbrarian.
- After the user checks out content (in Destiny Discover), they will be able to use Destiny Read to download those titles to their iPad or iPhone for access online or offline.
- Enter the homeroom teacher username (Example: Cante2)
- Student password: lunch#
- Username: claremontis
- Password: see pink sheet
- Username: claremont
- Password: see pink sheet
- K-2 Worksheets and other learning activities for your students are now available in ParentVUE. These activities are not required and will not be graded upon your child’s return to school.
- Login help.
- To access your student’s files:
- Click the drop down in the upper left corner to select your student.
- Click Documents.
- Click link for document you want to download.
Will Extended Day give refunds to parents for the missed weeks?
Ben Harris APS Extended Day sent the following message on March 16th: “The decision about payment for Extended Day will be announced soon. Please communicate with me if you need any financial assistance after the announcement.” email@example.com, (703) 228-7662
Note: These offline suggestions have been shared by other parents and are not endorsed by APS.
- Give kids (any age) a random picture from a magazine. Have them write (or tell) a story about it.
- Write a letter to a friend or relative.
- “Write the room” or “Draw the room” give the kid a clipboard and a paper. Write the things they see. Or the words they see. Or draw the stuff they see. Or write a story about an object.
- OLD MAGAZINES: Make a collage and practice cutting.
- Nature walks.
- LEGO building for math and science. You can google ideas.
- Baking- teaches them fractions, doubling or cutting recipes in half adds on to the math.
- Write letters to grandparent, great Aunts and Uncles – anyone high risk who will feel even more isolated and lonely than the rest of us!
- Give two kids the same instructions but don’t let them see what the other kid is doing — “Draw a big green circle. Now draw a blue line that goes from one end to the other.” Etc. — Then have them compare their drawings.
- Sensory boxes/bags. Kids (or parents) collect small items from around the house and put them inside an empty tissue box or bag without letting the others see. Kids switch boxes and reach inside and feel objects and guess what they are without looking. Can do something similar with blindfolds and foods – taste something and guess what you are tasting without looking.
- Playing cards– alone (solitaire) or any number of games– build up to trick taking games.
- Use sticky notes pads or other small paper pad to make a flip book.
- Choose your favorite book and rewrite the beginning or ending.
- Create your own daily schedule, include pictures and a description of your activities.
- Bedtime stories read by Claremont Immersion Staff
- Arlington Public Library E-Collection (e-books, audiobooks, etc.)
- Authors Everywhere YouTube Channel. Created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators, these videos include workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.
- Grupo SM offers a free app with playful content and reading books for children to stay at home.
- Scholastic Learn at Home provides day-by-day projects with Scholastic Books to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- English Storytime on Facebook – Daily at 9:00 am
- Storyline Online: Fave kids books read by famous people.
- Into the Book: Go “into the book” to play games that practice reading strategies.
- Story Starter: Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters.
- Magic Tree House: Interactive games based on the book series.
- Bed Time Math: Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
- Math Playground: Elementary Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources.
- 4-H STEM LAB
- SwitcherooZoo Watch: listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals
- Engineering Activities for Kids
- Backpacker Sciences: Hands on Elem science videos
- Mystery Science: K-5th Science lessons
- Elemental Science: 80+ do at home science activities.
- USGS: Learn all about earthquakes
- Farmer’s Almanac for Kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.
- NASA: Space science for kids.
- Steve Spangler Science: Tons of science experiments that you can do at home.
- The Happy Scientist: Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
- Cells Alive: Learn all about cells.
- NatGeo for Kids: Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.
- Country Reports: 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.
- Mission US: An interactive way to learn history.
- GeoGuessr: Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are standing.
- What Was There: Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
- Giant List of Ideas for Being at Home with Kids
- 70 Ideas for Kids at Home (in Spanish)
- Hello Wonderful: Indoor activities
- What We Do All Day: a blog
- 10 Creative Ideas that Promote Learning
- Girl Scouts: Be Prepared, Not Scared, activity
- Other Goose is offering 3 free weeks of home school activities for children ages 2-7.
- Khan Academy Kids: “Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with our free, fun educational program for children ages two to seven.”
- Cooking with Languages: “A digital (downloadable pdf) version of our bilingual Activity Cookbook, offering a great value way to enjoy our flagship publication without delay – and it’s ideal for younger learners particularly – because we all know things can get a bit messy in the kitchen!”
- San Diego Zoo website for kids has amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen.
- Tour Yellowstone National Park!
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
- FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
- Louvre: Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
- The China Guide: This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
- Project Explorer: Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12.
- British Museum: This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
- Virtual Tours of Museums
- 30 Virtual Field Trips
- Little Twisters Yoga: Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans.
- Best Kid Yoga Videos
- GoNoodle Get Moving: GoNoodle videos get kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves. Over 14 million kids each month are dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling with GoNoodle.
- Bluebird Sky Yoga. Free streaming yoga classes from a DC yoga studio
- Kiwi Co: Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. You can see each weekday’s new video at 1 p.m. ET. Videos can be watched on-demand later.
- Drawing with an author and illustrator! Every weekday at 2pm ET for at least the next few weeks, he’ll host free webcasts.
- Met Mueseum: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
- Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free.
- Rockalingua. Music Based Spanish Learning.
- Virtual Musical Instruments. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.
- The Gift of Language is giving free, live, video classes. 9:30-10:30 am: beginners class. 10-11 am: intermediate class. Send an email to TheGiftOfLanguageCenter@gmail.com.
- The Spanish Experiment: Spanish children’s stories
- Conjugemos: Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish.
- LakeShore Learning Printable Coloring Pages & Worksheets
- Readers Notebook worksheets K-2
- 123 HomeSchool 4 Me: 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens.
- Little Spark Company: Free printables library with activities for children 0-6.
- Curriculum Associates: Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish).
- Lego Printables
- Academic worksheets
- ReadWorks: Free K-12 resources for reading and vocabulary.
- Fluency & Fitness, free access during school closures.
- Free subscriptions offered by educational companies.
- Excel spreadsheet with more resources!
- Seussville: Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.
- PBS Kids: Play with fave show characters and learn too.
- All Kids Network: Crafts, activities, mazes, dot-to-dot, etc.
- Highlights for Kids: Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
- Breakout Edu: Educational games K-12.
- Hippo Campus: 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas.
- Carmen Sandiego: Videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas.
- Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure by BrainBox.
- Super Charged School: Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own.
- Cool Kid Facts: Gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.