SCHOOL CLOSING: Hutchinson Public Schools will close starting Monday, March 16 in an effort to limit exposure and protect our students, families, and staff members. More Info

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Tutors

Tutors:  The District does not endorse or recommend specific tutors; however, a list of people providing tutoring services is available.

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Preschool Registration Now Open

Registration materials are now available for the 2020-2021 Play and Learn Preschool.

Click Here for the Play and Learn Website Page and Registration Forms

To have registration materials mailed to you, or if you have questions, contact Mary Myers-Reinarts via email: mary.myers-reinarts@isd423.org or by calling Mary at 320-587-4470, ext. 3040.

Strategies & Key Practices for Successful Distance Learning

By Anne Broderius, West Elementary Principal

COVID19 has changed the way we live, work, and learn. Many parents/guardians are now required to juggle the demands of several new and very important roles for children. All of us are in the position to possibly make major adjustments to our daily routines and for many families this includes creating the conditions for children to continue their education in the home. It’s our goal to continue to cultivate a love for learning even if we aren’t inside the traditional school walls.

Here are some strategies and key practices for a successful distance learning experience:

  • Distance learning will be very different from being at school full time. It’s important to establish similar types of routines and schedules used in the traditional classroom.
  • Set up a quiet, dedicated work space for your child away from TV and other distractions. Ensure all of the necessary materials are accessible, organized and ready for the day. During work time, eliminate access to phones, social media and video games.
  • Students should continue with morning and bedtime routines including getting up and going to bed at regular school day times. Encourage them to complete the same daily personal hygiene routines (i.e.showering, brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.) as if they were going to school.
  • With your child’s input, create a schedule for the day. Include time for breakfast, lunch, snack breaks, outside time to get fresh air, exercise, acts of kindness and even include household chores. You should not expect your child to be in front of a computer for extended periods of time. Having a schedule for your child’s day from the start of the distance learning time will be critical.
  • Distance learning is new for your child’s teacher too. Each day you should expect to connect with your child’s teacher. This might include completing an activity and sharing the work, a phone call, an email, responding to a daily question. Attendance will be taken each school day and your child’s participation each day is expected.
  • Read-Read-Read. Some of our best learning is done through reading and conversation about what we read.
  • Set up motivators and rewards for completing educational tasks each day. Include breaks or time to connect with friends over the phone or social media for getting some of the learning tasks completed. Children like to set and accomplish personal goals.
  • Come up with ways to share back with your teacher what your child is learning and new things they are trying. This will be fun and help to inspire others who are on the same journey.

During the distance learning period, it will be important to stay connected with school staff such as the building principal, counselor or nurse. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or share concerns you have about your child. We are all in this together and ready to support your child along the way.

If you are also expected to work from home this may feel overwhelming. We all care deeply about being the best parent and employee we can be, and know this will feel stressful at times. Lean on your support network of adults, give yourself and others grace, and trust that we’re all doing the best that we can.

Finally, remember children are like mirrors and they reflect our attitudes about life. Be patient and know this will take time for both home and school to master well. Consider approaching this with the spirit of a learner and adventurer, and be open to doing things differently.

Location/Time Change – Play & Learn/ECFE Fundraiser Pizza Pick-up

Heggies Pizza pick up for Play and Learn Preschool and ECFE

March 19
NEW LOCATION: ECFE Building – 775 School Rd SW
NEW PICK UP TIMES: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

If you have any questions, please call Mary Myers – Reinarts at 587-4470 ext: 3040, or Marijean Storlie at 587-8908.

It’s Time to Enroll for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Open House has been postponed; however, you can still enroll your child online.

Click Here to Begin Your Online Enrollment

 

 

 

 

Cancelled – Early Childhood Screening on 3/20/20

Early Childhood Screening is cancelled for Friday, March 20, 2020. You may go online to register for a new screening appointment by following these steps:

  • Log on to the district website at www.isd423.org
  • Click on the Early Learning Tab
  • Click on the EC Screening tab located on the right side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the bottom left part of the screen and click on the registration link
  • This will take you to the registration page where you can choose a new date and time for your child’s EC Screening appointment.

Daycare Express for Daycare Providers

Garage Sale/Vendor Tables

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Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset
(Failure is an Opportunity to Grow & Learn)

By Jessica Bouta, Licensed School Counselor

Each day we ask children to grow their knowledge in many different subject areas including building social and emotional skills. Some tasks may come easy to master, while others require more practice and focus. For many, giving up when learning gets tough can often become the more natural solution. “I can’t do it” or “this is too hard” are common responses.

How we encourage and respond during these times can help children become resilient and develop a “can do” attitude. Adopting a growth mindset approach helps children navigate through the tough times both in and out of the classroom and helps turn failure into learning opportunities.

Someone who practices growth mindset believes they can they can get smarter, failure is an opportunity to grow, learning about new things is enjoyable, and feedback can be used to improve. It’s never too early or too late to practice principles of growth mindset.

You might be wondering how you can help your child develop a growth mindset to get through life’s challenges.  The first step is to be aware of your own thoughts, mindset, and actions. Children learn from the adults around them how to respond to challenges and will often replicate in their own lives.

Some other ideas include:

  • Praise children for their effort, ability to learn from a mistake, and persistence
  • Practice “the power of yet” – say “I can’t do it yet” instead of “I can’t do it”
  • Ask questions such as “What did you do today that was hard?” or “What new strategies did you try?”

Using growth mindset strategies is not just for in the classroom. It has real world applications that extend beyond their school years. When we are intentional with our words and actions, we can all help children learn to never give up, try different strategies to solve a problem, and making mistakes is ok if we learn from them.

 

Bond Referendum Election Results

The school district greatly appreciates the community support that was evident based on the positive outcome of the bond referendum election, with 1630 “yes” votes to 1512 “no” votes. This is a great day for the children of our community and the future of our school district. Our school district is committed to building school facilities that will serve our community and students into the future and will be a source of community pride.

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