Daily Update: March 25, 2020

Hello Awesome Indigo Families,

It was great seeing so many of you yesterday at our Zoom into Math meeting! Our fractions review was productive and I took note of your math needs as we continue to work on how we will work together to meet each student's needs on this new platform. We are spending many hours learning and experimenting with various approaches and platforms to support remote learning. Many of us have expressed missing each other and the normalcy of school and I am so glad we are taking the opportunity to see each other and stay connected showing so much respect and kindness to each other on our Zoom meetings. Thank you for showing such integrity as you follow our "N"etiquette.

I spent the afternoon trying to post our answers to the first two Fraction Review pages for those who didn't join our math Zoom yesterday afternoon, but it appears, I still have some figuring out to do lol. Bear with me :) 

As you know, Wednesdays are full, content rich days with two Learning Blocks in the morning alternating with Language Arts and Math and our Wonder and Exploration block in the afternoon. Stay the course and continue working on the activities and apps according to guidance you have been given in the Language Arts Weekly Continuity of Learning email.

In math over the next two days, take a look at the Strategies for Mastering Multiplication packet. The section on multiplying by 3 has an activity on creating math story problems. Try to create and solve some of your own math story problems. Or challenge someone in your house to solve them.

Example 1: There are 3 shelves with hats in the store. Each shelf had 5 hats lined up. How many hats were on the shelves in all?

Please note, your story problems do not have to only involve basic multiplication. Just make sure you are comfortable using a strategy to solve your problem.

Example 2: I found some playing cards on my dresser. I took them and put them in 3 stacks of 25 cards each. How many cards did I find on my dresser? 

Example 3 (with a hmm): When I was cleaning out my closet, I found 6 boxes with a pair of shoes in each box. 8 more pairs of shoes were on the floor without boxes. How many shoes were on the floor without a box? If I get 3 more boxes, and place one pair in each box, how many shoes will still be on the floor without a box?

Use models, pictures, and arrays to show the answer. As I mentioned today on our Zoom call, we will be gathering to share some of these story problems and challenging ourselves to solve each other's problems next week. In addition, if you have not already done so, work on the first two pages of your Activities to Master Multiplication packet. It will remind you how to use arrays, pictures, and repeated addition as models to find the answer and explain your thinking as you work to master your basic multiplication facts. Lastly, I hope everyone is spending time on ST Math expanding your syllabus progress.


Today's Highlights

Wonder and Exploration Zoom Meetings! - We will meet on Zoom this afternoon at 1:00 pm and tomorrow morning Thursday, March 25th at 9:30 am to share some of the awesome things you all have been exploring about the planets in our solar system. Please plan to attend both Wednesday and Thursday's meeting. Have your completed planet research for both of the planets you explored when you join. Just like before, either click the link below or go on the website: https://zoom.us,  click “Join a Meeting”  and type in the meeting ID. Below is the invitation to join our meeting tomorrow afternoon. We will send the email to join Thursday's Zoom separately so that you do not get mixed up.

Ms. Messaye and Ms. Regina are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Planet Research Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 25, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 311 728 207


Our “Netiquette” (Internet Etiquette) is listed below and parents and kiddos should review it together before joining our Zoom. Looking forward to seeing you later on!


We Respect Ourselves:  Be ready to share with your classmates.  That means ​that everyone can see and hear everyone else, so make sure you are sitting in a place where it is quiet enough so you can hear what others have to say and you are dressed ready for the day.  You should not be walking around your house with your device.  
We Respect Others:  Be ready to listen. If you want to talk, please raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call upon you. If everyone is talking at once it will be hard to hear.  If you have siblings or pets, please make sure they are not walking in front of the camera. Our discussions include everyone. This is not a time for one-on-one conversations.  
We Respect the Environment:  Meeting online is a new experience and we are in a new environment. ​We are also going to be in each other's "homes." It is special when people let you into their home. We are so lucky to be able to see one another. Please be mindful of what you say and how you are saying it, ​so we will be invited back. We want everyone to feel safe in this new environment.


Frequently Asked Questions (Either ones that were asked, or that you might want to ask!):

*Should I delete any of the Daily Emails we have been receiving from Indigo and from the school?

Not just yet!  We are aware that we are sending out more emails than usual, but at this time, we want to make sure you all have the information you need.  We do want to note that most of our emails are also published on Indigo Cluster's page on the Open School website except those that give passwords for learning apps. Your own email is a fail safe option we recommend you use right now. We don’t want to fill up your inbox by recommending that you keep them, we just feel that you might want to use them as a resource as we have information, links to activity ideas and links to other websites that you might want to access later on.  You can also use the previous emails to answer questions that you might have that we have already addressed. It won’t always be this way!  We are currently researching ways to have the information we send in a central place.

Expiration Date: 
Aug 24