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From Dr. Merisme

Dear Lilburn ES Families,

I hope your children are having successful digital learning experiences. We miss our students so much!!!

As a working parent, I know how very difficult it is to work (whether in the home or remotely), supervise and teach your children, and take care of familial needs... all at the same time. THANK YOU for all you are doing to help our students continue to grow and learn. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and you truly are our partners in education. 

 

Although our building is closed to students, school is still in session. Digital Learning is the method of instruction for Gwinnett County Public Schools students. That means that our students are expected to complete their DLD lessons and watch educators teach online lessons throughout the week. DLD lessons feature new Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) and follow the same academic pacing calendar as if we were still in the school building. It is important that our students continue to learn the current grade level AKS in preparation for the next grade level. We don't want our students to have massive gaps in learning. Our teachers will grade their students' work posted on eClass. These grades will be used to determine report card grades at the end of the school year and promotion to the next grade level.

 

As you are aware, the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in our area is increasing. To keep our families safe, I have decided to eliminate the digital learning packets. We run the risk of possibly contaminating others if multiple people touch the boxes, school supplies, and paper packets. When DLDs first began, I decided to supplement online learning with packets since many families were experiencing difficulty logging in to eClass and because the experience was so new. The packets contained review materials that did not align with the activities on eClass. While some parents would prefer paper packets, it will no longer be possible for us to continue this method of instructional review and support. GCPS uses DLD as the platform for the current instruction to help our students maintain the flow of learning. Our staff has supported our students and families with videos and other resources to help our students be successful with eClass and Digital Learning. In previous emails and posts, I also shared the fact that there a plethora of free online learning tools available to families since so many students are involved in digital learning. If you are looking for more supplemental learning resources for your students, feel free to enrich your student's learning with those engaging online resources.

 

More and more of our students are completing their DLD work online and this is encouraging. You can help your children be successful by setting up routines, schedules, and procedures to get students to log on to eClass daily and turn in their assignments on time. Allowing them to wait until the last minute to complete their assignments can become stressful for all of you. Most importantly, be patient with your children as they are likely grieving from not being able to be with their family, friends, and educators who love them. Though times are difficult and we all miss socializing with others, I encourage you to continue to be relentless in your efforts to keep your children and families safe and healthy.

 

Lastly, I also ask that you are patient with our district leaders and Liburn ES teachers, administrators, and staff during these unprecedented times as we all work together to do what is best for our students in this new learning environment. 

 

We are ONE Family... LES parents, guardians, students, educators, and community supporters.

We are all learning together.

We are all figuring this out together.

We are all taking care of each other.

We are all in this together!

 

Kind regards,

Dr. Merisme

Proud Principal