Grand Valley State University is providing all students with the opportunity to participate in 1 on 1 tutoring sessions throughout the summer via BlackBoard, an online virtual classroom platform. Parents can sign up for these sessions a day ahead and request support in any content area. As a K-6th grade parent these could be fun learning sessions for your child to get some free 1 on 1 support. You can ask for generally support in reading, or maybe there was a topic in math that your child struggled with when they were doing remote learning or maybe there is a science topic they wanted to dive deeper into. I encourage families to check out this great resource available this summer.
GVSU K-12 Summer Tutoring is available for any student in grades K-12 from June 22-August 14. This pilot program is a free virtual 1:1 tutoring service and supported by the K-12 Network of Support to help with remediation and alleviate summer loss with the extended time away from school.
Students connect with tutors through a platform called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. A phone number is also provided should a student not have access to WIFI.
Online Read Aloud Resources
A great way to change up reading in the summer and give your child the opportunity to hear fluent readers who use expression is with interactive read alouds. All kids of every age enjoy being read to. On our JPS remote learning plans we shared a webpage with videos of read alouds for students to enjoy there are a lot of different books with in this resource and students can see teachers from JPS that they have not had the opportunity to see in the past few months.
Another great resource for interactive read alouds is a website called Storyline Online. The Storyline website has actors and performers doing read alouds of picture books that students will love.
This is one of the wonderful story available on StoryLine:
- Written by: Crystal Hubbard
- Illustrated by: Randy DuBurke
- Published by: Lee & Low Books
- Read by: Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell
- Suggested grade level: 3rd – 4th
- Run time: 14 minutes
If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn’t know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball. With spirit, spunk, and a great passion for the sport, Marcenia struggled to overcome the objections of family, friends, and coaches, who felt a girl had no place in the field. When she finally won a position in a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Marcenia was on her way to catching her dream. Full of warmth and youthful energy, Catching the Moon is the story of the girl who grew up to become the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team. Readers everywhere will be inspired by her courage to dream and determination to succeed.
Summer Food Service Update
Last Wednesday/Thursday we got some very good news from USDA. They have granted Michigan’s waiver for Area Site Eligibility for the “traditional” Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This means that we can continue to have meal distribution at Jenison HS and Hudsonville HS this summer. Each site will continue with drive-up curbside service.
Monday June 29. Meals for 2 days will be distributed from 11:00am-12:30pm.
Wednesday July 1. Meals for 3 days will be distributed from 11:00am-12:30pm.
Beginning the week of July 6, we move to one day per week of meal distribution, on Mondays from 11:30am-12:30pm. Each Monday (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3) we will distribute 5 days’ of breakfasts and lunches and switch from milk cartons to gallon milk. Our last day of meal distribution will be August 3. (This is always our final week of summer service.) This schedule will help us maintain food safety, mitigate any product shortages, keep our families and communities fed, and our employees safe.