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Platform: Microsoft Teams

Platform

We will continue using Microsoft Teams for our online learning platform.  This platform gives us the best one-stop-shopping experience by allowing one site for virtual meetings, chat for teacher support, assignment viewing/turn-in, and file storage.

Teams has been working to add/upgrade a variety of features to meet the needs of educational groups.   School staff are available for support with the platform and student accounts.  Refer to the Responsibilities page for who to contact with specific issues.

Directions for logging in:

  1. Go to office.com(Safari has not been working well so please try a different browser)
  2. Make sure there is no other account already listed, if so, switch or forget accounts
  3. When prompted for a username, enter the assigned stalseattle.org email address (supplied by your teacher)
  4. This may come up again–Make sure there is no other account listed already, if so, switch accounts
  5. Enter the school provided password (contact the school is you need your password reset)
  6. A welcome message will pop up and then you click on teams to begin.
  7. Once you are in Teams:
  • Each student should see all classes they are enrolled in.  If something is missing, please let a teacher know and we will add it for your student.
  • Inside Teams, students can access assignments, class chat, files, a student notebook, and more.
  • Each class has a similar structure but may have different class expectations, depending on the age of the student and the content.  Please check with the teacher for specific class expectations.   For general expectations please refer to our helpful guidelines sheet.

How do I get help?

If you find you are having difficulties for any reason, please let us know. Here are some common reasons to contact us:

  • Forgot your password or other login issues—email Mrs. Sweet csweet@stalseattle.orgor Mrs. Daspit principal@stalseattle.org
  • Questions about a class or how it works with teams—email your teacher first and then email Mrs. Sweet or Mrs. Daspit
  • Technology is malfunctioning—if you borrowed a piece of technology from the school and it isn’t working, email Mrs. Daspit principal@stalseattle.org.  While we can’t solve every technology problem, we are happy to help as much as we can.

Participating in online school can be tricky and knowing what is and is not going to work as we school from home will be a bit of a learning process.  As we begin this journey, let’s keep the following in mind:

Attendance
Attendance will be taken by attending your class morning meeting with your homeroom teacher.  If students have not connected with their teacher by 10 am they will be marked as absent. Please notify your teacher or Mrs. Sweet via email if your student will be out due to illness or other appts.
Assignments, Posts or Files
  • Assignments should be submitted every Friday.   Assignments can be accessed within a class/team under the Assignments tab.  Information about how to submit an assignment can be found here.
  • While completing assignments/classwork or posting chats, please remember to:
  • Be present—participate and share based on teacher directions
  • Be kind
  • Be respectful—of people, of time, of resources, of the work
  • Be positive—this is new and frustrating for some, try to stay positive with the work and the technology.
  • Only use school appropriate language and content for all videos, posts, conversations, and assignments.
Schedules
  • Schedules will be specific based on student grade level—preschool, elementary, middle school. All groups start and end at the same time and all are encouraged to attend morning prayer and announcement time.
  • These schedules are meant to keep students on track with their work time and provide scheduled time for any live chat or teacher help. We have also built-in breaks because those are important for everyone.
  • The expectation is that students will be available for schoolwork and will submit assignments on time, based on this schedule and posted assignment due dates.  Please contact your student’s teacher about schedule changes based on your student’s specific needs.
Social Time
Class meeting time at the beginning and end of the school day is meant to provide time to get started, reflect, and socialize.  This is a time where classmates can chat, exchange ideas, and maybe play a game.   These times will be monitored by the teacher and will be included in the school schedule. Depending on the school day, social time may also be scheduled outside of homeroom/class meeting times.
Support and Check-ins
Additional virtual meetings will be scheduled by teachers, our Learning Resource Specialist (LRS), and other school staff to support students needing additional help with academics or just needing check-ins.  The LRS will reach out to families for specific times that work with the student’s school schedule. Parents are strongly encouraged to reach out to their student’s teacher if more support or more frequent check-ins are needed.   Teachers and other school staff will be connecting one-on-one with each student through Teams.  The goal is that each student will receive a special check-in weekly or biweekly.   This check-in is a time for the student to discuss any issues they may be having or to simply chat about life.

  • The school recognizes that there are needs beyond the stated schedules and typical routines.  The Learning Resource Specialist, principal, and teachers are available to assist students with learning plans, as well as anyone needing additional supports.  Families are encouraged to reach out to school staff if additional supports are needed.
Teams is for school and not social media
Please do not post memes or GIFs.  Only post school-related comments or files—items directly related to learning and class content.  Inappropriate posts will be deleted by the teacher and reported to the principal and the student’s parents. 
Technology Use
  • Any borrowed equipment is the property of St. Alphonsus Parish School and should only be used for the purpose of participating in school activities and completing schoolwork.
  • Students are asked to follow the technology guidelines presented in our digital citizenship presentations from earlier this year.  More information about this can be found at the following:  Student Booklet and Parent Booklet and at CommonSense.org.
  • Use of technology to bully or harass falls under our harassment policy found in our Family Handbook and could involve disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school.
Uniforms
We will not require uniforms to be worn in a remote learning environment.  However, we believe it could be helpful for our students.  Putting on your school uniform as part of your morning routine is one component of what some students need to differentiate between school time and playtime when learning at home.  Students in our community and at other Catholic schools reported that wearing their uniforms helped them focus and made them feel more connected to the community while away.  Whatever you choose to wear, please remember that you are representing our community, even if at home, and we ask that all non-uniform day guidelines be followed (you can wear basketball shorts though). Refrain from wearing pajamas or non-Catholic school appropriate clothing.
Virtual Meetings
A comprehensive live meeting schedule for all class meetings will be posted for family reference.  Virtual meetings will be staggered as much as possible to assist families with technology sharing.  All meetings will be entered on the Teams calendar, so students can use the reminders and notifications for planning. Whole school morning prayer and announcements will be virtual meetings taking place five minutes prior to the official start of the school day.  These will occur in the School Community team and will be led by Mrs. Daspit.

  • Virtual meetings are the same as any time you spend in school.  It is a time to receive live instruction and share ideas with your class.  As you take part in this type of instruction, please remember to:
    • Be prepared—be on time and have the right tools ready before joining.
    • Be dressed—you don’t have to wear a uniform but please follow our non-uniform day guidelines.  Yes, you can wear basketball shorts.
    • Be mindful—people can see/hear what you are doing during the entire call.  Stay on task and be aware of how your words and actions might impact the learning of others.
    • Be patient—we are all learning and figuring things out

PreK-4 School Online Procedures

Intro

After receiving initial notice from the Principal about school closure and timelines, families will receive an email from their homeroom teacher with specific information. The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be principal and teacher massages via newsletters, email, video, and Teams. Students will have both off- and on-screen learning activities designed to engage learners in experiences that connect to the current curriculum. It is expected that students PreK–2 will need higher levels of support than students in grades 3–4. Teachers will provide direction for each assignment, as well as additional online support, but some items may require more parent involvement than others.

For more information about expectations for our specific learning platform see General Expectations for Microsoft Teams 

PK: Montessori & Exploratory

Pre-K will be in-person unless otherwise directed by the health department and DCYF.  Currently, we are open and running, following proper health guidelines.  If for any reason preschool is closed, the following plans are in place to provide online learning for this group.   

Schedules

  • Teachers will reach out via email with a schedule specific to the class.  Students will mostly have the same opportunities for learning and engagement as elementary students, but times will differ.
  • Schedules are flexible and meant to help provide structure and consistency.
  • Parent/adult assistance will be required for computer access and supplies.

Communication

  • Teachers will be available for live chats and emails.  Phone access will be limited.
  • If you need support or would like to discuss alternative activities/schedules, please reach out to the teacher

Virtual Meetings

  • A comprehensive live meeting schedule for all class meetings will be posted for family reference.  Virtual meetings will be staggered as much as possible to assist families with technology sharing.
  • All meetings will be entered on the Teams calendar, so students can use the reminders and notifications for planning.
  • Whole school morning prayer and announcements will be virtual meetings taking place five minutes prior to the official start of the school day.  These will occur in the School Community team and will be led by Mrs. Daspit.
  • Virtual meetings will take place multiple times per week.  Class meetings can occur in a variety of ways–small group, whole class, or individual.   The scheduling and type will depend on family availability and student need.  Teachers will communicate the schedule to families
Elementary School

Schedule

  • The class will officially begin at 9 am and will go until 1:40 pm.  Students will have scheduled breaks and lunchtime.
  • The day will be divided into 30-minute chunks that will include a mix of virtual meetings, lessons, recordings, social time, and time with specialists.  The 30-minute chunks will include both virtual meeting times and independent work time.  Students will have virtual time with their teachers multiple times each day but will NOT spend the entire 30-minute chunk for each subject in front of the computer.
  • Multiple virtual meetings will take place each day.  Class meetings will open the school day after school-wide morning announcements, followed by one or two live lessons, and a closing virtual meeting at the end of the school day. Additional meetings may be scheduled for small groups or one-on-one support.
  • A comprehensive live meeting schedule for all class meetings will be posted for family reference.  Virtual meetings will be staggered as much as possible to assist families with technology sharing.
  • All meetings will be entered on the Teams calendar, so students can use the reminders and notifications for planning.
  • Official schedules including times for specific subjects will be determined by the teacher based on subject and class need.   These schedules will be made available weekly as a part of a weekly task sheet but will remain consistent overall. Specialist time will be included in the schedule for each class.
  • The schedule for each class may change based on the specific needs of a grade/class.  The teacher will inform families if/when the schedule changes prior to the new schedule’s implementation.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if this schedule is not working or student needs require a different format.
  • Teachers will check in with students at various times throughout the day via live meeting or chat. Reach out to the teacher if your student needs a check-in with the teacher above and beyond the current schedule.

Class Materials

  • Resources will vary by class and lesson, but will include links to videos, graphic organizers, scanned material to read and engage with, independent research material via online sources or our library, workbooks, and reading materials including print and ebooks.
  • Additional supplies may be necessary (construction paper, markers, etc…).  Teachers will let students know what is needed for each assignment, but most items are on the school supply list given to families each summer.

Assignments

  • Assignments will be worked on daily and submitted each Friday via Teams.
  • Weekly assignment or task schedules will be provided to students based on class.  These schedules will include what is expected of each class that week.  Elementary teachers may include this in the class schedule to provide more clarity for each day.
  • The teachers will post a Word document when possible, that will allow students to edit and then return the document rather than deal with PDFs.  In other cases, they will need to upload pictures or documents.  Students need to check assignment submissions to ensure the correct file was completely submitted (no blank pdfs or blank/empty files).
  • To eliminate a large amount of scanning per household, teachers will provide details about specific pages/items they need uploaded for each class.  Some items may be shared through video calls and will not need to be uploaded.  Specific instructions for how and when to submit work will be provided by the teacher.
  • All work will be due on Fridays by 3 pm.  This helps students wrap everything up before the weekend and gives them the weekend to relax. Some students may be asked to submit chunks of assignments early for support.  Students needing other arrangements will need to speak with their teacher earlier in the week.

Grades

  • Elementary grades will be given as usual, with standards-based grading for all areas.
  • Students will be assessed in all areas, including specialist time.
  • Report grades will be emailed home when the school is in a remote learning format.

Middle School Online Procedures

Schedules
  • After receiving initial notice from the Principal about school closure and timelines, families and students will receive an email from their homeroom teacher as well as class teachers with class instructions on Microsoft Teams.
  • The middle school schedule will be provided with details about which class takes place during which period.  Additional information will be provided for online specific times and when students have Spanish vs. PE, Library vs. Electives.
  • Instructional time goes until 3 pm each day.  Class time ends at 1:40 pm and students are expected to work on schoolwork or connect with teachers as needed.
  • Fridays are workdays and students will collaborate with classmates or connect with teachers outside of their study skills class time.  All work is due by 3 pm on Friday so this is time for students to finish assignments or get clarification from teachers.
  • A comprehensive live meeting schedule for all class meetings will be posted for family reference.  Virtual meetings will be staggered as much as possible to assist families with technology sharing.
  • All meetings will be entered on the Teams calendar, so students can use the reminders and notifications for planning.
  • Whole school morning prayer and announcements will be virtual meetings taking place five minutes prior to the official start of the school day.  These will occur in the School Community team and will be led by Mrs. Daspit.
  • Virtual meetings will happen at the start of each class period.   These meetings will be from 10 minutes to twenty minutes maximum instructional time and will include expectations for the day/week.
  • Each 45-minute class period is meant to provide both instruction and work time with teacher guidance available.  Some students may work independently after the instructional time and others may need more assistance from the teacher.
Virtual Meetings
Virtual meetings will happen at the start of each class period.   These meetings will be from 10 minutes to twenty minutes maximum instructional time and will include expectations for the day/week.

Each 50-minute class period is meant to provide both instruction and work time with teacher guidance available.  Student work time during class periods is meant to take the place of traditional homework time. 

Communication
  • The primary tool for communication between teachers and families is email and Microsoft Teams.
  • Weekly/bi-weekly check-ins will take place with students and school staff.
  • Students and families are encouraged to reach out if issues arise.  Teachers and school admin can schedule meetings and develop plans to provide more support/solutions.  
Assignments
  • Weekly assignment or task schedules will be provided to students based on class.   Middle school will include this on Team for each subject.
  • Middle school students are strongly encouraged to use paper planners to help organize as well.  A paper planner will be issued at the beginning of the school year to each middle school student.
  • Learning experiences are designed to be completed independently or in collaboration with other students so students will need to follow specific directions for ach assignment.
  • All assignments will be turned in via Teams under the assignments tab for their class. The teachers will post a Word document when possible, that will allow students to edit and then return the document rather than deal with pdfs.  In other cases, they will need to upload pictures or documents.
  • To eliminate a large amount of scanning per household, teachers will provide details about specific pages/items they need uploaded for each class.  Some items may be shared through video calls and will not need to be uploaded.  Specific instructions for how to submit work will be provided by the teacher.
  • All work will be due on Fridays by 3pm.  This helps students wrap everything up before the weekend and gives them the weekend to relax. Students needing other arrangements will need to speak with their teacher earlier in the week.
  • Class time is meant to serve as educational time and homework time so students should not be working beyond an hour after the school day or on the weekend.
Materials
Resources vary by class and lesson, but will include links to videos, graphic organizers, scanned material to read and engage with, independent research material via online sources or our library, print materials such as novels or textbooks, and reading materials including newspapers/ebooks/home materials such as cookbooks or magazines. Students will need to pick up textbooks, novels, workbooks, etc…at the beginning of the school year, as print materials will be used in conjunction with online resources.

Students will need items on the student supply list for distance as well as in-person learning.

Grades
  • Middle School grades will be given as usual, with letter and standards-based grading for all areas.
  • Students will be assessed in all areas, including electives and Study Skills.
  • Report grades will be emailed home when the school is in a remote learning format.