The Allen-Stevenson School Remote Learning Plan

Bridging learning between school and home or ultimately the world, has always been the focus at Allen-Stevenson. Now more than ever, while we are physically apart, we recognize the importance of continuing to inspire in our boys a love of learning, a willingness and drive to give their best effort, a comfortable space in which to take risks and ask questions, as well as an awareness of and commitment to the human spirit.
 
Our curriculum will continue to have a balance of skills and content, incorporating academics, the arts and physical education, but through new forms and approaches. We will endeavor to keep a strong connection between boys and teachers. Ensuring homeroom and advisory connections, online PE classes, music lessons, chorus rehearsals, and times for teachers and students to interact are all in our thinking and planning. We are mindful that learning can be done in many creative ways, which we believe includes a balance of on and off-screen opportunities.
 
There is no doubt that our boys’ lives have been turned upside down. There is so much they are looking forward to as the spring term approaches. So, as we move through this time, we want to listen, guide, cajole and care for each of our boys. They are very important to us and we intend to stay connected and support them as they progress both strongly and rightly.
 

Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

What To Expect from A-S Bridge 

  • Our goal is to provide a balance between online, on-paper independent work and projects for your son along with “live” lessons through Canvas for Middle and Upper School boys.
  • All three divisions will curate their work to meet the boys’ developmental needs, shifting over time as we learn what works best for our students and their families.
  • It is important that teachers, not parents, set the curriculum, learning goals and objectives. Teachers will also assess student work.
  • Divisions are setting communications plans for staying connected with students and families. Our goal is for teachers to “greet” each advisory or homeroom each morning.
  • Teachers will be available during the regular work day, to the best of their ability when they are not otherwise teaching classes or engaged with students. As a general practice, the best way to continue communications with your teacher is via email, and the teacher will do their best to respond within 24 hours.
  • We understand that there may be illness within a teacher’s family as well as issues regarding childcare. No doubt that teachers will do their best to juggle home and school responsibilities.

A-S Bridge for Lower School

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Daily Schedule

    Each day will begin with a daily recorded message in Canvas (Click here to access Canvas.) from your child’s homeroom teacher. The weekly schedule will evolve as time goes on.

    All of the following schedules are suggested:

    Kindergarten

    Daily schedules for Kindergarten can be found by clicking here.


    First Grade

    A sample daily schedule for First Grade can be found by clicking here.
    (The more detailed daily schedules for current students can be found by logging in to Canvas.)


    Second Grade

    A sample daily schedule for Second Grade can be found by clicking here.
    (The more detailed daily schedules for current students can be found by logging in to Canvas.)


    Third Grade

    A sample schedule for Third Grade can be found by clicking here
    (The more detailed daily schedules for current students can be found by logging in to Canvas.)

    K-3rd Grade Prompt for "Create A Play" from Ms. Robles

    Prompt for Week of May 18


  • What We Expect from Our Students

    • Come to “school” dressed and ready to work.
    • Listen to your teacher and your friends when you are on screen just like you would in school.
    • Complete your assignments carefully, paying attention to instructions. If you have a question about what to do, your parents can email your teacher.
    • Listen to your teacher’s daily announcement video so you know what work you have to do each day.
    • Meet with your teacher online once a week to share your work and ask questions.
    • Use the schedule your teacher sends every day to help you get all of your work done on time.
  • What We Expect from Our Parents

    • Establish routines and expectations.
    • Help your child manage his time productively in order to be successful learning remotely.
    • Define a physical space for your child’s work
    • Monitor communications from your child’s teachers daily.
    • Establish quiet, screen-free times.
    • Encourage physical activity and exercise.
    • Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry. (Please let us know if the work is difficult or overwhelming for him.)
    • Monitor screen time, both academic and recreational.
    • Find opportunities for your child to connect with friends and family outside your home.
    • Be patient with us, with your children and yourselves. We certainly appreciate how challenging this will be for you as parents. We are all learning this process together and will make changes as we go.
  • Whom Should You Contact

    • For homeroom assignments, please contact your classroom teachers.
    • For reading assignments, please contact your son’s Reading teacher.
    • For Tech Support please email helpdesk@allen-stevenson.org
    • For general questions please contact your grade-level coordinator:
    Kindergarten - Lauren Pemberton (lpemberton@allen-stevenson.org)
    Grades 1 and 2 - Jenn Zimmermann (jzimmermann@allen-stevenson.org)
    Grade 3 - Kristin Filling (kfilling@allen-stevenson.org)

A-S Bridge for Middle School

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Daily Schedule

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SUGGESTED MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULES.

    For more detailed schedules and daily information, go to Canvas by clicking here.


  • What we expect from our students

    • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (e.g. 8:00am start).
    • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
    • All devices should be charged overnight.
    • Boys should “come to school” having had breakfast, wearing a collared shirt, if possible, with hair combed … you know the drill!
    • Check Canvas and email each morning and between classes to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
    • We encourage students to wear headphones so they are plugged in directly to their teacher, and classroom voices are not echoing through the house. Backgrounds should be plain and facing a relatively blank wall.
    • Filming, recording, or sharing the lesson is not allowed (for students and parents).
    • When engaged in live online lessons, faces must be visible on the screen. Boys can’t record or capture without the teacher’s direct permission. No sharing of work is allowed without permission from the teacher.
    • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
    • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates.
    • Do not eat or drink during class.
    • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
    • Collaborate and support your peers in their learning.
    • Comply with Allen-Stevenson’s Acceptable Use Policy, including expectations for online etiquette.
    • Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults at A-S as different needs arise (see Whom Should You Contact).
    • Support others, assume good intentions, reach out to others, be collaborative.
    • In tough times, helping others can help us feel better.
  • What we expect from our parents

    Provide support for your children by adhering to the these guidelines:
    • Establish routines and expectations
    • Help your son, define the physical space for your child’s study
    • Begin and end each day with a check-in - ask your son how things are going
    • While assignments and remote learning are each boy’s  work — not to be done by the parents — we do expect parents will need to help their boys adjust to this new experience. As students come to understand and gain confidence in their working from home,  they will likely need less support.
    • Boys should endeavor to problem-solve, on their own. If they need help, boys should consult a classmate, and if needed, a teacher. 
    • Establish times for quiet and reflection
    • Encourage physical activity and/or exercise
    • Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry
    • Monitor screen time, both academic and recreational
    • Keep your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions
  • Whom you should contact

    If you have any questions about a specific academic class, please contact that teacher.

    More general questions should be directed to your son’s homeroom teacher or advisors. 
     
    4th Grade - Lorenzo Bellard and Sarah Luposello 
    5th Grade - Lisa Anderson and Maurice Hicks
    6th Grade - Academic Teachers 
     

A-S Bridge for Upper School

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Daily Schedule

    Please click here to view the 7th and 8th grade schedules for the week.

    (Students must be logged in to their Allen-Stevenson email to view).

    For assignments and Zoom links, go to Canvas by clicking here.
  • What We Expect From Our Students

    • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (e.g. 8:00am start).
    • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
    • All devices should be charged overnight.
    • Boys should “come to school” having had breakfast, wearing a collared shirt, if possible, with hair combed … you know the drill!
    • Check Canvas and email each morning and between classes to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
    • We encourage students to wear headphones so they are plugged in directly to their teacher, and classroom voices are not echoing through the house. Backgrounds should be plain and facing a relatively blank wall.
    • Filming, recording, or sharing the lesson is not allowed (for students and parents).
    • When engaged in live online lessons, faces must be visible on the screen. Boys can’t record or capture without the teacher’s direct permission. No sharing of work is allowed without permission from the teacher.
    • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
    • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates.
    • Do not eat or drink during class.
    • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
    • Collaborate and support your peers in their learning.
    • Comply with Allen-Stevenson’s Acceptable Use Policy, including expectations for online etiquette.
    • Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults at A-S as different needs arise (see Whom Should You Contact).
    • Support others, assume good intentions, reach out to others, be collaborative.
    • In tough times, helping others can help us feel better.
  • What We Expect From Our Parents

    Provide support for your children by adhering to the these guidelines:
    • Establish routines and expectations.
    • Help your son, define the physical space for your child’s study.
    • Begin and end each day with a check-in - ask your son how things are going.
    • While assignments and remote learning are each boy’s  work — not to be done by the parents — we do expect parents will need to help their boys adjust to this new experience. As students come to understand and gain confidence in their working from home,  they will likely need less support.
    • Boys should endeavor to problem-solve, on their own. If they need help, boys should consult a classmate, and if needed, a teacher. 
    • Establish times for quiet and reflection.
    • Encourage physical activity and/or exercise.
    • Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry.
    • Monitor screen time, both academic and recreational
    • Keep your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions.
     
  • Whom You Should Contact

    If you have any questions about a specific academic class, please contact that teacher. More general questions should be directed to your son’s homeroom teacher or advisors, Mr. Jacquet, Ms. Wall or Mr. Cohen.
     

Athletics & Physical Education

#MovementMondays

Weekly Challenge Videos

Arts & Music

Featured Videos from the Community

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Reading, Resources, and More!

Curated by the Library Tech Commons


Is your son wondering what to read next? Fill out this form and Ms. Okeson, will provide him with a personalized list of books to enjoy.

E-Books - Borrow anytime, anywhere!

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  • Allen-Stevenson E-Books

    A-S offers ebooks and digital audio books for boys and parents through Sora which can be accessed from the top right corner of ascommons.org or by downloading the Sora app. Boys in Middle and Upper schools already have Sora accounts. Parents who wish to set up an account for themselves or their Lower School son should contact Pilar Okeson at pokeson@allen-stevenson.org. Anyone with questions or problems using Sora should also contact Pilar.
  • Public Library E-Books

    You can gain access to many more books by adding other libraries to your Sora account. If you don’t already have a public library card and pin number it is very easy to get an E card to borrow digital resources at New York City’s public libraries right now. Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in the state is eligible, but for NYPL and BPL  you have to physically be in the state at the time you apply.
     
    Download the Simply E app and when you choose your first book to borrow there will be a location check to see if you are eligible.
     
    Fill out a form.
     
    Fill out a form. Your location will be checked.
     
  • Recommended E-Reader

    We recommend The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader. 

    This particular version of the kindle is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about accidental water spills. The screen is glare-free and the E Ink technology should not disrupt sleep.
  • Worth Checking Out at the Public Library

    Databases at NYPL and QPL
    • Book Flix  (NYPL, QPL) - Read-along picture books and non-fiction books nonfiction pairings along with activities that strengthen reading skills and extension activities from the web.
    • Tumble Books (NYPL) - Animated, talking picture books and games.
    • Rocket Languages (QPL) - Interactive language lessons, fourteen languages to choose from, including Spanish. 
    BPL Virtual Programming - Live story times and activities, such as a Virtual Smash Ultimate Tournament, that can be enjoyed from home

    Free One-on-One Tutoring - Families with students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade and an NYPL library card can access tips, activities, and one-on-one tutors through a new partnership with Brainfuse. Tutors are available from 2 PM to 11 PM every day in both English and Spanish.
     

Author & Illustrator Corner

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Mindfulness

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  • For Boys

    Bedtime Explorers
    Mindfulness coach Amy Taylor-Kabbaz takes children on an imaginative journey, using easy-to-learn meditation techniques to get them ready for bed.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga
    Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence - and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!

    Join the author of Wired and Connected and family therapist, Craig Knippenberg, LCSW, M. Div and other mental health experts live on Facebook on Tuesdays at 11:30am for ideas, strategies and Q&A about parenting during the Coronavirus pandemic. Previous episodes available for streaming.

    Peace Out
    “Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises.”

    Soundwalks
    “Soundwalks paint rich, sonic landscapes for children to explore with their imaginations.”This is a great way to develop an appreciation for the sounds of nature and, as a bonus, experience the outdoors in Australia.

    The latest discussion guides from the Screenagers film maker Dr. Delaney Ruston, focus on issues relating to the pandemic.

    Unicef Kid Power
    These short, interactive ‘Kid Power Ups’ videos focus on social-emotional topics as well as yoga and dance. While participating, children earn coins to donate towards supporting communities or their choice such as food banks or delivering health supplies!

    A 15 minute livestream for teens, weekdays at 6:30pm, tackling topics such as stress, boredom and isolation
  • For Parents

    TED Connects:Community and Hope
    This series of daily conversations features “experts whose ideas help us reflect and work through this uncertain time with a sense of responsibility, compassion and wisdom.” Previous discussions are archived for viewing. Livestreams daily at 12pm.

    Mindful
    Mindful provides “insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully.” In addition to the website content, there is a newsletter and free access to their 30 day mindful course.

Entertainment

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General

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Audio Books & Audio Storytelling

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  • Audible Stories

    Audible StoriesAudiobooks in six languages for kids and teens.  Free while schools are closed.
  • Circle Round

    Circle Round - WBUR's Circle Round adapts folktales from around the world into music-rich radio plays for 4-10 year olds. The stories explore important themes such as kindness, persistence and generosity. Each episode ends with an activity.

Online Storytelling

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  • Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen

    Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen - This weekly webcast with author Rex Ogle follows a typical middle school student whose life has been turned upside down by the Coronavirus. Every Tuesday at 2pm. 
  • Brightly Storytime

    Brightly Storytime - Picture books read aloud by the storyteller Ms. Linda. New videos every week.
  • Mondays with Michelle Obama

    Mondays with MIchelle Obama - This Four Part Series will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter. The four books Mrs. Obama will read are:

    April 20, 12 noon ET: THE GRUFFALO, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

    April 27, 12 noon ET: THERE’S A DRAGON IN YOUR BOOK, written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott

    May 4, 12 noon ET: MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS, Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler

    May 11, 12 noon ET: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, by Eric Carle
  • Save with Stories

    Save with Stories - Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to raise money by bringing us actors reading their favorite picture books.
  • Storyline Online

    Storyline Online - Actors such as Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Costner bring popular children’s books to life.

Podcasts

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Virtual Field Trips

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