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Keep up the great work! Thanks for joining us!

Crisscross applesauce . . .

We are here, we are here, we are here!!



This is another attempt to get you to sign-up with your child's @cps email address in order to attend remote learning. I am sending the classroom code, @cps email address, and livestream info in a separate email along with instructions for signing up.


If you choose to not participate because of technology issues, there are paper packets from the CPS Department of Learning. These packets can be obtained by verbal request through the office. PLEASE CALL 773-535-6404 FOR PICKUP TIMES. They can be picked up alongside the meals during grab and go timeslots.


Also here are some handy tips for staying prepared and internet safe.

  • Clear a flat surface daily in front of device for student to work comfortably.

  • Headphones work best for older kids but if you want to closely monitor your child’s activities by all means listen in.

  • As soon as you sign into the live stream please turn off the microphone.

  • Have supplies handy daily. You will need any printouts for that day’s activities, blank paper, pencil, crayons, or markers, scissors, glue stick, 20 small toys or objects for counting and/or sorting.

  • If necessary, have a water bottle and snacks easily available during our short break.

  •  Open up at least 2 windows on your device. One for livestream and another for starfall.com and mycapstonelibrary.com.

  • Please stay in the immediate area with your child to closely monitor for them to stay on task and out of danger.

  • We will be online for 60 minutes daily from 9:00a.m. until 10:00 a.m.



The following websites are being offered as free resources while the schools are closed. I will be pulling some of the activities from a few of these sites. They offer some limited access to worksheets and games to play online.







(It looks like starfall.com has opened up all of its resources. Don’t quote me.)


(You can get 1 month free, but make sure to read the rules about billing. You don’t want to forget to unsubscribe if you don’t want to continue using it. I was billed an entire year because I forgot I subscribed.)


(Specifically www.mycapstonelibrary.com. This is a great resource for books to read online. They have a great selection. I will be pulling some titles to read-aloud during our class streaming sessions. The other logins are designed for older kids somewhat, I included them just in case you have older children at home and needed additional resources.)


These websites allow you to create your own name and handwriting sheets for practice. Be careful they are full of ads and extra stuff for software you may not want on your computer. I have uploaded some handwriting sheets if you would like to use them as well. Trying to find an online handwriting app for touchscreen computers and/or laptops. If you know of one for free please share with us.





Thank you,

Ms. Hayes

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