• Dear BSCSD Elementary Families,

    I know that I speak for our entire Ballston Spa CSD staff when I share how truly appreciative we are for your continued partnership as we navigate our way through our school closure. Below, please find the next set of learning packets for your child (also mailed to homes 4.3.20). Throughout our school closure, we have and will continue to make decisions based on some grounding principles.  We share these guidelines with our families so that you understand the purposeful selection of the activities and resources included in the packets.

    1. The overall health, safety, and wellness of our students comes first. We understand that families are dealing with a variety of challenges and therefore, your ability to complete learning tasks with your child at home will be inconsistent.  We care deeply about our students and families and will continue to keep student wellness as our main priority.
    2. We will provide equity of access for learning activities. We have provided our elementary students with paper-pencil learning tasks to ensure that all of our students have the ability to complete them.  Our teachers are enhancing these packets with district-approved digital resources and additional learning tasks.
    3. We will communicate often with our families and students. Each week, your child’s teacher will email you with a “Week at a Glance” describing the way you can frame out the work into daily and weekly tasks with specific direction on selecting activities from the packet and additional resources to enhance and support learning.  These teacher emails will bring this packet’s contents “to life” and they will then follow up through phone communications to check in on your child’s progress and to provide support and feedback.
    4. We will provide our families with manageable learning tasks grounded in our district’s adopted curriculum and knowledge about learning. As you know, our elementary schools have worked hard this year on the implementation of a new literacy program.  We acknowledge that it is unfair to ask our parents to act as literacy specialists and therefore, have intentionally selected learning tasks that review previously learned skills and that build our students’ background knowledge and vocabulary.  These activities will ultimately improve our students’ reading through practical and worthwhile tasks.

    To that end, we have created “choice grids” in the following areas for students to use to select learning activities to complete each day:

    • Growing Knowledge- build background knowledge and vocabulary
    • Word Play (K-2)- practice listening and spelling skills
    • Writing- respond to fun writing prompts
    • Math- practice grade level skills through fun activities and fluency tasks
    • Science- work through grade level science activities on a specific topic 

    Additionally, you will find activities from your child’s teachers in the areas of Physical Education, Library, Art, Music, and Social/Emotional Learning

    ***While this packet contains the learning activities your child will work through for the coming weeks, please wait to hear from your child’s teacher before starting the activities. 

    Again, we thank you for your collaboration and ask that you contact your child’s teacher or building principal should you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 
    Ken Slentz
    Superintendent of Schools