2020-2021 Welcome Letter and Information

Dear Third and Fourth Grade Families, 

Hello! My name is Amy Clouse. I am happy to welcome you and your child to my digital classroom. Our first day of virtual school is August 17th. I am looking forward to this school year! 

This is my fifteenth year teaching here at Woodfin! I have experience teaching all elementary grade levels, with the exception of Kindergarten. I have also taught a 3/4 combination class in the past. I think that teaching is a very special job and I feel privileged to work with children. They bring joy me each day! Here is a little about myself: My husband Chad and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, and we have a child who is a fourth grader at Isacc Dickson Elementary. I love being outside and family time. Nature is my thing! I enjoy rollerblading, hiking, canoeing and reading. My favorite color is purple.

This school year, our circumstances for learning are different; however, we have a great opportunity to learn and grow! I want you to know that I am here for each of you. It is my mission to deliver high quality instruction for each student, to provide daily social interaction with peers, and to support families in the unique situations that learning from home can present. I am happy to adapt assignments to best suit where your child is working. My intention is for students to be engaged in their learning. I want to meet your child at their "just right" level and move them forward with a strong foundation. It is my goal to build a classroom community that is affirming to all students and to maintain an environment that maximizes learning. I look forward to knowing each of you, and working together to provide your child with a quality education. I will be in touch often!

I would like to share a few ideas to help your child get the most out of this year.  It is important that your student has a place at home where it is quiet and there are as few distractions as possible. Have fun creating a learning nook! Students should have all of their learning materials situated in this area. They are expected to engage in Zoom learning sessions respectfully, as if they were in the classroom. A daily schedule of our learning will be provided to you soon. Please use this as a guide to developing a routine at home. The schedule will include a combination of personalized teaching videos, independent practice and application, and group reflection and learning through zoom. Students will also have time for movement and lessons from specialists. I whole heartedly believe in hands on activities, and understand its importance. You can expect a combination of digital, and hands-on learning.

Expect my first contact via. phone/email in the next few days, and we will move with further communication from there. 
Our digital platforms will be Google Classroom, as well as Seesaw. Seesaw will be an avenue for communication that may work for you. I will send invites for this later in the week. I realize that third graders will be new to Google Classroom and laptops. Don't worry! I will guide you step by step. More information will be shared in the coming days.

"Meet the Teacher" will be held virtually on Zoom this Thursday, August 13th at 2:30. Please follow these directions prior to the meeting:
1. Use the link below to download Zoom as needed. 4th graders will already have zoom installed. I suggest a complete shutdown of the computer if you encounter any tech problems! There is also a BCS contact number available at the end of the document.
2. 
Next, use the link below to find out how to access our Google Classroom. I will provide the student join code to our class via email/phone. I will also give this code to Ms. Conner, our secretary. Please call the school as needed. Once you are in Google Classroom, go to the "Classwork" tab along to top of the screen. You will see that I've posted a Meet the Teacher zoom link! I will also provide this link via. email or text as needed.

I am honored to be your child’s teacher. I look forward to working together to make this an incredible year.  

Sincerely, 
Amy Clouse
amy.fredenburg@bcsemail.org
828-232-4287

Install Zoom: See the directions below
Access Google Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=96&v=RSa2-pOUcU8&feature=emb_title


Zoom Installation Directions for BCS Students

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Before joining a Zoom video conference with the teacher, make sure the Zoom application is installed as instructed below. After installing Zoom, students will NOT open the app or software program to access or join a Zoom meeting. Students will click the join URL link provided by the teacher.

 


 

Grades K-2: Installing Zoom on the BCS iPad

  


  1. Locate and open the App Catalog on the student iPad. (Figure 1.)

  2. Scroll through the listed apps and locate the Zoom app. (Figure 2.)

  3. Tap Install and wait for the app to process and load.

  4. If the Zoom app does not load after a 15-minute wait time, return to the App Catalog and tap the Processing button next to Zoom. (Figure 2.)

  5. Attempt to install Zoom again. 

  

Grades 3-12: Installing Zoom on the BCS Laptop (ThinkPad or Dell)

  


  1. Locate the Software Center (Figure 4.) on either the taskbar (toolbar at the bottom of the screen – Figure 3.) or under the Start button (Figure 5.) on the student laptop.

  

Figure 3.
 
Software Center icon Start button icon


  1. Open the Software Center and use the Search feature to locate Zoom 

  2. Click on the Zoom icon (Figure 6.) and install the application 

  3. If the application fails to install, close all open windows and restart the laptop (Figure 7.) Log into the laptop and wait 15 minutes before repeating steps 1-3 above. 

  4. If the application fails to install again, close all open windows and Shut Down the laptop       (Figure 8.) Allow the device to remain off for 10-15 minutes then power on the laptop, log in and again wait 15 minutes before repeating steps 1-3 above. 


   

Figure 7.

Figure 8.

If the software installation continues to fail, chat with a BCS technology agent or contact the BCS Help Desk at (828) 255-5987.