Newsletter

  • Dear Parents,

    Just a reminder, there are many items on our Digital Learning section of the Brown School website. Our music teacher and PE teacher are uploading new items every week, and anything new we find we’ll add to this page. Please check it out periodically.

    I hope that everyone is healthy and safe! I think the first eight weeks of distance learning have gone pretty well.  I believe that my students have enjoyed the Zoom meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10am.  I am trying to make these 1/2 hours interesting and educational for my students.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will be sending out a question which must be answered in order for your child to be counted in attendance.  I hope everyone stays safe and healthy through this pandemic and beyond!!!

    Here is the link to the WCSD Distance Learning packets and the Weekly Assignment Checklist.  Here is the link to the Spring Writing Journal.

    I made another JibJab video as a kind of Easter present for my students.  You can find it under the Video tab in this website.  I hope everyone enjoys it. 

    As we discussed at the Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, the Washoe County School District has made a new regulation that prohibits us from having communal food at any birthday party or holiday party.  The 2nd grade teachers have decided to make these parties Toy Parties.  If you would like to donate something to any of the parties, please just donate an inexpensive toy (Dollar Store, etc.) for each student.  I currently have 16 students.  We will try and make these parties as fun as we can for the children.

    This is the regulation from WCSD.

    WCSD Health Services:

    • The Student Health Services Department of the Washoe County School District and the District’s Food Allergy Committee is recommending that elementary classrooms eliminate communal or shared foods and pot luck type parties.  In the school setting, classrooms pose the highest risk to a student who has a food allergy.  In addition to food allergies, many students have other serious health conditions whose health may be compromised by ingesting foods from sources other than what is provided by the individual student’s parents. 

    • What this means for us is that we can no longer have communal food for any type of parties, examples: Halloween party, Birthday party, Bear Claw award parties, etc.

    • We will be utilizing this new procedure/protocol starting Monday, October 14th after we return from Fall Break.

    • Thank you for understanding, we are doing what we can to ensure the safety for all of our students.

    • See attached flyer for more information.

    Scholastic has changed their website this year, so you have to go to each individual website to access the 2 magazines and use the same password zclass19.  For Scholastic News use www.scholastic.com/sn2For Science Spin use www.scholastic.com/sciencespin2After you click on the link, you will get a window, click on "Login".  This will give you another window where you will choose to "I am a Student".  You will then get another window that asks for the password. For both magazines, the password is zclass20There is great information and videos on both of these sites that you and your child will enjoy.

    Brown E.S. and the PTO have purchased a subscription to DreamBox Learning's Math Program, which should help all students achieve better math skills.  Your child can access DreamBox from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using Google Chrome.  The link to this site is https://play.dreambox.com/login/p7uy/p64d.  DreamBox is an online program and only requires Adobe Flash to run.  If you want to access DreamBox on an Apple Ipad, go to http://www.dreambox.com/ipad, or search for "DreamBox Math" in the App Store.  Download both DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox Math Blue so that your child has access to all of the math lessons.  The school code is: p7uy/p64d.  The student login is the same login that your child uses to access Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading (AR).  I have put an additional link to DreamBox on the Educational Links tab on this website.  I hope your child finds this program tremendously fun, engaging, and academic.

    I set up an account and a link to the site with EPIC Books (https://www.getepic.com/app/), which is a reading site.  It is free for teachers and we have been told that if you use my username (rzoratti@washoeschools.net) and password (zclass), you can use it for free.  It is like Netflix for reading and should be a great reading resource.

    The enVision Math series that the school district has adopted has some online resources.  These resources include access to the lessons that I am teaching, math games, and some extra practice.  All of my students have registered their usernames and passwords in order to use these online resources.  I sent home a letter with your child’s username, password, and directions on how to access these resources.  I have added a link (http://www.washoeschools.net/Domain/684) to the sign-in page on the Educational Links tab on this website.

    I will be updating this website every week, usually on Friday or Saturday.  I will include the homework for the following week, any class photos taken, teacher news, and any other relevant information.  I usually enter the grades into Infinite Campus on Sunday.  I have developed this website for the use of my students and their parents.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for improving it, please let me know.

    In order to maintain nightly reading in my classroom, I am utilizing a reading log, which requires each student to read, Monday through Thursday, for 20 minutes.  Each student will need to fill out the clocks and record the amount of time they read and write a short summary, 1 to 2 sentences summarizing what they read.  A copy of the reading log is available on this website under the Homework tab and will be attached to the weekly homework packet.

    I am looking forward to an exciting and fun year teaching each of your children and working with you.

    Thank you for your support,

    Mr. Zoratti