Community Resources & Distance Learning Updates
Page last updated: 6/5
In line with the New York City Department of Education’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, ISB’s campus will be closed for the remainder of this academic school year. Although the campus will be closed, Distance Learning will continue! Families can expect to receive updates via email as the situation continues to evolve. Please reference this website for any information related to distance learning as we will update this page frequently.
We believe strongly in the importance of our student-teacher relationship and how that positively impacts our students; our distance learning plans reflect this continued commitment to build community, strengthen relationships, and provide opportunities for connection. Through these plans, ISB will continue to provide ongoing quality lessons that have been prepared carefully by teachers, daily exposure to language learning and academic development, and accountability for students in their own learning process. Our distance learning plans are designed to integrate both on-screen and off-screen activities as we want to continue to provide a wide variety of ways for students to engage as they become critical thinkers and active leaders in this new adventure of learning.
Distance Learning Guidelines
- All students, parents, and caregivers should:
- – Understand that distance learning spaces are administered by the school and as such, all learning sessions will be recorded and monitored. This includes class, small group, and one-on-one learning sessions. Advisory and social interaction sessions will not be recorded. Please be sure to review this with your child.
- – Be on the lookout for emails from classroom teachers and the school regularly. Parents should refer to the weekly Dragon Times newsletter for important updates.
- – Report absences promptly using the Veracross Parent Portal or by sending an email to Program Associate Krystle Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) . During asynchronous work times, the school’s assumption will be that the students are “present” and working unless we are otherwise notified by parents/guardians.
- – Remember that ISB’s Responsible Technology Use Policy applies to distance learning. To review the Technology Use Policy, please consult the Parent Handbook (Preschool and Lower School Parent Handbook, Middle School Parent Handbook).
- – Treat online lessons and teacher/student interactions as private. Students and families are not allowed to record, screen capture, or photograph these interactions.
- – Recognize that some students will need adult assistance in connecting or managing their online time.
- – Allow students to do as much work as possible on their own. Adults should refrain from intervening in a student’s work or assessments during school hours.
- – Understand that Distance Learning platforms are not for personal use, and limit interaction accordingly.
- – For Pre-K-2nd Grade, parents will be sent a link to activities and synchronous meetings.
- – Students sign into their online sessions with their school Google Drive account username and password.
- – These guidelines are liable to be reviewed periodically and may change over time. Division Directors will notify parents and students if the guidelines change.
- Please review these guidelines and expectations with your child at home.
Important Logistics for the Remainder of the School Year & Frequently Asked Questions
When will physical school re-open?
The building continues to be opened every Monday afternoon for staff members to access any necessary materials. We will be opening the building for a few days in June for families to retrieve personal items and return Chromebooks and library books. As soon as it is safe for the school buildings to re-open, we will do so.
Will we have access to the school building to retrieve personal belongings and return items?
Yes, we will be opening the building during certain days in June. Please be on the lookout for more details about logistics in early June.
- Medications: School Nurse Kali will communicate dates that she will be available to meet families at school to pick up medication. You may also direct Kali to keep the medication at school over the summer.
- Chromebooks: We ask that any families in possession of school-issued Chromebooks return them at the end of June so that we can clean, repair, and upgrade these devices for next school year. We will be setting up staggered entry times for families in each grade to drop off their devices on June 17-June 19.
- Library Books: We strongly urge you to please make every effort to return Library books so that they can be prepared for next year. We will have drop-off boxes available on campus during certain days in June.
Summer Program Update
After close consideration of federal and state guidelines, as well as communications from the CDC, ISB will not be running any of its summer programs this year. The health and safety of our community is paramount, and we do not believe that we could safely operate the programs that define ISB Summer.
Registered families have been notified of this cancelation, and on Monday, May 18th, the ISB Summer team will begin the process of canceling registrations in our system and issuing refunds for received payments. Please allow a window of approximately four weeks to complete this complex process. Please contact the ISB Summer Program Directors Kristen Moreland and Itzel Mendoza at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Our team of Educators, Counselors, and Administrators is here for your family.
If you have a question specific to your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher or advisor. Please direct questions about Distance Learning in a particular division to the appropriate Division Director.
Director of Preschool, Rosa Torres
Director of Lower School, Delphine Michaud
Director of Middle School, Richard Brownstone
Let’s Stay Connected, ISB!
Join Our Community Share
While we can’t be together physically for a while, we want to still find opportunities for us to share and come together as a community. As part of that, we have created ISB Community Shares to keep us all connected during these times.
How to Participate: Throughout the weeks to come, we will announce a theme in the Dragon Times that highlights a special part of our ISB Community and brings us together (through fitness, cooking, Earth Day, art, etc.) Students, faculty, staff, and families are invited to send videos, photos, drawings, songs, stories, and more to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us @internationalschoolofbrooklyn on Instagram to join in. At the end of that week, we will share it in the Dragon Times and Social Media channels.
Send us your photos of Distance Learning in action!
Even off campus, we want to stay connected as a community as we all embark on this unique learning journey together! Please email any photos or stories of your child’s at-home learning experiences to Communications Manager Danielle Valenti (email@example.com) or tag @internationalschoolofbrooklyn on Instagram so we can share these with the community.
Other Resources for Families
Astrapi (French Online Magazine)
Audible (Children’s audiobooks in many languages)
Book Recommendations (by Common Sense Media)
Brainfuse by Brooklyn Public Library (Tutoring Support)
Brooklyn Public Library’s Databases (BookFlix is fun for early readers & Culturegrams provide cultural information around the world! Also e-books and audiobooks are available here. You just need a library card – BPL is offering e-cards)
Edu Clan (Education tool for Ages 3-10 in Spanish)
Encantos (Bilingual nursery rhymes in Spanish & English)
Epic Books in French, English, and Spanish (Available free for 30 days)
Facebook@smithsoniannpg (for Story Time on Wednesdays at 11:00am)
French Books(Free online books in French)
GEO Ado Magazine (French Magazine)
Grupo SM (Spanish blog with list of many free resources)
Lee & Low Storytime (Read Aloud Playlist)
MoCADA Resource Guide (Terrific activities, tips, etc.)
Principia (Spanish Online Publication)
Scholastic Learn at Home (Projects & resources for Pre-K – Grade 9)
Storyline (Free Access to Fun Books and Readings)
The Spanish Experiment (Children’s stories in Spanish)
Unite (Non-fiction in English and Spanish for early readers)
VeoLeo Youtube Channel (Partnering with Chau Luna to Bring You Stories)
Vooks (Storybooks brought to life for Pre-K through Elementary students with free access for the first month)
Whisperies (Reading opportunities in French)
The resources below have specific account information that has been sent via email to all ISB families. Please refer to the Library Newsletters sent by Head Librarian Maria Falgoust for usernames and passwords for the links below. If you have any questions or need specific account information, please feel free to reach out to Head Librarian Maria Falgoust at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Librarian Eli Hetko at email@example.com.