Southwest Elementary Learning at Home Resources

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Durham, Southwest Elementary will be closed until at least May 15. Below are online resources for Southwest families from DPS, Southwest teachers and staff, at the PTA  during this time away.

Message from Principal Rotosky

We often talk about family at Southwest. We miss seeing everyone’s smiling faces each morning as we travel through the halls. We miss the high fives, fist bumps, elbow love, and finger hugs. We miss the active engagement in our classrooms. The building is quiet which reminds us that Southwest is the amazing place we know and love because of the people who are invested in what happens here each day … Our staff, students, and families.

Since we’ve been out of school, the strength of our community has been evident. We’ve helped one another either through communication or by physically providing food and resources to families. Our teachers are reaching out to families through Class Dojo, email, and phone. Social distancing is changing the way we communicate but not our ability to make connections with one another. If you need your teacher, please reach out through Class Dojo or email during regular school hours. We are still here for our students and families even if it is from a distance.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

— Maya Angelou

Instructional Packets

DPS has provided instructional packets you can download or pick up in person at a Food & Resource Distribution site to supplement learning at home. Please note, these materials are supplemental and will not be counted for a grade; students will not be penalized if the packet is not completed. There is no guarantee that the packet would be considered for extra credit. In addition, if our time out of school is extended, additional rounds of packets will become available and distributed both online and in print. If you have questions about these packets while students are out of school, you may call (919) 560-2505 during business hours for academic support. For technology support, you may call (919) 560-3867 during business hours, and for Spanish-language support, you may call (919) 560-2510.

Links to Online Resources

Counselor’s Corner

Hello families!  The Southwest school counselors have created this space to share social emotional learning information and activities as well as helpful links for parents during this difficult time.  We are available by email as well if you have specific concerns regarding your child.

Grades K-2:  melissa_rosenberger@dpsnc.net
Grades 3-5: 
jennifer_schira@dpsnc.net

Ideas/Resources for Parents

The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, we cannot. However, we can do children a greater service if we use these experiences to help teach them how to deal with those times when the future is uncertain and lifestyles are disrupted.

We hope you will read our list of ways to help kids develop resilience and a positive mindset→

We also recommend this resource from Kids Health that includes ways to talk to children about COVID-19 and how to give them a safe space to share their concerns.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child

A daily mindfulness app for families developed by a program called Inner Explorer may be useful to your family during this time. They are offering an opportunity for parents to download the app at no cost.  The practice of mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, boost immune systems, improve learning and foster resilience in children and adults.

Download the Inner Explorer mindfulness app for free →

Social Emotional Learning for Kids at Home

Move This World is an evidence-based Social Emotional Learning program offered at Southwest. It teaches students about feelings and strategies to manage them.  

Visit the Move this World Resource Center for downloadable resources→

We invite you to view their videos and breathing exercises. When prompted, enter the password: togetherwecan

Download these Move This World posters to supplement videos.  

Zoo U is an evidence-based, online social skills game focusing on 6 key social and emotional skills: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control and Social Initiation. Students create a character and navigate through various social situations. This program is available to 3rd and 4th grade students only. Email Jen Schira at jennifer_schira@dpsnc.net to create an account for your child.

Music Learning Resources

Music resources, vocabulary words, and children’s songs from Mr. Lyle.

Kindergarten & First Grade

Videos to Watch:

Vocabulary Words:

  • Scurry: move hurriedly with short quick steps
  • Scampering: run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement
  • Browse: an act of casual looking or reading
  • Groan:make a deep inarticulate sound in response to pain or despair
  • Weep: shed tears
  • Spared: refrain from killing, injuring, or distressing

Second & Third Grade

Videos to Watch:

Vocabulary Words:

  • Scurry: move hurriedly with short quick steps
  • Scampering: run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement
  • Browse: an act of casual looking or reading
  • Groan:make a deep inarticulate sound in response to pain or despair
  • Weep: shed tears
  • Spared: refrain from killing, injuring, or distressing

 

Fourth & Fifth Grade

Videos to Watch:

Vocabulary Words: 

  • Musical Measure: The space in between the bar line. Measures have an equal amount of beats.
  • Bar: A measure is the section of a musical staff that comes between two bar lines.