Remote Study

The Waldorf School of New Orleans strives to awaken and draw out each child's individual strength and integrity, allow the child to become a free thinker; a courageous seeker of truth and knowledge; and an empathetic, enthusiastic participant and innovator in local culture and global society.

 

Since human connection is one of the underlying tenets of a Waldorf education, it is imperative during these times that we preserve human connection and community while maintaining social and physical distance. Our current Remote Study curriculum reflects our capacity to respond to this need. In the spirit of learning, courage, creativity and joy, our Faculty has collaborated to bring our curriculum into your home.

 

When we started our Remote Study program in March, we did not imagine that it would be necessary for the rest of the school year. It now appears that it could be necessary for part of the 2020-2021 school year as well. In preparation for the possibility, we continue to review and refine all elements of the Remote Study program. We want to ensure that even through an extended time of distance learning, our students in nursery through Grade 8 are connected to their teachers and classmates. We are exploring how to best collaborate with families who must balance teaching with parenting, careers, and self-care. Click the following links to learn more.

 

WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW

Currently, a task force of Main Lesson, Subject, and Early Childhood teachers is creating a comprehensive Remote Study Handbook to share with the community this summer. In collaboration with other school departments, the Faculty is establishing policy and processes to implement should more distance learning be required. A task force of Board, Administration, Faculty and Parent Council representatives is establishing policy in the event that the school buildings reopen with social distancing requirements. Both task forces are approaching the scenarios in a creative, thoughtful, intentional manner with the community’s education, health, and safety in the forefront.  

 

The Administration meets regularly to develop policies, seek additional funding, inspect and maintain the two school buildings, increase enrollment, plan for next school year, and provide updates to the WSNO community through email, Waldorf Twice Weekly and social media.  The Administration also stays engaged in state and local directives and is planning for all possible outcomes for the coming school year.

 

The WSNO Board has been working closely with Head of School Joe Peychaud and Finance Director Michelle Fridman to determine how best to move forward into next school year in these uncertain times. The future of our school depends critically on supporting our families and having them be able to return next year. Our goal is to have a financial plan in place that secures the well-being of our school while supporting families to the greatest extent possible.

 

A Tuition Relief Fund has been established to provide financial assistance for WSNO families who have been hit hard by the financial effects of the pandemic. This fund also will be available to our Early Childhood families. We have formed a task force of Board, Administration, and Faculty members to administer the fund.

 

The Parent Council is hosting Weekly Coffee Chats via Zoom. Each week the chat will focus on different topics beneficial to parents. 

 
REMOTE STUDY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

Our Early Childhood teachers continue to engage heads, hearts, and hands through distance learning. Articles, activity ideas, recipes, songs and more will be posted on the Google Classroom every Monday morning for Nursery and Dandelion Days parents. Kindergarten parents will receive materials and resources in their weekly email communication. All parents will receive a personal, weekly communication every Monday.

 

COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS

Parents can expect open lines of communication with teachers. Teachers will ensure that they have regular office hours each week.  Parents should feel free to contact teachers during their office hours. They will receive responses to their questions or concerns within two school days or less. Parents can expect to receive an end-of-year report for their child(ren) in the middle of June 2020. 

 

COMMITMENT OF TEACHERS 

The Faculty of the Waldorf School of New Orleans is dedicated to providing material to support families and students during this time of distance learning. There are weekly faculty meetings, as well as frequent communication and collaboration between teachers to share ideas and continually improve the Remote Study program. This collaboration enhances the quality of teaching and the well-being of teachers.



REMOTE STUDY GRADES 1-3

During this time, we will continue to educate our students and support our community through our project-based learning, online classes, regular communications with families, and a daily and weekly rhythm for our students

 

A Google Classroom has been set up for each class, where Main Lesson and Subject teachers have been posting assignments, announcements, and study material. New content is posted daily by Main Lesson teachers and at least once a week by Subject teachers. All teachers are monitoring their posts regularly to respond to student comments and questions. This content might include written assignments, activity instruction, pre-recorded video lessons, and daily podcasts and video recordings of Main Lessons. Every effort has been made to provide necessary curricular supplies that support Remote Study learning. Whenever possible, assignments are submitted online. All materials posted are available for WSNO Remote Study only and should not be shared outside the WSNO community. 

 

COMMUNICATING WITH LEARNERS

Parents can access all posted materials by signing into Google Classroom with the email address they have designated for their child to use, or by joining the classroom through their own email. Parents are invited to communicate with teachers via email and by phone. We intend to support and nourish the entire WSNO community through our daily connection. Teachers are providing instruction to the class and creating opportunities to check in with individual families. Teachers are checking in with the students' parents regularly. Parents can expect an end-of-the-year report for their child(ren) in the middle of June.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS 

  • Students should understand that Remote Study is an important part of this year’s school experience. 

  • Students will engage in lessons with concentration and goodwill, bringing their best efforts to this new experience. 

  • Students will ask their parents for assistance, but strive to work independently when possible, and know that their parents can contact teachers with questions.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS 

  • Parents should provide a dedicated place and time for students to work at home. Following a regular daily schedule is strongly recommended.   

  • Parents are encouraged to provide as much support as they are able given their personal contexts.

  • It is not appropriate for parents to complete the work for their child(ren); however, ensuring the child understands the learning task, has the required resources, and is situated in a productive learning space, is most appropriate. 

  • Parents are encouraged to reach out to any teacher via email. It also is possible to schedule a Google Chat or a phone call (based on an individual teacher’s availability). 

  • Parents might be asked to visit Waldorf School of New Orleans to pick up needed supplies and might need to assist their children in submitting assigned work.

  • If a child is unwell and unable to participate in Remote Study, please advise your Main Lesson teacher. 

 

COMMITMENT OF TEACHERS 

The Faculty of the Waldorf School of New Orleans is dedicated to providing the best possible distance learning experience to our students. There are weekly faculty meetings, as well as frequent communication and collaboration between teachers to share ideas and continually improve our program. This collaboration enhances the quality of the teaching and the well-being of the teachers. If necessary, teachers will organize needed supplies for easy pickup at school. Weekly class parent emails will be sent. Teachers each have speaking partners to reach out to if they need support. Teachers will contact parents of students who are not engaging to make plans for their child(ren).

 

 
REMOTE STUDY GRADES 4-8 

During this time, we will continue to educate our students and support our community through our project-based learning, online classes, regular communications with families, and a daily and weekly rhythm for our students

 

A Google Classroom has been set up for each class, where Main Lesson and Subject teachers have been posting assignments, announcements, and study material. New content is posted daily by Main Lesson teachers and at least once a week by Subject teachers. All teachers are monitoring their posts regularly to respond to student comments and questions. This content might include written assignments, activity instruction, pre-recorded video lessons, and daily podcast and video recordings of Main Lessons. Every effort has been made to provide necessary curricular supplies that support Remote Study. Whenever possible, assignments are submitted online. All materials posted are available for WSNO Remote Study only and should not be shared outside the WSNO community. 

 

COMMUNICATING WITH LEARNERS 

Parents can access all posted materials by signing into Google Classroom with the email address that they have designated for their child(ren) to use, or by joining the classroom through their own email. Parents also are invited to communicate with teachers via email and by phone. We intend to support and nourish the entire WSNO community through our daily connection. Teachers are providing instruction to the class and creating opportunities to check in with individual students. In addition to this, Main Lesson teachers have 15-minute individual conferences with each student at least once a week. They also are providing Homework Clubs or office hours during which students may join a Zoom meeting to work alongside their teacher to get more one-on-one assistance. Subject teachers are offering office hours, homework help sessions, one-on-one assistance, and after school clubs, depending on the subject. Parents can expect an end-of-the-year report for their child(ren) in the middle of June.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS 

  • Students should understand that Remote Study is an important part of this year’s school experience. 

  • Students will engage in lessons with concentration and goodwill, bringing their best efforts to this new experience. 

  • Students will ask their parents and teachers for assistance, but strive to work independently, and know that they or their parents can contact teachers with questions. 

  • Assignments should be submitted on time, in the assigned format, and represent their best effort.  

 

EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS 

  • Parents should provide a dedicated place and time for students to work at home. Following a regular daily schedule is strongly recommended.  

  • Parents are encouraged to provide as much support as they are able given their personal contexts.

  • It is not appropriate for parents to complete the work for their children. It is most appropriate that parents ensure their children understand the learning task, have the required resources, and are situated in a productive learning space. 

  • Parents are encouraged to reach out to any teacher via email. It also is possible to schedule a Google Chat or a phone call (based on an individual teacher’s availability). 

  • Parents might be asked to visit Waldorf School of New Orleans to pick up needed supplies and might need to assist their children in submitting assigned work.

  • If a child is unwell and unable to participate in Remote Study, please advise your Main Lesson teacher. 

 

COMMITMENT OF TEACHERS 

The Faculty of the Waldorf School of New Orleans is dedicated to providing the best possible distance learning experience to our students. There are weekly faculty meetings, as well as frequent communication and collaboration between teachers to share ideas and continually improve our program. This collaboration enhances the quality of the teaching and the well-being of the teachers. If necessary, teachers will organize needed supplies for easy pickup at school. Weekly class parent emails will be sent every Sunday. Teachers each have speaking partners to reach out to if they need support. Teachers will contact parents directly if students are not engaging. 

 

 
COMMUNICATIONS

Although the school buildings are closed, Faculty, Administration, and Staff are working and want to answer your questions. Communication is critical and knowing the correct person to contact is key.   

 

  • All questions concerning pedagogy, school and classes should be directed to the Faculty. Contact the Main Lesson teacher or Subject teacher directly with any questions having to do with your child’s class.

 

  • If, after speaking with your child’s teacher, you still have an unresolved question, please contact the appropriate chair via email for further discussion:

  • Early Childhood Chair Diana Miklos (dmiklos@waldorfnola.org)

  • Grades Chair Jill Contento (jcontento@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Contact the appropriate administrator or staff member for business, financial, and facility issues. 

 

  • Finances, Tuition, TADS, Human Resources:

               Financial & Human Resources Director Michelle Fridman (financedirector@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Office Issues:

               Front Office Coordinator Nicole Rixner (nrixner@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Admissions, Campus Tours:

               Enrollment and Outreach Director Margaret Runyon (enrollment@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Donations,Capital Campaign, Starry Night, Give Nola, Development: 

               Development Coordinator Christina Kogos (development@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Communications, Items for the Waldorf Weekly, Waldorf Website:

               Communications Coordinator Tammy Barney (communications@waldorfnola.org)

 

  • Facility Issues:

               Facilities Manager Odette Thomas (facilitiesmanager@waldorfnola.org)

 

 

  • Parents Council 

               Parents Council Co-Chair Alicia Square (parentscouncilofwsno@gmail.com)


 

RESOURCES

We know this is a stressful time. Please check periodically on this site for more parent resources.

 

Public Resources and Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization Coronavirus Advisory Info

World Health Organization Coronavirus Q&A

 

 

Additional Resources 

How to talk to children about difficult news

Explaining the News to Our Kids

How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (NY Times permits viewing a limited number of articles without a free subscription)

How to Explain Coronoavirus to a Child with Anxiety

Parenting Teens in Close Quarters (NY Times permits viewing a limited number of articles without a free subscription)

A Comic About What Kids Want to Know About the Coronavirus

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will my child’s education continue through the month of May?

Faculty have reviewed and refined the Remote Study program and are using Google Classroom, sending videos, podcasts, holding Zoom classes, sending support materials, etc. 

 

What are the dates for the end and start of school?

The 2019-20 school year is scheduled to end May 29, 2020.

The 2020-21 school year is scheduled to begin Aug. 12, 2020.

 

How will school operate in the fall?

It still is too soon to know what to expect during the 2020-21 school year, however, we have two task forces preparing policy and processes should we need to close our school buildings or open while practicing social distancing. A comprehensive Remote Study Handbook is being created. It is expected to be complete and sent to parents this summer.

 

How do I know who to contact if I have a question?

Please review the Communications Section. 

What is the best way for parents to keep up to date with information about the Waldorf School of New Orleans?

Teachers will send parents weekly emails. Parents also receive information in the Waldorf Twice Weekly newsletter, on the Waldorf School of New Orleans Website (waldorfnola.org), and via social media. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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