A Message from Superintendent Bonfield
Our school district is providing this site to allow our community quick access to resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that the physical, emotional, and mental health of our students remains our top priority. We are working closely with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal and the Asotin Health District. We are using of all of our resources to best support our students. There are many unanswered questions that remain as we move forward and I want you to know that our entire team is doing our best to provide information as frequently and quickly as we are able.
April 15, 2020
I hope a routine is starting to develop for students with this new approach to home learning. I have compiled some resources for students and families as an opportunity to try some things that we may not have had time for before school being closed to traditional learning. Below is some information on an upcoming film festival that will be available online. Followed by the list of resources I referenced. I encourage students and families to visit this list and find something to try.
There’s going to be a lot of time to fill in the coming weeks, but no one needs to be bored. Hope these ideas give you lots to think about.
Stay healthy, stay safe,
Wes Nicholas, Principal
Asotin Elementary/Middle School
WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Over eight-weeks beginning April 20, 2020, Blue Mountain Land Trust will be streaming a selection of short films that illustrate the challenges facing our planet and explore how communities are protecting the places they love. Each week, they will release a new lineup of films that conveys a broader theme of environmental activism.
They’re also offering three weeks of programs designed for children and young adults. The film programs will be accompanied by a set of activities that encourage young learners to think critically about the themes each film explores.
They’re presenting this online festival free-of-charge. To enjoy the films, simply visit https://bmlt.org/wild and register.
This program is generously supported by Outside Walla Walla, a website that will inspire your next adventure into the Blues. It’s a collection of stories to help you explore wild places of the great nearby.
- Interview a family member.
Taking time out to learn more about the people in your family might surprise your children. Get them to dig deep and think about their questions and their responses. Save these interviews so you can read them again.
- Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home.
This is a math skill everyone needs to know how to do. Bonus points if they do the windows too so they’ll know what size curtains would work!
- Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.
Bird watching is fascinating for everyone. Check out these tips for identifying birds. Once you’ve tracked your birds, make a graph to show how many of each kind were in your backyard during a certain period of time.
- Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience.
In a world where there are so many distractions, it’s amazing what we notice when we’re silent.
- Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher, school staff, or classroom pen pal. Address the envelope yourself.
Learning to write a letter and address an envelope is important even in the age of email. The thrill of getting a letter in the mail cannot be overestimated.
- Build a “fable fort” out of blankets and chairs. Camp in it all day while you create stories to tell your family over dinner.
Human beings love telling stories. What’s a fable? Learn about them and read some here.
- Learn Morse Code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.
It’s pretty fun (and clever) to use Morse Code as a way to keep messages hidden.
- Alphabetize the spices in your kitchen.
Think only books can be alphabetized? The cook in your family will appreciate an organized spice cabinet.
- Stay up late and stargaze.
When you don’t have to go to school in the morning, it can be okay to stay up late once in a while. Stretch out and watch the stars. If kids are curious about them, show them how to learn more.
- Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.
Just like #1, this is something that can really help kids learn more about the people in their lives.
Use this quiet time to tinker and consider how things are made.
- Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.
You know that game where kids blindfold each other and then do taste tests with things like hot sauce and beet juice? This one is less messy, or likely to start sibling arguments.
- Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication.
Thinking about things in new ways drives new learning. It’ll be fun to get puppets teaching about math, and really nothing helps kids solidify their understanding than teaching someone else.
- Construct a family tree.
Make this one wide-open and out of the box. Challenge your kids to create any kind of tree they want and include anyone who they consider to be family.
- Learn ten new big words. Write them in marker on your bathroom mirror.
Don’t worry, marker comes off mirrors easily. Meanwhile, yay for big words like: ubiquitous, flippant, and redundant.
- Draw a map of your home and neighborhood.
In addition to be an important part of understanding how maps work, this activity helps kids define their world. Bonus tip: choose a safe place near your home on the map to meet family members in an emergency.
- Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear. When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.).
Number 4 started kids off paying attention to silence. In this activity, let’s get kids making comparisons.
- Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people connected to you in anyway.
Understanding that people who seem very different may have a lot of similarities shifts our perspective and creates room for kindness and understanding.
- Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.
From the bendable spoon to the floating card trick, learning magic tricks takes practice. But, when magic works, it’s the best.
20 Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.
Everyone is going to need to laugh in the coming days of social distancing. Here are some jokes to get them started.
- Use household materials to make and play stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.
Making instruments can be as easy as banging on a pot with a spoon, or you can try out these other ways to make instruments out of household goods.
- Learn to shine a pair of shoes.
Shining shoes used to be more common when people wore sneakers only to do exercise, but it’s important to take care of the things you own.
- Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, color, and texture.
Go outside and find ten different leaves and then compare them!
- Put your favorite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full color still life.
This is a great way to express your love for something. For a variation on this, try out different ways to paint the still life “like” a famous artist.
- Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
Think and act like a scientist when you choose a flower and carefully take apart its parts. Not sure what every part is? Check out this site to learn more about dissecting a flower.
- If you have stairs, walk up and count them. Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.
This simple math practice trick gets kids thinking about numbers and exercising!
- Determine the volumes of ten containers, them display them in order on your porch.
Not sure how to determine volume? Learn more about measuring volume here.
- Write a poem on your sidewalk using chalk.
Writing poetry is freeing because there aren’t a lot of rules. Or you can establish a rule and see how different people think about it. For example, write a poem about snow without using the words white or cold.
- Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, color, height, mass, and material.
Learning how to classify and organize things is a skill that’s helpful for reading, math, science, and history. In other words–everything.
- Measure the length of your bed using five different nonstandard units.
My bed is 126 pieces of sea glass long, how long is yours?
- Call a person who speaks a language you do not. Ask them to teach you five common words or phrases.
If you can’t do this, change your tv shows to a different language and try to figure out what is happening.
- Create and use a secret code.
In #7, we worked with Morse Code, now make up your own code. Send people messages in code, have them figure it out, and write back!
- Using one type of paper (constant), build three different paper airplanes (independent variable) and test to see how far they fly (dependent variable).
- Set a clock three hours and seven minutes ahead. Whenever someone needs to know the time, help them figure it out by subtracting.
This is both irritating and totally fun. Maybe -3 hrs 07 min can be your new family time zone!
- Write down every adjective you say for one full day.
Depending on how much your child talks during the day, this might take a while.
- Color in a map with every state you (or your family) ever visited.
Not only is it important to know where all the states are located, but this is a great way to set travel goals. Try this map for a digital one.
- Write or tell a story titled “What if humans had to leave the Earth and no one remembered to turn off the last robot?”
Try using some read alouds like The Wild Robot by Peter Brown as a jumping off point.
- Find ten rocks smaller than a dime.
Kids have the best eyes for this kind of thing. Give them each a dime so they can compare and an old yogurt container to hold the rocks.
- Using paper, tape, and string, design, build, and test a device that warns you when someone opens the kitchen cabinet.
Developing ideas that can be helpful for human beings is one of the best skills we can develop in kids. If you want to dig a little deeper, teach them about engineering design to help them plan and execute.
- Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.
Everyone deserves to fly their own flag. Talk to kids about symbols and give them the creative stuff they need create their own flag: markers, crayons, paper, fabric, glitter, glue.
April 9, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced on April 6 that we will not return to onsite instruction this school year and we will continue with distance learning. Thus, assignments given to students beginning on Wednesday, April 15th will be focused on their required school work for grades 6-12. Teachers will be monitoring student work and providing feedback. Students will demonstrate their progress towards meeting standards. Students 6-12 will receive a grade mark of Passing (P) or No Credit (NC) based upon this progress in each class they are enrolled in.
How will this work? How can I best support my child?
- We are using Google Classrooms for distance learning for the most part. We encourage parents/guardians to have their children sign into their Google Classrooms daily so you can view all posted assignments. Yes, there is a learning curve, but it is doable and manageable. The two links below will take you to information that will help you better understand Google Classroom:
Many teachers are utilizing Google Classroom, Google Hangouts and other learning platforms including video conferences with classes and/or small groups. Video sessions will be recorded so students who may have conflicts can access instruction at a later time.
- Teachers will post assignments before Wednesday of each week, but it would be a good idea to check periodically because teachers might add subsequent material to support the main assignment. Google Classroom is where you will find all assignments for each class.
- For high school students, some classes will host live sessions scheduled within the following time frames (teachers will post specific live session dates in their respective Google Classrooms):
- Monday: 1st Period—10:00-12:00; 2nd Period—12:00-2:00
- Tuesday: 3rd Period—11:00-2:00
- Wednesday: 4th Period—11:00-2:00
- Thursday: 5th Period—11:00-2:00
- Friday: 6th Period—11:00-2:00
What if we do not have technology at home?
If you do not have technology, your child will receive learning packets and can schedule times to talk with their teachers over the phone. Please contact us at 509-243-1100 for this option if needed. Packets will be available for pickup in the cafeteria 8:30-11:30, Monday thru Friday with the schedule below. They will also be able to drop off completed assignments for grading at that time. We will begin this process on April 15, 2020. If you are unable to pick up packets, please let us know. Please contact us if these options do not meet your needs.
Packet pickup cafeteria 8:30-11:30
1st Grade Tuesday
2nd Grade Thursday
3rd Grade Friday
4th - 12th Grade Wednesday
How much time should my child spend on schoolwork?
The Office Superintendent of Public Instruction has recommended the following time allotments for students to be working on schoolwork at home.
Pre-K 30 minutes
K-1st Grade 45 minutes
2-3rd Grade 60 minutes
4-5th Grade 90 minutes
6-8th Grade 20 minutes a class or 2.5 hours a day
9-12th Grade 30 minutes a class or 3 hours a day
How will my child stay connected to teachers?
Teachers will be contacting students on a regular basis via email, Google Classroom and/or phone. Please make sure your student replies to all messages as necessary.
How can I contact teachers?
If at any time you need assistance in finding out how your child is doing, please contact their teacher or our office.
- Staff Directory: https://www.aasd.wednet.edu/Page/2175
How do I handle student fees or fines?
For student fees or fines, please make checks payable to Asotin School and mail to:
P.O. Box 489
Asotin, WA 99402
If you have questions concerning your student’s fees and/or fines contact Sunni Appleford 509-243-4152.
Asotin-Anatone School District is here to support you! Stay safe! Thank you for sending us the best of the best!
Dale Bonfield, Superintendent Asotin-Anatone School District
Wes Nicholas, Principal Elementary/Middle School
Brendan Johnson, Principal High School
Due to construction, the meal pick up location will be moved to the high school parking lot commons entrance starting Monday the 6th. Thank you for your understanding.
March 26, 2020
First and foremost, we miss you! Things certainly aren’t the same without students filling our hallways and classrooms. At this time our number one priority, however, is keeping everyone safe and isolated so that we can slow down this virus and get back to the business of teaching and learning. Please continue to follow Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.
Teachers have provided packets and/or made contact through Google Classroom. We are providing these avenues of learning for students as a way for them to stay connected to school. Grades have been suspended for this time. No new grades will be added into Skyward. Next week, teachers will not provide any additional resources than those already online, but will resume with new opportunities April 6th. This online learning will hopefully offer a little bit of normalcy during this challenging time.
If you do not have internet service, please contact TDS at 1-888-233-0001. They are offering a program of 60 days free service for those students who need to get internet in their home.
Third quarter or midterm grades will be delayed. We will determine when they can be sent, and we will keep you updated.
Grab and Go breakfast/lunch for anyone under 18 years old is available every week. Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30, in the school cafeteria.
https://www.aasd.wednet.edu/Page/2175 will take you to a list of staff members, their job titles, and email addresses. At this time, email is the best way to contact staff. They check it regularly. You may call the school at 509-243-4147 and leave a message. Those messages will also be checked regularly. We will continue to post updates through Asotin webpage and School Messenger.
Please do not hesitate to contact us as we work together to get through this difficult time. Thank you again for your support.
The district office will be open to phone and e-mail only. No in person contact is allowed until officials lift these restrictions. Please stay home and stay safe everyone!
MARCH 23 2020, SCHOOL BOARD MEETING CHANGES
The Regular School Board Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Asotin-Anatone School District 420 scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020 has been modified to include the following: 1) the meeting will be held at the Asotin High School Library, 215 Second Street, Asotin, WA, at 6PM, and 2) the meeting will be held via Zoom conferencing. This is an open public meeting, however, based on current events, public attendance will be limited to 8 open seats. Public comment can be submitted in written form to email@example.com
How to participate in the Zoom Meeting:
You can log in at https://zoom.us/j/2663991231 or by phone at 1 (669) 900 6833.
Meeting ID: 266 399 1231
The meeting will begin at 6PM so please allow yourself some time to get logged in.
Today, in response to Governor Inslee’s March 13th emergency proclamation, the Asotin-Anatone School District (AASD) will be closed March 17th through April 24, 2020, in an effort to aggressively slow the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to keeping you updated with information as soon as it becomes available.
We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. Closing the school for a minimum of six weeks mid-year is unprecedented. We acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our students, especially our seniors who are focused on graduation and those students who depend on our school for critical services. We also recognize the burden this will place on our staff and working families.
Asotin-Anatone School District is in regular contact with local and state officials to ensure we address the needs of our school communities and we will be working in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on what this extended closure means for the school year calendar. As soon as we have more information, we will share it with you.
Student Meal Support
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, our food service department will be providing meals (times to be determined) every weekday in the cafeteria. All Asotin-Anatone School District students can participate. Additional information will be shared with families as it becomes available.
As of March 17, all classroom instruction, athletics, club sports, enrichment programs, etc. are closed. We know that child care is a top concern for families. The Asotin-Anatone School District will be providing child care for all medical personnel, first responders and those who are documented as homeless. Please notify the Asotin-Anatone School District if you will be requesting this service.
In the meantime, if you are able, please offer help to friends and neighbors. Most of us have never experienced this level of life disruption. We will get through it but only if we support each other. Small moments of grace and support will go a long way as we navigate our collective response to COVID-19.
While our classrooms are empty, our work on behalf of children continues. Teachers will be working with their classes to continue the educational process in alternate formats to be communicated at a later date.
Classified staff members will be onsite as they are critical to the continued operations of the district. They are working to get meals ready for students, complete payroll for our staff, provide updates to our families, keep our buildings clean and enroll students for the next school year.
This extended closure will affect every aspect of our district. Please know that we are working to get you up-to-date information and will continue to be in regular contact, Monday through Friday.