• 4-21-20 


    Good afternoon EGE

    Hope you are enjoying the morning announcements.  The 5th graders are doing a great job! We are still working on many things and once I have a more information I will let you all know.  For now enjoy the children, keep them engaged in the virtual learning the best you can on your own terms and try your best not to get too frustrated with them, you or the technology!

    I have decided that I need more patience and the ability to forgive my children and wife daily.  Like many of you, we are not used to being home all day every day with our families.  As I said a few weeks ago, make sure you get some alone time to regroup and recharge.  I love to just put some music on and do a little yard work or fold laundry.  Both produce positive results for me, my family and shows my children that helping is good for the soul.  Also gives your family time to be without you even though they love you!!!

    IPad Requests:

    If you have more than one elementary student at home, and a technology device is being shared, we know this could be causing some stress.  We still have a limited number of iPad devices we can loan for the duration of the closure. To schedule a time to pick up a device, please email me debrown@wcasd.net  by Friday, April 24. I will coordinate with our technology department and get back to you about pick up if there are still some to use at home. 

    EARTH DAY Activity:

    Did you know that Earth Day will be 50 years old tomorrow? In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force the issue of the environmental distress onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Here is a fun Earth Day upcycling activity you can do at home with materials you already have, to help the environment.Be creative, share on Flipgrid, and have fun!

    Science from Franklin Institute:


    This time of year is usually full of amazing Franklin Institute field trips, which create memories for your students that last a lifetime.  With those trips not happening this year, we are providing a number of fun, educational resources that you can share virtually with your teachers, students and their families to bring a little bit of us to you!


    • Our Franklin @ Home series is dedicated to providing many fun, interesting and engaging activities for K-12 students and teachers.  Here are some highlights:

    o   Science Recipes – Simple and interactive lessons that encourage kids to explore at home, using simple materials people can find at home.

    o   Spark of Science Videos – Our science interpreters perform some of their favorite experiments by taking complex topics and boiling them down so they are easy to understand.  Whether interested in a specific topic or science in general, these are perfect to share with students and parents alike.

    o   Activate Your Brain - Interactive online activities from our Your Brain exhibit, where students can learn about their own brains!

    o   Go Live with Our Scientists – opportunities to hear directly from our scientists about COVID-19, observing the night sky, and environmental science issues.

    o   Bad Science – Take science myths and see whether we can prove them wrong!

    • Franklin Institute Exhibits – Click here for a list of all of our exhibits and create your own virtual field trip!  We even have Educator Exhibit Guides with pictures, activities and examples of what you would learn inside our building!  No field trips this year?  These guides figuratively put you into the museum to get you up close to the science action.


    Make it a great week!

    Mr. Brown


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