• 4th Grade
    Name: Mrs. Rozenek
    School: Mckinley School
    School Phone: 874-6870
    Room #: 27
    grade: 4

    Dear Parents and Families,

    My heart hurts hearing about the indefinite closure of school. While this will be a difficult change for many of us, I know that it is in the best interest of our community’s health and well being.

    As your child’s teacher, I am extending my helping hands in anything you need during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions regarding the at home learning plan/resources or the distribution of food to students- always feel free to reach out to me.

    I recommend the continued use of our school’s online websites/applications such as Amplify, I Ready, Xtra Math, and Smart Futures. If you have any questions regarding how to log on or access these resources- or if you would like more information, I am here to help!

    We WILL get through this together!!!!

    Last but not least, please extend my best wishes to your child and let them know I am thinking of them during this difficult time!

    As always, I am available for contact via e-mail, crozenek@eriesd.org.


    Mrs. C. Rozenek

    I have several helpful tips for engaging with you child during this time: (I have been using all of these at home with my own children! They have brough sanity back to my own household in this time of uncertainty.)
    TIPS and Tricks while having your child at home.
    1. Keep your child’s morning routine the same. Have them get up and get ready just like they would a normal day for school. Make sure they have breakfast. This will help them get ready for the day and not feel like it’s a weekend or school vacation. It will also save your sanity for when we do go back to school.
    2. Start the Day with an independent activity while you get yourself ready for the day. 
    3. Make sure the Kids Get Snack.  A morning/afternoon snack helps kids stay emotionally happy, teaches them to recognize their bodies needs, and helps them focus on tasks.
    4. If you can get your kids outside. With social distancing and closures of activities getting the kids outside will help them to get their energy out. This will help your kids emotionally and physically.
    5. Give your kids a ½ hour to an 1 hour for lunch. Erie's City School district is still making lunches available for families so make sure to check in at McKinley.
    6. Allow some time for your kids to socialize with other friends. You can do this while still implementing social distancing by allowing them to Face Time, Video Chat, Alexa, Call, Text Friends, Email, Write Letters, Etc. Socialization, Connection and Relationships are necessary and important for humans and we need to encourage this during a time where we may not have as much contact with one another.
    7. Allow some time during the day for your kids to enjoy and experience Art and Music. This can be anything from coloring, using art resources online, painting, listening to music, playing with instruments, etc. These activities don’t necessarily need to be structured just available for your kids to explore.
    8. School Learning - Please continue ro access daily assignments and web resources daily.
    9. Encourage time for your kids to independently read at home. Take this time to read with them, check in on things you need to do yourself, clean the house, relax, call relatives, etc. You’re important too. While the public library is closed you can still access ebooks. Audibe is also offering free books read aloud.  The Erie School district also has may books available on Follett Library (which can be found on the student link of the district we page.)
    10. Allow for your child to have a Choice Time. This is where they can choose to work on whatever they want based on learning. They could use online resources available, work on projects, dramatic play (littles), STEM/Sensory based activities( Legos, playdough, popsicle sticks, etc.)
    11. Using encouraging language and growth mindset based thinking helps our kids learn that all we can do is do our best. It also helps with children who have special learning techniques their teachers may be implementing at school. This could be behavior charts, classroom management styles, etc. Remind yourself to use language like “I can see you are trying so hard and maybe we can take a 5 minute break before trying again” instead of things like “You aren’t doing that correctly why don’t you try focusing more”. Our kids rely on their teachers to be that constant encouragement and positive reinforcement in their learning. While at home remind yourself that they are trying their best.
    12. While at home with your kids connect with them. This is a rare opportunity for us as parents and caregivers to see what our kids are like on a daily basis while at school. See what our teachers see and watch them light up as they learn.
    13. Choose a space in your home for your child to set up their activities and learning for the day. Have them create their own name tag, put their pencil boxes there and school supplies. This will help them understand that when we are in this space in the house it’s time to learn, when we are in other spaces we can relax and are done with ”class time” for the day.