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Story Time in Space

Use the link below to listen to watch an astronaut read a story from the International Space Station. For older students, check out the “Science Time Videos” tab to watch experiments completed by the astronauts.

https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

Space Racers

This is an animated series for younger students featuring space. The website has videos, games, and also a “Parents” tab that includes activities that can be done at home involving space.

https://www.spaceracers.com/

Earth from Space

This site houses a collection of photos of the Earth from space. Students can look for familiar locations from around the world and the US.
https://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthFromSpace/categories.htm

Space Themed Writing Prompts
• You’ve just landed on the moon. Use your senses to describe what you see, hear, feel, and touch.
• If you want to space, what three items would you want to bring with you? Why would you bring these items?
• Write a journal entry from the point of view of an astronaut

Add pictures to your writing to highlight important ideas.

Space “Jams” (PK-2)
Eight Planets Dance Along

Planet Song

Space Crafts

Materials: White paper, marble, paint, plastic spoon, container with raised sides

space artwork crafts projectCut out a planet shape. Then dip a marble in washable paint and use a spoon to move it around the shape. The rolling marble creates swirls as seen on planets. Roll the marble inside a container with raised sides to keep the marble from rolling away.

space artwork crafts projectMaterials: Black paper, constellation images, chalk, star stickers or yellow crayon to draw stars

Give your child an image of a constellation (available on Google images). Have them use star stickers or draw star shapes to recreate the constellation. Use chalk or white crayon to connect the stars and write the constellation name.

space artwork crafts projectMaterials: Phases of the moon pictures, oreos/ black and white paper

Give your child images of the moon phases. Using oreos or black/white paper pieces have your child recreate the order of the moon phases. If using oreos, your child can use a plastic or butter knife to remove enough frosting to replicate the phases

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Coronavirus Parent Resources Updates

Always Look for the Helpers

“My mother used to say, whenever there would be a real catastrophe that was in the movies or on the air, she would say: ‘Always look for the helpers, there will always be helpers.’ … Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.” Mr. Rogers

While I have very fond memories of watching Mr. Rogers as a child, I don’t recall when I originally came across these words of his. Maybe it was during 9/11. I remember standing at the window of my 8th Grade classroom, flanked by two of my students. The kids in the classroom were all processing what was happening in different ways; some were sitting quietly at their desks and some were carrying on as if it were a regular day. (I still recall a particularly humorous child who provided us all with comic relief.)

The two with me reacted differently: one was quiet and anxious and the other was trying to hold back helpless tears and tightened fists. Teachers were never prepared for this – no one was — so I did what I thought seemed right. I stood in silence with them for a bit, walked around and checked in on the quiet ones, chattered along with the others. To this day, I cannot be sure I did the right thing, but I do hope that I held that space for them.

Maybe this quote surfaced during Super Storm Sandy; now I was suddenly without the shelter of my own home. How was I going to hold this space again, for my young child and for my junior high kids, when I was feeling those tears, that rage uncertainty? I had a choice to make. I shared those hard feelings when I needed to during conversations with my family and my close friends. My husband and I counted blessings, we kept close to routine, and we chose to reframe this as a temporary “adventure.” This was a delight to my preschooler and assured my students that we were still good to go. You know what? We had fewer of those hard feelings and more of those blessings!

During this difficult time, acknowledge yourself. Find a person with whom you hold space. Find gratitude for what is working. Do something good for yourself. Reframe this time for your children. Connect. Allow. Laugh.

You’re a helper now.

-Cary Anne Fitzgerald, Parent Community Outreach Coordinator

Thanks to Queens North Regional Coordinator Kristin Malone for sharing this resource on talking to children about Covid-19.

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Coronavirus News and Information Parent Resources

New Broadcast Schedule of Masses

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel, NET-TV, will be broadcasting more services on Sundays and during the week. These services, in multiple languages, started on Sunday, March 22.

NET-TV is broadcast in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and Verizon FIOS (Channel 48). Go to netny.tv/masses/ to watch online and to see a complete schedule of mass times and languages.

Please join us in the celebration of Holy Mass. We are stronger together even during this time of separation. We will unite in prayer for those who have died or been stricken by the virus. We also pray for all health departments and personnel in their ongoing battle with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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COVID-19: How to Inform and Reassure Your Child

It’s important to keep your children informed about the world around them. With news of the Coronavirus spreading faster each day, children may easily feel confused, worried, and overwhelmed. They may wonder, what’s happening? What is the Coronavirus? How will it affect my family and me?

Don’t leave your children in the dark. Instead, establish and stick to a plan to keep your child up-to-date and aware of the reality of COVID-19 and its effect on both your community and family. Doing so will help ease the anxieties your child may be experiencing as updates on the virus are reported. You will also build a necessary foundation of trust and transparency between you and your child through honesty and communication.

Here are a few ways you can help your child understand and process the Coronavirus and its effects:

Be Strong, Firm, and Unafraid

For many children, the physical and mental effects of a phenomena like contagious disease are completely unprecedented, and they may be for you, as well. It can be easy to absorb misinformation, and few things are more harmful to your child. The first step to speaking with your child about the Coronavirus is to present the facts and correct any misinformation he or she may have learned in the early stages of the virus.

“When we don’t understand something, that leaves us feeling like we don’t know everything we need to know to protect ourselves,” says David Ropeik, a risk communication expert. “That equates to powerlessness, vulnerability.” Remember that in order to truly protect the physical and mental well-being of your children, it’s important to be informed.

Identify and Emphasize Your Child’s Role

Make sure your child understands that he or she can make a big impact by remembering to practice simple healthy habits every day. Remind your child to wash his or her hands thoroughly and for at least 20 seconds (the same amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice!).

Other easy ways children can protect themselves and others are to cough into the elbow instead of the hands; use hand sanitizer after coming into contact with frequently touched objects, such as door knobs and handles; and avoid touching the faces of themselves and others.

Ensure Your Child Feels Safe and Reassured

Being kept in the dark about significant, impactful events can leave a child feeling scared and isolated. In times of crisis, it’s all the more important to foster a home environment of compassion, communication, and safety.

Make sure your child understands the risks. According to a report published last month by the Journal of the American Medical Association, “cases in children have been rare.” Reassure your child that by practicing healthy habits and staying up-to-date with news and updates on the virus, he or she will be safe.

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Coronavirus Distance Learning: 2020 Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom

Hi parents,

If you need help with Google Classroom, here is a helpful 2020 Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom.

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PDHP: This Is Prevention

Hello Parents & Community. Allow me to take a minute to introduce myself.

My name is Cary Anne Fitzgerald. I am the Parent & Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP).

PDHP has been a part of the Diocese of Brooklyn for more than 40 years and is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Support Services.

Who is PDHP? We are Prevention Education Specialists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Licensed & Clinical Social Workers, Family and Art Therapists. We bring in Evidence Based Programming, Pro-Social Activities, Group Work & Assessments for K-12 Schools in the Diocese. Our Family Therapy Unit meets the needs of families within the confines of any Parish. I provide information to support our mission and the adults in the community through parent workshops, parent groups, faculty workshops & family events.

People seem to feel a bit concerned once I mention alcohol & substance abuse. I understand, these are among the “difficult” topic’s parents approach me about often; let me tell you about Prevention. Prevention means that we work to establish healthy behaviors. Think about your regular medical check-ups – this is an example of acting preventatively, pro-actively. You are probably already acting in preventive ways without even knowing it. We want to avoid problem behaviors around drugs, alcohol, gambling, and support Mental Health and Social-Emotional development. We want to form bonded relationships within the family, communities, schools. We assist faculties and families in the formation of our students.

During this time, the way we do all of the above has changed. It has to; this is prevention and we are all undeniably a part of it now. Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out day to day support. We know that information is moving rapidly and is ever changing. Know we are here.

For now, if there is an immediate need where you may fear you or a loved one may be in harm’s way, please contact 911.

For a less severe need or for ongoing PDHP support, you may contact (718) 550-0025

You can also connect with us via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDHPParents/

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Activity Suggestions From Janet Heed, District Superintendent

Dear Parents,

These circumstances we face are new for all of us. We understand that these days can be more challenging than a typical snow day. As teachers continue instruction via distance learning, we also realize need for other activities.

Looking at the positive…this is a gift of time that we would not have if we were all adhering to our regular schedule.

We hope to provide you with activities and information to enhance this time.

Engineer with Marshmallow Shapes

Develop engineering skills while constructing basic shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Using marshmallows as the connectors to hold the toothpicks together, kids can create different shapes. Challenge children to create new shapes or build a car, castle or spaceship. The possibilities are limitless!

Museum Visits

Adults and children can tour museums together through Google Arts & Culture at https://www.artsandculture.google.com. This site enables virtual tours of The British Museum in London, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as other famous museums in Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence, Los Angeles, Sao Palo, and Mexico City.

We’re here to support you and your children.

Janet Heed
District Superintendent
jheed@email.diobrook.org