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General Updates

Additional Online Learning Resources

Here is a list of additional resources for our families. These items will also be added to our main resource page at https://www.fmcsd.org/online-resources-for-reinforcement-enrichment/

FCS-MS

Digital Online Cooking

HS-PE

We Make a Difference

Library

Lightbox & AV2 World Languages 

Lightbox offers over 1000 PreK-12 titles in science,  social studies, language art, math and more. AV2 World Languages features high interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support.

Junior Library Guild Free Resources

K-5 ELA

****THESE RESOURCES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR K-5

EL Education Required Text Access

EL Education Support Resources***

EL Education Remote Student Learning: Support for Families***

Junior Achievement

HS Welding

Lincoln Electric How-to’s

Hypertherm Topics include computer numerical controls (CNC), torch height controls (THC), and more cutting related subjects.

HS ELA

stories.audible.com – free stories on audible for students  k-12 all languages

Classics at the Library of Congress

Project Gutenberg

Many Books

Open Library

Google Books

MS/HS

Dig Into Mining – Give students a deeper understanding of how STEM and analytical skills are used to solve real-world problems in today’s mining industry by using these unique and engaging digital explorations

5th Grade

American Museum of Natural History – Ology

The Old Farmer Almanac for Kids

HS Business

GFC Global Tutorials to use to broaden and sharpen computer skills. Tutorials for various computer skills.

Iowa Courts Great overview of the Iowa court system

MyFICO  This website explains what the FICO credit score number means. Many people are very concerned with the layoffs how their credit score number will be affected when they can’t make payments in a timely manner. 

Intro to Business   This video discusses Productivity. Students had just read about productivity the last time we were together and  learned about common ways to measure productivity. This video explains productivity more to help us understand how it is critical to our Market economy.

2 Week Update from Dr. Slater

Hello, FMCSD Families:

We have now finished the second week of the temporary COVID-19 shut down.  FMCSD staff and I hope that all families are staying healthy. We all continue to think of you and our students.

School Schedules:  As of now, school is still scheduled to resume on April 14, 2020.  Monday, April 13 was already a regularly scheduled Professional Development day for teachers.  I will provide you any updates or changes as they become available.  

Learning Resources:  Online resource options for students in grades K-12 are on the district website. You will find a link on the front page or can go directly to https://www.fmcsd.org/online-resources-for-reinforcement-enrichment/. These links were recommended by classroom teachers and are to provide activities for enrichment and reinforcement for students.  Just as a reminder, these resources are not intended for new instruction and are completely optional. More resources will be added periodically.  

BuildingsSchool buildings continued to be closed.  Teachers and administrators have been working from home and Central Office implemented additional social distancing measures this week.  The building is now closed to the public. If you have a need to contact someone at the district office, please call (319) 372-7252. When you press Option 4 following the greeting, you will be able to leave a message.  Voice mail messages will be retrieved periodically and forwarded to the appropriate person.

Meals:  A huge thank you to our food service staff who have been working hard preparing meals for kids each day.  A huge thank you to the many volunteer teachers, associates, secretaries, administrators and everyone that have handed out meals.  We have provided 3,708 meals these first two weeks of shut down. We have 10 different pick up sites: Lincoln, Richardson, FMMS, FMHS, Central Office, West Point Square, Star Park in Denmark, Ivanhoe Apartments, Old Settlers Park and Victory Park from 11-11:30 M-F.  These are FREE for any child ages 1-18. Each day, a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning is provided. You do NOT need to sign up. It is NOT based on income. Please spread the word so we can help any and all families! 

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at  erin.slater@fmcsd.org

Thinking of you,

Dr. Erin Slater, Superintendent of Schools

Kindergarten Registration

Packets are being sent through the mail to all families that registered for Kindergarten Roundup at Richardson or Lincoln Elementary. We ask that you complete the Registration Form, the Health Information Form and the Permissions Form included and return them in the enclosed envelope by April 1.
 
If your child was not registered for Roundup Up but will be attending kindergarten in the fall, please complete the embedded form and a packet will be sent to you to be completed.
 
We look forward to welcoming the class of 2033 in the fall!
Thank you for your help and understanding at this challenging time.

Technology Updates

Loaner Device Home Use

Chromebooks

To get your student up and running on their chromebook; do the following:

  1. Connect the chromebook to your wireless internet. 
    1. Click on the wireless network icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
    2. Select your home network
    3. enter the password and click connect.
  1. Sign in using their school provided google credentials. 
    1. Click on add person in the lower left hand corner
    2. follow the instructions below:

Usernames

We sent an email on Friday 3/20 regarding login credentials. Please review that email to find out what the format of student's username is.

Please send an email to info@fmcsd.org if you need help beyond with the login.

Some Devices Might Show Wear

These loaner devices are from the 8th grade class and are nearing the end of their lifecycle. As such, they are not in pristine condition and may show some wear and tear. Some might be  missing a non-essential key and/or might require staying on the charger to operate.

Tablets

To connect tablets to your home Wi-Fi do the following:

1. Tap the All Apps button on the home screen. It should be bottom center of the screen. A circle with dots in it.

2. Open the settings app.

3. Select Wi-Fi from the settings menu.

4. If prompted for an administrator code use: 4707040

5. Select your Wi-Fi network and enter the password. Then press connect.

Using Apps

These tablets are previously from grade 1 and 2 classrooms and are locked down to prevent new apps from being installed. The apps on them are whatever the previous classroom teachers last had installed and may not all work. Rather than focusing on the apps on the device teachers have compiled a list of online resources that can be used through the web browser.

Online Resources

Here are some online resources your child can explore with their tablet/chromebook:

Companies Offering Free Services or Waving Fees

Please understand that there are many more wonderful companies offering free resources or waving / reducing fees. This list is by no means comprehensive.

Phone and Internet:

  • T-Mobile is offering all current customers unlimited data and waiving late fees for next 30-60 days
  • Mint Mobile: New and existing customers can get Unlimited 4G LTE Data for free. Click here for more details
  • AT&T: AT&T is suspending broadband data caps for home internet customers. You can read more here. They’re also waiving late fees for next 30-60 days. They’ll also provide free access to its public WiFi hot spots.
  • Sprint is offering unlimited data for all users and waiving late fees for next 30-60 days
  • Verizon: Verizon will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis. More here
  • Enterprise will waive underage fees for college students age 18-24. here are more details

Fitness:

  • Planet Fitness is offering Free in-home workouts for everyone. Workouts will be led by trainers and surprise celebrity guests. If you miss the live class, you can come back and watch it later.
  • Peleton is offering an extended 90-day free trial to its at-home workouts application during the quarantine. The in-app workouts don’t require you own any Peloton equipment, and include yoga, HIIT, stretching, and other categories. Download the Peleton app for free in the App Store or Play Store.

Credit Cards/Finance:

  • Apple Card holders will be allowed to skip their March payment without incurring interest by signing up for a Customer Assistance Program, Apple is informing its customers. To join the Customer Assistance Program, Apple Card customers can call an Apple support rep directly through the Apple Wallet app and ask to be added. Click here for more details
  • American Express will waive 2 months of payments without charging penalties or interest. However, if you use this benefit, you won’t be able to use that credit card or points until you opt out. Click here for more info or to sign up for their hardship program
  • Chase, and other banks will offer 60 days of no late fees or interest for those impacted by the quarantine, call your bank to find out if you are eligible and what terms will apply.
  • Some leasing companies are offering to push off payments for 1 to 3 months. In return, they’ll extend your lease by that amount of time and have you pay regular payments then, essentially giving you an extra 1 to 3 months for free. Your max miles for the lease though will remain the same. Contact your auto see what they’re offering.
  • Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners get free On-Star and free in vehicle internet
  • Many states (New York included) and mortgage companies are offering 1 to 6 months of no mortgage payment requirements. Contact your mortgage provider to see what they’re offering and if you qualify.

Food / Misc:

  • Starbucks will give a free tall hot or iced brewed coffee to anyone that identifies themselves as a front line responder from today through May 3rd
  • Crocs will be giving out 10,000 pairs of their shoes for FREE starting 3/26 12pm EST to healthcare workers. here is more info
  • CVS and Walgreens: Both CVS and Walgreens will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medicines

News Publications that are removing their paywalls:

Master List of Educational and Fun Resources

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/fpdxob/ysk_many_companies_are_offering_free_services/

Visit https://www.fmcsd.org/covid-19 for more information.

Loaner Devices During School Shutdown

Update 2: 3/23/2020: We have received a lot of requests from families who did not initially sign up to receive a Chromebook and are running out of available devices. The links to the forms have been disabled so we can evaluate how many more devices we need.

Update 3/23/2020: If you signed up to receive a Chromebook but were not able to go to the High School on Friday, please call 319.372.7252 to schedule a pick-up from Central Office.

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

Due to the increasing spread of Covid-19 we will hand out devices today Friday 3/20/2020 starting at noon rather than next week. See below for the time slots.

Please remember to only sign up for a device if you absolutely need one.

You may only pick up a device if you filled the Loan Agreement as well as the Chromebook Loaning Sheet (both below) before you arrive. Many of you filled out the interest survey yesterday, that form does not guarantee that you can pick up a device, it was only used for us to figure out what kind of interest there was in obtaining a device.

When Do I Pick Up The Device

K & 1

12:00PM – 12:45PM

2 & 3

12:45PM – 01:30PM

4 & 5

1:30PM – 02:15PM

6 & 7

02:15PM – 03:00PM

8

03:00PM – 04:00PM

What Do I Need To Do Prior To Pickup

Read and review the Chromebook Care and Use Policy Guide first.

Second, review the Acceptable Use Policy

Third, please visit https://signnow.com/s/vFeSEkxMto sign the loan agreement electronically. We will not be accepting paper copies during checkout. You must have this document signed and submitted before picking up your student’s device.

Lastly, let us know that you are requesting a Chromebook by filling out the form below. You must also have this form filled out before picking up your student’s device.

https://forms.gle/xvu1qYtN8F5dE1ecA

 

Where Can I Pick Up The Device

Pickup will be at the Fort Madison High School circle drive.

  • Remember that you must have both forms filled out and submitted ONLINE before you can pick up a device.
  • When you arrive please pull all the way to the end of the circle drive so we know who to deliver to next.
  • Please keep the line moving as other cars leave.
  • Call 319.372.1862 and let us know you are picking up a device
  • If you cannot get through you may send a text message to 319.382.7273
    • Let us know what car you are in
    • grade level and name of student
  • Remain in your car unless you are unable to reach us via phone or text
  • Only if absolutely necessary
    • You may walk to the table set up outside the front door if you cannot reach us via phone or text
    • Remember to keep at least six feet distance between you and other people
  • We will walk the device and charger to your car and hand it through the passenger side window.
  • You do not need to sign anything, as all forms should have been done online.
  • Please be careful exiting the circle drive.

Activity / Athletics Updates

SCHOOL CLOSURES SUSPEND IOWA HIGH SCHOOL SPRING ACTIVITIES

This message is being sent on behalf of the Iowa high school Unified Activities partners: the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa High School Speech Association.

Below is a link to a release on spring activities and sports being suspended through Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recommended school closures of four weeks. More information and schedule updates will be provided as they become available from each of the activity organizations.

If you have issues accessing or sharing the link, it is also viewable through the NEWS tab at www.iahsaa.org.

Visit https://www.fmcsd.org/covid-19 for more information.

All Athletics/Activities On Hold

Bloodhound Community,
All athletics/activities have been put on hold. We are currently waiting on direction from our state associations. Once we've been given information, we will share it with each of you. In the meantime, all practices/events/meetings/etc. have been postponed.
Thanks for your support and patience during this time.


Jeremy Swink
Athletics/Activities Director

Food Service Updates

Meals for Kids Available to Community Children

Fort Madison Community School District will be providing free lunch and breakfast to children ages 1-18.

Beginning on Thursday, March 19, families may pick up bagged meals at one of 10 locations across the district. Please complete the attached form indicating how many meals your family needs and your preferred pick up location.

Meals will include cold lunch items as well as breakfast items for the next day and may be picked up between 11:00-11:30 at any of the following locations:

  • Lincoln Elementary, 1326 Ave. E
  • Richardson Elementary, 3301 Ave. L
  • Ft. Madison Middle School, 502 48th St.
  • Ft. Madison High School, 2001 Ave. B
  • Ft. Madison Central Office, 1930 Ave. M
  • Ivanhoe Apartments, 48th St. and Ave. J
  • Victory Park, 23rd St. and Ave. G
  • Old Settler's Park, 4th St. and Ave. F
  • West Point Square, 4th St. and Eve. E, West Point
  • Star Park, Hwy 16, Denmark

If you have questions or require additional assistance, please call 319-372-7252.


Ft. Madison Community Schools Meals Order Form

Statement by Gov. Reynolds

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Community Members:

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At the direction of Governor Kim Reynolds, this evening, she is recommending schools in Iowa must close for four weeks. This closure will begin tomorrow, March 16, 2020.

The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.

District teachers and staff have been considering e-learning plans for our students. Your teachers will be providing more information later this week. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal. We understand we have some challenges regarding internet access in our community and we are trying to determine a viable solution.

More details on possible breakfast and lunch services will be provided in the coming days.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.

Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

Parents of students exhibiting flu-like symptoms or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to contact the Lee County Health Department.

Please know that my heart is with you. I know the days ahead will be challenging for you and your family. We will do our absolute best to rise to the occasion and try to assist you in finding solutions going forward.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin Slater

Superintendent