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Summer Learning:

The Kent County ISD (the hub that supports all school in the county) has put together a good source of learning opportunities for Kent County students. These opportunities include free courses for students, recommended websites, community partner activities, and much more. Here is the main website where more information will continue to be added as it become available.


Connecting with GRCDC:

These surveys will continue to be monitored through the summer. Please reach out so we can support you:

  • Social Emotional Support Direct Request – Please fill out if your child could use a one time or more regular check in with social/emotional support from school staff. This is not from a professional counselor or therapist, but rather a member of staff checking in and supporting as requested or necessary.
  • Mutual Aid Request/Offer Survey – Take this survey if you are seeking assistance or connection or if you want to offer assistance or connection.
  • If you have feedback or concerns that are not covered by the surveys above, you can fill out the Family Communication Survey.

Stretching Your $$ on Groceries this Summer:

Pandemic EBT Card Information:

The Michigan Department of Education has put out this memo that answers questions about the Pandemic EBT cards. The memo also provides a number to call in case you have questions.


YMCA Veggie Van:

The Veggie Van’s two vehicles run year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids and Muskegon, ensuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce.  We grow and sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH, and W.I.C. Project Fresh benefits. CLICK HERE for the Veggie Van Schedule.


Resource List:

WMCAT has created a robust list of resources available in West Michigan and beyond. Categories on this list include:
Food/Meal Info
Shelter/Housing Resources
Utilities + Internet Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Recursos en Español
Links to fun and free activities


Food Giveaway for the Grand Rapids Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trying to Navigate all the Food Assistance Programs?

This graphic shows what products are eligible for purchase with each food assistance program:

 

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GRCDC’s Responsibility in Fighting for Justice

June 1, 2020

Dear GRCDC Families,

As a school leader, and (just as importantly) as a mama, it is hard to put into words the feelings and experiences of the last two weeks in our country and our city.  Our shared values at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center are inspiration, potential, connection, and equity.  All of these values are challenged in the face of police brutality, racial violence, and senseless loss of life.  We, as a community, cannot be silent in such times.  I want GRCDC families of color to know that our school community stands with you and against oppression and violence and I want to challenge our white families to continue the work of education, activism, and acts of solidarity that are so important for change.

Talking to children about the killing of George Floyd, the actions of Amy Cooper, the protests across the country, and the historical and current context of all of this can seem daunting as a parent.  However, at GRCDC we hold the image of the child as strong, full of potential, and powerful.  We know that children can grapple with complex ideas and are wired for justice.  We also know that in our silence, children will fill in the blanks.  Children of all races need to have conversations with their families, caregivers, and educators to process what they are seeing and hearing.

Here are some resources that you may find helpful:

 

In addition to talking with and supporting your children, this is a difficult time for adults as well.  The trauma of COVID-19 has been compounded in many of our families and stress is high.  Please remember, help is available:

Resource List WMCAT has created a robust list of resources available in West Michigan and beyondCategories on this list include: 

  • Food/Meal Info 
  • Shelter/Housing Resources 
  • Utilities + Internet Resources 
  • Volunteer Opportunities 
  • Recursos en Español 
  • Links to fun and free activities

Also, GRCDC staff are here to help support you and your children, as well.  Please fill out one of these surveys to request support.  OR, just email me or call/text me and I will connect you with resources for what you need- heynel@childdiscoverycenter.org or 517-206-3868.

  • Social Emotional Support Direct Request – Please fill out if your child could use a one time or more regular check in with social/emotional support from school staff. This is not from a professional counselor or therapist, but rather a member of staff checking in and supporting as requested or necessary.
  • Mutual Aid Request/Offer Survey – Take this survey if you are seeking assistance or connection or if you want to offer assistance or connection.

GRCDC families- you are loved, you are missed, and you are heard.  Our work continues.

Onward,

Lisa Heyne

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School wide Enrichment Activities K-5 #4 and Continuity of Learning Plan Update

Hello Narwhals! 

Here is our last set of optional, enrichment activities to keep your learners actively engaged while our staff prepares for a more structured distance learning beginning April 20.  Below you will find direct links to grade specific non-technology based activities by grade level. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions! 

We are happy to announce that our Continuity of Learning Plan was approved yesterday!  We are spending this week in professional development and clarifying all the details with teachers and staff.  I am so proud of the hard work, courage, and love being shown by the GRCDC staff. We are truly building a Distance Learning experience that we hope is flexible and experience as a good addition to your family life right now, and not a stressor.

The week of April 20:  Your child will have a class meeting and check in time with their teacher which is not optional.  You will receive an email from your child’s teacher with an invite to the class meeting. These will be at the same time every week and will be scheduled on a different day for each grade level, so siblings won’t have conflicts in sharing one device.  This week will be a time to connect to the teacher, to connect with classmates, and begin having a more structured schedule. We will also post a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lesson and a virtual Community Meeting.

The week of April 27:  Each day students will have two, on demand video mini lessons to watch and assignments based on the common, school-wide schedule below.  These lessons and assignments will not be optional enrichment- this will be new content organized on our grcdc.org website. Classrooms will continue to have weekly LIVE class meetings. Stay tuned for more details! 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math 

Literacy

SEL Lesson

Literacy 

Math 

Literacy

Math 

Literacy

Math 

Studio

Enrichment: 

Reading

Movement Activity or Outdoor Play 

 

Enrichment: 

Reading

Movement Activity or Outdoor Play 

SEL Extension

Enrichment: 

Reading

Movement Activity or Outdoor Play 

Enrichment: 

Reading 

Movement Activity or Outdoor Play 

Studio Extension 

Enrichment: 

Reading

Movement Activity or Outdoor Play 

This Week’s Enrichment:

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Kindergarten  

K-1 Studio @ Home 

K-1 Movement @ Home

Family Projects

Math Fluency Practice

Reading Enrichment and Reading Log

Sight Word Activity and Sight Word List

Daily Writing Prompts

Science Activities

 

1st Grade

K-1 Studio @ Home 

K-1 Movement @ Home

Creative Writing Prompts

Puppet Theater

Math Games

Science Challenges

Building Landforms

 

2nd Grade

2-3 Studio @ Home

2-3 Movement @ Home

Create a New Page in Your Book

Making Characters Come to Life

Giving Advice to a Struggling Gardener

Changing Communities

Word Study Tasks and Word Lists

Draw and Use a Bar Graph

Dice Data

 

3rd Grade

2-3 Studio @ Home

2-3 Movement @ Home

Creative Writing Prompts

Math in Action

Comparing Two Texts

Word Study Menu of Activities and Word Study List

Scavenger Hunt and Scavenger Hunt Directions

Jackie Robinson Article and Response Organizer

 

4th Grade  

4-5 Studio @ Home

4-5 Movement @ Home

Math in Action

Word Study Activities and Word List

Mythology Challenge

Time For Kids and Time for Kids Quiz

Science Scavenger Hunt

Writing Poetry Enrichment

 

5th Grade  

4-5 Studio @ Home

4-5 Movement @ Home

Writing Enrichment

Chemical and Physical Reactions

Writing Enrichment

Math Enrichment

Weather vs. Climate and Directions

Reading Enrichment

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School-wide Enrichment Activities K-5 #3

March 31, 2020

Check your email today for a detailed message from your child’s teacher. All teachers are sending a third set of grade level specific enrichment activities that do not require technology.  Direct links to these optional activities are below or visit the Our Blog section at grcdc.org. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions! 

Kindergarten Activities

Ms. Kay’s K-1 Studio Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s K-1 Movement Challenge

Setting up a Writing Shelf at Home

Word Study Games

Severe Weather Safety Plan 

Reading Activities

Indoor and Outdoor Challenges

Math Practice

 

1st Grade Activities

Ms. Kay’s K-1 Studio Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s K-1 Movement Challenge

Writing from an Ant’s Perspective

Reading Hideout

Math Games

Plan  a Virtual Visit to a Favorite Place in Michigan 

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Create a Marble Maze

 

2nd Grade Activities 

Ms. Kay’s 2-3 Studio at Home Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s 2-3 Movement Challenge

Create a New Recipe  (Parent Approval Needed) 

Reading Response: A Lifetime Tale in Pictures

Bird Observation Graph

Drawing and Using Bar Graphs

Vowel Team Scavenger Hunt

Michigan, Oh Michigan! and What is Geography? Text

 

3rd Grade Activities 

Ms. Kay’s 2-3 Studio at Home Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s 2-3 Movement Challenge

Math in Action: Use the Four Operations

Loose Parts Bingo

Five Senses Poetry

Word Study Activities and Word List

Parts of Speech Scavenger Hunt

Math Card Games

 

4th Grade Activities 

Ms. Kay’s 4-5 Studio Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s 4-5 Movement Challenge

Math in Action: Multiplication in Word Problems

How is COVID-19 Impacting Our Economy

Word Study Activities  and Word List

Time for Kids Informational Text and Text Quiz

Basketball STEM Challenge

Geometry Home Scavenger Hunt

 

5th Grade Activities 

Ms. Kay’s 4-5 Studio Challenge

Mr. Metcalf’s 4-5 Movement Challenge

Math in the Kitchen

Be a Historian

Nature Walk Observation

Math in Action: Area and Perimeter

Character Types in Film

Making a Sedimentary Rock Formation Model

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