The following letter was sent home today in your child’s home folder.
On Monday, November 18th, students will have the opportunity to begin bringing home their laptops if the Laptop Agreement form was signed and returned. Today, we had the privilege of having Mrs. Keller join the 4th graders and talk to them about laptop management prior to them coming home. Every child received a heavy duty bag that they will keep their laptop in both at school and at home. Mrs. Keller stated that the ONLY thing that should be going in the main part of the bag is the student laptop. Students may put their accessories (charger, ear buds, wireless mouse, etc) in the front pouch of the bag.
Some of the key items that were discussed:
- Students should come home on Monday and discuss rules and regulations with you first. It’s important to be up front about expectations from the beginning.
- If your “grandmom” was to come and look over your shoulder while you are working on your laptop, would she say, “Wow! That’s really cool!” or would she say, “Should you be doing that?” J Remember the laptop is used for SCHOOL RELATED activities.
- Google chat and gmail are to be used for school purposes ONLY.
- Your laptop should come to school FULLY CHARGED every morning. Because of that, students may keep their chargers AT HOME.
- If students forget their laptop at home, there is a loaner they may borrow for the day if needed. Students were made aware that if they forget their laptop, Mrs. Gwyn or Mrs. Suydam will be signing their planner as if it was a missed homework assignment. This will directly affect Monthly Marvel.
- If students are on a website, and someone they don’t know begins to chat with them, they were encouraged to show an adult right away, or take a screenshot of their computer to show an adult as soon as possible.
- If you have a pet, please work together to figure out the best place to house your laptop so your pet does not damage the bag, charger, etc.
We ask that the first night your child brings home his/her laptop that you sit down and discuss the rules of the house regarding the laptop. Example questions to discuss… Should the laptop come home every night? How long are they allowed to be on the laptop each night? Where should they be when they are on the laptop? We shared with students that this will look differently at each house, and that’s okay. The important part is having that conversation from the beginning of rules and expectations so everyone is on the same page.
If you still did not return the Laptop Agreement form, you still may return it at any time. We even told students that if as a family you decide now is not the time to return the form, you can surely wait until January or later to send it back. Whenever the form comes back signed, the student is allowed to bring home the laptop that day beginning Monday, November 18th.
The students asked great questions today and are very excited to begin this journey! We truly believe after today, the students are fully prepared and ready for this responsibility. However, we did discuss that if they begin to abuse this privilege, or we realize that they are constantly forgetting at home, we will all come together (parents, student, and teacher) to conference how we should handle the situation.
Thank you for your continued support with this transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email your child’s teacher.
Mrs. Suydam and Mrs. Gwyn