Latest News and Updates

Our goal is to keep parents and guardians up to date on what is happening with the corona virus and the school. Please be sure to check back often as updates and important information will be posted below.  

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Teachers

LATEST SCHOOL UPDATES 

 

Updated 4/29/2020 at 3:13 PM

Continuing Learning Opportunities continue to be provided to all of our students every day in addition to IEPed counseling and related services.  Please continue to let your teachers and therapists know about any questions or concerns you have.  We will work through this together the best we can. 

 

No School on Memorial Day, May 25th.  Last day of school is Friday, June 19th.

 

To help you and your student at home we will continue to find resources and activities to keep your child engaged.  Please check out our resources section below for information from various educational websites and organizations supporting parents at home with their children.

ON-LINE DISTANCE LEARNING 

ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION 

  • Our teachers will be available during regular school hours between 8:00 and 2:30 for the duration of the school closure.  This will allow each teacher to meet with their students remotely every day if necessary. While not online continuously, teachers will monitor email and other communication with students and parents regularly throughout the school day.
     

  • The majority of our teachers will provide lessons and direction to the students through the Microsoft 365 platform.  All students using this platform will be assigned an e-mail address through Microsoft 365.
     

  • Our younger classrooms will be using the ClassDojo platform
     

  • Our classrooms focusing more on life skills instruction will be using the N2Y platform.
     

  • Teachers will be contacting parents directly via email or phone to help get the platform set up.
     

  • Parents are asked to assist their children in learning the platform and completing the assignments assigned by their teachers.  Teachers can be contacted through the platform, via e-mail, or by phone.
     

  • As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are likely to see a variety of assignment and instructional strategies being employed by our teachers within the platform, including online resources such as IXL, Newsela, ABC Mouse, RAZKids, Flocabulary, and Mystery Science.
     

  • Each child will be recorded as “attending school” for the day as long as they have attempted the assigned activities.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

  • In order to complete these long distance lessons, your child will need access to a tablet or a computer as well as the internet. 

  • If your child does not have access to a tablet or computer, Solterra Academy staff will work with your school district to provide a device for your child during this time.

  • If your household does not currently have access to the internet, many companies such as Comcast are supplying free internet to families impacted by COVID-19 closures

Counseling and Related services

  • Clinicians and Related Service personnel will be contacting families to set up service times that work for families.

  • Services can be delivered via telephone, video conferencing via Zoom, and/or through the Microsoft 365 platform.

  • While not online continuously, clinicians and related service staff will monitor email and other communication with students and parents regularly throughout the school day.

Communication

We will provide periodic updates and messages throughout the duration of the closure.  Should you have questions, the following are ways you can contact school personnel:
 

  • Call the school’s main line at 860-612-2300, press 9 for the Main Office

  • E-mail your child’s teacher or clinician

  • E-mail any member of the school’s administrative team:
     

Gwen Killheffer, Principal,

gkillheffer@solterraacademy.com
 

Patricia FitzGerald, Clinical Director, 

pfitzgerald@solterraacademy.com

Sharon Edricks, Assistant Principal, 

sedricks@solterraacademy.com

Anna Martin, Assistant Principal, 

amartin@solterraacademy.com

Nicole Haeseler, Assistant Principal, 

nhaeseler@solterraacademy.com

Christine Smith, Clinical Coordinator, 

csmith@solterraacademy.com

Meal Distribution 

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS FOR FOOD SITES BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

 

Parents Resource - Talking To Children About COVID-19

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Links And Resources For Parents 

 

 COMCAST FREE INTERNET

Comcast offering 'Internet Essentials' package free for low-income customers for 60 days

 FREE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

Click below to see a listing of free online learning resources offered during this time. 

 MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES VIRTUAL TOUR

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)

 REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

These sites have ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for a vast amount of subjects for younger students.

 FREE DAILY TUTORIALS FOR CREATIVITY

Beginning Monday, March 16th, there will be  DAILY live Free art tutorials. 

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME WEBSITE

 

This free resource provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos and fun learning challenges. 

20 OF THE BEST HOMESCHOOLING WEBSITES

Are you preparing to go back to school at home? Be sure to bookmark these 20 homeschooling websites. Many of these sites offer not only homeschool resources but plenty of learning help for all kids.

150+ EDUCATIONAL SHOWS ON NETFLIX

Netflix offers so many ways to keep your kids educated while at home.  Here are 150 educational shows that Netflix has to offer.  They even share with you how you can create a separate profile for your children to access without adult content. 

LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS
(free video series)

Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today!

ABC MOUSE - FREE MEMBERSHIP

ABC Mouse is offering free a membership. Go online by clicking the code below and use Code: SCHOOL7771

BREEZY SPECIAL ED

Life skills and resources to help all students succeed.  Distance / home learning packets and strategies for special education. 

FREE COLORING BOOK DOWNLOAD

Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums

WRITING PROMPTS FOR KIDS 

300 FUN WRITING PROMPTS FOR KIDS: STORY STARTERS, JOURNAL PROMPTS & IDEAS

SAN DIEGO ZOO

Meet all of our friends! Get a closer look at our favorite animals.  

SCHOLASTIC STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Engaging web and whiteboard activities across grades and subjects. 

TOP 12 WEBSITES FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

To help parents of children with learning disabilities  the following are 12 websites for Children with Learning Disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and visual motor deficit. 

CODE.ORG - BUILDING A GALAXY WITH CODE

Expand the skills of your child by letting them build a Galaxy with code.  Use Drag-drop blocks or JavaScript to get creative.  Appropriate for ages 6+. 

SESAME STREET AND AUTISM 

Coping with COVID-19: A Fo-Now Normal. How to help your family and your autistic child through these uncertain times.  

CONNECTICUT LIFELINE DISCOUNT PROGRAM

Frontier is committed to helping qualified low-income individuals pay for telephone or qualified internet services. Lifeline service is a non-transferable (from one person to another) government assistance program that provides a discount on the cost of monthly telephone service only ($7.25) or qualified internet access service with or without telephone service ($9.25). 

CT. GOV LIST OF INTERNET PROVIDER OFFERS

During the COVID-19 crisis, internet providers in Connecticut have been making efforts to help the state's residents get online and stay connected. The information found in the link below is a compilation of the packages and offers currently being offered in the state.

YALE CHILD STUDY FAMILY RESOURCES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS

Here is a downloadable guide to various resources available to helping your child cope with coronavirus. This document includes: Talking With Children, Resources To Share With Children, Activities For At Home Learning, Resources For Stretched Families, Art Activities & Inspiration, Board & Card Games, Books & Storytelling, Cooking Activities & Inspiration, Cool Sites, Podcasts & Apps, Media Guides, Benefits Information, and Food Resources.

30 IPAD APPS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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Solterra Academy is a therapeutic day program providing comprehensive special education services to students, ages 5 to 21, who require intensive intervention due to emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning problems. Disabilities served include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Health Impairments.

 

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