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Bulldogs Connect

Welcome to Bulldogs Connect





Bulldogs Connect is the homebase for BCD's Remote Learning Plan. 

Coffee and Conversation with John Suitor - April 7, 2020

Bulldogs Connect 2.0

John Suitor's email to parents - April 10, 2020

As we come to the end of the first week of Bulldogs Connect 2.0, I hope you have noticed a subtle and purposeful shift in our approach. Our teachers and our families asked for more live (synchronous) instruction, and our early adapters have begun to explore this methodology. While we are not yet at the point where all teachers are offering live instruction, more will be coming online next week to gain experience and troubleshoot any issues that arise. Our goal is to offer a ‘just right” combination of live and prerecorded (asynchronous) instruction, knowing that our families need the ability to access both as they juggle their work, home, and school commitments. Once our teachers have had a chance to experiment with live instruction and work out any kinks, we will likely make a revision of Bulldogs Connect to accommodate the mixture of modalities and instruction which best suit each division. We’ll be sure to provide you with advanced notice so you can prepare.

Chromebook purchasing opportunity

Saje (the company that provides laptops for our middle school 1:1 program) will be offering a Chromebook purchasing program for BCD families needing extra devices for the Bulldogs Connect program. This is an excellent way to make sure your family does not have the added stress of “sharing” devices, and for our ES students it allows them to use a device they are already familiar with using in their classrooms.
 
The models is the Lenovo 14e Chromebook with touch display and HD camera (Saje can provide more specs if desired). The cost (including tax, ground shipping, and 1-year mail-in warranty) is $324.96, with overnight shipping add-on available. Please note the exact model and pricing may change depending on availability.

If you would like to purchase, please email Jodi at Saje: jodi.gawf@sajens.com. She will email a response saying she has received your order within one business hour. If you do not hear back within that timeframe, please call her at 303.909.6247.

Bulldogs Connect Expectations

We are grateful for the wonderful community that is BCD. To that end, we recognize that our parents and guardians are critical partners in this process and it will take a collective effort to ensure we are successful as we enter this “new” parent-teacher experience. We also understand that many parents are feeling overwhelmed and under skilled for what lies ahead. Please know we are here to support you in any capacity. There will certainly be bumps in the road and practicing patience, kindness and positivity will be essential for all of us. 

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  • Expectations of Students

    • Grown-ups of students in Preschool - Grade 4 will need to check their email daily for communications from faculty and administration.
    • Students in Grade 5 will be expected to check their school email (recently enabled) for communications from teacher daily. Students are expected to log in to the appropriate Zoom, Google Classroom and/or MyCompass (WhippleHill) Remote Learning classes at the designated time for each class. Instructions will be shared with students/Grown-ups as age appropriate.
    • Attendance will be taken daily by the homeroom teacher/advisor.
    • Ideally, each student should have access to an individual device while participating in Bulldogs Connect. Families may borrow a device from BCD on Wednesday, March 25th or buy from Saje anytime (details above).
    • Students, with parent support, are expected to use the video feature during remote learning lessons.
    • Students are expected to dress appropriately for shared video experiences.
    • Students should be aware of the background environment during video conferencing.
    • Respectful behavior and interactions between and among students and teachers is expected in the Remote Learning classroom as in the BCD classroom. BCD motto - Respect yourself. Respect others. Take Responsibility for your actions. - remains our guidepost.
    • Students are accountable for Remote Learning assignments just as they would be accountable for regular school days.
    • In learning platforms, such as the BCD Portal or Google Classroom, students may not use images of individuals other than themselves as their profile photo.

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  • Expectations of Remote Learning Lessons

    Please refer to the appropriate Grade/Divisional Remote Learning Schedule for specific details regarding Remote Learning class time.

    Each lesson will include some level of the following:

    • Face-to-face connection remains a valuable part of instructional program.
    • Time to check in, take attendance, and connect: How are students doing?
    • Time dedicated to the daily lesson: How are students maintaining the momentum of learning?
    • Opportunity to practice: How are students applying what is being shared?
    • Opportunity for feedback: How are students progressing?
    Things to Keep in Mind:

    • Perfection is not expected, but your best effort to participate is. This is what will help to keep us connected and keep learning moving forward. Positive participation is important!

Tips for Successful Remote Learning

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  • Apply Your Best Effort

    Perfection is not expected, but your best effort to participate is. This is what will help to keep us connected and keep learning moving forward. Positive participation is important!

  • Hold Yourself Accountable

    Without the familiar in-class reminders, you will need to ensure you are allotting adequate time to prepare for and complete class work and assignments. It may be beneficial to establish an “accountability partner” (like a fellow classmate) with whom you can share texts and/or emails of assignment reminders and encouragement.  

  • Establish a Specific and Organized Workspace

    Select a specific room or area of your living space to dedicate as your learning environment. This will help you to establish a routine that works best for you and boosts your productivity. Keep your workspace organized with all the items you will need: your laptop/iPad, headphones (especially helpful for listening in shared spaces), notebooks, pen/pencils, calculators, etc. If you are not able to claim a personal workspace (ie. you need to share with parents/siblings), perhaps establish a mobile ‘briefcase’ for your school items, papers, etc so that they are all in the same place when you need to access them. You can use anything from a cardboard box to a small filing box as your ‘briefcase.’

  • Eliminate Distractions

    During your virtual school time, ‘turn off’ any distractions, such as cellphones, and place them in another room.
  • Practice Time Management




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  • Practice Time Management

    Set reminders on your laptop/iPad calendar for class times and specific times of day when you will study and/or work on assignments for each subject. You can also practice ‘time blocking’ to allocate specific tie blocks for each task before moving onto the next one. You may want to set a timer to keep yourself accountable.
  • Honor Your Energy Zones and Learning Styles

    Identify the times of day when you have the most energy and complete your most challenging assignments during that time of day. For example, if you have the highest boosts of energy in the morning, set aside time before online class time begins to tackle assignments from your most challenging subjects. Honor your learning style by printing out any handouts for classes if your preferred learning style is visual or building in time to replay classes if your preferred learning style is auditory.
  • Speak Up When You Need To

    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Class time is your time. Be sure that you have a clear understanding of the lesson and your teacher’s expectations.
  • We're Here to Help

    All core teachers will have designated Office Hours during which students and/or families can login to ask additional questions. Teachers will also make themselves available as promptly as possible to requests for private conversations.

Preschool Remote Learning Plan Overview




Preschool students/families will use the 
Seesaw platform. Seesaw classrooms are password protected. Your classroom login instructions will be sent to you directly by your teacher.

Preschool Remote Learning Plan Details

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  • Classroom Platforms

    • PS will use Seesaw https://web.seesaw.me/ as the platform to deliver content to families. Details will be sent home on Wednesday, 3/25 at 9:00am with information about the QR code necessary to login on Friday, 3/27. In order to “enroll” in a class page, you will be given a code that must be entered within a certain time period (one hour). You will receive more specific instructions in an email from your child’s teacher so please be on the lookout.
    • Zoom will be the vehicle for interactive learning sessions to provide a synchronous learning experience for our students twice daily. Teachers will send a Zoom invite link to their “Morning Meeting” and office hours to familie in their initial emails. Please ensure you have downloaded the Zoom app before Monday, 3/30 so your child is ready to participate.  https://zoom.us/ 
  • Teacher Communication

    Beginning Monday, March 30, teachers will email families every Monday morning to say "Good Morning" and provide an overview of learning activities for the week.
  • Weekly Schedule

  • Send Us Your Feedback

    During our first week of Bulldogs Connect, we encourage you to send us your feedback daily. Divisions will use your input in their daily meetings to assess progress. 

    PS Bulldogs Connect 2.0 Feedback Form

Elementary Remote Learning Plan Overview




Elementary students will have daily schedules that include a standard morning meeting time, instructional times, and specials blocks with project menus.

  • K-2nd students will use the Seesaw platform.
  • 3rd - 5th grade students will use the Google Classroom platform.

Elementary Remote Learning Plan Details

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  • Classroom Platforms

    • K - 2nd will use Seesaw https://web.seesaw.me/ as the platform to deliver content to students and families. The K-2 email to families about Seesaw will be sent out on Wednesday, 3/25 at 9:00am with information about the QR code necessary to login on Friday, 3/27In order to “enroll” in a class page, you will be given a code that must be entered within a certain time period (one hour). You will receive more specific instructions in an email from your child’s teacher on 3/25, so please be on the lookout.
    • 3rd - 5th will use Google Classroom to deliver content to students and families. Teachers will email families on 3/25 at 9:00am with details on Google Classroom. 
    • Zoom will be the vehicle for interactive learning sessions to provide a synchronous learning experience for students twice daily. Teachers will send a Zoom invite link to their “Morning Meeting” and office hours which will be held M-F from 1:00-2:00pm directly to familes via their initial email. Please ensure you have downloaded the Zoom app before Monday, 3/30 so your child is ready to participate.  https://zoom.us/ 
  • Teacher Communication

    Beginning 3/30, teachers will email families every Monday at 8:30am to say “Good Morning” and provide an overview of the plan for the week. The 5 Day Learning plans will be updated in “classrooms” every Monday morning by 9:00am.
  • Morning Meeting - Daily

    Morning Meetings will be held daily via Zoom. Students will use the same link to access the meeting everyday.
  • Weekly Schedules

    Your classroom's weekly schedule can be found on your teacher's Seesaw or Google Classrooms page. 

    Here is an example schedule: 


  • Teacher Office Hours

    All teachers will hold office hours M-F from 1:00pm-2:00pm via Zoom during which students and/or families can login to ask additional questions. Your teachers office hours link can be found on their classroom page on either Seesaw or Google Classroom.
  • Send Us Your Feedback

    During our first week of Bulldogs Connect, we encourage you to send us your feedback daily. Divisions will use your input in their daily meetings to assess progress.

    K-2 Bulldogs Connect 2.0 Feedback Form

    3-5 Bulldogs Connect 2.0 Feedback Form 

Middle School Remote Learning Plan Overview




BCD Middle School students will continue using the BCD portal for school work management.

Middle School Remote Learning Plan Details

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  • Teacher Communication

    Teachers will post assignments with directions and links by 9:00am on the day their class is scheduled.

    Mr. Welch will also be sending a weekly update with Middle School News that will include important information and announcements. 
  • Daily Schedule

    You will find two schedules below that take different learning styles and students into account.

    If you work better on a more strict schedule, we recommend that you follow the first schedule below.  

    MS Distance Learning Schedule 2.0

    If you work better on a more flexible schedule, the second schedule might be a better option. 
    MS Distance Learning Schedule - Flexible

    Keep in mind, that the Zoom Advisory meeting is daily at 9:00 am - 9:30 am, regardless of which schedule you wish to follow the rest of the day.

  • Advisory

    Starting Monday, March 30, we will be meeting via Zoom every morning from 9:00am - 9:30am. 
  • Attendance

    Attendance will be taken at the end of Advisory. If a student is not able to join the Zoom Advisory due to technical or other difficulties, their advisor should be notified so we know if students will still be working on school work that day.
  • Teacher Office Hours

    All Middle School faculty will be available for Office Hours, Monday – Friday, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Each teacher will have a Zoom conference running that students or parents may join. Teachers will email the Zoom conference details directly to students on 3/25.

    All Middle School faculty will also be available to students and families through email and will respond within 24 hours during the weekdays.
  • Send Us Your Feedback

    During our first week of Bulldogs Connect, we encourage you to send us your feedback daily. Divisions will use your input in their daily meetings to assess progress. 

    MS Bulldogs Connect 2.0 Feedback Form  

Helpful Zoom Details


How Do I Join a Meeting:

*IMPORTANT NOTE
:If you are using a Chromebook for Zoom (including those borrowed from BCD or purchased through Saje), you need to be logged into a Google account (not Browsing as Guest) and add the Zoom Extension from the Chrome Web Store 3rd-8th grade students already have and use Google accounts. If your PS-2nd grader needs a BCD account, please let Kath Courter or Jill Johnson know and we will have one created for you.

BCD Zoom FAQs

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  • Can I use Zoom on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or iPad?

    Yes. There are official free apps available for iOS and Android. The apps support many of Zoom’s features, including hosting meetings and viewing screen sharing. Zoom also includes built-in support for calling in to a meeting over telephone.
  • Do students need a Zoom account to join a meeting?

    No. Students can join a meeting using the Zoom mobile apps or desktop applications for Windows and Mac. When they click on their teacher’s link to join a meeting they will be prompted to enter their name to join.
  • How can I get the best audio experience?

    Make sure device volume and zoom volume are set to 100%. Whenever possible, mute your microphone. Headphones with a microphone can also be used.
  • I can’t see the Zoom window after it opens.

    The Zoom app probably went behind your browser window/ On a Mac, click on the Zoom icon in the Dock to bring it to the front. On a Windows machine, click on the Zoom icon in the taskbar to bring it to the front. On a Chromebook click on the Zoom icon in the taskbar / dock to bring it to the front.
  • In Zoom class, my student can hear but can’t talk to the teacher.

    Enable “Automatically adjust microphone volume”: In your Zoom window press the Gear near the top right of the window top open Settings. Click on Audio. Check the box next to “Automatically adjust microphone volume ” Close the Settings window. ** If a student has headphones on that do not have a mic, they will need to unplug the headphones to talk to the teacher/class on Zoom.
  • What do I do if my internet glitches and I get kicked out of my class?

    You can rejoin the class with the same link. It will put you back in the same class that’s still in session.
  • What kind of network connection should I use with Zoom?

    Always try to use the best network connection available to participate in a Zoom meeting. In general, wired network connections do work better than wireless connections. Likewise, Wi-Fi is generally preferable to a cellular connection when using a mobile device. If you are experiencing connectivity issues avoid streaming on your network, limit the number of devices using your network, and close all open applications on your device.
  • Zoom is not recognizing my camera / my camera image is black.

    Restart your computer. Sometimes the camera thinks another program is using it and this will release the camera from the other program.
  • Zoom is telling me I have an unstable connection.

    Turn off your video. Click on the video camera icon on the bottom left of your Zoom Window. You should still be able to view what is going on in the class.

Other Ideas for Keeping Busy / Learning

Chores: Pick up and put away toys to clean the playroom. Make their bed (with help). Put dirty laundry in the basket. Help you sweep or clean up spills. Dust. Fill a pet's food and water bowls. Spray and wipe windows and counters, with help. Put out clean towels and toilet paper. PRACTICE TYING YOUR SHOES
                                
Independent Daily Reading: Read anything that is interesting to you. Read to someone you love over FaceTime. Re-read board books from when you were a baby.
                                      
Cooking: Following a recipe is an important (and fun) way to learn both math and science! 
                                                                      
Outside Time: create an obstacle course, plant seeds, ride a bike, draw with sidewalk chalk, swing, go for a walk.                                                                                                    
Independent Art: check out some of the great art tutorials on YouTube (Check out Cassie Stephens), make something to send to a relative, try painting while holding the paintbrush only in your teeth or toes!
        
Family Games: in addition to board games, try games like Charades, Follow the Leader, Simon Says, etc.

Letter writing: write letters and draw pictures for people in your life. Ask your grown up to mail them for you. Deliver notes safely to neighbors. Post a message in your window.     

Journaling: Ideas:                                       
I get excited when………
If I could be a superhero I would be………
My idea of fun is……..
If I lived in a jungle I would....
My favorite season is…….
On my first day of school I………
If I could be an animal I would be……
My favorite kind of weather is……
What I know most about is……..
People think that I'm……..
I'm a good friend because.....
My favorite out-of-school activity is.....
If I was president I would.....
I'm best at.....
I wish people knew that.....
If trees could talk they would say....
If I was invisible I would....
The last time I laughed really hard was when.....
My favorite food/color/sport/sibling/teacher/subject/animal/season is.....

Connecting with Friends/Family: Facetime, Zoom, Call on the phone, have a "Virtual playdate."

Virtual Field Trip: Google's Arts and Cultures page has several places for your child to explore. From museums, to famous landmarks, to National Parks!     

Links to cool sites:     

Art for Kids Hub channel on youtube
https://www.teachengineering.org/ (STEM projects from CU)                
www.nps.gov (National Park
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne (Louvre Museum in Paris)       
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ (British Museum)                      
www.funbrain.com (Math and Reading Games)
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ (National Geographic)                  
https://gonoodle.com/ (Movement and Energizers)       
https://virtualmusicalinstruments.com/ (Play a variety of instruments online.)
https://si.edu/kids (Smithsonian)                                        
http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/ (learn about fashion design, graphic design, interior design, product design, film and theater, architecture, animation, environmental design.)
https://ocean.si.edu/ (Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.)
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