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Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)

Oneness-Family School is dedicated to providing both a Hybrid Learning Plan and a Distance Learning Plan for our Lower Elementary students. The Hybrid Plan is scheduled to begin once the Montgomery County virus metrics have met the guidelines for Hybrid Learning outlined in the school's Reopening Chart. This will be evaluated weekly. Please read below for specific information on each plan.

HYBRID LEARNING PLAN

Students in our Hybrid Learning Plan will attend class in-person and on-campus four mornings per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). Afternoon classes will be held via distance learning. Tuesday morning classes will be distance learning for all pods with a scheduled outdoor meet-up in the afternoon.

Distance Learning classes will take place in the morning with one of the three class teachers. The teachers will rotate through this role every two weeks so that all students have the opportunity to learn and connect with each teacher. The program will continue to have a strong focus on student engagement through modified high-interest instruction modules, small group lessons, and one-on-one student-teacher support sessions. Learning and project packets will be sent home to keep the Montessori hands-on element alive. While we intend to still meet all of our academic benchmarks, we will also be scheduling fun activities each week when students can share a passion or a skill, work on a project or play a game together. 

Additionally, students will be meeting up each Tuesday afternoon for safe and socially distant activities at the park or outdoor excursions at a local nature trail. All outdoor activities will occur in “pods”, which are limited groups of students that do not intermingle with other students. 

  • In-Person Classes: Weekly in-person, on-campus attendance on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM. In-Person classes will begin with social bonding time and circle time, followed by an independent morning work session. The half-day will end with a snack and outdoor time.
  • Distance Learning Classes: Afternoon classes will be held online from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Tuesday morning classes will be held online from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. All lower elementary students will attend afternoon and Tuesday morning distance learning classes.
  • Student Pods: We will have two student pods who attend class in-person, each with approximately 11 students. One pod will be in the main classroom, while the second pod will be spread throughout the adjoining Computer and Library rooms. The pods will alternate classroom areas every two days in order to access all areas of the curriculum weekly.
  • Weekly Outdoor Meet-Ups: Beginning after Winter Break, all parents will be required to fill out a health form and take their child’s temperature at home before each outdoor meet-up. All students will need to have this health form filled out and their temperature taken in order to participate in the meet-up. We thank you for your attention to this additional safety measure as we enter the cold and flu season!
  • Arrival & Dismissal: 
    • All parents with in-person students must fill out a health form and take their child’s temperature daily and show it to the Arrival Team. Once students have been cleared by the Arrival Team, they may enter the building. 
    • Pod A will enter and exit through the front door of the school and the front stairs to the Arbor hallway. Pod B will enter and exit through the Parish Hall, meeting their teacher in the Parish Hall and continuing up to the Arbor hallway via the back stairs. Students in both pods will wash their hands and change into their indoor shoes before entering their classrooms.

DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

Students in our Distance Learning Plan will continue with the current distance learning program. 

Our Distance Learning program has a strong focus on student engagement through modified high-interest instruction modules, small group lessons, and one-on-one student-teacher support sessions. Learning and project packets will be sent home to keep the Montessori hands-on element alive. While we intend to still meet all of our academic benchmarks, we will also be scheduling fun activities each week when students can share a passion or a skill, work on a project or play a game together. 

Additionally, students will be meeting up each Tuesday afternoon for safe and socially distant activities at the park or outdoor excursions at a local nature trail. All outdoor activities will occur in “pods”, which are stable groups of students that do not intermingle with other students.

  • Distance Learning Classes: Morning classes will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 am and afternoon classes will be held from 1:15 to 3:00 pm. All lower elementary students will attend afternoon and Tuesday morning distance learning classes.
  • Weekly Outdoor Meet-Ups: There will be a weekly outdoor meet-up each Tuesday afternoon. Beginning after Winter Break, all parents will be required to fill out a health form and take their child’s temperature at home before each outdoor meet-up. All students will need to have this health form filled out and their temperature taken in order to participate in the meet-up. We thank you for your attention to this additional safety measure as we enter the cold and flu season!
  • Student Pods: The composition of our student pods has changed as we transition to our hybrid and distance learning plans. There will be three pods in total: two pods containing our Hybrid Plan students, and one pod containing all Distance Learning students. To compose these pods, we strove to balance returning and new Arbor students, as well as honor our belief in the power of a multi-age classroom. 

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