Click here for the latest news about home learning and COVID-19 from the Rapid City School District.
There are several programs in the area to help support families. Here is a PDF on the Black Hills Regional Food Response. This includes information on food deliveries, food pantries, and Meals on Wheels. Black Hills Regional Food Response Flyer
RCAS is serving breakfast and lunch at Black Hawk Elementary School on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:30. Come join us for a cold, grab-n-go breakfast or lunch in a drive-thru fashion. Please stay in your car and your children must be present.
The Career Learning Center and the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center are hosting a live event on Facebook for those who would like financial tips, tools and resources. Click to download the Financial Fridays flyer. See below or click this link for information on what to do if you are homeless.
Click below to download the excel document which includes descriptions of services:
Click on the graphic to navigate to the website:
Apply for Unemployment Assistance. Here is a YouTube Tutorial:
Disaster Loans Early Childhood Connections Facebook:
When Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus:
· Don’t be afraid to talk about the Coronavirus.
· Start talking by asking what they know.
· Be developmentally appropriate: answer their questions with facts and honesty. Providing too much information can be overwhelming. It is okay if you can’t answer everything.
· Validate their feeling and be reassuring let them know it is okay to feel nervous and scared. Let them know it is rare and children seems to have much milder symptoms.
· Give them a sense of control: help them focus on things they can do to help such as washing their hands, eating healthy, sleeping, etc. This will help them feel empowered.
· Establish routine and schedules. This helps provide predictability and stability that they need and help reduce anxiety, worry, and stress.
Click here for a handout From Mr. R. on careers and activities to do at home.
Tumblebooks has offered two other services for us during our home-schooling days. Navigate to
https://www.tumblebooks.com/ to choose between three services: Audiobook Cloud, Tumble Math, and classic Tumble Books.
AudioBookCloud – This site is an audio book database for kids to adults, however the direct link below provides direct access to the children’s section.
Direct Link: http://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6&categoryID=33
TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Here is a sample schedule your child can follow while at home.
|At Home Schedule|
|Before 9 AM||Wake Up||Eat Breakfast, make your bed, get dressed|
|9:00-9:30||Exercise||Do one of Mrs. Phares’s At-Home activities on the Fitness Calendar or try out Sworkit.|
|9:30-10:30||Reading Time||Work on your reading homework from your teacher|
|10:30-11:30||Down Time||Take a break to have a snack and play a little. No Electronics. Try another activity from Mrs. Phares or consider starting a journal or working on writing.|
|11:30-12:30||Lunch Time||Eat lunch and enjoy some screen time.|
|12:30-1:30||Math Time||Work on your math homework from your teacher|
|1:30-2:30||STEAM Challenge and Music Work||Do one of Mrs. Sutliff’s At-Home STEAM Challenges OR do a music lesson for Mr. D.|
|2:30-3:00||Home Chores||Help your parents out and do some chores around the house! Be sure to clean up your lunch dishes and clean your room!|
|3:00+||Free Time||Enjoy some free time until your parents get home. Please be safe and follow your parents’ rules.|
South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center will be sharing out a Daily Digest every day for FAMILIES with fun and easy activities to support learning at home. Please share out with colleagues, parents, and families. We will be releasing a new Daily Digest each day of the week with new ideas. To sign up to receive the Daily Digest each day, CLICK HERE.
A message from Whitnee Pearce, the director of Adversity, Equity, and Outreach for the Rapid City Area Schools.
Do you have questions about what support is available for you and your family during this time? You’re in the right place!
We have created this form for Rapid City Area Schools District families to ask questions and receive feedback within 24 hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM-4:00PM (excluding weekends). Our RCAS School Social Workers will respond with community resources and information regarding the educational, social, and emotional needs of your student(s).
Here is a link to Clever so students can access their digital learning portal. With Clever, students can access their teacher’s Sybaloo page (if their teacher has one). There is a link to tumblebooks. The user name is rapidarea and the password is reads. McGraw Hill is also available on Clever, and this is how your child can access the Wonders reading program. Another application is Kickstand, which many teachers will be using for their distance learning. Some students might have a RazKids account. The Destiny app will take students to the library website where they can find a link to log in to epic books (enter class code zbs7347). Students can also find links to code.org and tinkercad, plus other links that Mrs. Sutliff might post to help with STEAM Challenges. Lastly, students can work on typing with typing agent (1st-5th graders). Kindergartners can use Typetastic to work on typing skills. Find the link on the Destiny library website.
If you need help logging in, you can click on the link “Get help logging in.” Here is a link to a screen shot of what to do. You can also email Mrs. Sutliff or your teacher to get your Clever Badge.
Black Hawk Cougars YouTube Channel
Mrs. Sutliff will be posting a new STEAM challenge every week on our channel. These short lessons are meant to offer students a chance to take a break from their reading and math work to do a fun activity that uses materials you should have at home. These are not required, but would offer students a nice break from their work. Mrs. Sutliff is also posting read alouds to this channel. Come enjoy a book with everyone! Also on this YouTube Channel you can find Videos from Mr. R. and Mr. D. If you come by, please leave a comment to let us know you visited our channel.
Here is the link to the Black Hawk Cougar Youtube Channel where you can find all these videos for education:
Mrs. Sutliff’s STEM At-Home challenges:
Tic-Tac-Toe STEM #1 Here is the first at-home STEAM Challenge page you can do with your family.
Mrs. Phares posted quite a few resources for students to get exercise at home. Find the posts on ClassDojo under School Story. Mr. D. is also posting his music lessons on ClassDojo School Story and the Black Hawk Cougar YouTube Channel. Here is a link: (Please email your teacher if you need log in information.)