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- ConnectED Learning
- Gilman Learning Continuity Plan (GLCP)
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
- Library Resources
- Physical Education/Athletics
- Students are not expected to do any work during spring break itself (3/13 - 3/23)
- Teachers from each grade level will send home information about distance learning for extended break. This will include specific assignments, additional activities, resources, and information about pacing.
- Learning will be asynchronous, meaning teachers and students will not be online at the same time. For grades 2-5, the expectation is that students will keep up with the daily assignments; however, we understand that each family will face its own circumstances.
- Please communicate with your son’s teachers so we can plan for the transition back to regular school.
- The library is a great resource for families. Here is a PDF with information about the many resources available. If you are looking for more books to read, feel free to look at last summer’s reading lists on the William Passano Library website.
- Teachers will be checking email during regular school hours, and are available to answer questions about assigned work.
Lower School Counselor Laura Jordan will be available to you and your son by email, email@example.com, and voicemail 410-323-3800 x484. If you have any questions or concerns about your son’s emotional well-being, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Jordan.
- Students should not use virtual backgrounds with photos of students, faculty, or anyone else, as it is not in keeping with our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). To minimize distractions to the lessons, students should not switch their background during meetings. Ideally, students should sit with a wall or non-distracting background behind them and avoid using the virtual background unless it is neutral and does not direct attention away from the teacher.
- It is a good habit for students to mute their own microphones so that they are building awareness of their online presence and taking ownership of their class. Students should use the "raise your hand" feature if they would like to speak, then wait to be called on before unmuting.
- Students should make sure that they are practicing good posture while attending Zoom sessions (both for professionalism and health). Ideally, your camera should be at eye level when you are seated so you do not lean over the device and strain your neck and back.
- Students should avoid disruptive behaviors in the meetings (engaging with other devices and distracting classmates).
- Students should only use the chat feature if permitted by the teacher (teachers may disable the chat feature). Remember that the chat is visible to your class, so text may be archived; make sure that all comments are in keeping with the Gilman Five.
- Students should have a pencil and paper ready to write notes and reminders for themselves.
- Students departing for Spring Break on Thursday, March 12 should take all books, instruments, and other work materials home with them.
- Day one of closure (Tuesday, March 24) will be used for the students to catch up on work that was assigned prior to spring break.
- On days two and three of closure (Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26), all initial instruction will be asynchronous--students do not need to be online at the same time as their classmates.
- After the first week of closure, teachers may hold synchronous instruction. Teachers should plan to hold those classes at regular class meeting times and on regular cycle days. (Example - Period 1 Talk I 8:00 - 8:40 a.m. meeting on Days 6, 10).
- Faculty will be available for extra help via email from 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. during weekdays.
- For synchronous learning activities, if possible create groups of at least 3 - 5 students within each class.
- Although all assignments will be posted a week in advance, we understand that flexibility and understanding is important.
- To keep continuity amongst grade levels, teachers will work collaboratively and share assignments as much as possible
Middle School Counselor Amy Summers will be available to you and your son by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and voicemail 410-323-3800 x301. If you have any questions or concerns about your son’s emotional well-being, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Summers.
We are suggesting the US students who do not have a PLT4M account, sign up for one. Everyday, there is a new workout that can be done in their home. I have attached the directions for them to sign up for one.
For conditioning exercises, please click here.
- Students departing for Spring Break on Thursday, March 12 should take books and other work materials home with them in case the schools decide to extend the break.
- Day one of closure (Tuesday, March 24) will be used for the students to catch up on work that was assigned prior to Spring Break.
- On days two and three of closure (Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26), all initial instruction will be asynchronous -- students do not need to be online at the same time as their classmates.
- After day three, teachers may hold synchronous instruction. Teachers should plan to hold those classes at regular class meeting times in the coordinate US schedule.
- Faculty from all three schools are to be available via email between 8:00 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. during weekdays.
- Advisors should stay in communication with advisees.
- Each teacher should create a document with learning expectations specific to remote learning.
- For synchronous learning activities, groups of 4-5 within each class will be created.
Upper School Counselor John Mojzisek will be available to you and your son by email, email@example.com, and voicemail 410-323-3800 x305. If you have any questions or concerns about your son’s emotional well-being, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mojzisek.
What library resources are available from home?
Most of the library’s resources (databases, ebooks, audiobooks) are available online and can be accessed by students, faculty, and staff right from home. Print items (books, DVDs, periodicals) are not available off-campus.
Where can I find sources for a class project?
The library’s research databases, online encyclopedias, and dictionaries should be used for class assignments. These offer evaluated sources on different subjects, including periodical articles, reference books, images, academic journals, and primary sources.
How can I access the library’s online resources from home?
From each library’s homepage go to “Online Resources.”
For Lower School click here: https://www.gilman.edu/academics/libraries/william-passano-library-ls
For Middle School click here: https://www.gilman.edu/academics/libraries/walter-lord-library-ms/online-resources
For Upper School click here: https://www.gilman.edu/academics/libraries/edward-r-fenimore-jr-library-us/research
Select the subject area and then click on the title of the database. When prompted for a username and password, enter your Gilman email username and password.
Can I get audiobooks or ebooks while Gilman is closed?
Yes, use the link to Overdrive on each library’s homepage to connect to ebooks and audiobooks. Overdrive provides selected audio and ebooks from different genres including fiction, nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels and more. When prompted, log in with your Gilman email username and password.
Please note that the Gilman digital collection is currently not separated by division. It is possible for a lower school student to have access to an upper school book, so we suggest parents of lower school boys select eBooks with their son and help him make the best choices for his reading and maturity levels.
Can I download a book to read or listen offline?
Yes, most books will download automatically. If a book didn't download automatically, you can download it with these steps:
Go to .
Click or tap .
Can I read or listen to an ebook on my kindle or phone?
Yes, you can make Kindle your preferred reading device. Once you have selected the link to Overdrive on the library’s homepage, you can find the Help link on the righthand side, which will give you additional information.
Which app should I download to my iPad or phone?
You can access ebooks and audiobooks via the Overdrive app or Sora, by Overdrive app.
Can I get help from a librarian while Gilman is closed?
Yes, email your divisional librarian who will respond to your email.
Lower School - Melissa Da, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School - Faith Ward, email@example.com
Upper School - Diane Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free resources during prolonged closure
- Khan Academy
- Thinkport: At Home Learning Toolkit
- MPT Livestream
- PBS Kids Livestream
- Annenberg Learner
- Lakeshore Learning - 1,000 Free resources including lesson plans, worksheets, and creative projects
Free Literacy Activities:
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - every weekday @ 1 p.m.
- Storyline Online
- Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
- The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
- Draw Everyday with JJK - Youtube Channel - YouTube livestream every weekday @ 2 p.m.
- Georgia World War II Oral History
- Smithsonian Magazine’s 68 Historical, Cultural, and Scientific Collections to Explore Online
- The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang “Weather School” - Facebook Live Stream - every Wednesday @ 1 p.m. (appropriate for Elementary- Middle School)
- Zoo America Virtual Visits - Facebook Page - every weekday at 11 a.m. (located in Hershey, PA) virtual zoo visits and online games.
- Mongabay Education - Rainforest educational resources
Playbill List of Plays and Musicals you can watch online. 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home
- I Love Libraries - Virtual Tours - Virtual tours of famous libraries
- Google Arts & Culture Virtual Museums - Virtual tours of museum collections
Digital Checkouts from Public Libraries
- Libby App
- Kanopy - Kanopy Kids has an entire section called Story Time with animated picture books; also has a lot of science, math, and foreign language related videos for children
Articles and Other Resources:
- NYTimes Article - Home With Your Kids? Writers Want to Help
- Free Meals for Children in Baltimore City (needs to be updated weekly) - not sure if relevant to any of our population https://www.bmorechildren.com/freemeals?fbclid=IwAR3oOXVM69DhNHCbCl9xKVe6uJtmqkf0T-6BkYP4ULeZjgrC8U0pb_gHuv8
- Npr article on free offerings
- Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Babbel - Offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020 in any of its languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English.
- Kahoot! - Offering free access to the "premium" version of its game-based learning software.
- Disney Imagineering in a Box - Disney partnered with Khan Academy for free Imagineering lessons and activities.
- Cool Progeny list of weekly resources
Lower School: Information on activities is being sent to homeroom teachers. We are also suggesting going to YouTube: PE with Joe. This is good for third through fifth grade.
Middle School: Information on activities is being sent to homeroom teachers and through IMOT. We are also suggesting going to YouTube: PE with Joe.
Upper School: We are suggesting the US students who do not have a PLT4M account sign up for one. Everyday there is a new workout that can be done at home.
For conditioning exercises, please click here.
We appreciate that members of our community may feel anxious, sad, or lonely during this time of uncertainty. We want to assure you that our school counselors, learning specialists, and health personnel are available for our students and parents through email, phone, or text during the period of Distance Learning for consultation, support, and referral services. These times of social distancing and reliance on technology can lead to feelings of isolation, grief, and loss. The Student Support Team will continue to provide services that support students’ success and overall wellbeing. We encourage parents and students to support one another and to reach out to the school counselor or learning specialist in their division if they have any questions or concerns.
- What is COVID-19?
- How is COVID-19 spread?
- What are common symptoms?
- How can I prevent from getting COVID-19?
- What should I do if I think I've contracted COVID-19?
- What about School-Sponsored and Personal Travel?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Content source: World Health Organization
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The following recommended everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- See CDC’s Handwashing website for more details.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contact a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional and School Nurse Edie Meacham RN about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
All school-sponsored spring break travel has been cancelled.
All exchange programs for the spring semester have been cancelled. Summer trips will be evaluated in early April.
Mr. Smyth’s email message earlier this week confirmed that school will not resume at least until April 24 as the Governor has requested all citizens to maintain social distance to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The school acknowledges that at this time it will be extremely difficult for students to fulfill community service graduation requirements. As such, the service requirement for our rising seniors (current junior class) and our rising ninth-grade students (current eighth-grade class) has been suspended.
- Rising seniors do not need to complete the required hours prior to the August 1 deadline and are invited to complete 50 hours prior to graduation
- The requirement has been waived for eighth-grade students
Students who have completed the requirement in part or in full may continue to submit the requisite forms at their convenience.
Over the past week, a number of parents have inquired about ways to maintain a connection to the greater community through service. Below is a list of resources that remain open to provide essential services for those in need and suggestions on how you can help.
As you consider ways to serve, please remain vigilant in protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19. It is important to practice social distancing - please limit contact with other humans outside of your home. Additionally, if you are not feeling well, please wait until you are well to get involved.
Donell Thompson, Jr. ‘91
Director of Service-Learning
Updated April 27, 2020
Maryland Food Bank
Did you know that 1 in 7 people are relying on food banks for their daily supplies? The Gilman Red Cross Club is running a fundraiser for the Maryland Food Bank.
Help us fight hunger in our community during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Every dollar you give will provide not only the gift of food but the gift of hope for food-insecure children and families.
Click here to donate now: https://mdfoodbank.fenly.org/drive/gilman-redcross-coronavirus-food-drive/
Parks & People Foundation
Parks & People is one of many partners working with the National Aquarium to participate in the 2020 City nature Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to connect with nature in whatever city you live in to identify as many species as possible in a short time.
Download the iNaturalist app and use it to take photos of any and all species you can find from April 24 -27, 2020 (plants, animals, fungi, etc). Please follow all federal, state, and local guidelines regarding social distancing for your safety and others. The best options to participate are by looking right in your backyard, or a (non-crowded) park near your house.
This will help to identify biodiversity in the Baltimore area (or wherever you live.) Scientists and experts will be looking at the entries to properly identify all species.
Sign up here by April 17th to get counted as a volunteer with Parks & People.
Charm City Run - The Maryland Food Bank - UMMC COVID-19 Response Fund
The "race" begins on April 17, 2020, and runners can pick 5k, 10k, of half (or multiple races). They run the distance from wherever they are and then submit their results via text, email, or the website until 4/30 to see how they stack up against others. Winners get awards from UA and CCR. Registrants will receive a cool Maryland Heart pin we are designing, and 100% of the proceeds will be split between the MD Food Bank and the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund.
There is a competition between stores to see who can get the largest team. Whoever ends up with the most will get a $10 CCR store credit (underwritten by Under Armour) for each member of the team (up to 200 people). Please share the link on your social accounts and help us spread the word.
My Sister’s Place (Catholic Charities)
My Sister’s Place is currently seeking food and monetary donations, including casseroles (store-bought or home-made email email@example.com for information), bottled water, canned chicken/tuna/vegetables/soup, bread, deli meat, sliced cheese and more. Visit the website for more details.
Collect and send wish list items and/or write letters to send to first responders through Operation Gratitude.
The United Way of Central Maryland Community
Please visit the Community Impact Leadership Institute site to learn more! Those participants that have reached a total of 20 points by May 31st will be notified by email and sent completion certificates over the summer. Stay tuned for more info.
Other helpful links:
MobileServe - virtual volunteer resources (scroll down for opportunities)
The office of the Governor of Maryland offers this resource as a list of ways in which Marylanders can help.
Donald Bentley Food Pantry
The Donald Bentley Food Pantry remains open (Saturdays) to serve its regular clients. Please contact Mr. Josh Julius at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a donation.
Our Daily Bread Employment Center (Catholic Charities)
Do you like to cook? Our Daily Bread Employment Center, My Sister’s Place, and My Brother’s Keeper each are in need of casseroles to feed clients. You can access the recipes using this link. Please contact the volunteer staff if you would like to donate a prepared food item.
Cooking not for you? Check out this list of urgently needed in-kind donations.
Pickersgill Retirement Community
- Have you been thinking about your elder partner(s) from Pickersgill? Take a moment to write them a letter to say hello. Because of the restrictions on social gatherings, retirement communities have suspended all casual visits and many residents may feel lonely. A quick note to say hello could easily bring a smile to your favorite resident’s face. (Feel free to use Gilman’s address as the return address - 5407 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210 - rather than use your own. Contact the volunteer coordinator, Ms. Tricia Selko, for more information at email@example.com.
- We at Pickersgill are looking for volunteers that would like to make a video so we can share on our in-house TV channel. If you feel like you have some to say to our residents or if you have a talent you would like to showcase. We would love to see it.
Here are some ideas.
- If you play an instrument and would like to do a performance for us.
- If you want to just send a message of encouragement
- If you dance
- If you want to read a poem
- If you want to read a short story
- If you would like to sing a song
- Showing off your pet's talents
We have been using Zoom to record. Or if you send us in an MP3 or MP4 format.
Baltimore Hunger Project
Baltimore Hunger Project is so grateful for the outpouring of support the community has shown us via phone calls, texts, and emails asking how they can help. We are working closely with our partnering schools to make sure we can best support the children in our community while the schools are closed. However, we cannot do it without community and volunteer support. Below are ways to help us aid these children during these uncertain times:
- Help stock our warehouse with our greatest needs. We are currently concentrating on items that are ready to eat, such as canned chicken, canned tuna, granola bars, Nutri-Grain bars, protein bars, applesauce pouches, and fruit snacks. We currently have an Amazon Wish List set up with many of these items: bit.ly/BHPwishlist
- Donate funds to help us purchase needed food items. Donations can be made on our Facebook fundraiser or at www.baltimorehungerproject.org/donate.
- Sign up to be notified when delivery and distribution help is needed. We are keeping a list of names and contact information of people who want the latest information regarding these updates. To be added to the list, please email Lynne Kahn at Lynne@baltimorehungerproject.org
- Continue to make Notes of Encouragement for our children please email Lynne Kahn at Lynne@baltimorehungerproject.org for more information
- Please keep our community, especially our children and families in need, in your thoughts and prayers.
Franciscan Center of Baltimore
Last week the Franciscan Center created and served over 2,000 lunches and gave out 40 emergency grocery bags. Their Social Work team continues to provide support for individuals and families during this time. If you would like to help, please visit the Center’s Amazon Wish List or consider donating the following items:
- Bottled Water
- Paper Pantry Bags
- To Go Food Boxes
- To Go Soup Containers with Lids
Civic Works has three options for service for students and one for parents:
- Write letters to a retirement community (similar to Pickersgill) to offer words of encouragement that may bring a smile on a resident’s face.
- Create index cards to go that will go into bags of produce that will go out in late May. Ideas of what can be written on the cards include something fun (appropriate) and catchy such as a vegetable cartoon or interesting facts about vegetables, recipes for vegetable dishes.
- For the artists out there - Design and create sturdy, permanent signs for the Civic Works farm.
If your family is interested in participating in any of these projects, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in contact with the Director of Volunteerism and Events.