April 3, 2020
I hope you had a successful week of remote learning with your classes and your tutoring sessions. This is a learning process, and we are refining the sessions as we go. Many of you have been asking me about group lessons, so starting this week, here is the schedule:
Casa Math 1- Wed at 6:30
Casa Math 2- Wed at 7:30 PHS Math 1--Wed at 2:30
Casa Math 3- Mon at 7:30 PHS Math 2- Mon at 2:30
A couple of things to know:
1. You do not need to sign up for every week. You can come when you need help or come for the whole series. Right click the session to join.
2. The cost is $35 per session.
3. The first 30 minutes will be a lesson, then we will open it up for questions and extra practice problems for the last 30 minutes. You will be muted for the first half and can raise your hand in the second half.
4. You are welcome to record the session to rewatch and study.
5. Please be prepared to screen shot the whiteboard and take notes. We will be doing practice problems from your homework and Essential Standards.
6. If there is a particular topic you want to cover, email email@example.com at least two hours before the session, and I will try to fit it in.
7. If you have a friend or classmate who would like to join, please spread the word.
If there is sufficient interest, we may also continue the series over the summer to cover material that would have been taught these last two months of class.
We want to support you every way we can. If you have any questions, please email the front desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com.
March 29, 2020
I hope you are keeping safe and healthy.
We have been busy getting ready to take all the sessions online. Just as a reminder, all the recurring shared sessions in Teachworks have been cancelled, and you need to contact us to set up a new schedule. You can request a session in Teachworks or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the day, time, and tutor you would like to schedule.
In preparation for remote sessions please make sure to:
1. Download Hangouts and Zoom for your device. When possible we will do a combination of Hangouts and Zoom to share screens, use the whiteboard, and interact effectively. *Remember to mute your speaker on one app to avoid feedback
2. Fill in your student's email and cell phone number in Teachworks. We will call or text you the Zoom meeting ID and password at the beginning of your session.
3. Find a quiet place to have your session. The microphones pick up a lot of ambient noise. Turn off notifications for as many of your other apps as possible.
4. If your homework is in Google Classroom, you can share screens with your tutor. Alternately, make a copy of the document, then share the copy with your tutor. If you try to share documents in classroom, you will need to get permission from your teacher.
Just as a recap, because we cannot do shared sessions right now, we are allowing students to make appointments for 20 min-90 min. *The shorter sessions are particularly good for the younger students. The sessions will be prorated for $50/hr for sessions with staff and $75/hr for sessions with Christie. If it is easier for you to pay monthly, than please do so. Otherwise, we will email invoices every week to allow for changes and cancellations during this pandemic.
As always we wish all of you well and hope that you are finding your way through this uncertain time.
March 25, 2020
I hope you are staying safe and healthy. We appreciate your patience as we have been finding ways forward with our new reality.
Petaluma City Schools just announced that they will honor the shelter in place order through May 1st. Therefore, I have cancelled all April in-person sessions.
We are using a combination of Google Docs, Hangouts, and Zoom to tutor students remotely. At this time, we are not able to do any shared sessions. The remote sessions are working well, but we cannot monitor students like we do in person. This means that we have some changes in place for the next month.
1. Students can request one time sessions through Teachworks or email email@example.com for a recurring session.
2. The cost for the online sessions is $50 with staff and $75 with Christie. This is a break from our private session rates.
3. You can schedule sessions for a partial hour. The shortest session is 20 minutes.
4. We will email invoices every Friday to accommodate changes in the schedule. I want the billing to be as straight-forward as possible while allowing for this historic upheaval. Please pay your invoice within 7 days.
5. Schools are still working out their schedules. Some tutors may be able to work earlier in the day. We will continue to have the majority of our sessions in the evening.
6. While I want to be as flexibile as I can, my tutors are using their own Internet to make tutoring possible. We have all seen how the Internet has slowed, has interruptions, and has intermittent dropped packets. Connection issues are not the fault of the tutors or their ISP. They are side effects from the massive surge in usage across every community in the United States.
7. If you are interested in a group webinar for the junior high or high school math, please let us know. We are still working out how we can do this efficiently and affordably.
As so many have said, we are in an unprecedented crisis. We will continue to adjust and refine our remote sessions to best help all our families. We want to support you through the changes and keep you on track with your goals.
If you need to stop tutoring for any reason, just let us know. These are tough times and we all need to weather the storm. You are welcome to return in a few weeks, for summer, or next year. We appreciate you and wish you well.
These challenges are asking for us to be stronger than we have ever been before. Sometimes you don't know how strong you can be. You just keep taking one day at a time, one task at a time. It is when we look back that we realize that we were strong. May you be as strong as I know you can be.
April 29, 2020
The last few weeks have been challenging, and we are very grateful for your support and flexibility. The remote sessions are settling into a routine, and we can start thinking about the future.
Just a few thoughts today:
1. The remote learning has brought extra stress into all our lives. While this may seem strange coming from an educator, right now students' emotional health is more important than academics. If your student is struggling to understand a concept, we encourage you to take breaks, change to a different subject, or set the assignment off to the side. There will be multiple opportunities to learn fractions, integers, or whatever is causing the frustration. There is a time for self-discipline and learning perseverance; however, right now is not the ideal time. Kids and adults are all working hard to cope emotionally with all the changes, so added stress will only have a detrimental effect on the learning process. We can revisit the topic later when things calm down.
2. If you have a regular online session with Christie, your Zoom ID and password are listed in Teachworks. For the most part, you have the same ID and password for your sessions week to week. If you add a session or change your time, it will be a different ID and password. We will call, text, or email you the ID and password right before the start of your lesson.
3. Many colleges and universities have said that they will not require SAT or ACT scores for Fall 2020 applications. When you have time, please check the policy at the universities to which you plan to apply. Remember: you are shooting for 2 reach, 3 moderate, and 2 safe schools. Don't go overboard. Make sure you would be happy to attend each of the schools on your list. This summer, we can meet to talk about personal statements.
4. We are still working out the details for our summer program. What we know so far is that we will be doing a blend of in-person and online sessions. We know that remote learning has been very difficult for many students, so we will be offering a limited number of in-person sessions. Per the governor's policies, CJLC will be allowed to have 12 students or fewer in the office. To limit the number of people in the lobby at one time, we will be staggering the start times for each tutor. We ask that family not wait in the lobby during the student's session. We are complying with county and state policies, and a copy or the social distancing protocol has been posted at the front of Ste B (the downstairs office). We hope to give you all the details for the summer program soon.
5. If your student needs to take a credit recovery class over the summer, please contact your guidance counselor to find out which programs are accepted at your school. We can talk about pros/cons for each platform and how to find the best fit for your needs. CJLC can support most platforms.
In closing, I would like to take a moment to talk about some good news. We are facing a lot of challenges, but we are also experiencing victories. Recently a student or students:
+ learned to ride a bike without training wheels
+ checked out a ebook from the public library for the first time
+ finished a research project independently
+ retook an Essential Standards test and passed with flying colors
+ earned a B in a SRJC math class
There are good things happening. Students are learning to cook, reading books, finding new hobbies, and growing gardens. Sometimes our quietest victories have the most value. I hope that you can find victories in your life, even in the midst of all this hardship.
May 7, 2020
Parents and Students,
We are very proud of how everyone has risen to the challenge of remote learning. Keep up the good work! We are almost at the end of the school year!
This summer will be a little bit different than our usual summer program. The Shelter In Place restrictions are easing, yet we are going to take this slowly. The majority of our sessions will be online, but Heidi and Christie will be available for in-person sessions on a limited basis.
Take a few minutes to connect with Christie about your summer plans. We have a lot of curriculum here to share, and we can also order workbooks. If you are taking an online class, check to see if your materials are included or if you need a special textbook.
The Algebra Review, High School Composition, and Financial Literacy seminars can be scheduled in shared sessions, but for safety reasons we will not be doing larger groups.
The summer sign ups will begin Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 AM. Please email your preference for tutor, day, and time to Be sure to include an alternate just in case. As always, sign-ups are first come, first served with no early birds. I will confirm your schedule via email.
Heidi In -person or Online M,T, W, Th 9, 10, 11, 12:45, 1:45
Phil Online only M, T, W, Th 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00
Julianne Online only M, T, W, Th 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30
Steve Online only T, Th 3:15, 4:15, 5:15
Christie In-person or Online M. T, W, Th 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Summer schedule will begin Monday, June 8.
Let is know if you have any questions. We are excited to bring back our *normal* life, one bit at a time.