MARCH 18, 2020

Dear Fox Hollow Parents,
In “The Wizard of Oz”, at one point in her journey, Dorothy is frightened about what she might encounter on the yellow brick road and says, “Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!”
And today we can all say, “COVID – 19, earthquakes and (whatever unexpected life event happens next), oh my!”
If a plague of locusts comes our way in the near future, I will be moving back to Oregon:)
I hope you are all doing well after this morning’s shakeup.
I have been so impressed by how quickly our teachers have delivered online instruction to our students. I, like you as parents, am grateful for the dedicated efforts of our teachers to continue to provide instruction to our students during this school closure. We have grandchildren in Florida who are out of school and are receiving no online instruction from their teachers, or any school communications. I feel fortunate and grateful that the Alpine School District has quickly put in place an online instructional model for our students!
The Fine Arts are important and I am sending you the following links that I have received from another school.  I hope they are helpful as you connect your students with educational sites.
Lesson Ideas Grades K-2:
Lesson plans from the BYU ARTS Partnership website: ​ BTSALP music lesson plans: ​
Hansel and Gretel Opera Game.​ Great for Kindergarten
 Move or sing along to songs on the Kiboomer YouTube channel:
Activities from PBS website about music, beat, singing, the blues, dances and movement (Chinese Fan and Irish Step Dancing), making instruments from random items, etc. /edit?usp=sharing
Free song, “Soap & Water” from Music K-8 with lyrics:
How does this music make me feel?
What do I think of when I hear this music?
If this music were playing in a movie, what would be happening?
Lesson Ideas Grades 3-6:
Lesson plans from the BYU ARTS Partnership website: ​
BTSALP music lesson plans: ​
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Game​ Make your own instruments at home.​ Orchestra Game from the Magic Flute​ 12 Steps Game From Alice in the 4 Seasons Game​ Nutcracker Instrument Family Match
 World Instruments!  I thought this was pretty cool.
Really fun for connecting pitch with length.
This one is great for all ages! You get to make your own recording band.​ The Orchestra Sings – Resources
For creating beats:
Drumbit ​
Splice Beatmaker ​
Incredibox — make your own beats and share: ​
May also arrange fun a capella sounds
For all kinds of music games/theory practice: Music Tech Teacher
For orchestra listening and instrument samples:
For composing: ​
I know Fox Hollow parents are being bombarded with emails from the school, but an online instructional model means that you are going to have more emails in your Inbox.
Continue to press forward with good cheer and optimism. We can do this!
Shawn Brooks
Principal, Fox Hollow Elementary

March 17, 2020

Dear Fox Hollow Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday was a great day of teacher collaboration and preparation for digital, online
instruction for students. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher by the end
of today, if you haven’t already, outlining assignments, materials and supplies that will
be ready for pick-up Wednesday in the gym and other essential activities for your child.
This initial email will be the first of many communications from your child’s teacher to
support learning at home and help parents to know expectations.
Teachers will reach out to families each day by 8:00 a.m. to have contact with students
and parents and to share new information and encouragement during this Corona virus
crisis. You should also be able to contact teachers during specified “office hours” in your
child’s teacher’s email coming home today. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your
child’s teacher for clarification or with questions and concerns. Teachers are ready to
support and eager to help every child continue to learn.
Teacher Websites and Links:
Starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, parents can go to the Fox Hollow Elementary
website and click on a grade level link that will take you to current grade level
assignments from your child’s teacher. Please know that this will be the one designated
stop for you to receive current information from your child’s teacher and the school.
Materials and Supply Pick-up:
As was mentioned above, each grade level will have possible materials and supplies for
students (* see your child’s teacher’s email to know if a packet will be prepared for pickup)
to pick up on Wednesday, March 18th at the school. These materials will help
students to complete assignments that teachers provide online and allow students to
use materials and supplies that they use at school, at home. We hope this is helpful to
you and your student(s).
“Grab and Go” Meals:
Our cafeteria staff has prepared breakfast and lunches for quick pick-up at Fox Hollow
Elementary. Students can come by with a parent or guardian at the following times for
these “grab and go” meals:
o 8:00-9:00 a.m. for breakfast
o 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for lunch
Currently, the only option is for students to come by the school for meals. There isn’t a
way to drop meals off to students at different locations. If you are unable to come to the
school for meals and need assistance with food, please call the 211 hotline for support.
Chrome Book Check-out Starts Tomorrow:
We will be distributing a limited number of chrome books to students in grades 1st-6th
that do not have access to a device at home. On Wednesday, March 18th, (9:00 am
to 3:00 pm / front office) you may come in that window for checkout a chrome book.
*Note that you must attend with your student to complete our parent consent form that
allows us to assign a device to your student. We will also work with your student while
on-site to make sure that they can log into the device before you leave. A few things to
understand about the process on Wednesday:
◦ There are a limited number of chrome books available to our students and they are
intended only for those students who have no other means to access learning resources
from home. If there are more than one student attending Fox Hollow Elementary in the
home, the school will decide the number of chrome books that will be sent home.
Please do not take a chrome book if your student already has access to a computer or
tablet at home.
◦ The chrome book is a temporary loan and will need to be returned to the school as
soon as school resumes.
◦ Again, if you do not have internet access at home, Comcast is offering some
Free for 60 days. No contract required.
Social Emotional Wellness:
Please see the attached document of support to families from Alpine School District.
There are outstanding links to connect parents and family members with during this
challenging time of trial. Please know that your social emotional wellness and that of
your student(s) is very important to us. Please take care and let us know if there is
anything that we can do to help.
A Message From Our School Counselor- Laura Bartlett:
Hopefully you have had a chance to read the Social and Emotional information from the
district as it has some excellent suggestions and resources. I want you to know that I
am still here to support you and your children during this uncertain time. Please reach
out to me if your child needs someone to help them process through their emotions or
fears. I can work with students through phone or email. Please email me and we can
arrange a time for an over-the-phone counseling session with your child. You are also
welcome to reach out to me for any other help or questions that you might have. I will be
checking my email regularly between the hours of 8 am – 4 pm. The lesson I had
planned for this month was all about “Resilience”. Remind your kids that they are
strong, flexible and capable of recovering from difficult things – they are resilient!
Laura Bartlett contact information:
email: [email protected]
temporary phone: 385-269-9693
Have a great week!
Shawn Brooks
Principal, Fox Hollow Elementary