Distance Learning

Thurston Elementary is Closed

All AAPS buildings will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Your student’s teacher will be messaging your student/parent directly with links and instructions. For ease of parent and student access, click here to access your teacher’s classroom platform and email.
  • Our wonderful specials teachers are also posting activities your child can do at home:
  • Food assistance is available. Information can be found here.
  • If your student needs a device in order to access these learning opportunities, you can request one here.
  • If you are in need of a WiFi hotspot, you can request one for educational purposes here.

Please check here for more information regarding distance learning. Stay healthy!

A Note From Our Principals - 4/10/2020

Dear Thurston Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your families safe during these challenging times. We cannot begin to express how much we miss seeing you and the kids everyday! In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that some of our families are facing some challenges and please know that we are here for you. All of our instructional staff members want each of you to know that we are committed to continuing to provide rich opportunities for all of our students to learn and grow. We are looking forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with you. We value and respect your family’s practices and look forward to engaging in a new way with you as we become a virtual community. As we adapt to our new online approach, we hope the outlined responsibilities below will make the plan clearer for all of us. Again, we are together on this journey and we will get through this together.

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Provide four lessons for ELA, four lessons for Math, two lessons for Science, and two lessons for Social Studies for students to complete at any time throughout the week.
  • Provide feedback and support throughout the week, including office hours
  • Work to meet the needs of all students with differentiated learning opportunities
  • Post a “Check for Understanding” every Friday within Seesaw or via Google Classroom as means of checking in and monitoring participation
  • Communicate a daily message of care to student
  • Respond to emails within 24 hours

Student Responsibilities

  • Communicate with your teacher how/when you do your best learning at home.
  • To the best of your ability, stay connected to your online platform and the learning
  • To the best of your ability, complete assigned activities each week
  • Ask clarifying questions when you need help or don’t understand.
  • Communicate your needs, social, emotional, and academic. We are here to help you.

Parent/Caregiver/Family Responsibilities

  • Encourage your child to establish and follow daily routines when possible, including breaks between school work - help your child think about when and where they can work on their assigned activities
  • Help your child think about the resources they have available for learning, such as magazines, books, access to websites, and more 
  • Talk to your child about what they are learning
  • Provide regular opportunities for your child to share what they are feeling with you
  • Ask clarifying questions when you need help or don’t understand
  • Communicate your needs with us. If you need help within the academic realm or otherwise, let us try to help

Additionally, it may help you to take a look at the district’s suggestions for time spent learning at each grade level. We have also included suggestions for additional learning opportunities.

Y5 - 1st Grade 2nd - 3rd Grade 4th-5th Grade

Daily Learning Time

45 minutes - 1.5 hours a day​, chunked into smaller time increments (10 - 15 minutes)

Daily Learning Time

1.5 hours - 2.5 hours a day​, chunked into smaller time increments (15-30 minutes)

Daily Learning Time

2 hours - 3 hours a day​, chunked into smaller time increments (30-60 minutes)

Daily activities should include:

Sent as Activities throughout the week starting at 8:00 am on Monday

• English Language Arts

• Math

• Social Studies or Science ​(not for Y5)

• P.E., art, music, etc. (1 special per day)


• Morning Message of Care/Greeting

• Dreambox (​15 - 30 minutes daily)

• Lexia (as prescribed by teacher, completing 2 units per session is recommended with no more than 20 minutes spent)

• Independent Reading

• Journaling


Suggestions for Additional Learning Opportunities






• Reading

• Puzzles, Word Searches

• Write/Draw a Story or start a journal

• Take a walk

• Dance (Go Noodle)

• Exercise

• Fine/Gross Motor Activities

• Stretch or do Yoga

• Play a Sport

• Listen to music or sing

• Creative arts

• Coloring or drawing

• Imaginative play

• Meditate

• Clean up your room

• Do age-appropriate chores

• Garden or help outside

• Fix something broken

• Take care of pets

• Cook or bake

• Write a letter to someone

• Play a board game

• Tell jokes or riddles

• Build a fort and tell stories or read inside

• Offer to help someone

 A fabulous website with even more family activities: ​www.WideOpenSchool.org
Additional resources for parents​, including links to Clever Apps

Finally, we would like to share with you that your classroom teachers will be providing you with a “Learning Menu”. This resource was designed to provide families with a little extra instructional support for at-home understanding of the daily lessons & activities. These learning menus may take on various presentation styles depending on the grade level but will contain almost the same areas for understanding/support. You can expect to receive your learning menus either for the week on Monday morning by 8 am or daily by 8 am. Like you all, Thurston instructional staff are playing multiple roles at home while still anxiously wanting to support our kids. We are continuing to work towards finding a nice balance between all of our schedules. Thank you for all of the well wishes and thank you’s! We have an amazing and extremely compassionate community. Please continue to stay safe and take care of your families. Hope to see you soon when we stop by some of the classroom hangouts!

Natasha & Rose Marie