Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Brianna Valenti

Brianna Valenti’ 21

One of the best ways to remain healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to stay home and avoid other people in public places as much as possible. However, that can come at a cost, too. During the lockdown in the spring, children and their families were isolated at home. There were fewer opportunities for socialization, exercise and entertainment.

Columbia High School senior Brianna Valenti ’21 wanted to help students address those needs, especially when they are stuck inside for long periods of time. So she created “Boredom Busters,” an interactive Google Slides presentation that has many free, fun and easy to use links for learning activities.

“I have spent many hours carefully researching online resources that challenge the mind and work on skills, develop creativity in music and art, encourage physical activity, and promote relaxation,” said Ms. Valenti.

Boredom Busters is organized by age (grades K-2, 3-5, Middle School, High School) and links to engaging activities for all interests such as coloring, cooking, dance, fitness, karaoke, photography, puzzles and robotics.

Each slide in the presentation has images that the user can click on, which link to the online resource, and audio that briefly explains the activity.

Ms. Valenti created Boredom Busters as her Girl Scouts Gold Award project, which she received earlier this year.

“Now, more than ever, people of all ages are under extra stress during these challenging times,” said Ms. Valenti. “I hope ‘Boredom Busters’ gives others an opportunity to explore new interests and escape from some of the stresses. I just really want people to experience more happiness.”

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