Video Chat with Strangers for Nov. 30-Dec. 4

  11/30/20 08:41, by Lynne

Here are this week's groups:

Ben Esther Ena

Miles Sophia Sam

Fritz Fiona Kate

Jasper Moriah Anna Lotus

Ethan Cadence Belle

Aiden Flynn Anneka Ambrosia

This is an excellent time to join in the Video Chat with Strangers activity. Since the school went to an  all-online format beginning Monday, Nov. 16, there have been fewer school-related opportunities to visit with your Laurel classmates. Here is where the video chats pick up the slack -- not only are they fun, you can earn Laurel service hours while doing so. If you are interested in joining, please let me know right away so I can add your name to next week's groups. You can join anytime after that as well, but you won't be added until the following week(s).

There are a few guidelines to remember, so if you are new to this activity, please keep reading!

Each group is responsible for contacting its members about when to meet, so it's helpful to make those arrangements early in the week. If you haven't heard from a group member by Tuesday afternoon, be the person who reaches out to others to determine the best time/day to chat. Also, see below about how to log your calls so they count toward Laurel service. As always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'm always happy to help.

Also, this is a good time to ask those who signed up early in the school year but haven't been participating, if they they still want to take part. It's important to show up for the chats, not only to earn Laurel service and to have fun with your classmates, but also because the others in your group would like to do the same. If you don't show up, that can't happen. To be fair to everyone, if you do want to participate, please make the effort to do so; if you don't want to, that's fine, we understand. But please let me know so I can remove your name from the list and create groups from the remaining active participants. 

Keep in mind:

You will be coordinating with your group members about when to have your chat. The chat should occur this week. If one person in your group is unable to chat this week (or does not respond to the scheduling request), go ahead and chat with the other person(s) in your group. Just be sure to make every honest attempt to connect with your group members. 

You also are responsible for keeping a log of Laurel service hours, so be sure to include these chats on that log. Include date, those you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted.

In order to earn Laurel service, the chat must be at least 15 minutes long (but can be longer, counted in 15 minute increments). You also must mention in your blog that day that you had the chat, who you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted. Failure to mention these things means it won't count toward Laurel service.

Finally, if your group would like to chat more than once during the week, that's awesome. Just be sure to mention this in your blog post each time a chat occurs.

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Memo from Lynne re: blogging, meetings and end-of-unit deadlines

  11/23/20 08:02, by Lynne

Greetings, Laurelites! As we prepare for the long holiday weekend, here are some things to keep in mind.

Blogging: While you are not required to blog on non-school days, if you did any kind of schoolwork over the long weekend, blog on that day and it counts toward your requirement. This is especially helpful for those who have fallen a bit behind and need the extra days to get their percentage where it should be.

This week's meetings with me: Since you only have school Monday and Tuesday, those are the only two days I'll be meeting with students regularly scheduled for those days. For those with meetings scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, let's plan to meet at our regular time next week. Of course, if anything comes up before then, let me know. I'll be checking email on school days and will try to get back to you right away.

End-of-unit deadlines for those doing independent studies: Unit 3 ends Wednesday, Dec. 9. I would like to have your Unit 3 folder sheet (number-ranked evaluations and Completed Work sections) and the Unit 3 self-evaluations  turned in no later than Monday, Dec. 14, and your Unit 4 folder sheets turned in by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Meeting these deadlines is crucial: The sooner we can get these finished, the less time we spend with back-and-forth communication, email reminders, etc. Please honor these deadlines so we all will be happy campers :) Also, since it's the last unit (which means the last four weeks before the semester ends), include on your Unit 4 folder sheets all of the work you plan to accomplish for your independent study. This is especially important for foreign-language students who have Rosetta Stone deadlines and Laurel language standards to complete. Plan your time accordingly so you can finish the first semester successfully.

Google Doc folder sheets and self-evaluations: I will be sending you a self-evaluation for Unit 3 and folder sheet for Unit 4 for each of your independent studies. (You should already have access to your Unit 3 folder sheets to complete the number-ranked evals and Completed Work). Please DO NOT change the Google Docs I send you. Do not change the title. Do not copy/paste from a previous doc and create a new one on your own. PLEASE just fill out the sheets I send you, and as a courtesy, add a comment on the Doc saying it's finished. Also, remember to sign and date each doc that has a space at the bottom for it. Thank you for your cooperation -- it makes everyone's lives more peaceful.

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Video Chat with Strangers for Nov. 23-27

  11/23/20 07:44, by Lynne

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

This is an excellent time to join in the Video Chat with Strangers activity. Since the school is going to all-online format beginning Monday, Nov. 16, there will be fewer school-related opportunities to visit with your Laurel classmates. That's where the video chats pick up the slack -- not only are they fun, you can earn Laurel service hours while doing so. If you are interested in joining, please let me know right away so I can add your name to next week's groups. You can join anytime after that as well, but you won't be added until the following week(s).

Each group is responsible for contacting its members about when to meet, so it's helpful to make those arrangements early in the week. If you haven't heard from a group member by Tuesday afternoon, be the person who reaches out to others to determine the best time/day to chat. Also, see below about how to log your calls so they count toward Laurel service. As always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'm always happy to help.

Also, this is a good time to ask those who signed up early in the school year but haven't been participating, if they they still want to take part. It's important to show up for the chats, not only to earn Laurel service and to have fun with your classmates, but also because the others in your group would like to do the same. If you don't show up, that can't happen. To be fair to everyone, if you do want to participate, please make the effort to do so; if you don't want to, that's fine, we understand. But please let me know so I can remove your name from the list and create groups from the remaining active participants. 

And so, without further ado, here are this week's groups:

 Ben Flynn Fiona Lotus

Aiden Ambrosia Sam Ena

Miles Anna Kate

Jasper Anneka Belle

Fritz Sophia Moriah

Ethan Esther Cadence

 

Keep in mind:

You will be coordinating with your group members about when to have your chat. The chat should occur this week. If one person in your group is unable to chat this week (or does not respond to the scheduling request), go ahead and chat with the other person(s) in your group. Just be sure to make every honest attempt to connect with your group members. 

You also are responsible for keeping a log of Laurel service hours, so be sure to include these chats on that log. Include date, those you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted.

In order to earn Laurel service, the chat must be at least 15 minutes long (but can be longer, counted in 15 minute increments). You also must mention in your blog that day that you had the chat, who you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted. Failure to mention these things means it won't count toward Laurel service.

Finally, if your group would like to chat more than once during the week, that's awesome. Just be sure to mention this in your blog post each time a chat occurs.

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Video Chat with Strangers for Nov. 16-20

  11/16/20 08:34, by Lynne

Let's welcome Anna, Esther and Sophia to the group!

This is an excellent time to join in the Video Chat with Strangers activity. Since the school is going to all-online format beginning Monday, Nov. 16, there will be fewer school-related opportunities to visit with your Laurel classmates. That's where the video chats pick up the slack -- not only are they fun, you can earn Laurel service hours while doing so. If you are interested in joining, please let me know right away so I can add your name to next week's groups. You can join anytime after that as well, but you won't be added until the following week(s).

Each group is responsible for contacting its members about when to meet, so it's helpful to make those arrangements early in the week. If you haven't heard from a group member by Tuesday afternoon, be the person who reaches out to others to determine the best time/day to chat. Also, see below about how to log your calls so they count toward Laurel service. As always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'm always happy to help.

 

 

Also, this is a good time to ask those who signed up early in the school year but haven't been participating, if they they still want to be a part of this group. It's important to show up for the chats, not only to earn Laurel service and to have fun with your classmates, but also because the others in your group would like to do the same. If you don't show up, that can't happen. To be fair to everyone, if you do want to take part, then make the effort to do so; if you don't want to, that's fine, we understand. But please let me know so I can remove your name from the list and create groups from the remaining active participants. 

And so, without further ado, here are this week's groups:

 

Fritz Cammie Flynn Jasper

Ben Cadence Ambrosia

Sam Dexton Belle

Miles Anneka Fiona

Jack Sophia Kate

Aiden Anna Moriah Esther

Ethan Lotus Ena 

 

Keep in mind:

You will be coordinating with your group members about when to have your chat. The chat should occur this week. If one person in your group is unable to chat this week (or does not respond to the scheduling request), go ahead and chat with the other person(s) in your group. Just be sure to make every honest attempt to connect with your group members. 

You also are responsible for keeping a log of Laurel service hours, so be sure to include these chats on that log. Include date, those you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted.

In order to earn Laurel service, the chat must be at least 15 minutes long (but can be longer, counted in 15 minute increments). You also must mention in your blog that day that you had the chat, who you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted. Failure to mention these things means it won't count toward Laurel service.

Finally, if your group would like to chat more than once during the week, that's awesome. Just be sure to mention this in your blog post each time a chat occurs.

 

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Video Chat with Strangers for Nov. 9-13

  11/11/20 06:46, by Lynne

ETA: This is an excellent time to join in the Video Chat with Strangers activity. Since the school is going to all-online format beginning Monday, Nov. 16, there will be fewer school-related opportunities to visit with your Laurel classmates. That's where the video chats pick up the slack -- not only are they fun, you can earn Laurel service hours while doing so. If you are interested in joining, please let me know right away so I can add your name to next week's groups. You can join anytime after that as well, but you won't be added until the following week(s).

Each group is responsible for contacting its members about when to meet, so it's helpful to make those arrangements early in the week. Also, see below about how to log your calls so they count toward Laurel service. As always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'm always happy to help.

 

I'm not sure where the post for this week's announcement is. It was updated Monday morning, but it isn't visible anywhere. 

Anyway ....

Let's welcome Flynn to the group!

Also, this is a good time to ask those who signed up early in the school year but haven't been participating, if they they still want to be a part of this group. It's important to show up for the chats, not only to earn Laurel service and to have fun with your classmates, but also because the others in your group would like to do the same. If you don't show up, that can't happen. To be fair to everyone, if you do want to take part, then make the effort to do so; if you don't want to, that's fine, we understand. But please let me know so I can remove your name from the list and create groups from the remaining active participants. 

And so, here are this week's groups:

Ben Belle Aiden

Miles Cadence Cammie

Sam Kate Ena

Jack Fiona Moriah Ethan

Fritz Anneka Ambrosia

Jasper Flynn Lotus Dexton

 

Keep in mind:

You will be coordinating with your group members about when to have your chat. The chat should occur this week. If one person in your group is unable to chat this week (or does not respond to the scheduling request), go ahead and chat with the other person(s) in your group. Just be sure to make every honest attempt to connect with your group members. 

You also are responsible for keeping a log of Laurel service hours, so be sure to include these chats on that log. Include date, those you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted.

In order to earn Laurel service, the chat must be at least 15 minutes long (but can be longer, counted in 15 minute increments). You also must mention in your blog that day that you had the chat, who you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted. Failure to mention these things means it won't count toward Laurel service.

Finally, if your group would like to chat more than once during the week, that's awesome. Just be sure to mention this in your blog post each time a chat occurs.

 

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