Home eLearning & Snow Days2019-11-07T10:31:27-06:00

Home eLearning / Snow Days

On these days, the learning that happens at school is continued at home. As many students do not have internet access, and we strongly believe in encouraging students to engage in reading and the physical process of writing, we have prepared work that is not on a computer. Since we recognize that students will primarily be working independently, we have limited the amount of work and the time it should take. Our goal is that students should spend approximately 45 minutes of focused effort on each of the three main curricular areas: reading, writing, and arithmetic. So, all work should be able to be completed in the morning, leaving the rest of the day for unlimited learning and fun options.

Teachers will be available to answer questions or provide assistance during scheduled eLearning days. Call the office, 219-878-8711, anytime between 8:30 AM and 12 noon to ask for a teacher. Teachers will be in meetings and their own learning activities so may not be available immediately, but will call back before 4 o’clock and can answer your questions or speak directly with students to coach through difficulties if needed.

This first eLearning day is also an opportunity to practice virtual days as they will be carried out in the case of school cancellation due to inclement weather. On Snow Days, students need to keep learning – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic work are required each day. Students received home assignments for six days, November 8 is the first, and five cover sheets with expectations listed were included for any potential cancelled days. Work is due on the first day back in school. Further details are below.

Please ensure your child completes this work. Use this as an opportunity to engage in the learning process, and put the packet in a safe place so you are ready if school cancellations happen.

*Note – If Snow Days come and you cannot find your packet, links to copies are below, or you can write your own cover sheet and follow the same routine.

Kindergarten

The Home eLearning/Snow Day packet for students in Kindergarten includes a Cover Sheet/Checklist and Math Activity Options.

1st-3rd Grade

The Home eLearning/Snow Day packet for students in 1st-3rd grade includes a Cover Sheet & Checklist, Math Activity Options, and a Book Report Essay.

4th-8th Grade

The Home eLearning/Snow Day packet for students in 4th-8th grade includes a Cover Sheet & Checklist as well as math assignments posted by math group below.

Snow Day Closings

If Michigan City or LaPorte Schools are closed for bad weather, so is Renaissance Academy. Do not bring students to school; carry on a home learning day with Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic work.

Listen –  In the case of bad weather, please check radio and TV stations and listen for either Michigan City or LaPorte School closings, with Renaissance in the limits of both schools districts, we must follow both school systems weather closings.  Announcements are posted on WEFM 95.9, WSBT-AM 960, SUNNY 101.5, Oldies 94.3, WHFB 99.9, and television stations WSBT Channel 22, and WNDU Channel 16.

Text Alerts – You can sign up for text announcements of closings and delays. At www.wsbt.com click on Weather in the top bar, then Closings, and find the link to sign up. Fill in your information and scroll down to 6g to check both Michigan City Area Schools and LaPorte Community School Corp.

Note – It has happened on occasion that weather delays have turned into school closings.  This is usually announced before 8:00 AM so please stay tuned in to the news.