COVID-19 Information Hub & Distance Learning Resources

Reacting to COVID-19

Our priority is the health and safety of our community. Following the City of Hoboken’s declared State of Emergency and School District Closure, Tessa International School is physically closed until further notice, and remains virtually open. Families can expect to receive an update via email as the situation evolves.

Tessa is virtually open

We are committed to ensuring the continuity of the learning during the schools closure, and making the most out of that experience.  Through our distance learning plan, our teachers are doing their best to emulate the experience of being in the classroom, integrating both on-screen and off-screen activities and challenging our students through a variety of activities.

How Online Schooling Works

How Online Schooling Works:

Preschool students and elementary students have different formats of online learning, but the goal is the same: to provide experiences that duplicate what we do at Tessa. A second important goal is to minimize the ‘online-ness’ of the experience as much as possible.

Our main learning platform during this time is Google Classroom. Each class meet their teacher daily, through Zoom.
Teachers are providing short live lesson related to math, language, the current Unit of Inquiry, and the enrichment teachers  are meeting with each class once a week.

Teachers are also giving optional or strongly suggested homework depending on the age groups.

Tessa’s Opening Hours

Following the City of Hoboken’s declared State of Emergency and School District Closure, Tessa International School is physically closed until further notice, and remains virtually open.

We are providing online courses for day school and afterschool activities.

There is no member of administration at Tessa during the school closure. We are however available from 8am to 7pm, via the phone 201 755 5585 or by email. We may not be able to immediately answer your question when you call us, but we will forward your message to the appropriate party and get back to you as soon as we can. Teachers are reachable during normal working hours by email and on brightwheel.

Online Schooling Resources

Through our distance learning program, each teacher provide you with the necessary resources to help your child learn and grow. Here is a list of websites we use and additional resources:

IXL

Razkids

Mathletics

Brain POP

Twinkl

Making basic literacy skills practice effective and fun:

– PBS Kids Reading Games: pbskids.org/games/reading

– Education World, The Reading Machine: www.educationworld.com/a_tech/archives/readingmachine.shtml

– Scholastic Student Activities website: teacher.scholastic.com/activities/clf/tguidesitemap.htm

– The Learning Company games: classicreload.com

– Book Creator (KG-G1)- Create and collaborate on E-books: https://bookcreator.com/

Increasing the number and variety of texts available for readers at all levels:

– The International Childrens Digital Library: en.childrenslibrary.org

– Unite for Literacy: uniteforliteracy.com

– Storyjumper: www.storyjumper.com/book/search

– Project Gutenberg: www.gutenberg.org

– Gismo Freeware: www.techsupportalert.com/free-ebooks-audio-books-read-online-download.htm

– Amazon and Barnes and Noble: search Free Kindle books at www.amazon.com or Free Ebooks at www.barnesandnoble.com.

– Stay-at-home ideas and free book hubs: https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/03/book-ideas-hub-brilliant-stay-at-home-ideas-free-resources/

Reading IQ is a digital library with thousands of ebooks for children: https://www.readingiq.com/

Scaffolding texts for struggling readers and writers of all ages:

– Tech for Teachers: Supporting Struggling Readers with Speech-to-Text: youtu.be/zBLXkAVyJWU

Personalizing and differentiating instruction for diverse readers:

– Newsela: current non-fiction articles at multiple Lexile levels: newsela.com

– Simple English Wikipedia: simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

– Storyline Online: read-aloud, mostly for younger children: www.storylineonline.net

– Fact Monster: fun facts, trivia games, and homework help for elementary students: factmonster.com

– Khan Academy: short online tutorials for all ages: khanacademy.org

Bringing out the social in reading:

– Goodreads for students 13 and up; librarians can create private groups with restricted membership: www.goodreads.com

– Biblionasium, which allows users to share their reading preferences; for students age 6-13: www.biblionasium.com

– Library Thing: lets students create a private but shareable personal bookshelf, for kids 13 and up: librarything.com

– Poetry-Free-for-All: for poets of all ages: www.everypoet.org

– Teen Ink: www.teenink.com

– Book Crossing: a forum for sharing actual print books in a unique way: www.bookcrossing.com

– Epals: A reputable global pen pal site that can encourage reading and writing: www.epals.com/#/connections

http://bedtimemath.org/

https://learnwithhomer.com/

Age of Learning is offering families at affected schools free at-home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8 https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

Math:

– IXL helps students master essential skills at their own pace through fun and interactive questions, built in support, and motivating awards: https://www.ixl.com/math/

– Mathletics, interactive games and challenges: https://www.mathletics.com/us/

– BedTimeMath, Keep your kids’ math skills sharp – without screen time: http://bedtimemath.org/

– BrainPOP: https://www.brainpop.com/math/

Arts, Fitness and Play-based Activities:

– Play-based activities to do at home: https://tessais.org/play-based-learning-activities-to-do-at-home/

– Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

– Exhibit tours, story time, science experiments, sports coaching for physical activity with Indianapolis’ children museum: https://www.childrensmuseum.org/museum-at-home

– Hop in a Time Machine with the Met Kids: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

Online Exercise Routines

– But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Homemade Craft Ideas

Find additional resources per language track on our website:

Spanish Resources

French Resources

Here are few useful articles about homeschooling:

How to Transition from Parent to Teacher

How to home-school your kid like a pro during coronavirus quarantine

Tips from a teacher: how to homeschool your kids while working during a global pandemic

How to help your child understand and cope with social distancing:

Talking to your Child about Coronavirus

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children will have already heard about the virus or seen people wearing face masks, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it.

Here are a few resources that can help:

Summer Camp

There are no plans to close Summer Camp at this time as the situation keeps evolving unpredictably. The decision to close will be taken upon CDC advisories.

To give you peace of mind in these challenging times, we have decided to extend our cancellation and refund policy for the summer camp 2020.

A full refund* will be guaranteed for any cancellation up to the beginning of your child’s camp** and during camp. Any camp week that has already started is due in full.

Do not hesitate to contact us at summercamp@tessais.org with any concerns or questions.

*the refund excludes the registration fees if any

** Any camp week that has already started is due in full.

Hoboken State of Emergency

The Office of Emergency Management in Hoboken has declared a State of Emergency.  As of  March 13th, all city-run recreation activities and sports for children and adults will be cancelled, along with the closure of all city recreation fields and facilities.

Please find the update from Mayor Bhalla at the following link.

Hygiene measures taken at Tessa

We are using the time where school is closed to do a deep cleaning of our school, with cleaning staff coming to Tessa to clean and sanitize all of our classrooms. We are also planning on taking strong safety measures upon reopening of the school to limit all risks linked to COVID-19. Click here for the detailed measures.

Previously: We took preventative measures to minimize any risk of COVID-19 in our school and among our students, including the following:

  • Using masks for children and teachers who are coughing frequently .
  • Disinfecting door knobs, tabletops, counters, light switches, and toys on a daily basis.
  • Revisiting hand-washing and coughing/sneezing lessons in each classroom and building on them to be more thorough.
  • Keeping children who show symptoms away from other children, and call parents to pick them up.
  • Each classroom has a checklist of sanitizing tasks that classroom teachers and assistants must complete each day.  These tasks include sanitizing tables, doorknobs, light switches, table tops, counters, chairs, toys, and other frequently touched objects in the classrooms.  
  • No recess will take place on the public playgrounds anymore.  Instead we will use the Tessa playground, or the courtyard area, exclusively.  
  • We are enforcing a strict policy for all parents and visitors to sanitize their hands at the front desk upon entry to the school. All must enter the school through the front entrance.  The back entrance will only be accessible for parents and visitors who cannot use the front step to get into the front entrance. 
  • We are having a cleaning lady full-time on staff in the school. She will clean all day during the day, making sure to use safe products. 
  • We are asking our teachers to limit physical interactions with their students as much as possible in such young age group classes. 
  • We have piled up on cleaning supplies some time ago, including disinfecting liquid (Purell), and feel comfortable we have enough stock for some weeks. 
  • We are working with our cleaning crew to schedule a deep cleaning – as opposed to regular daily cleaning. In the meantime, our on-staff cleaning lady will be deep cleaning one room at a time.  

Ask Mr. Dan

Each week Mr Dan, Head of School, gives a short presentation on the news, similar to what he did every day in the classrooms at Tessa. One feature of this video is a special ‘Ask Mr. Dan’ portion. Students are encouraged to think of questions they want Mr. Dan to answer and to write as much as they can, scanning their writing and the question to askmrdan@tessais.org.

Staying updated

We closely monitor the evolving novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation, following federal, state, local and international guidance on the virus, and collaborating with other independent schools to help ensure the health and safety of our community.

Stay updated on the CDC Cases and Latest Updates page.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any question. New Jersey State also has a 24-7 hotline devoted to your questions about the virus: 1-800-222-1222.