COVID-19 Information Hub & Distance Learning Resources

We are back!

We reopened on-site on June 22, 2020 for bilingual childcare services and summer camp. Call us at 201 755 5585 to learn more about our COVID-19 action plan.
As we phase back into reopening our school we have expanded on the NJ official guidelines to include our own rigorous safety regulations that specifically target the needs of our young students and their families.

Tessa’s Opening Hours

We reopened on-site on June 22, 2020 for summer camp and are now operating at regular hours. Call us at 201 755 5585 to learn more about our COVID-19 action plan.

School Year 2020-21

Tessa International School has been opening for Summer Camp, and will also be opening on-site for the coming school year.

With the continued safety and education of our students in mind we have decided to add exceptional safety measures and enrollment flexibility to our policies.

As per current NJ guidelines, the maximum number of students per class at any time will be 10 students. For classes with enrollment above 10 students, your child may receive online instruction one or two days per week.

Summer Camp

Following the state regulations, our Summer Camp will start on June 29th, and end as scheduled on August 28th. 

As we phase back into reopening our school we have expanded on the NJ official guidelines to include our own rigorous summer camp regulations that specifically target the needs of our young campers and their families.

Since we understand that this current period brings some fears and uncertainties we will also be offering Online Afternoon Activities throughout the summer. More information here. Feel free to reach out to us at summercamp@tessais.org with any questions.

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.

On-Site Safety Measures

As we phase back into reopening our school we have expanded on the NJ official guidelines to include our own rigorous safety regulations that specifically target the needs of our young students and their families. Click here for the detailed measures.

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.

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:

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.

Tessa International School

Office: (201) 755-5585 | Location: 702 Monroe St. Hoboken, NJ 07030