Emergency School Closure Information
- May 22 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Friday, May 22]
- May 13 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Friday, May 13]
- May 1 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Friday, May 1]
- Prom 2020 Update [Colleen Betrus, Junior Class Advisor - Wednesday, April 22]
- April 21 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Thursday, April 21]
- April 16 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Thursday, April 16]
- NCS Collecting Feedback on Remote Learning [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Tuesday, April 14]
- April 10 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Friday, April 10]
- April 6 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, April 6]
- 3rd Marking Period Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Friday, April 3]
- Spring Break Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Tuesday, March 31]
- Covid-19 Update [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 30]
- Parent Letter [Kristina Saucke, Naples Elementary Principal - Tuesday, March 17]
- Support During School Closure [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 16]
- Update on School Closure [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 16]
- NCS Announces Extended Closure [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 15]
- Health and Safety Update from NCS [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 10]
- Public Health Information [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, March 5]
- Information on the Coronavirus [Matt Frahm, Superintendent - Monday, February 28]
Meal Delivery for Students
Daily Meal Delivery Request Form
Need help purchasing groceries? - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) 1-800-342-3009
Need help heating your home? - Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) 1-800-342-3009
Need help with Financial Support and Medical Insurance Coverage? - NYS Child Support 1-888-208-4485
Need help Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect? - Child Abuse / Neglect Hotline 1-800-342-3720
Need help with Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, or Interpersonal Violence? - Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes 1-800-247-7273
Need help with Suicide Prevention or Crisis Resources? - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Need help with Substance Use? - Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA) 1-833-435-2272
Need Food or Clothes for Your Family? - Naples Open Food Cupboard and Closet 585-374-2999
Need help with Home Heating, Food, and Medical Care? - Naples Angels 585-314-2629
Need to Report a Safety Concern Anonymously (suicide, drugs, weapons, etc)? Naples Central School Hotline 1-800-418-6423 ext. 359
Need help with a Child who is Struggling with a Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorder? Contact your county's Director of Community Services
Need help with a Child who is Struggling with a Serious Mental Illness which is Interfering with their Ability to Successfully Function at School/Home? Contact your county's Single Point of Access for Children and Youth Services, SPOA Coordinator
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
Ontario County Resources
Director of Community Services - Diane Johnson 585-396-4363
SPOA Coordinator - Katelyn Williams 585-396-4363
Yates County Resources
Director of Community Services - George Roets 315-536-5115
SPOA Coordinator - Carol Schreiner 585-721-8316
Steuben County Resources
Director of Community Services - Henry Chapman 607-937-7800
SPOA Coordinator - Bonnie Hicks 607-664-2255
Livingston County Resources
Director of Community Services - Michael Anuszkiewicz 585-243-7250, 585-335-1711
SPOA Coordinator - Diana Cannon 585-243-7811
Looking for ways to reduce stress and clear your mind during an uncertain time? Check our this great resource from local mindfulness meditation expert, Erica Ebert.
General Resources for Parents
• The publication, Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, from the National Association of School Psychologists, offers suggestions for remaining calm and assuring, making yourself available to young people, keeping explanations age appropriate,avoiding excessive blaming, monitoring television and social media exposure, maintaining a normal routine to the extent possible, being honest and accurate, knowing the symptoms of COVID-19, reviewing and modeling basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection,and discussing new rules or practices for school.
• Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
• Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
• Great blog for conversations with teens
• Resources for Managing Screentime
• How to Talk with Your Child About Social and Emotional Issues
When kids have trouble with social-emotional skills, it may be uncomfortable talk about the challenges they face. But it’s important to talk openly and show them there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
• Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis
Important tips for parents and other caregivers.
• Caring for Kid
Mental health affects the way people think, feel and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your child's mental health.
• How to support children with worries
pointers for helping children escape the cycle of anxiety.
• Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids
Help your child build resilience in the face of obstacles
• 12 best Mindfulness Apps to Help You Keep Calm During a Crisis
• Developing Your Self-Care Plan
To develop your self-care plan, you will identify what you value and need as part of your day-to-day life (maintenance self-care) and the strategies you can employ when or if you face a crisis along the way (emergency self-care)
• NYS School Social Workers Association
Parent tips for dealing with crisis situations
• Mindfulness and Calming Resources
Programs for All Students
• GoZen (www.GoZen.com) - GoZen! creates online social and emotional learning programs loved by kids ages 5-15, parents, professionals, and schools. Our mission is to reach 1 million kids with skills to transform stress, anxiety, worry, anger, perfectionism, negativity, and social worry into POWER in the year 2020!
• Big Life Growth Mindset Journal (https://biglifejournal.com/)- At Big Life Journal, we create engaging resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.
• Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-worksheets/) - this link includes 27 different activities related to building resilience for children and adults. It focuses on activities to help individuals bounce back from struggles and setbacks.
• For children who need/benefit from visual schedules (https://adayinourshoes.com/freeprintable-visual-schedules-for-home-and-daily-routines/) - These free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines might help make things easier.
Programs for Younger Students
• PBS Programming Aims to Reduce Educational InequityIn an effort to bridge the digital divide, the Public Broadcast Service Announces Expanded Educational Broadcast Schedule So All Students Can Learn-at-Home.
New York's nine public television stations are expanding educational programming for all of New York's school children in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As many students do not have access to high speed internet, this effort will ensure that all students have access to quality, educational programing from home. Programming will be available for young children (PreK through grade 4) and older children (grade 5 through grade 12) on different digital channels.
In addition to the revised broadcast schedules, New York's educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and enhance learning at PBS LearningMedia (https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/). PBS LearningMedia provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that enhance learning, including grade level collections and webinars.
Parents and educators should check local listings for their local public television stations for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. Broadcasts started this week and will be expanded next week. Parents can find their local PBS station by using the PBS Station Finder (https://www.pbs.org/stations/). Local stations will provide specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers on their websites. For more information, please visit your local station:
WNED - Buffalo
WXXI - Rochester
WCNY - Syracuse
WSKG - Binghamton
WPBS - Watertown
Mountain Lake PBS - Plattsburgh
WMHT - Albany/Troy
WNET - NYC
WLIW - Long Island
• Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app (https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/) - For children 5 – 10, guided mindfulness exercises that keep kids engaged and addresses emotional regulation and attention.
• Monster Guard App (7–11 years old): Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the American Red Cross that's designed specifically for kids. Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids about how to prepare for real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game. This free app is available to download on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices. This is a free, educational, and engaging app that is great resource for students to learn lifesaving emergency preparedness education while in the comforts of their homes.
• The Pillowcase Project Digital Resources (8–12 years old): Our presentation materials are available as digital resources online. Resources include our “My Preparedness Workbook”, presentation posters, and Supplemental Hazard Activity Sheets. These resources have several activities for students to work through while in their homes.
• Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home by Common Sense Media
• Prepare with Pedro Digital Resources (4–8 years old): Prepare with Pedro storybooks for hazards such as home fire, hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, and tsunami are available for digital download online. These storybooks follow Pedro the Penguin as he visits with friends and learns how to be prepared and take action during an emergency. These storybooks are a fun and age appropriate way for students to learn emergency preparedness. Additionally, please explore the Prepare with Pedro Activity Book for additional hazard information and activities.
• Go Noodle App (https://www.gonoodle.com/blog/gonoodle-games-movement-app-forkids/) - Get ready for a brand new way to experience GoNoodle with GoNoodle Games, a free app created to get kids moving at home and on the go!
• Books that are helpful for the K-2 children are:
- “Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” Julia Cook (also available on YouTube for viewing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAijfP99Ng)
- “Dont Be Afraid to Drop” Julia Cook.
- In regard to keeping a safe distance from peers, “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook
• Families should play board games, or card games, and have children lose and assist in learning how to cope. In addition, winning gracefully is another important lesson. Social skills that can be practiced while playing a board game: turn taking, good sportsmanship, following directions and waiting. (https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/105_parentscanhelpsocial.pdf)
• Sesame Street Resilience: (https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/challenges) – Sesame Street characters help to build resilience for younger children through multiple activities, songs, and videos. This provides specific lessons and videos that can be used to foster resilience skills and emotional intelligence for younger children.
• Go Noodle - Rainbow Breathing Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4) - Learn how to raise your energy and face your day with this exercise. Have fun with it!
• Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos - guided relaxation, teaching deep breathing techniques, simple yoga techniques https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnPlqQFP
• Keeping a journal WITH your students is a great way to help them express themselves - Drawing pictures, cutting and pasting pictures, have them write and/or have them dictate to you.
Programs for Older Students
• Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-exercises/) – PositivePsychology.com provides 23 resilience training activities that can be used with teens and adults to foster resilience skills. This also provides powerpoints and resources to teach teens and adults the skills they need to be resilient and bounce back from setbacks. Additionally, it offers a “mental toughness" test and training used by the Army to build mental toughness.
• Just for Teens: A Personal Plan for Managing Stress (https://www.aap.org/enus/professional-resources/ReachingTeens/Documents/Private/Personal_plan_handout.pdf)
• Managing Stress in Teens and Adolescents: A Guide for Parents (https://www.bradleyhospital.org/managing-stress-teens-and-adolescents-guide-parents)
Books to help with anxiety:
What to do when you Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids). This book guides children and parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of anxiety. Lively metaphors and humorous illustrations make the concepts and strategies easy to understand, while clear how-to steps and prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering kids to overcoming their overgrown worries. Ages 6 – 12
What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake: A Kid’s Guide to Accepting Imperfection (What-to-Do Guides for Kids) guides children and their parents through the emotions underlying a fear of making mistakes using strategies and techniques based on cognitivebehavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to cope with mistakes. Ages 6 – 12
Books to help with anger and negative thinking:
What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger (What-to-Do Guides for Kids). This workbook guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. Engaging examples, lively illustrations, and step-by-step instructions teach children a set of "anger dousing" methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions, resulting in calmer, more effective kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. Ages 6 – 12
What to Do When You Grumble Too Much (What-to-Do Guides for Kids) guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat negative thinking. Lively metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And step-by-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. Ages 6 – 12
Books & Reading
Watch Astronauts Reading Stories From Space
Free online books
All NCS students have access to ebooks and audio books through the Sora app. This service was formerly known as OverDrive. It is very similar to Owwl2Go through the Pioneer Library System. Students can use their school issued or personal devices to access many different titles today! It is easy to access. All students need is their Google sign in information.
Free Raz-Kids Account
Digital library of leveled books and quizzes for interactive reading practice
School Library System Info
Naples High School Library
Naples Elementary Library
Read, play games, hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends!
Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!
Stay at Home StoryTime with Oliver Jeffers"For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks due to COVID, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together."
Stories from Audible
Virtual Field Trips
31 Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites
Field trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests.
Online Museums and Collections
A collection of websites and videos of museums and collections to virutally explore.
12 famous museums that offer virtual tours.
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
Cornell Lab Bird Cams
The Met 360° Project
The Met 360° Project presents a series of videos captured with a spherical 360° camera rig. The resulting videos offer new and dynamic access to some of the Museum's iconic spaces with a perspective typically unavailable to the public.
More Virtual Field Trips
Live, virtual concerts from NPR
Documentaries & Videos
Best Documentaries on Netflix
Documentaries are a great way to turn family movie night into a learning experience. You can explore the world from the comfort of your own home with some of our favorite movies about real people, places, and projects.
10 Documentaries to Watch with Your Family
The Kids Should See This
Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
How Families Can Make the Most of School Closures
How to creat structure to ensure that we can enjoy our time together, play, learn, and make the most of our time together.
Kid-friendly information Coronavirus COVID-19 from The Kids Should See This
Social distancing, Why soap works, Coronavirus Podcasts for Kids, and more
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR
Learn a new language or practice your current skills: https://www.duolingo.com/
Offline Learning resources: Access the Google Doc
Free Stem Websites for Grades 6 and up!
Amazing Educational Resources
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings. Regularly updated with new resources.
Scholastic has created an at home learning website with up to 3 hours of instructional activities each day!
Watch, listen, and play games to learn about amazing animals.
Nat Geo for Kids
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals! ABC YA
Practice math and reading skills all while playing fun games.
Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
Hang out with your favorite characters while learning.
Practice phonics skills with these read along stories!
Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments!
Smithsonian Tween Tribune
Epic! Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under
Dogo News ELA-Science-Social Studies
Science News for Students
National Geographic Kids
Sports Illustrated Kids
NY Times Learning Network - What's Going On In This Picture?
Google Arts & Culture
Explore Google Maps Street View Gallery
Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
Math Card Games How about some offline GAMING? Check out these card games that are fun and will also help your math skills!
Stuck at home? Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators including StopMotion and these tutorials from Carson Ellis and videos from Jarrett Krosocska. So cool!
Podcasts for Kids
Top Podcasts for Kids
Brains On! Podcast
Smash Boom Best
A debate show for kids and families. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Debaters use facts and passion to make their case...teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.
A history show for the whole family! Every episode explores the origin of just one thing — like sandwiches, video games, clocks and more — while teaching listeners to think critically about history.
But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
But Why is a show led by kids. On But Why, they tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.
Tumble is a science podcast for kids, to be enjoyed by the entire family. We tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists! Join Lindsay and Marshall as they ask questions, share mysteries, and share what science is all about.
Technology Information and Support
Internet Essentials: https://www.internetessentials.com/
For any school-related tech questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about cleaning devices:
Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.
Methods of communicating virtually
Google Hangouts Meet