School Closing Information and Resources

Montcalm Area ISD and the  local school districts in Montcalm County are diligently working to provide food programs and learning resources for our students, parents, and communities.   We have provided information here that may be helpful during the extended time of our school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check back to this site often as we continue to update the resources and information found here. 

School Food Programs

Montcalm County Food Pantries

Brochure of Montcalm County food pantries

State of Michigan Meet Up and Eat Up Locator

https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

United Way Food Truck Schedule

Visit the link below and scroll down the page to find boxes to click on for each month's schedule of Feeding America food trucks for Montcalm and Ionia Counties.  There are schedules posted for April, May, and June. 
 ​​​​​​​https://www.liveunitedm-i.org/covid-19-pandemic-response

Carson City - Crystal Area Schools

On Tuesdays, school officials will have a pack of 7 meals available for students 18 and under.  Meals will be delivered on a bus route delivery.  For students who do not ride the bus, there will be one central location pick up spot at the grades 4-12 building in Carson City.  Bus delivery starts around 10:00 AM.  For students coming to the pick up location, pick up hours are 10:00 AM to Noon.  Meal sign up is done through the Google form linked below. If you can't access the form, or need help, please call 989-584-3175, Ext. 3231, and leave a message for Lauri Grace.  

Use this link to sign up for food service.   https://forms.gle/wPMssUcGUdYVo7im9

Central Montcalm Public Schools

Central Montcalm Public Schools will provide meals on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM using a drive through service at their Upper Elementary.  

Grab and Go breakfast and lunch meals will be available at the Upper Elementary at the kitchen which is door #10.
*Free to anyone 18 and under.
*Students do not need to be present for pick-up of meals.
*You may pick up meals for families with no transportation.
*You may pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.

*If you cannot get to our location and you need meals delivered to you, email cmfood@central-montcalm.org with your address and the number of meals needed.  

For preparation purposes, if you will be taking advantage of this opportunity we are asking families to sign up using this link:

https://forms.gle/8hQ2Fd4Xgwphpg8eA

Greenville Public Schools

Meals will be provided via drive through service on Tuesdays and Fridays at Greenville High School from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.   For sign up or more details, visit www.gpsjackets.org or  call 616-754-3686 and leave a message. 

Lakeview Community Schools

we will be running several satellite locations where families can pick up meals. The meals will be available on Tuesdays through May 26 and will follow the schedule below:

Meals provided will cover breakfast and lunch for five days. Free to anyone 18 and under. Students do not need to be present for pick-up of meals. You may pick up meals for families with no transportation. You may pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.

10:00 to 10:15 AM
Sylvester Community Church, Sylvester
Ben Gordon's Trucking, Amble

10:30 to 11:00 AM
Mary's Country Store, Townline Lake
Maple Valley Township Fire Department, Coral

11:20 AM to 12:00 PM
Lake Montcalm, JB's County Store

11:30 AM 12:00 PM
Wildflower Schoolhouse, Trufant
(formerly Trufant Elementary)

4:00  to 6:00 PM
Lakeview Middle School (Front Entrance), Lakeview

Use the link below to sign up for meal distribution for your students for 4/14 through 5/26. (You only need to complete the survey once for delivery through May).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOIzfP7c1ylQKnleLwfQ0K9RgXy5rdcJaFmYXJ7Cj0gyIcWw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2B5X4SzBL0ayWKfJMMdAnJL5pq2ByUI6QLna7KX_2JvTU6ws-br_MndMs

Montabella Community Schools

Three days of meals will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the locations listed below.  Visit  www.montabella.com for more information.  

Blanchard (former Blanchard Elementary) from 9:50 AM to 10:30 AM
Cedar Lake (Post Office parking lot) from 9:20 AM to 9:45 AM
Crystal Fountain from 10:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Double Six from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Edmore (Curtis Park) from 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Montabella Elementary School (front entrance) from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Goldsworthy Gas Station from 9:20 AM to 9:40 AM
McBride (Day Township Fire Hall parking lot) from 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM
Six Lakes (parking lot across from Post Office) from 9:20 AM to 10:00 AM

Tri County Area Schools

Tri County Area Schools will distribute “Grab & Go” meals (including milk) for children 18 years old and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as follows: 

Monday:  Meals for Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday:  Meals for Wednesday & Thursday  (Breakfast and Lunch)

Friday:  Meals for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Breakfast and Lunch)

Locations &  Pick Up Times:

Tri County High School:  10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

MacNaughton Elementary: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Sand Lake Elementary: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Tri County Transportation will be running their regular elementary routes to deliver meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Multiple days of meals will be delivered on these routes, per the schedule above. The buses will depart at approximately 10:00 AM.  Stops will be approximately 3 hours later than normal elementary route times, and 4 hours later than the normal HS/MS route times.  If you have other questions, visit www.tricountyschools.com or contact our Food Service Director at 231-937-4338, ext. 1118.

Vestaburg Community School

We will be providing one week of meals every Monday from Noon to 3:00 PM. Visit www.vcs-k12.net to sign up for meal delivery or email Laura Kimbell at lkimbell@vcs-k12.net for more information.  

Student Learning Opportunities

Technology Teaching Tools
Annotated list of educational technology tools and resources

Khan Academy: Free online courses, lessons, and practices                                  https://www.khanacademy.org/?bclid=IwAR2xaaQhljp7dPeGb6mN3brZ87abLmf1H7UKV65TsdmO_dFEGSKoD3nswd0

Amazing Educational Resources - Google doc from their company
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RRv9cENXMp1frTxMmGv3HrNkag6e2RqRZirpHSRzy44/htmlview?sle=true&fbclid=IwAR1E5bt0U7tqfG-qc2oddvTdGFq9KG6PospyPfLpkPmYatf25k_4JN6sO_g#gid=0

Detroit Public TV - Options for Grades K-12
https://www.dptv.org/education/?fbclid=IwAR39OErZTdKnmW6cGpYELGxhlEjoVFBq-BaVX8uYrYSVDRppwyQqYj5AkvM

TED Talks for Kids and Teens From We Are Teachers
https://www.weareteachers.com/ted-talks-students/?utm_content=1584648481&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3yGTfELfSJ7atp8WaxR9c1UxHx8asUm4qjj2sBkOhZIhtaL4PR7r2eptc

150 Sensory Learning Ideas
https://inclusiveteach.com/2020/03/20/150-sensory-learning-ideas/?fbclid=IwAR04UwpqLJMDjZ86N3Oniy5NzCsLjWoi9A5HRcrZdbPYSx6h7Acaa3yrmbo

Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions - Grades K-8
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR0ApZQCDotn9Yp2YJmnvzE15_pg-Y4KZfDglNWrVFK6tF-mES-AdHh0BYo

The Parents' Guide to Google Classroom
ttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PDVZvie0DnFbFEVFB8U3j89o1mD5BCUXTE6ymbb9y_k/mobilepresent?fbclid=IwAR0aIuwTGWiSvAiNBf6jVy99AX4G8nGKxkJSWFF8-SXaKQteOlp-iHOOmmg&slide=id.g4f60ec15fb_1_0

Read Aloud Videos from Kate Messner                                                         https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0jlowElAGTu0uvXGZDY2gMWE84GkhsojRPW7XyT1iBeo74AhkKY1byDvE

Growing Book by Book:  A Guide to Nurturing Young Readers
https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/?fbclid=IwAR0SjCoWrDo4p9qtmjDFJ5ot-12isFLuVRBUBotvtqhveQmp5NfWghL__Eo

Children's Authors Doing Online Read Aloud Videos from We Are Teachers
https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/?utm_content=1584565321&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1_2xQVm5jkzxfbHkKMt7DWvVFlOVhmz5K-feELEuIvBadwmPYpMHn4lZM

Literacy How Resources
https://t.e2ma.net/webview/91qkxd/1b5b780ded6505bcd1a3276ea2fb12de

Tumble Book Library Grades K-12
K-6 children's eBooks database
https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books

K-6 math eBooks database
https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

Grades 7-12 eBooks database
https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

All ages audio book database
https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

50+ Reading and Writing Websites for Grades K-8
https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/50-language-arts-websites-to-keep-kids-reading-and-writing?fbclid=IwAR1TCh08vwrbfbSnvEubkc_eol__4Z8elJLATM9A_4gCvAZ_PFF7sceSuOU

60+ Websites for Teaching and Learning Math
https://www.weareteachers.com/best-math-websites/?fbclid=IwAR1tZRhAj-_UZn3G4lBBF9OoXCvFvu_jV8Bjds4BYUlc6YwDpKuTHYEeIiE

Math Centers for Grades PK-5
https://happynumbers.com/?fbclid=IwAR0mqGNVDCyRlMHBIbqs2D0H0-qhc3Absiige9JuU_WpZRJU9Agcim-nPCs

Using Legos to Teach Math from We Are Teachers 
https://www.weareteachers.com/lego-math/?utm_content=1584622921&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3Vpi9Z5InbSzu29OrJmJ8LmZl7EDEG3yK6TUpab2memH47f4fE4nBc9DU

40 Science Websites for Grades K-8
https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/40-science-websites-to-keep-kids-engaged-and-entertained-at-home?fbclid=IwAR1_2xQVm5jkzxfbHkKMt7DWvVFlOVhmz5K-feELEuIvBadwmPYpMHn4lZM/resources/40-science-websites-to-keep-kids-engaged-and-entertained-at-home?fbclid=IwAR1_2xQVm5jkzxfbHkKMt7DWvVFlOVhmz5K-feELEuIvBadwmPYpMHn4lZM

42 Website to Learn Social Studies for Grades K-8
https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/42-fun-websites-to-learn-and-teach-social-studies-from-home?fbclid=IwAR2JFBHq6eMeAiSE1QoWEhqlhip_N0kfg2rCmYIxR7GP4izSpQzjGNpXEv0

Physical Education at Home Grades K-5 (shared by Baldwin Heights Elementary)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16daHAQamaPlfmTmIsaCHXS4OulUG61-T/view?fbclid=IwAR02ZR8OpOEoLSSsdSqNZss_vbOz4j11l5Z8cmLan9pY4loUXDABUjvrHdQ

Ranger Rick from the National Wildlife Federation - Free Access through June
https://rangerrick.org/stuck-indoors/?fbclid=IwAR2Zg0StpGE2CV-pNMBGuQzz-7OCS3I6KN2RgZCI04SRaX48clXLfCugLpA

20 Virtual Field Trips
https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR1t445Qr0Wsphp2wMOQy5jJ169_3xjbq5sXTVxr0tLCw67i-Un3SXU0nGs

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/19-immersive-museum-exhibits-you-can-visit-from-your-couch?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=newshour&utm_content=1584453638&fbclid=IwAR1qQ4lYVRQGOSnQqRuZtUtNfpqVMKrkq17ZkOdQz_KwxBxzNdYjfi7bs9c

National Parks Virtual Tours 
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours?fbclid=IwAR3zPuR2n-9EFycm4-pvyR70AHuIKoe4nPl7rbjkzgapR8Xb7uLDAcNWWpQ

Free Virtual Field Trips
https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/?fbclid=IwAR12EOezHRDEGih9T7hkkb9-POh4P4lKRBo1tvO-3zIayA_amVYncG1un4I

Entertaining Kids on a Dime:  100 Fun Activities
https://entertainkidsonadime.com/2020/03/13/100-activities-to-do-at-home-during-school-closures/?fbclid=IwAR14UQ8Rr-jwjL8b0-Sc7agFP5eLOVV5uEgm2ORfj4E4XsInjQzezPI62uA