As most schools and summer camps remain closed or only available online, many parents have to find new ways to keep their children entertained and busy over the summer.

With the county just reinstating some restrictions affecting recreational spaces and other sports clubs and organizations, families with children are finding it hard to stay active and practice outdoor activities while also remaining safe and practicing social distancing. One solution is online classes! We have compiled a list of physical activity resources -that also include our personal age recommendations- for our families to use to encourage physical activity amongst their children.


1. GoNoodle provides great videos that encourage physical movement through the usage of catchy phrases, songs, and silly dance moves. Recommended for preschoolers through 5th grade.


2. Cosmic Kids provides exceptional short (and long) video clips where children can learn yoga. Recommended for preschool through 2nd grade.


3. Kidz Bop has dance-along videos posted on their YouTube channel. Viewers can choose to subscribe to their channel but, it is not necessary. This is a helpful resource to use if your child enjoys singing to pop music, and dancing! Recommended for kinder through 5th grade.


4. Glenn Higgins is a personal trainer and health coach who has a YouTube channel called Get

Kids Moving. If your child loves superheroes they may love these videos! Recommended for 2nd grade or older (some exercises are a little intense for younger audiences).


5. Joe Wicks is a popular body coach on YouTube. In response to the current health pandemic he has launched a 30 minute online P.E. class, called PE with Joe, for students. Viewers do not need to subscribe to his YouTube channel to view his daily videos. Recommended for 5 rd through 8th grade. Note: Even parents can join in on the action with Joe Wicks’ P.E. class!


6. DAREBEE is a great option for parents who don’t want their child to have any more screen time! It’s a fitness resource website where you can find tons for posters, fitness plans, exercise diagrams, and so much more! Recommended for middle school and parents.

If nothing else, the current campus closure has made us rethink and reimagine the way we see and implement our learning on a daily basis. When our e-Learning plan was first unveiled, the priority was for our students to experience no interruption in their learning path and for our faculty to continue teaching our full bilingual curriculum. As the days went by, the importance of what happens outside of the classroom in creating a unique school environment became even more evident in these unprecedented times.

With the help of our campus assistants, we were able to offer fun and creative daily classes using each of their unique talents, such as creative writing, origami, PE, song and dance, storytime, and Spanish. While it was important to break up our students’ routine with enriching activities, it was just as essential for them to interact with staff members they love and could no longer see in person. Our students in 1st grade and up were even able to connect and chat with Alphonse, our IT Specialist and Operations Manager, in a special “Take a Break with Alphonse” class. Though recent events turned our students’ lives upside down in a matter of days, ensuring our students’ well-being as they navigate these challenging times has always guided our vision of what remote learning should be. Hopefully, keeping these human connections alive within our community – even virtually – has also contributed to maintaining a sense of normalcy for them all.





We all know how unprecedented these past three months have been for our community, country and, to a large extent, the entire world. While we were able to continue providing our learning remotely, our Kindergarten, 5th grade and 8th grade students were still having to cope with a very unusual context as they were all reaching important milestones in their education at the international School of Orange County.


Traditionally, the three grades enjoy a graduation ceremony celebrating their accomplishments right before the end of the school year. With the closure of our campus, our school administrators and faculty had to find creative ways to offer our students a proper celebration while remaining safe and socially distant.


The first step was creating and distributing special graduation yard signs for our Kindergarten, 5th grade and 8th grade students. Their teachers and our school director took the time to deliver every single sign to their home, allowing the proud students to display their achievement right on their front yard.


Our Kindergarten class gathered online for a virtual graduation ceremony. While this format was certainly a first, every student still had an opportunity to record and share their traditional speech, but also to look at beautiful pictures of their school year and get their diplomas delivered virtually by their French and English teachers. It was particularly emotional for both teachers and students to end an amazing Kinder year online rather than in-person.

Among other changes in their lives, our 5th grade students had to face the cancellation of their 10-day trip to Paris. For our 8th graders, the most difficult part was certainly having to accept a very unexpected end to their years of education at a campus that was now closed. With this in mind, our school decided to organize a drive-by graduation parade for our 5th and 8th graders that would complement their virtual ceremonies. While their online morning session was devoted to speeches and traditional slideshows highlighting their best 2019-2020 memories, their afternoon was without a doubt just as important as all of them were invited to drive by the campus with their parents. With proper safety and social distancing measures in place, they were given their diploma and able to take memorable photos with their teachers and our staff. As our 8th graders were ready to embark on a new journey, all of us felt lucky to have an opportunity to say one last congratulation, this time in-person.


Once again, our International School of Orange County community has proven that we were there for each other in these challenging times, and that our spirit was very much alive, covid-19 or not!




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