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Need Ideas to Keep Your Children Busy at Home? Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the Whole Family: Last Update Thursday, May 28, 2020

Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated:  Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mercer County Library System

New YouTube videos, digital magazines at Library

 

Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated:  Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mercer County Park Commission to host virtual summer lecture series! 

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/28ba022

NATURE PROGRAMS TO HOST VIRTUAL SUMMER LECTURE SERIES BEGINNING MAY 21st

Virtual Summer Lecture Series-2

Wildlife takes center stage in a summer series of webinar presentations. The Mercer County Park Commission Naturalist Department will bring online programming right to your home, focusing on wildlife that affects our lives, even in an urbanized environment. These programs are free; registration is required.

These one-hour webinars will be presented by naturalists from the Park Commission and researchers from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Wildlife Center Friends and funding provided by PSE&G. Programs are suitable for teens and adults.

The Virtual Summer Lecture series will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and conclude with a Q&A session for the public to ask questions about any of the topics after each program. Participants will be able to submit questions in advance of the program to krypkema@mercercounty.org. Questions can also be asked through the chat feature in the webinar. To join these programs, visit the following links:

Thursday, May 21 – Protecting New Jersey’s Pollinators
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VnexXhbjQ4qfeS_8uezk3w

Tuesday, June 16 – Living with Urban Coyotes
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZqECAhGDQc69WUDqdwa_cQ

Thursday, July 16 - Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7JTtMK3GRrKq0Ls0bqkcSQ

Thursday, August 20 – Bats: Creatures of the Night
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iMJcuSExTwic8Z0RZrNVQQ

Park Naturalists have also coordinated age-appropriate activities parents can do at home with younger children, provided in this link: https://mercercountyparks.org/assets/Family_Activities.pdf

Conserve Wildlife Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of New Jersey’s endangered and threatened wildlife and their habitats. Wildlife Center Friends is a supportive partner of the Mercer County Wildlife Center, a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission.

To learn more about future programming opportunities, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org or www.conservewildlifenj.org.

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated:  Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 Mercer County COVID Update

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING – COPING DURING COVID-19 (Part 2)

Mental Health Month

In these unprecedented times, we can expect to have a lot of mixed feelings. While it’s true that we may experience many strong and some unpleasant emotional responses to the current health situation, there are many things we can do to help ourselves feel safer and in control of ourselves. May is Mental Health Month, and Mercer County is presenting information weekly to help people cope. Last week's topic was Owning Your Feelings. The following information is provided by the Mercer County Division of Mental Health and Mental Health America.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/28b55bb

 

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Monday, April 27, 2020 

Mercer County Library

We Are Here For You!

Visit Us Online – check something out of our Virtual Branch, have fun on social media, or catch our latest videos on YouTube.
 
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
 
 
Harry Potter
 
National Poetry Month
 
Celebrate poetry with our staff as we share original creations, our favorite poems, and create some book spine poetry. 
 
 
 
Click below for link to the Mercer County Library Newsletter posted April 26, 2020:
 

http://www.libraryaware.com/998/Posts/View/a6bf43c7-ea74-4b18-9ef0-6754361684ce?SID=8291c55d-c11f-4c73-8fa1-496f37094dc3

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Thursday, April 23, 2020 

EHS Alumna Class of 2016 Launches Art-Based Activities Website with TCNJ Art Partner 

Art Morgan Sebasto, Alumna of the EHS Class of 2016 and current student at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she is majoring in Art Education and her project partner, Nicole Krok also attending TCNJ majoring in Art Education with a minor in Art History are currently enrolled in a community-engaged art class.  Morgan and Nicole have created a website, Create in Your Space Project, for art-based activities for students, parents, and the general public to get creative for thirty minutes a day.  The website will consist of projects, DYI crafts, and coloring pages suitable for grades K-12.  The website has launched and the site will be updated with new projects frequently.  

Create in Your Space Project Website Link:  http://createinyourspaceproject.weebly.com/   

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

Rutgers New Jersey Experiment Station - Environmental Stewards

https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/EarthDayatHome2020.html

Earth Day at Home webinar series

Boy in Garden.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rutgers Cooperative Extension announces its webinar series “Earth Day at Home”. This series will focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally friendly lawn care, to composting, to reducing plastic waste. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

Details: Join us on Mondays at 6:30pm to learn from experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. These live, interactive sessions will be 1 hour. To join in you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Every week we will cover small actions that together reduce negative impacts on the environment.

REGISTER HERE! You must register to participate. All sessions are free and provided via Webex. Click on the title for descriptions.

Mercer County COVID-19 Update Wednesday, April 22, 2020

 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/287dbfb

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

TrentonHealthTeam

Mercer County Food Pantries / Meal Services Information 

This resource was created to provide consistent and up-to-date food access information to the community during the COVID-19 crisis. This list will be updated daily from 2pm-3pm; we aim to keep this as current as possible. This information can be viewed on a map, which also shows updated pharmacy locations and hours. The list is also sorted by day here.

'Click' for list of Mercer County Food Pantries / Meal Service Information - Last update April 20th, 2020 4PM

Link to website page for most current information:  https://trentonhealthteam.org/tht-shares-food-pantry-covid-19-updates/

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Friday, April 17, 2020 

Enjoy a visit to NJPAC from your living room, virtual performances fr0o arts center in Newark, New Jersey can be viewed online:  https://www.njpac.org/inyourlivingroom/

NJPAC

The New Jersy Performing Arts Center in Newark is bringing the performaning arts to its community with an online portal, NJPAC in Your Living Room, which offers live original contend and online performances from sister arts organizations across the region.

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Wednesday, April 15, 2020 

BROADWAY-THEMED ACTIVITES TO DO AT HOME

During this time of social distancing, we’ve all had to adapt to find activities that we’re able to have fun with while at home. While there are many resources out there to stream your favorite Broadway shows, sometimes you may just need a break from staring at the screen. For this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best Broadway-themed activities you can enjoy with your family and loved ones at home, that don’t necessarily include a computer or TV screen.

https://broadwaydirect.com/broadway-themed-activites-to-do-at-home/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_campaign=BD375&mcid=b2MyZnE4b0EwZEpWVzF4S0p5NGFjbjRwT01qdDdRcUU=

Camp Hello Bello: https://www.camphellobello.com/ 

Camp Hello Bello are FREE activities created by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.  The website says check-in on Sundays for the weekly schedule during the month of April.The program  runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

April 15th Schedule of activities:  https://www.camphellobello.com/#schedule-section 

(Starts at noon ends at 7:00PM) 

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Friday, April 3, 2020

Mercer County Library  

Mercer County Library

Visit us Online - check something out of our Virtual Branch, have fun on social media or catch our latest videos on YouTube.  Look for our Virtual TrashedArt Contest information and Kids Corner. 

http://www.libraryaware.com/998/Posts/View/e264c25d-eae7-4078-ac61-c2d3bee413fc?SID=8291c55d-c11f-4c73-8fa1-496f37094dc3

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Ewing Public Schools District Nurses would like to share a great informational handout with our school community and families regarding COVID- 19 from the National Association of School Nurses titled, Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19.  Please ‘click’ the link below to read the article:

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19

Parents, our school nurses also wanted you to know that they are also available by email if you need to speak to the nurse at your child’s school.  Please do not hesitate to contact these qualified professionals:

Ewing High School

                School Nurse:  Mrs. Leslie Curran

                Email:  lcurran@ewingboe.org

Fisher Middle School

                School Nurse:  Ms. Kirsten Johmann

                Email:  kjohmann@ewingboe.org

Antheil Elementary School

                School Nurse:  Ms. Lorraine Colville

                Email:  lcolville@ewingboe.org

Lore Elementary School

                School Nurse:  Ms. Judy Craig

                Email:  jcraig@ewingboe.org

Parkway Elementary School

                School Nurse:  Ms. Joan Kocubinski

                Email:  jkocubinski@ewingboe.org

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020

On Monday, March 30th Nickelodeon hosted a one hour special called The Kids’ Guide to Coronavirus with Kristen Bell, which Lore Principal Kawalek watched with her family and recommended.   Here is the link to the program: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAhfsC73JgM

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Friday, March 27, 2020

28 free virtual field trips and activities for families in quarantine - These are great links!

https://www.wearethemighty.com/MIGHTY-SURVIVAL/free-virtual-field-trips-quarantine

While the world is sorting out the new normal of social distancing, parents everywhere are also trying to do it with full-time jobs, and in many cases, no child care. For the first time in most of our lifetimes, schools have been shut down for extended periods, and no one really knows when it will end. Moms and dads are suddenly finding themselves wearing far too many hats: parent, employee, caregiver and teacher are just naming a few.

Science & Exploration

World Image

NASA is offering a slew of STEM activities for grades K- 4. Activities range from building foam rockets to solving space station emoji puzzles. Parents can also download coloring sheets and books for younger kids.

https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html

Discovery Education offers free virtual field trips complete with companion guides and hands-on learning activities. For example, kids can explore Polar Bears And The Tundra or take a look behind the scenes of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/learn/tundra-connections/

Take a trip to Mars. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. The site is in the middle of an update, but the 360 mode offers a great digital view.

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Zoo Cams

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Every weekday at 3 PM EDT, the Cincinnati Zoo will host a Home Safari Facebook Live that features a different animal each day. For those who don't have social media, the zoo will post the safaris on both their website and YouTube.

https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/

Panda Cam Zoo Atlanta Pandas are always fun to watch, quarantine or not, and Zoo Atlanta offers this live stream of the only panda twins in the United States, Ya Lun and Xi Lun.

https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

Monterey Bay Aquarium offers ten live cams where viewers can sneak a peek at the sharks, do a little birdwatching in the aviary, and they can even check the goings-on in the open sea.

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams

The San Diego Zoo has ten live cams to choose from, including penguins, tigers, koalas and giraffes. The zoo also has a website exclusively for kids that's loaded with videos, stories, activities and games.

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams 

Historical Sites & Museums

The Smithsonian Museum offers virtual tours of their current and permanent exhibits, and viewers can even take a look at a few of the past exhibits. Users can easily navigate between adjoining rooms of the museum and click on the camera icons for a closer look.

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

Virtual tours of other world-famous museums:

The Great Wall Of China This virtual tour offers a breathtaking view of the Great Wall Of China, and visitors can even read up a little on its history.

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Virtual tours of other historical sites:

Storytime & Doodling

Josh Gad is even doing his part to help parents deal with life in quarantine. Every night on Twitter, Josh Gad is doing ten-minute storytime. Josh has already read a few children's classics like The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein and Hooray for Diffendoofer Da by Dr. Seuss. And it looks like he plans to do so for the foreseeable future. This one is not to miss, as he puts a little Josh Gad into it with voices and everything!

https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1vOxwoPrnYgxBhttps://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1vOxwoPrnYgxB

How About a Lunch Doodle? Mo Willems, beloved author of Waiting Is Not Easy! and The Pigeon HAS To Go To School! is hosting a Livestream Lunch Doodle. Every day at 1 PM EST, new episodes will be posted on the Mo Willems page on the Kennedy Center's Website. Additionally, Willem is encouraging kids to send him questions at LUNCHDOODLES@kennedy-center.org, and he will attempt to answer those questions in his videos.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Pete The Cat creator James Dean presents virtual storytime every day at 12 PM on Instagram Live.

https://www.instagram.com/petethecatofficial/

We all have to do our part to stem the outbreak of Coronavirus, but life in quarantine doesn't have to be that bad. Every day, new resources are popping up to help us get through it. These virtual tours and online resources have a little something for kids of all ages. What a great opportunity to see the world from the comfort of your own couch! 

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tired of Netflix?  14 World-Class Museums Offering Virtual Tours Right From Your Laptop – Staying in doesn’t have to mean losing access to culture. 

https://robbreport.com/lifestyle/news/14-virtual-museum-to-visit-during-social-distancing-and-quarantine-2905827/

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Times of Trenton – Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

Family Fun – N.J. zoo hosting a ‘virtual school’ for kids every day and it is adorable (Cape May County Zoo) 

https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/nj-zoo-hosting-a-virtual-school-for-kids-every-day-and-its-adorable.html

'Click' this link for the pdf version of the article: N.J. zoo hosting a 'virtual school' for kids every day and it is adorable  

 

The Star Ledger - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Social Media - Bon Jovi invites fans to finish coronavirus son in interactive project

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2020/03/neil-diamond-reworks-sweet-caroline-for-coronavirus-joining-michael-stipe-steve-martin-in-home-performances.html

 'Click' this link for the pdf version of the article: Bon Jovi invites fans to finish coronavirus song in interactive project 

 The Star Ledger – Monday, March 23, 2020 

Family – The COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN THE KITCHEN – How to cook for and with your kids during the break 

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/how-to-cook-for-and-with-your-kids-during-the-extended-coronavirus-school-closures/  

'Click' this link for the pdf version of article: How to cook for and with your kids during the extended coronavirus school closures  

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

Mercer County COVID-Update March 18, 2020 4:00PM:  Have questions about COVID-19?  The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public.  'Click' the link below:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/281e4f6

Need counseling services for your child?  Please contact: 

Dr. Karen Allen

Director of Counseling Services and Assessment

The Ewing Public Schools 

Phone:  1 (609) 538-9800 X2122

Email:  kbenton@ewingboe.org

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

Mercer County COVID-19 Update:  Coping with social distancing and isolation during COVID-19

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/281aea6

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Monday, March 16, 2020 

Coronavirus and Parenting What You Need to Know Now

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814615866/coronavirus-and-parenting-what-you-need-to-know-now

Additional Information:  Supporting Children Through COVID-19 Pandemic

     American Psychological Association

     Healthy Children.org

     National Association of School Psychologists

     New Jersey Department of Health

     Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

     The National Child Trauma Stress Network

Information from Comcast to receive discount for qualifying families:

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

The district representative from Comcast advised parents to go to the site or call the number below.    

To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Once everything has been approved it will take several days to ship and install the router and then the customer will have free internet for 90 days.  After, the service is only $9.95 + taxes a month.  

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Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Friday, March 13, 2020 

The following articles have been added to our Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page:

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak: 

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

Coronavirus anxiety:  Why the outbreak feeds worry and five simple ways to reduce coronavirus anxiety

https://www.uchealth.org/today/coronavirus-anxiety-tips-for-reducing-worries/?utm_source=UCHealth+Today&fbclid=IwAR3Oj9bMmhPDkV1pjuJirtE62Q-RQLh_gckEY9GnR43IUwHgJ2Q_nsRHqbE 

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The following have been added to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page 

Reading: Talking to Children about COVID-19

A Look at the Ewing Schools enhanced school cleanliness and disinfection protocols   

Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 

Please review the following document, Talking to Children about COVID-19 created by the NASP and NASN. 

Please 'click' this link to review, Talking to Children about COVID-19.

As the district strives to effectively handle the challenges of Coronavirus, following is an overview of our enhanced school cleanliness and disinfection protocols: 

During the day, the Ewing Schools facilities crew is focused on: 

Cleaning all hard surfaces including: cafeteria tables and benches, water fountains/bottle filling stations, all door handles and bathrooms during daily checks. Hard surfaces are cleaned often and repeatedly during periodic checks. 

The building principal and school nurse communicates daily with the head custodian to identify areas of concern, in which case, additional cleaning and sanitizing is performed. 

Any items that are used by multiple individuals are wiped down frequently. 

During the evening shift, Day and Night Head Custodians review the morning/afternoon reports, notes and events.

Communication includes a review of any areas of concern identified by the administration or school nurse. 

All hard surfaces are cleaned by assigned Night Custodians: cafeteria tables and benches, water fountains/bottle filling stations, all door handles and bathrooms are all cleaned for a second time, then sanitized. Additional nightly cleaning & sanitizing includes: hard surfaces in classrooms (desks, tables, chairs, door handles) and locker rooms. 

Special attention is given to high traffic areas and frequently used areas/items. 

All products used by the school district are CDC approved cleaners and sanitizers that are effective in killing Coronavirus, as well as many other viruses and bacteria’s that can be found in heavy-use buildings. All district products are listed in our Right to Know program that is accessible through the district website.

'Click' the link below to have a look at our staff using advanced sanitizer technology as part of our enhanced protocols:

Here is a look at our staff using advanced sanitizer technology as part of our enhanced protocols. 

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