Helpful Hints from Ms. Calverley

Here’s a handy guide to accessing a few digital resources to keep your student entertained and learning.

If you have your student’s Clever badge, it’s as easy as clicking and holding the badge up to the camera. 
Students can access Clever without their badges by following these instructions:
Choose the “Log on with Office 365” option.  Use a student’s username and password to log in.
Username: first name + last initial + last five digits of student ID number
CAPITAL FIRST LETTER OF FIRST NAME + lowercase first letter of last name + mmddyy
Example: Jane Smith, January 6, 2003 The password would be Js010603

Nashville Public Library’s Digital Collection

Get free access to ebooks and audiobooks through the Nashville Public Library.
username: your student’s190#
pin: MMDD of your student’s birthday

Limitless Libraries Research Tools
Get access to great digital library resources through Limitless Libraries, including PebbleGo, World Book Kids, Bookflix and more.
username: your student’s190#
pin: MMDD of your student’s birthday

Open PTO Positions 2020-2021

The PTO board met a few weeks ago to work on the 2020-2021 budget, calendar, and organization of the board. We have a few openings for next year’s board. Please reach out to Annette Ashley if you are interested in learning more about serving in one of these roles next school year.

Positions Available:
VP (President in Training) 
VP of Communications
VP of Volunteers
VP of Diversity

Coronavirus Update from MNPS

As of March 22, 2020:

With the safety of our students and staff continuing to be our top priority, schools will remain closed through at least Friday, April 3, in response to the public health emergency COVID-19. Mayor John Cooper today announced the “Safer at Home” public health order, which closes non-essential businesses and requires residents to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities,” effective Monday, March 23.

District leadership continues to meet daily to monitor the situation. Families can always reach the Family Information Center at:

Most recent updates include:

  • All employees should work remotely, as possible, through at least Friday, April 3. 
  • School-based employees will generally not report to school during this period and may work from home unless otherwise needed. Access to the facilities will be limited during this time.
  • All events (field trips, extra-curriculars, etc.) through Friday, April 3, have been canceled, including TSSAA games. Events after Friday, April 3, will be reevaluated in the coming days.
  • All before- and after-school programs are canceled until further notice.
  • Third-quarter grading and report cards have been postponed until further notice.
  • Read more updates in our newsroom.

Resources for Learning at Home

MNPS is curating learning resources in one location for students to continue learning at home. The resources are posted at The site includes information about getting free internet access through certain service provides. Be sure to read the district’s blog with additional activities that are creative and also free! If students need help logging in to any of their school accounts, or resetting their password, call the MNPS Help Desk: 615-269-5956.

School closure

As you all will have heard, Sylvan Park school is closed along with all MNPS schools until at least April 3.

Unfortunately, this means that Latin American Night (scheduled for March 26) has been cancelled.

Thank You Volunteers

Sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the call to action at Park Avenue on Friday! Below are photos of donations and an after picture of what your efforts helped make possible for our neighbors.

Coronavirus Guidance

Nashville is the latest city to have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a cause for concern, vigilance, and science-based instruction – not panic.

MNPS has been working closely with Metro Public Health Department (MPHD), which follows guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) and the State Health Department to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We want to emphasize important ways to be safe and prevent illness from spreading. Below is a list of common-sense ways to stop the spread of germs and sickness. ALL teachers will be reviewing the following information students today and throughout the week. Parents, please talk with your children about these tips as well:

  • Any child who is sick at school should be sent home.
  • Teach your students to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub. (Video:
  • Teach students to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of your elbow.
  • Teach your children to stay away from people who are sick.
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are better.

District staff are formulating contingency plans in the event schools are required to close for an extended period of time. We will continue to work with MPHD and monitor the situation.

Below are resources available for staff, students and families. Although some of the resources address the flu, the same protective measures should be taken for COVID-19.  Routine good cleaning and disinfecting daily is critical.  

Mayan Letter Exchange

Students in grades 3 and 4 are taking part in a letter exchange with Mayan children in the Palajunoj Valley of Guatemala as part of our month of activities associated with Latin American Night.  With help from Señora Poole, Sylvan Park students wrote these letters in Spanish and will receive letters from the Guatemalan students in late March.  Latin American Night will benefit the Primeros Pasos clinic, which serves children and their families in the Palajunoj Valley.

Call for Donations, Volunteers

Our call to action has come!

Robert Churchwell Elementary (North Nashville) will be relocating their students and teachers to Park Avenue Elementary.  Please help us welcome them to the Sylvan Park neighborhood.  We are currently in need of the following: 

1. Park Avenue School is looking for volunteers tomorrow to help move classrooms around to accommodate the new students.  They will be working at the school from 7am-7pm. Show up any time you can!

2. Sylvan Park PTO has organized a school supply drive.  We are currently looking for volunteers to sign up to help collect and organize supplies.  Please sign up to help here: 

3. Lastly, we are in need of school supplies (see list below)! You can drop off donations tomorrow at Park Avenue School between 8am-4pm.

We are so thankful for the giving spirit of Sylvan Park!

  • Fiskars scissors – blunt tip
  • Large pink erasers
  • Boxes of regular sized Crayola crayons
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Crayola markers, CLASSIC colors, 
  • Crayola watercolors
  • Kleenex tissues
  • Copy paper
  • Pencils                               
  • 1/2 inch binders
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox  wipes
  • Paper towels
  • earbuds
  • wide rule filler paper
  • wide rule spiral notebooks 
  • 2-pocket folders