Hello everyone…. Today is Saturday, March 21, 2020. `

As you know at this point, our nation has asked that we social distance ourselves to help slow the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, we attempt to keep some assemblance of normalcy for ourselves and our students. Our teachers have been working incredibly hard to prepare blended learning lessons, and I’ve seen responses from parents in the forms of emails, texts, pictures, and videos. I can’t tell you how much it means to us to have you share the caring words during this time.

Like us, our students are coming from many different realities. However, they all have one thing in common… they have us; their teachers and parents. Combined, we have the ability to ease their fears and confusion during this time.

Our teachers have shared lessons with you and your children. Some of our children are going to run with them, some are going to walk, and others are going to have a difficult time just attempting to crawl. Let me be clear…. THAT IS OK! It is imperative that we assist them at whatever level they are at. If they want to run…. we will give them the best running shoes on the market. But if they need to crawl, we will get down on the ground with them, support them, and give them the encouragement they need to move forward. Together, we can do this.

We will continue to encourage your students to do their best with their lessons. We will encourage your children to send their teachers questions so that they gain a full understanding of the materials being presented. We will continue to be available to you, their parents, to prepare you to assist them with their assignments. We also encourage you to send questions, so that you can assist them on their journey. But we must all understand that our children will move forward at many different paces. Especially during this period.

As we continue this new voyage together, to not add fear, anxiety, and confusion, as their teachers, we allow our students the ability to move forward at a pace that is comfortable for each individual. Our teachers will continue to create amazing lessons. They will continue to encourage our students by reaching out and answering their questions. They will continue to communicate with your children and you to assist them in moving forward with the curriculum. What we will not do, is add any more fear and anxiety by pressuring students to complete lessons without fully understanding them. It is in our power to make them feel comfortable in their learning process, through inquiry, knowledge acquisition, and understanding.

So with this in mind, I have a simple promise…. While we’re away from our students, we are puting our typical assessment of assignments on hold. We will not be assigning a number or letter grade to assignments. Instead, our teachers will be sharing “narrative feedback”. We will share with our students what they’re doing well or help them understand how something can be improved.

The governor has closed our schools until March 30. However, we don’t know for certain how long this way of life may continue. Until our social distancing ends, I will try and keep you as

updated as possible, through videos such as this, and through emails, our website, and social media.

May you, your families, and your friends remain safe and healthy.

 

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