As I opened today's newsletter and saw our school values lingering in the top banner, they couldn't seem more relevant. Throughout the past month we have all seen first hand the effects of being a part of such a caring community, looking out for and supporting our neighbours. We've had to be courageous on so many new fronts and we've all been handed the unforseen opportunities to take on new responsibilities within the new remote learning adventure.
I want to thank each and every one of you for taking this new venture head on, with positivity, honesty, resilience and peseverence. Times like these make me thankful for being a part of our small but amazing community, and so proud of how each person within our community has pulled up their socks and worked hard over the last two weeks (five weeks for teachers) to create a remote learning experience that works for us all.
To the students - I want to thank you for trying your best, giving new things a go, being patient with your teachers and parents, and bringing joy to us all each day!
To the parents (and precious family member helpers) - well done!! Two weeks done. Thank you for working alongside us and being patient with us while we work out how to do this. We have been working very long days to get this up and running and are looking forward to providing new and revised programming for you and your children to enjoy at home.
To the staff - I cannot thank you enough for your time, effort, resilience, creativity and outstanding persistence that you have shown during this trying time. I'm so proud of you all and cannot wait to continue to develop, create and innovate alongside you over the coming remote learning journey.
We have been recieveing a lot of feedback from students and famillies over the past two weeks and we've used this while revising and planning our new program for the next two weeks. We thank you for your patience and remind you that these past two weeks were planned without guidance, at the drop of a hat, so we hope that we've resolved many of your concerns with the new lessons that you will have recieved today.
I'm endevouring to get around to checking in with each family each week so please, if you have any feedback, ideas, changes or issues, please let us know and we'll help where we can. I'll just remind you all to be patient with us too. We don't have a perfect program to work towards so we're just trying to work towards tweaking and improving our planning each week to work for each household and child.
Thank you for creating spaces for your children to learn and work alongside your children each day. We've heard of some amazing structures and innovations within households that make us so happy that you have been able to take what we've provided for you and make it your own, to fit your home and your family. If you need to rearrange your day, tweak an activity or get inspiration to innovate, go ahead, enjoy your learning with your child. We've provided you with guidelines, activities and suggestions, if you want to create, go ahead. just keep us in the loop ;)
We don't know what the new few weeks have in store for us and we all know that our lives are going to be uncertain and changing in the time ahead. Please know that we are here to support you. If you return to work and your kids cannot be supervised for schooling, we are here to help you. If you need our support, please get in touch via the school email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know If your children need to return to school for a day or even a few hours, we just have a few simple steps to follow.