Big changes come with big challenges, and this past week was certainly a big change for all of us, as our teachers and students started online classrooms under the cloud of the COVID-19 virus that continues to spread throughout the world.
At the beginning of the week our head of school sent this message:
Be patient...with us, with your children as they adapt to learning online, and with yourself. Everyone’s emotional and physical well-being is far more important than learning the difference between a comma and a semi-colon.”
Speaking as a parent, these are words to repeat over and over (and over and over).
Our teachers strive to prepare our students for the bigger world in the best ways possible: instructing, challenging and supporting them individually in a classroom environment. Our teachers are exceptional. But now they must quickly develop a whole new set of skills in order to support our children daily, without making them spend all day in front of a screen. Likewise, children and families are feeling their way into a whole new mindset.
While this time may be remembered by many of us as one of hardship and grief, it may be remembered by our children as a bit magical. That time when they didn’t have to wake up and get dressed right away, when they could spend more time with their grownups than ever before and perhaps be part of conversations that made them feel important. A time when they learned things they might not have even learned in school.
Our week may not have felt perfect or elegant. But a lot of things happened that were beautiful results of that imperfection. Here are a few examples that families in our community shared:
Our takeaway from the week might be best summarized by one of our parents:
Last week was a perfect example of how awesome our teachers are and how wonderful our school comes together as a community. Life is full of challenges and it’s refreshing to see someone say “oops that didn’t work let’s try this instead” instead of trying to pretend everything is perfect.”
Now we have started week two, and we’re excited to see what more imperfect beauty it will bring.
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