As I sit to write this blog, I’m filled with emotion: sadness, disappointment, anxiety, and a little fear but also gratitude and hope. I’m amazed at how much the world has changed in this last week, and I’m in awe of the ability of people who have shown such amazing compassion, grace, selflessness, and perseverance. I am proud to work in a school district that has not only crafted Core Beliefs but live them. Our district leaders, school board, and staff have all put Core Belief #4 in action and have found so many ways put the needs of our precious students before their own needs and have stepped far outside of their comfort zones to figure out the best way to provide instruction from home. I don’t think many, if any, of our teacher slept much this last week! They have all worked so hard to prepare this new way of learning that our students will begin to experience this week.
Kudos to parents too who are becoming their child’s academic teacher (we know they have always been their first teacher!). It has been fun for me to see on social media all of the creative ways that parents are already finding to keep their kids learning and also getting back to the basics like cooking, crafting, and playing outside. We hope our halls don’t remain dark for the rest of the year and that we are all together again soon, but until then I will keep up with this blog and keep you informed of what our Explorers are up to as best I can.
If you or someone you know cannot afford to have the internet at home, Spectrum is offering free internet during this time of the crisis. You will find the link below with information. Please do be aware that there may be a hookup fee that could run up to $60. Our school district is vested in making sure that every student can access their instruction, so if you need help with this fee, please contact the district office at 276-5700 to let our superintendent Mr. Welsh know and he will help you out. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution of Devices
If you have a student in 1st-4th grade and need a device (computer) at home for them to get their work done, we will hand these out Monday and Tuesday from 11:00-12:00 and from 4:00-5:00. All of our 5th-8th graders and our Kindergarteners have already taken home their Chromebooks. It is not required that you come and get one of the school-issued devices if you have something at home that will work but we want to make sure that you and your children have what they need to complete their school work.
To minimize the exposure, we will provide curbside service in the bus loop on the North end of the building.
I just want to add that we are not cleaning out desks and cubbies like we are going home for the summer. At the time of our dismissal at the beginning of Spring Break, we knew there was a likelihood that schools would be closed due to COVID 19, but we do not know yet if we will return before summer. If it turns out to be the case that we are closed for the remainder of the year, we will develop a plan for students to get their belongings at that time.
Staying Active and Connected to CES from Home
One of our students, Kiarra Kleven, still wanted to run our Spirit Lap that was slatted this spring. Look at the creativity and thought that she put into holding her very own CES Spirit Lap in her backyard. Good job Kiarra!
If you and your family are doing something at home during this time that I can share with others and celebrate your journey, please send to me through my email at email@example.com. Thanks!