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April Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians - 

April marks the start of remote learning for students. After some intensive training and experimentation, teachers are on track with providing students learning activities that they can complete at home. Students are engaged in this new format and appear to be embracing this shift in teaching and learning. Of course, it is no surprise that children are resilient and open to change. They often can teach adults a thing or two about how to roll with the punches. 

All that being said, this is a significant adjustment for all of us. During this challenging time, it is important to remember to be kind and patient with one another. We also need to give each other grace and know that things may not go as planned the first time we try something new, or even the second or third time. It may require some adjustments, but the bottom line is that we are doing the very best we can right now for the students at our school. 

This also can be a time for everyone to slow down a bit and to be mindful of the many things we have to be grateful for in our lives. During those times, it is helpful to stop and look around even at the small things we may normally take for granted. With spring right around the corner, flowers are popping up, birds are in the trees, and days are getting warmer. In my neighborhood, I see kids being creative and making beautiful works of art with sidewalk chalk or building forts out of boxes and other materials. It is rewarding to see what kids do on their own when they do not have to rush off to their next activity after school. 

Reflecting on Coyote Ridge Elementary, I am thankful for our amazing students, supportive parents and outstanding staff members. Right now everyone is doing their best and reaching out - virtually - to support one another. As I have heard from so many of you time and time again, we are all in this together.

Take care, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Dr. Mike