Dear Parents and Guardians -
It is hard to believe that we will be celebrating the 100th day of school a few days after the middle of February. Despite all the shifts and movement from in-person to remote learning, the school year continues to move forward and as I mentioned in a Friday newsletter, we are turning the corner and getting back to some semblance of normal.
This period of time from early January until spring break in late March is a key learning window for students. We have well-established routines and strong relationships with our students which permits teachers to focus intently on grade-level standards and the academic needs of each child. Parents are also a key component of support as they have observed firsthand through remote learning what the classroom environment looks like and how teachers work to do what is best for their students.
Our students in full-time remote learning are also well connected with their teacher and making positive growth. In fact, all of our students as a whole did very well on the mid-year assessments we recently conducted. Overall, we are not seeing deficits in learning that we were afraid we might be seeing at this point in time in the school year.
Another note related to our ability to maintain in-person learning is the fact that many of our staff members are, or will soon be vaccinated against Covid 19. If we can keep adults healthy our chances of staying open greatly improve.
Things continue to be interesting and this school year has been like no other. That being said, kids are excited to be in school and some amazing learning is taking place. Our ongoing hard work assures we will celebrate milestones during the school year, like the 100th day of school, and appreciate our time together as learners and friends.