First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for the flexibility and patience you have demonstrated over these past two weeks. We are in uncharted waters as we move from having close to 200 students here daily to remote learning. It has certainly been a learning curve for most of us. For me personally, things like Zoom meetings and Facebook Live were things I had heard about and planned to learn more about “someday”. Well, someday is here, and these things are now part of my daily life. Advanced technology has helped to keep the teachers, staff and I connected as we plan for the next weeks of learning, and for that, I am grateful.
The schools are now closed through April vacation. In order to keep learning going, the teachers have created activities for students at each grade level. We will be sending you a calendar with plans for each day outlined for your child. Your child’s teacher(s) will continue to reach out to you daily. The activities are designed to be interactive and fun while still building fundamental skills. We provided each student with materials last week in their packets that they can continue to use to practice skills. Each grade level differed, but some received cards and/or dice, others received hundreds charts, and everyone received some books. These learning tools can be used throughout the school outage.
We are providing each student with a new journal. Expect a journal to be dropped off at your child’s Bangor address on Friday, March 27. Many staff will be assisting with this process, and we are grouping deliveries by address, not by class. Your child should not expect his/her teacher to deliver the journal. We are following social distancing recommendations, so staff will drop the journals off on a doorstep or porch and will not be able to visit with students and families.
Not being able to see the students has been one of the hardest parts about the Corona outbreak. We love your children and miss them so much! Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures. We love seeing them and sharing them with each other!
I am in awe of each and every one of you who are balancing so many things right now. For those of you who are essential personnel and are continuing to go into work, know that we appreciate you. For those of you juggling working from home, taking care of the kids, and doing school work-you are amazing! For all of you working through assignments with your kids–thank you! I hope that you are discovering the silver linings in having more time with your children.
Remember that we have breakfasts and lunches available here every day from 12:00-1:00 p.m. These are free for all Bangor children under the age of 18. You do not need an appointment. You can receive meals for all the children in your family. On a nice day, you could grab the lunches and go for a picnic!
Contact us if you have questions or concerns. You have your teachers’ email addresses. Patti and I are here at school, so you can call us if you do not have email. Take care. These are very unusual circumstances. I have been reading a lot about how children will feel after this pandemic has passed. The things I have found say that, for children in the primary grades, they will remember less about the virus and more about how they felt during this time. If at any time an activity/lesson feels stressful–stop. Do something else together–read a book, start a rock collection, bake some cupcakes–have fun.
Hoping this finds you all well!