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Welcome to Week 2

Greetings All!

I hope you all are well, Ms. Sarah and I are missing everyone like crazy!  I know there is a lot of change, and a lot of change still to come, but I appreciate every one of you and the things that you are doing.  We are working very hard on our end to try to bring some normalcy into the crazy… but I know it is overwhelming and exhausting and frustrating at times.  So.  Please.  Take a big deep breath, know that we are on your side, and remember that you can only do what you can do.  We are trying to provide enough resources and work that students can feel busy and productive, but you need to do what you feel is best for your family! If you or your student is feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to take a step back and away.  This is a great time to be making memories with your child.  So, read a book together, build a puzzle, play a game, bake cookies.  The beautiful part of Montessori is that we teach the whole child – which means that all of that stuff that makes your kid a better human? (you know.. chores and cooking and learning to get along with siblings?) That’s all part of the curriculum! And yes, you can tell them that Ms. Laura told you that they have to clean up their room. 😉  Please know that no matter your situation, Ms. Sarah and I are here and ready to help support in any way we can!

We are going to continue on with Google classroom this week.  Please know that we as a team are looking into better solutions of communication with you through that platform.  If your child is particularly struggling with something, (or succeeding and you want to brag!) please don’t be afraid to reach out to me!  I am here all day to help you through any means of communication you are comfortable with.  I am by far the fastest at responding to messages through Remind – so if it’s time sensitive, that’s the best way to reach me!

And please reach out with updates: good, bad, and ugly, about how you and your family are doing.  One of the things I miss most is getting to hear about my students lives and all of the little things (which seem so minuscule to us, but mean so much to them) that they have been up to.  A few parents have sent me pictures of their student working or updates about how they are doing and it fills my heart with so much joy to see everyone!  Keep those coming!

Here’s an update for you that you are welcome to share with your kiddo: My life so far has been supremely unexciting – mostly just working on getting our digital classroom up and going while under the EXTREMELY close supervision of Wizard.  (I have to tell you… I don’t think I’m impressing her much…) Wizard has been very unhappy without the hubub of the classroom to keep her entertained, and spent a full two days pouting and glaring at me from her cave when she didn’t go back to school on Monday.  So I think it’s safe to say she misses you as well!

Next week we will have spring break as planned, so don’t expect any communication from me next week.  That being said, an email is being prepared by upper elementary discussing what you can expect in the coming weeks.  You can expect that coming to your inbox within the next couple of days.  Once that email has been sent, I will be available to help offer any clarification and answer any questions that may come up.  In the meantime, just keep doing what you’re doing! You’ve got this!

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