March 27, 2020
In this time of a rapid transition to remote learning, I want to thank you for your support of our students and our staff over the last few weeks. Our staff has been working incredibly hard to ramp up their technology skills in order to deliver the best online learning program that we can for our TK-Grade 4 students beginning next week.
This shift in teaching and learning is much more difficult than delivering instruction face-to-face with our students in the classroom. Our teachers are navigating and exploring completely new territory from which they were trained to do as educators. However, they are up for the challenge and determined to make the weeks ahead as positive and engaging as possible for our students!
We recognize that many of our school families are also feeling challenged, stressed, and frightened by the current situation, and we know that this is not easy. In an effort to help and provide some additional ideas on how to coordinate your child’s home learning, we invite you to check out: How to do Home Learning: A Resource for Bacich Families.
The majority of our teachers also have children at home or older family members who may be ill or have special needs. Many of our teachers also have a spouse, who is trying to work from home. All the while, the teachers are working together to design and deliver an appropriate academic learning program for their students. We also recognize the role that we play in our students’ emotional well-being. We know the importance of connecting personally with our students. We want them to know that we are thinking of them and that we care about them.
In the weeks ahead, we will continue to gather feedback from our teachers and our school families and make proper adjustments to improve our Home Learning Plans. We are continuously learning from one another, our neighboring schools, our Marin County Office of Education, and experts in remote learning. I know that we will get better and better at delivering this form of instruction to our students.
We greatly appreciate your patience as we transition to this new way of reaching our students academically and emotionally. If there has ever been a time to reach out and send a note of thanks to your child’s teacher, it’s now. And don’t forget to show appreciation for your son or daughter. They too are navigating new territory in their young lives.
We will get through this together. Our school community is special, and we have a history of coming together and supporting one another.
Sending you warm wishes from afar, and please know that I am an email click away for any questions you may have.