Over the past six weeks, as we have all adapted our ways of being together while apart, I have observed ongoing shifts in how the school is meeting the needs of our community. Through the last few weeks of March and into April, our attention was solidly on responding quickly, effectively, and compassionately as we mobilized around the required changes to our operations. Once we were through the immediate and critical stages of planning and response, attention shifted to learning all about how we would collectively pivot to deliver our unique education via distance means. The last few weeks have been a truly remarkable experience of collaboration, humility, courage, and optimism. It has been phenomenal to witness and participate in a shared movement toward something radically different from what we are accustomed. I have been continually amazed by the general willingness of colleagues, parents, guardians, and students to get behind something new, even when the new something has the potential to present innumerable challenges.
I am convinced that the reason we are weathering this storm as well as can be reasonably expected is that we are working from a foundation of shared values, which allow us to be in honest communication with one another. If we measure the success of an organization by how safe people feel to express themselves, I feel that we are succeeding. It has been heartening to see that parents and guardians value their relationship with the school so much that they are willing to be vulnerable by offering staff and faculty the gift of honest feedback. It is our intention and commitment to work in such a way that you and your children feel seen and heard, no matter the means. This exercise has given us all an opportunity to witness our innate agility in action.
We are doing our best to continue to offer an excellent experience in all aspects of your interaction with the school. I am so pleased to affirm that the school is in good shape financially and that we are diligent in maximizing resources while fastidiously monitoring all aspects of operations. For sure, there have been stressful days behind the scenes. In addition to missing you all, your dear children, and each other, we too are adjusting to working remotely or distantly while tending to the needs of our families. That said, the uniqueness of this situation means that we are united in our recalibration and there is some comfort in that.
While we are unable to connect with each other as we usually do, Laura and I felt called to offer a simple connection to the school via this newsletter today. Until this point, we agreed that our organizational and communal attention was understandably elsewhere. It has only been this week that we have experienced an energetic opening for the return of our newsletter. At this point, our plan is to offer the newsletter biweekly and it will include glimmers of light in the form of beautiful images and a sharing of gems. The Grade School is a beacon of spring glory at the moment and it is a pleasure to be able to share this newsletter with you as a small gesture of connection.
As the spring term progresses, we will consider how we might increase our offerings for community engagement. If you have ideas to share or would like to chat about how we may be able to nurture your connection to the school community, please be in touch. I will always be happy to hear from you and to connect with you.
Thank you all for choosing to walk this path together. We are lucky to be in community with you.
Community & Resource Development Manager