May 7, 2020
I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to you all with a heavy heart. I never thought we would be in this position. I wrote to you in a previous communication that I did some pandemic school closure planning back in 2009 when I was a high school assistant principal in Newtown. However, I never envisioned being in this position.
Yesterday I had a virtual meeting with the entire staff. We shared stories about successes and challenges of distance learning, some of which included plenty of laughs and also a fair amount of tears. Amidst this whole debacle it is important to find some silver lining. My family and I have enjoyed nights playing Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and some silly game my second grader made up called the “Three Marker Challenge.” I am happy to share the details. We are also having dinner together and I am continuing to train for an Ironman in the hopes that the late fall races will not be canceled. Either way, I’ll still be in good shape!
Many parents have already asked me questions about locker clean out, the moving up ceremony, yearbook distribution, returning chromebooks, library books etc. I drafted a plan that divides locker pick-up by day of the week and grade level. A committee has been formed by central office to approve various plans and/or establish some uniformity around the district. I will communicate the specific details with you all once the plan has been approved and we get the green light to move forward. If it is possible, perhaps we can also include yearbook distribution and chrome book return with locker pick-up. I feel silly saying this, but please be patient.
A special thanks to the PTP for the gifts during Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers did not expect anything and your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.