Although remote learning for the Lower School is not ideal, the faculty and staff have worked extremely hard to provide a developmentally appropriate balance between academic instruction and focusing on the social and emotional well-being of the students. We also understand that it is yet another transition they are experiencing. Lower School students are resilient, yet some may be frustrated and tired, manifesting in various ways. As you continue to support your child, please encourage them to take a screen break in the afternoons, as the classroom schedules allow time to work on an asynchronous school activity or to rest if needed. Also, if your child needs to disconnect for a while, please let their teachers know. They are available to support and guide you and your child throughout this week.
I am so excited to host Grade Level Welcome Back Meetings in the Olson Theater that will begin on Thursday, January 20, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Many of you have not had the chance to connect in person with Megan Dhar and me (aside from virtual events and carpools) to establish the relationships we take pride in nurturing during the school year. Each meeting will be a thoughtful and intentional opportunity to welcome you into the building and show how much we have missed your presence.
We understand the importance of implementing safety measures, so this will not be a division-wide event that we have had in the past but rather grade-level events. The meetings will be held in the 300-seat Olson Theater, so parents can safely spread out. Please enter through the Activity Center, Door #4, where our security team will check you in and provide you with a name tag. Parents must be properly masked at all times while in the building. At the end of your meeting, we ask that you wait until your seated row is called before exiting the building. We invite you to reconnect with other parents, within your child’s grade level, outside.
Thursday, January 20: Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Friday, January 21: Grades 1 and 2
Monday, January: 24: Grades 3 and 4
Wednesday, January 26: Grade 5
Thursday, January 27: Grade 6
Welcome back, and we hope that you join us!
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School