October 2, 2020
I hope this message finds you well! It’s Friday, one week left until the end of first quarter, and the end of the SEP/CCR week, so I know that you are all more than ready for the weekend. Thank you for your efforts with students and your families, especially given all the nuances of teaching, learning and parenting in our current circumstances. I KNOW it has been challenging!
In regards to an update on our district COVID statistics, we have had one additional student who has contracted the virus since last week’s update (not related to school attendance or school activity participation) for a total now of six (6) students and three (3) faculty/staff (also not related to school attendance or school activity participation). And, we currently have one (1) active case. There are now 51 students and four (4) employees who have been quarantined for 14 days since the first day of school, because of stated contact with a COVID positive person.
I am grateful that our numbers continue to be low, and I know that it is a direct result of our collective diligence in following the District Reopening Plan: including mask/face covering use, consistent and thorough cleaning and hygiene practices, and distancing to the extent possible THANK YOU! I think of you all often, and I appreciate the help and support that you are always willing to give to each other, to the District, and to me!
When my children were young, and now with my grandkids, I have loved reading the quiet, kind, yet powerful messages of author A.A. Milne. This is one of those messages, that I hope proves comforting, especially on those difficult days. We can and need to “be there” for each other: to be kind, thoughtful and understanding.
“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh. There was a pause “Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet. “’No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.” “That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend. “What are you doing?” asked Pooh. “Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.” “But goodness,” continued Piglet. “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you, Pooh.”
“And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.” ~A.A. Milne
Some days we are Pooh, and some days we are Piglet. Whichever the day brings today and the days to come (my hope is joy and goodness) please know that you have friends beside you.