Back to School 2020
Dear Sharpstein families,
We are living through an historic time as we persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic. Last March when our school closed for in-person learning, we embarked on a journey with no guide, and that journey continues this fall with Distance Learning 2.0. We ALL want our kids back in the building as soon as we can safely do so. Starting the school year in distance learning is an important step towards stamping out COVID and making our community whole again.
Last Spring was difficult for everyone, there is no denying that. But I couldn't have been more proud of our Sharpstein community for the way we responded. Our teachers and staff, and each and every family, stretched themselves in ways they didn't know they could stretch and made sure every single one of our students continued to learn and feel connected to our school. In a crisis, we did what strong communities do: We pulled together.
We have learned important lessons from our experience with crisis teaching and learning last spring, and are working hard to prepare learning experiences for your children that reflect the lessons we learned so we can move out of crisis mode. Building and maintaining a sense of classroom and school community, as well as supporting our kids' social/emotional well-being and growth will be an integral part of what we do. Doing so from a distance presents challenges, certainly, but I have deep confidence in our amazing staff, students, and families to continue to work together in innovative and inspiring ways.
Our PTA is already at work creatively finding ways to support Miles Club, our Fun Run, Popcorn Fridays, and other activities. We have already booked the first 7 weeks of Wonderful Wuzical Wednesday, with a plan for performances to be delivered via livestreaming. We'll hold daily Morning Exercise, just like when we are in person. The district has purchased a subscription for every child to an online library of thousands of books, and teachers are participating in professional development on the effective use of online curriculum resources and teaching strategies.
Chromebook distribution is planned for the week before school starts (which is September 8th), as well as distribution of the supplies and materials kids will need for learning at home. I would suggest regularly monitoring the WWPS website's "Safely Reopening Schools" page (https://www.wwps.org/safely-reopening-schools), as new information is added daily. I will post important updates to Class DoJo as well.
Yesterday when I left my house to drive to school, I felt that fall tang in the air and felt that familiar excitement for the start of school. I am SO looking forward to seeing your childrens' faces, yes, even if it's on Zoom.