Thank you so much for your patience and flexibility as we embarked upon our very first all live, virtual day! Thank you to our amazing teachers for their willingness to brave the technology, embrace the curriculum, and connect with our students. Every day will be even better!
For the first week or so, your child may need assistance in finding a quiet spot, using the mute/unmute feature and managing their "movement" from one zoom/meet to another when working with Specialists. Additionally, we encourage you to allow your child independence once they are set in their virtual classrooms. If possible, please have siblings and family members work in other spaces in order limit distractions and to cultivate an environment of risk-taking with classmates and teachers. Your support in this area will be greatly appreciated.
We will now begin our "Stillman Morning Announcements" in each classroom. Teachers will have the videos/audio recordings of announcements to share with their students during morning meeting. So...just because you as parents will not be receiving the announcements, please know that we will still be doing them!
This was definitely the most unusual "first day of school" that I have seen in my 27 years in education...teachers in their classrooms, with laptops and empty desks; teachers at home, turning their basements into classrooms....UNUSUAL for sure. But what I still saw was the excitement for the start of the year and the hope that comes knowing that the rest of the year is a blank slate, with new ideas, activities and friendships to fill it.
Thank you for your continued partnership and as always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.