Dear Grammar Families,
My hope and prayer is that this email finds you and your loved ones well. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your patience this week as we have been hard at work preparing for the new adventure called “remote learning.” The Grammar School faculty and staff have been hard at work this week (and last) learning new technology, planning, and recording lessons so that we can get back to school next Monday.
This is going to be new territory for us all. We appreciate now more than ever the partnership that exists between the family and the school. We are all going to need extra doses of patience, kindness, and grace. Times like these make us enrollees of the School of Virtue. Some of the most important lessons that we all will learn will be humility, patience, charity, gentleness, gratitude, and joy in the face of difficulty. To be honest, these are the most important lessons we need to learn regardless of the circumstances.
Below, you will find information that will be helpful as we get started on Monday with remote learning:
1. Grammar students will not be using Zoom video conferencing for their daily lessons because they will be recorded, but classes may meet occasionally on Zoom for an opportunity for the teacher and students to see each other. I will also be hosting my Parent Coffee & Devotionals through Zoom. Our IT Department will be hosting an optional Zoom training session that will walk you through Zoom if you have never used it before. You should have received an email from IT with the Zoom training session information for Friday. If you did not, please let us know. These are optional meetings being hosted by Chief Technology Officer Bryan Gustin and the IT department to help provide direction and help with the technical side of remote meetings.
2. On Sunday evening you will receive an email from your child’s teacher. This initial email will include a link to next week’s Week at a Glance that will contain all lessons needed for next week.
3. Following that initial email, parents will receive a daily check-in email from their teacher. This email will not include new lessons, but instead an encouraging daily note from the teacher to the students.
4. In addition to this daily message, each week the grade level Week at a Glance will be sent on Friday afternoons. Within the Week at a Glance, teachers will post daily assignments, video links, and helpful resources. This information will also be linked to each grade level webpage under the Week at a Glance Topics tab.
5. I will be recording a weekly Chapel message that will be included in the Week at a Glance.
6. I will also continue to host my bi-weekly Parent Coffee and Devotional through Zoom. The first one will be next Friday, April 3. I will send the login information next Wednesday.
As we work through this, we know there will be many questions so please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, the Associate Heads, or me. We are here to help, and we are all in this together.
Finally, let me share the following prayer:
O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in Your ineffable goodness, look down upon Your people.
Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction.
You know our weakness.
You hear our cry in repentance and contrition of heart.
O Lord, who loves mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the coronavirus.
Watch over us and protect us.
Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus.
Guide the hands of physicians, and preserve those who are healthy.
That we may continue to serve You in peace,
and glorify Your most honorable and majestic Name,
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.