Now that the day that we all feared, but somehow expected, has arrived and we confirmed that we will not return to campus this school year, I want to simply tell you that I am sad and that you are loved. Our teachers have repeatedly said that the most difficult part of distance learning is being away from the children, and I can only agree. As I work in my dining nook at my makeshift desk without the sounds of song and laughter and running feet in the halls, I realize the overwhelming importance that we all hold for each other and I am grieving the silence. Please know that I have been continually praying for all of you and covet the day when we will be able to be together again in person.
I know that your teachers are doing a wonderful job of sharing activities, checking in on you, facilitating zoom meetings so that your children can see and talk to each other, and assuring that our classrooms maintain community even when apart. I have enjoyed being a fly on the wall in some of these meetings, receiving messages from children and parents, and sharing some of my favorite books along the way. I want to make sure that we are offering the support that YOU need during this time, so if there are additional resources that would be helpful, specific subjects that your child is showing a curiosity to explore, or just questions that you have, I invite you to reach out to me via email, phone, or text.
We are planning a time to refresh your loose parts and activity materials for early next week, so stay tuned for more information from me or your teachers about how to get an infusion of supplies to last through Memorial Day. Until then, here are a few fun activities that can be done outside or with items from around your house: