March 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Are you tired of cancellations?
Canceled – The word has taken on massive global significance right now. The mere mention of the word evokes emotions like anger, disappointment, depression, and fear. It breeds insecurity and disruption, and makes us lose whatever grip we had on predictability. Everything from the NCAA March Madness Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, to the delay of the opening of the Major League Baseball season, from air flights to weddings, to school days and church services, from seating at restaurants to cinemas, are all getting canceled. We want it to all go away.
Please do not be disheartened. I am asking you to continue to be partners with our teachers and support staff at Lounsberry Hollow, as we plow through these next few weeks. The creativity of our teachers to date in the virtual teaching and learning process has been nothing short of outstanding; our students’ response, for the most part, has been very encouraging and terrific!
Several parents have asked others and me things like “Why is this teacher doing his or her teaching one way and that teacher doing his or her teaching another way?”
Hmmm…..I am wondering myself why some of our parents require their children to be in bed by 8:30 am while others allow their children to stay up until 9:00 pm, while still others have no set bedtime for our young children?
I am wondering further, myself, why some parents have actively been overseeing their children’s virtual learning the past week and a half, while some others have maintained a nearly “hands off” approach to the learning process? I, too, wonder why so many LH parents have sent others and me amazingly positive emails and communications of thanks and praise about so many of our classroom teachers for our teachers’ work the past nearly two weeks? While, yet, a very few others choose, instead, to use social media to lash out against a group of talented professional educators who have nothing less than all of our students’ best interests at stake?
I encourage you to please reach out to your child’s teacher(s), if you have any questions about why he or she is teaching, virtually, a certain way during these challenging weeks. So much more positive can come out of the above in reaching out to our teachers, rather than in speculating about their methods of instruction without speaking with them.
I am hopeful you remain healthy, safe and strong during this unprecedented era.
Dennis J. Mudrick