March 18th - 1:49pm
Like many of you, I feel the pressure of ever changing directives and advice from the media and government. Like many of you, my husband and I are working very, long days as we help our places of work to potentially transition away from our "normal." Like many of you, I suddenly have kids at home that kind of have work to do, but are kind of on a temporary vacation, stuck inside because of the weather. Like many of you, I have multiple emails and messages from multiple teachers with multiple sets of instructions. It's just too much!
At the end of the day... please know that CLS has the very best intentions. We're navigating unknown territory and we're stressed too. It is our sincere intent (and thus the insane amount of communication from us) to help minimize the gap that not having your kids physically present with us will create. The teachers are training and planning and beginning to roll-out our best possible at-home/online/digital/virtual directives for your child's education. You will be receiving a great deal of emails and links and directives from our school and your child's teacher over the next few days. It will be confusing and frustrating. It is for us too. Please be patient with us. We will be patient with you and with our students. Together, we will get through this.
Tomorrow, you will receive an email from me with directions for how to prepare your student to use some digital tools (including Google Classroom and Zoom) these will help CLS to continue connecting with your family and teaching your children. We are trying to roll things out in layers. We are trying to insure that the tuition we need you to continue paying (CLS will receive no state or federal funding for schools that is referred to) is definitely worth the investment and trying to balance this with the fact that none of our parents (me included) signed up to be homeschool teachers.
For now... have your students work on the few things we sent home. When in doubt... have your kids do an age-appropriate version of reading, writing, math, God's Word, and physical exercise (weather, please cooperate).
Today I shared this directive with my teachers related to managing the anxiety this is bringing...
Celebrate God's goodness
Ask God for help
Leave your concerns with God
Meditate on good things
May this directive help give all of us some sense of CALM. We cannot control these circumstances, but we can control our attitudes. May our attitudes help to direct and mold our children as they too navigate this confusing and scary time. We are praying for you and working with you.
March 16th - 4:20pm
According to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, "All public or private schools, colleges, and universities shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the school campus. Parents of school-aged minor children shall take steps to ensure said children are not participating in activities prohibited by the Order and that social distancing requirements are practiced."
Tuesday, March 17 between 12:00 - 4:30 p.m., please come by the school and your child's classroom to pick up student books and materials. The teachers will spend the morning meeting and getting materials gathered for all students. If this time frame will not work for you, please email your child's teacher and arrange something that will.
CLS will temporarily push pause on preparing student materials while we roll our instructional strategies into virtual and at-home learning for all our students. The teaching staff will be meeting, training, practicing, and preparing to make sure we continue to provide the best possible educational experience that we can during this odd season. Tomorrow our teachers will send grade specific emails with educational, spiritual, and family-centered ideas and resources that you can immediately implement as you seek to make their days at home meaningful and productive. In the days following, we'll begin rolling more and more directives for continued student learning. We will do our best to continue providing quality, Christian education.
Until directed otherwise, our faculty will be on-site, working together, and pushing on toward keeping our curriculum on track. If no longer allowed to work from school, we'll transition our tools to home and continue from there. We're in! This is more than a job for us... it's our calling.