And, just like that, we’re back into the swing of things. School started yesterday for teachers, and will start next Wednesday for students. It was a very different beginning than we’re used to – new routines, new schedules and some new faces. BUT…what is still the same, and will always be the same, is the complete commitment that every adult in Kleefeld School has to the safety and well being of every student that walks through these doors.
When we met as a staff, there was a lot of discussion on how to create an inviting, safe space for students. There was a lot of discussion on how to support our families. There was a lot of discussion on how to educate our students in the best way possible – ensuring that this pandemic has as little impact on their learning and their academic futures as possible. We Have Your Back! Which means we are looking out for students and families.
This will be a year that may have a few more unexpected twists and turns than usual, and this thought reminded me of a tree I saw this summer. It probably started out it’s life as a sapling like any other tree. Along the way, it was obvious that it had to grow around a few obstacles – other trees, roots, rocks. At one point another tree had fallen onto it, so it had to grow differently from then on – a little crooked and bent – but grow it did! It was very tall, very strong … and very unique. We are all living through a strange, challenging season. I hope that we will all be like that tree – we will grow, and we will develop unique perspectives and strengths that really only can develop out of experiences like this pandemic.
Meet the teacher is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, from 1:00 – 6:00, by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment with your homeroom teacher online. If you’d like to chat with me, please call the school and set that up with the office or ask to speak with me.