Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 5:04pm

Dear MCMS Families:

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this extraordinary time. I have been impressed with our entire faculty and staff, who have continued to work hard, brainstorming and gathering resources, to share with you all while at home. Initially, we had hoped to take today and tomorrow as a staff to collaborate and plan for what “Learning from Home” might look like. With the governor’s order coming late last Friday, and then MCPASD’s decision shortly after, we didn’t get that time to coordinate our efforts and plan together.

But that didn’t stop our dedicated staff! They got to work immediately on the weekend and continued throughout this week, accessing resources, learning new aspects of technology, and zoom conferencing with other Montessorians to keep offering Montessori to our school community from afar.

Unfortunately, again this week, we received another curve ball; we learned that we will likely remain closed beyond April 6. The Montessori guides, Meghan (Director of Education) and I met today and it became clear we need time together to shift our thinking, to coordinate our efforts and develop a school-wide plan for “Learning at Home” beyond spring break.

To that end, we will be using March 30 and March 31 as inservice days. We will work together to outline expectations for moving forward so there is more consistency for our families. We will work on our use of technology and establish some collective understanding around communication. We are all being inundated right now with messages everywhere pertaining to COVID-19; we, at MCMS, know we have our own streamlining to do.

Next week is spring break. While I know that so many have cancelled travel plans (and are dealing with the sadness that comes with not being able to see relatives and friends), we can still choose to view next week as an opportunity to explore our own homes, yards and parks. It’s the ultimate stay-cation! Rest, relax, read, snuggle – if you can. Keep up with the suggestions your teachers have offered already this week – or don’t. Next week is your time.

As a staff, we promise to make our best use of March 30 & 31 so that we can fine-tune our plan for what appears to be a lengthy “Learning from Home” journey in front of us. Meghan will be in touch soon with a survey for families so that we can gather your thoughts and insights, too.

Thank YOU for your continued support. We miss your children. We miss you. If you are able to join us tonight for our Virtual Fireside Chat, please do (the zoom link was included in the Tuesday Bulletin). Turn your videos on (keeping your microphones on mute will facilitate the least amount of background noise); we want to experience our community together. Tonight is another chance to say hello, share your stories about how you’ve been doing and offer resources to one another. If you have other questions or concerns, please send those to me by email. Tonight, we will plan to support one another from our individual homes. See you in a bit.