It was very nice to welcome our students back this week. On the high school steps, in the hallways, on the playgrounds, and across campus, we have felt the energy and enthusiasm of your children. When I asked students what they were most excited about in starting school, I heard lots of things. Above all, I heard it was nice to see their friends and to make new friends in their new classes.
I appreciated hearing students’ comments about how our new high school dining options and the newly remodeled middle school courtyards were enjoyed during breaks throughout the day. We also received breaking news at the start of the week that we could expand our student group sizes to five and that our elementary students could participate in recess with their entire class.
Check out this quick highlight video for a peek inside week one.
Earlier this week, I shared some thoughts with our high school students about our focus as a school on wellness and encouraged them to be mindful of their needs. While true in any given year, this is especially important as we enter our second start of school facing COVID-19. Each member of our community is carrying a different set of emotions and feelings in the face of the ongoing pandemic, and I reminded our students that it is important that they both take care of themselves and take care of each other.
One critical area of taking care of yourself is asking for help—as Simone Biles did so courageously in the Olympics. We have a terrific team of counselors, school psychologists and teachers who are all there to help your children in need. If you as a parent have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor.
Thank you and welcome back.