HoS Update and Virtual Vacation Links
Greetings, Wonderous Ones!
Last week was impressive as the Gillispie School community got up and running with online learning. The teachers did a marvelous job, and from my vantage point, it was exciting watching all of the assignments and activities going live, students responding, and morning meetings transpiring. As another Head of School shared with me, moving to remote education so quickly was like moving from gasoline-run automobiles to electric cars in a span of two weeks. So true, and such a tribute to all of you, families, and especially to our teachers in rising to the challenge. Thank you, thank you!
These are extraordinary times as we process all the local, state, and national news. Many schools had hoped to return after their Spring Breaks, but this is not to be. At Gillispie, we will be off the week of March 30 for Spring Break and back “in session” online for the Week of April 6 and, more than likely, beyond. Each grade level used last week to begin its teaching program, allowing students and parents to get adjusted. For some families, the pace may have been too fast and overwhelming, too slow, or just right (a bit of the Goldilocks syndrome). This link leads to a survey that will help teachers plan as well as allow the administration to know your thoughts. Later this week, the relevant administrators will make a video to answer some of the most commonly asked questions from this survey. Stay tuned!
Last Friday, an Early Childhood parent shared an email that will inspire teachers for the weeks ahead: “We want to thank you for illustrating what the Gillispie values are all about; this week was exemplary and then some. All of you rallied and have put forth a program that others should use as a model for their contingency plans – WAY TO BE! Once again, you have shown that the students come first & education (& fun) is top priority.”
And to let you know what your children are saying about you, a first-grader answered the question, “What has changed for you in learning from home?” He responded with, “When it comes to the tough questions, now I go to Mom and Dad!”
At Gillispie, we pledge to stay connected and learn together as we deal with our new evolving norm…we are making history, you know!
Head of School
P.S. If travel during Spring Break is not in our immediate future given the circumstances, please enjoy virtual places to visit for early childhood and elementary students as compiled by one of our preschool teachers. It includes free, virtual tours of gardens, aquariums, museums, roller coaster rides, animal cams, and Broadway plays.