Letter from Lara Zelski – April 29, 2020

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

I hope that you and your family are doing well and staying safe. We are now half way through our second week of phase four online learning and from everything I have observed things are going quite well. I know that things are not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but we are a resilient school family and we are making our way through this together.

I want to clarify that the last day of following our H.O.W.L. schedule will be on May 14 and the last day of school will be on May 15 for our elementary campus students. I apologize for any confusion around this. The 15th will consist of class celebrations and wrapping up the year together. We have staggered the celebrations schedule by grade level so you can attend your child’s class even if you have more than one student at the EC. Teachers are working on what all this will look like virtually, so be on the lookout for more information from them.

Additionally, we are working on lots of other things like summer reading books for our students, end-of-year reports (which will be altered from our usual format), and what collecting computers and materials will look like. We will be in communication with you as soon as we are able to provide you with all the necessary details.

We have been really lucky to have such beautiful weather so that being outside is something we can enjoy pretty much every day. We hope that getting fresh air and sunshine is part of your routine each day. I have found it particularly helpful to me and a great way to break up my workday, which can seem extra long these days now that the boundaries of work and home are a little more blurred. I found this article useful with helping me understand how to create those boundaries for myself and differentiate my work time from my family and home time.

Another place I turn to often is the Conscious Discipline COVID-19: Resources for Families and Educators website. This site offers a multitude of webinars and structures to support our understanding of how our brain operates in situations such as these and resources for how to manage in a healthier and more peaceful manner. I think that you will find the “candid conversations” a great place to start, but the site has a lot of information on it that you may find useful.

Finally, I would like to leave you with an anonymous quote that I recently read and found especially relevant to the times we are in right now.

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

I am wishing you peace and health.

Lara