March 27, 2020

Dear Lower School parents, 

We have made it through our first week of continuous learning! We have loved seeing your children every day this week in our virtual classrooms. The Zoom meetings, Seesaw posts, Google Classroom visits, and narrated videos have brightened our newsfeeds and our days. As an educator, I feel tremendous gratitude knowing that the teachers at Steward are so committed to their students’ learning.

In addition to being committed educators, we are also mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons who are working hard to achieve a balance in this new reality. We understand that, like you, this will take some work and adjustments to achieve success. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to provide a meaningful and impactful remote learning experience for your children.

In turn, we promise to extend the same patience and flexibility to you. I have heard from many parents who are worried about deadlines and juggling demands. We’ve also heard from parents wanting more! We understand. Please reach out to your teacher or me, and we will talk through the best ways to help your children (and you) be successful. Also, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey to help us know how this first week has gone in your house and to give us valuable feedback for moving forward: Lower School Family Survey.(Please fill out one survey per Lower School student in your household.)

As we embrace (or at least accept) this new reality, I want to take a moment to share a few additional items with you. First, we have adapted our student handbook to include some language for continuous learning. You can find that information here: Lower School Online Learning Behavioral Expectations.

Second, next Friday we were scheduled to have parent/teacher conferences. As a way to continue that important communication, you will hear from your homeroom teacher and have the opportunity to share how this experience is going for your child and your family. We look forward to connecting with you in this way next week and throughout the rest of the year.

Warmly,

Ingrid Moore 
Director of Lower School

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