Three Rivers School
MARCH 26, 2020
First and foremost, I want you to know that our staff has been meeting electronically in both large and small groups to prepare our continuation of learning plan. Each and every time, there is pain and anguish from not being able to connect on a person to person level with your kids.
Teaching is a difficult job that carries a lot of stress, worry, and most importantly, joy. The stress and worry come from caring deeply about student growth, their well-being, and their readiness to learn. The joy comes from watching children tackle their first multi-syllabic word, finally understanding how to multiply fractions, citing their source in their writing, telling a funny story to the class, giving you a big hug each day at the bus, and just from knowing they love and adore you. That is what teaching is about and why we do it. We knew what we were getting into when we signed up to be educators; that is until now.
The current situation is not something we planned for. That said, we ask that you extend us grace as we figure out what this will look like for all of our students. We will learn and grow together as we manage this daunting task of helping your kids continue to learn. We fully intend to extend that same grace to our families. We realize this situation has wrought great stress on kids and families. When kids are not at school, and in many cases, parents are not working, families do their best to get by each day and make it to the next. As a school community, our number one priority is that we are not making lives more stressful, but are providing comfort and resources.
The work that will be sent to your child is meant to engage them, take their minds off what is happening outside, and provide routine. Any work sent back to your child's teacher will be reviewed and feedback will be provided. Teachers will also find ways to connect with your family through a variety of means to help maintain whatever sense of community we can. If you are doing your best to maintain your household and can only complete some of what is sent home, don’t worry about it. If you are finding joy in playing games, taking hikes in the wilderness, doing puzzles, or in simply snuggling on the couch, perfect! If you feel that what is getting sent home is not enough, connect with your student’s teacher and ask for ideas on how to extend their learning. These are not normal times. Accept that, do what you can, and understand we are here to provide resources, be a support, and we do so with no judgement of what you can and can’t get done in the coming weeks.
Here are the basics for what next week will look like:
Monday 3/30 – All staff will meet virtually to discuss plans moving forward. Following that, teaching teams will plan what April will look like for our students.
Tuesday 3/31 – iPad Pickup – We had approximately sixty students whose iPads were left at school. These have been bagged and labeled by me and are available for pick up between the hours of 9:00-3:00. Please drive up to the pick-up/drop off lane, call the office at 541.355.3000, and I will come out and place your child's iPad on a table at the base of the stairs. Please understand I can’t shake hands, must maintain proper social distancing, but would certainly love to see your student and offer a smile and a wave from afar!
Wednesday 4/1 – Continuation of learning begins
We will continue to send updates as more information becomes available. Please know that we miss you, are here for you, and can’t wait to see you all again.
Principal – Three Rivers K-8 School
“At Three Rivers School, we create opportunities for growing resilient hearts and minds in a community where all students are empowered to achieve academic, social, and emotional success.”