I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. I shared this quote with our staff today, and decided it was good for all of us as adults as we are navigating the unknown in COVID times.
"It's ok if you're confused. Just remember confusion is not a stopping point but an action indicator, just a signal to go learn. The only real confusion is thinking that you're supposed to know everything." -Brandon Burchard
There isn't a parent, child, or educator who isn't learning A LOT and very quickly right now. At times, confusion, frustration, and passion come with this new learning, unlearning, or re-learning. I am, at times, struggling as a parent trying to navigate through my boys' learning systems at their schools, feeling anxious due to too much or too little communication, and simply trying to support them based on what they need and deserve. We are all going to experience confusion at some point during this virtual learning experience. How we handle it, how we reach out and get support when we need it, and how we learn and grow from it is ultimately what will bring us closer to that confidence and comfort we are all seeking. Parents/guardians cannot know it all. Our kids cannot know it all. Our staff cannot know it all. I do not know it all. We must give each other and ourselves GRACE because we are learning, unlearning and re-learning so much each day.
That said, we are SO proud of what the students are doing each day to grow their own confidence and learn from each other. I'm also in awe of what our staff have done to help orient all students to learning. Your feedback has been helpful and has allowed us to continue to reflect and address any gaps. It really has been a team effort.
Part of how we reflect and evolve is through professional learning, and we are so thankful to have time for this in the MRH district. Our first early release day is this Wednesday, September 16th! Our staff have already or will communicate their morning plans to you and the students. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about your expectations that afternoon as well.
We will soon open up stewardships with the chickens and gardens. Of course, we will have safety protocols in place. Thanks to the many of you who have expressed an interest in this!
5th grade families: please see an email from Cheryl O'Connor today about your laptop exchange process.
Have a great week!
Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff