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Dear Studio Community,

Returning after a vacation is always a period of adjustment. Now, during this pandemic, many of us are not in our own homes and dealing with job and/or health issues, which makes resuming school quite a challenge. 

Our first week of distance learning achieved the initial goal of resuming school, connecting us, and assessing what are the best ways to deliver the curriculum for each age group and class. Despite many technical challenges and glitches, we settled in to a new way of working. For the past week and a half, the teachers have been meeting twice a day and through the weekends to modify and plan. We are very grateful for their dedicated and thoughtful work as we continue to transition into distance learning.

This second week of learning will be about the teachers finding a balance of being together as a group, working in small groups, and doing individual work in the presence of a teacher. Distance learning at the moment is not yet in a place that is optimal -- patience and persistence are key steps as we go forward. We need your help to make distance learning as meaningful as possible and help the students meet the educational goals for the 2019-2020 school year.

During these very difficult and stressful times, especially when most of us are all in one place 24/7 and trying to do our own work as well, we know how challenging life is. As day flows into night and night into day, structure is important. Given the constraints of space and technology, and all the various needs of the family, it is very important to establish the following for the children:
  1. A written daily routine for the family, with places and times, that you put up on the wall for all to see.
  2. A consistent work space for your child(ren), where they have privacy and no other activities or noise to interfere with their learning
  3. You and your child(ren) check for the daily emails from the teachers at 8am and be sure to look again during the day, perhaps at lunchtime, to see if there are any changes.
  4. School begins at 8:30 am.  As when we are in school together, students are expected to be dressed, groomed, and finished with breakfast before they log in to their classes.
  5. We will be posting the schedules for each class by next week as we settle on what is best for each group.
  6. Unless a teacher has asked parents to participate, please leave all learning and activities of the school day to your child and their teacher. You may direct your concerns to Ms. Mabey, Ms. Silver, and/or Ms. Rotter.
We know that there are very serious concerns about the Zoom platform and we are taking all the necessary precautions to be as secure as possible and maintain the safety of all who participate.

We're looking forward to the next phase of distance learning, as everyone is getting more comfortable with the format.
Janet C. Rotter
Head of School
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