I believe we find ourselves in a similar situation. I’m so proud of the teaching and learning that is continuing despite our time away from campus. PDS is a fine, fine school! However, I think it is safe to say that we all feel out of balance. While we have transitioned well to this new online format, this is a tough way for us to teach and an even tougher way for boys to learn. I want to continue to reiterate that the situation we find ourselves in is temporary! With all the added distractions of distance learning, we continue to focus on teaching the most essential skills and provide optional lessons from special area teachers. Adjustments in curriculum have been made and will continue to be made even as we look to next year. At the point we are able to have our students back on campus, we will gladly take on the task of getting back on track with all the learning that normally takes place at PDS.
While the newness of distance learning may be wearing off, we continue to look for ways to keep students engaged and actively learning with one another. Watch for new, optional Zooms to be announced across grade levels in the coming days. Spring is always a fun time at PDS, and we are still going to bring the fun to you whenever possible! In the meantime, stay encouraged. Rest in the fact that much value can come from the learning that can only happen at home. Let’s use our extra time to climb trees, invent games, explore a patch of dirt, make cookies, and be bored. We won’t regret it.
Parents, thank you for all you are doing to assist us during this time. Your flexibility is much appreciated. As always, please reach out with any questions you may have.
All the best,
Head of Elementary