As I was watching the news a week ago and the reporter mentioned “coronavirus”, my 10 year old made an exasperated “ugh”. She followed that up with, “Coronavirus, that’s all we hear about”. And that was before the school shutdown. You can imagine how she feels now, no school, no friends, no volleyball, no birthday party…
This is a crazy time, and we can’t yet begin to fathom how this is going to impact us as individuals, a school, or a community. In schools a few years ago, the buzzword was “Grit”. We now get to model Grit to our students. How can we model Grit in our current situation?
In our family we call things like this “forced family fun”. So far we have worn out a deck of Uno Attack cards, cleaned the playroom, done art projects, and are working on Girl Scout badges and 4H projects. And yes, we as parents are both still working.
Learning to deal with things that are out of our control, and how we show that to our children is very important. But, they aren’t the only ones that may need support before this whole thing is over. We need to be conscious of others even with our own desire to take care of ourselves and our own. As a school we are preparing for a multitude of uncertainties. And, as always we will be doing our best to serve the community of Gardiner however it is we are called to do so.
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Superintendent/Principal, Gardiner Public Schools