Hello Overfield Families,
It has been another beautiful Monday, as spring emerges more fully all around us. I hope you were able to enjoy some of this lovely day, and find peace amidst the disruptions to life that continue around us. Nature again offers us the comforting reminder that some things are carrying on as they always have, in spite of what we as humans may be experiencing.
As we continue with distance learning, we also hope that you are able to find the time to explore some of the provocations that are being sent to you from our teachers. You all are providing us with much needed connection and community through your emails and social media posts–we so miss the children and their curiosity, wonder, and laughter. It is wonderful to see that our connections remain strong, though we are apart. And for those of you who are essential workers, or are pulled in too many directions to have time to spend with your children exploring these offerings from our teachers, please know that we see and value you, and that we are holding you close to our minds and hearts, too.
We continue to work through the latest directives that arrive from the state level, and to try to contingency plan for what these may mean for us at Overfield. We are carrying on with our usual plans for summer camp at this point, with the fervent hope that it can happen as slated. We intend to do the same for the 2020-21 school year. We will stay the course in regard to our program offerings unless we are advised by health experts and government leaders not to, or, as always, to the extent that we feel confident that what we do will be safe and in the best interests of children. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
Once again, I will offer you some thoughts from Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. He said, “There is an inner voice that pushes children on, but this force is greatly multiplied when they are convinced that facts and ideas are resources, just as their friends and the adults in their lives are precious resources. It is especially at this point that children expect – as they have from the beginning of their life adventure – the help and truthfulness of grownups.”
May we all seek to treat facts and ideas as resources, as tools for us to explore the world and to appreciate the plurality of our perspectives. May we be a precious resource for children during this time, and strive to be ever truthful with what we choose to discuss with them as we navigate the changing terrain of these times.
Enjoy the spring sunshine and the April showers, and be well! Best wishes, Beth Poronsky – Overfield Program Lead