Hello Overfield Families,
We are at a far different place today than we were when I began drafting this newsletter last week. Our hearts go out all who are being affected by this terrible virus. It is strange how events can seem to move at a predictable, steady pace, and then suddenly shift to make everything feel different and in flux. I want to thank all of you for riding this wave with us, for being flexible and understanding, and for providing a soft landing for your young children, who at times like these need to know that they are safe and secure.
As I’ve said in communications to you over the past several days, we will take this one step at a time. You should have all received your first school-wide post from your daily “visiting teacher,” and can expect your second installment tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed engaging in some of the suggested activities. You may also receive additional materials from your specific classroom teachers, so be on the lookout for those.
We still hope to be back in session on Tuesday, April 14th; we also know that this may be out of our hands. We remain hopeful that we will all be able to return to a degree of normalcy soon. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Erin, or your classroom teachers as needed over these next few weeks.
I will leave you all with a quote from Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. In this quote he is talking about education, but I think it applies in a poignant way to today’s circumstances. He says, “All of this is a great forest. Inside the forest is the child. The forest is beautiful, fascinating, green, and full of hopes; there are no paths. Although it isn’t easy, we have to make our own paths, as teachers and children and families, in the forest. Sometimes we find ourselves together within the forest, sometimes we may get lost from each other, sometimes we’ll greet each other from far away across the forest; but it’s living together in this forest that is important.”
I look forward to us finding our way back to each other in the forest soon.
Best wishes, Beth Poronsky – Overfield Program Lead