Hello Overfield Families,
Although only one week has passed since we were all together, it feels as if it has been much longer. Time can take on such a strange quality when we are jostled from our normal ways of being, and what we are experiencing as a community, as a country, as a world, is definitely a shift from anything resembling typical. Again, I want to thank you all for being understanding as plans have changed in response to new information and rapidly changing conditions. Even more so, I want to let you all know that we appreciate your participation with us in new ways of being together. Your emails, your posts and photos on social media–every act of connection that I have witnessed over the past week–remind me that we are so fortunate to be a part of a truly special community. Thank you for always walking the road with us.
I hope you all are enjoying your posts from your daily visiting teacher. You may also receive additional materials from your specific classroom teachers, so be on the lookout for those. Please also remember that parent-teacher conferences will take place in an electronic format tomorrow and Wednesday; don’t hesitate to reach out to your conferencing teacher if you have any questions about your scheduled appointment.
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.
Again this week, I will leave you with a thought from one of the many people from Reggio who inspire us daily. Carlina Rinaldi, Pedagogista and Director of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, said, “We cannot live without meaning; that would preclude any sense of identity, any hope, any future.”
My wish for you today, and for us as a world, is that we may find meaning in the midst of challenge, that we come to learn the true nature of our identity as interconnected beings in the throes of separation, and that we remain ever constant and steadfast in our hope for the future.
Best wishes, Beth Poronsky – Overfield Program Lead