Second Week Under Continuation Learning Plans

Dear Casa di Mir Families,

Today marked the beginning of our second week with our Continuation of Learning plans! First and foremost, I want to express all of our gratitude for the work you parents are doing at home. We are a school whose pedagogy is based on concrete experiences, with scaffolding to help all learners develop their independence on their own developmentally appropriate timelines. In normal times, we have classroom systems and expectations to aid us towards these goals. However, these are not normal times, and much of the time management support needed will be tended to by you, the parents at home. We understand this challenge, and please know from our view – you’re all doing beautifully.

I have seen pictures and heard stories of small nooks taken over by children, schedules rewritten by older siblings, and lovely messes where work has clearly taken place!  Many of you are even offering lessons  to other parents, connecting about ways to help each other navigate these times, and being amazing community leaders and collaborators! Others of you are trying to make the weekly classroom schedules work for your homes and personal schedules, while also managing the need to work from home and support your child in this new, but temporary, period of distance learning. Whatever your lives look like at home, I hope each and everyone of you knows that you are handling this as best you can, and that our teachers are happy to be with you on the journey of making it work. It will look different for different families, yet we will all get through this together. This is not an easy task, and we definitely understand the challenge of navigating and supporting such work with young people! If you’re struggling to support your child’s expectations for school or schedule, just know it is alright to simply do what you can.

Remembering who we are and what we value is so important during this time. As our name implies, we are a ‘house of peace,’ though our current circumstances suggest that we’re like a village of condos, apartments, yurts, and houses who function in and work towards peace! While that doesn’t roll off the tongue, this ‘village of peace’ is what I hope you’re experiencing from your households. To this end, I ask for your help with a challenge…

Every one of you is doing your part to make this work. What your spaces look like at home is perfect for you and your child. We are in this together, and in order to act with solidarity, I’m hoping that you could each send us a picture of your child’s workspace at home. This picture could include schedules, desks, coffee tables, whiteboards, an epic pencil-sharpening area, or just your kitchen table! No children are required, just materials and space. The objective of this picture is to show how you’ve made space for Casa di Mir in your home. We know it takes a lot to make this successful, and the work you’ve done should be celebrated! You’ve welcomed our groups of online learners, schedules, and Zoom meetings into your homes, and that clearly has an impact. Please take a picture and send it in- (sgresham@casadimir.org).

In order to help share information and answer some questions, I will be hosting Community Level Meetings throughout this week. Please find the dates, times, and links in our Weekly Announcements from today. I hope to see you there!

While our teachers are the best people to ask specific classroom questions, please know that I encourage you to reach out to me with ANY question, if you’re needing help. Either I can help you, or I can direct your question to the right person. Please don’t hesitate!

Please feel free to reach out and ask questions, and if I don’t see you in our Community Meetings, I’ll see many of you on Friday for our Materials Exchange!

Take care, Tyler Bourcier Head of School

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