My Dear View Ridge Friends!
Well, aren’t we in a pickle?
I want to reach out and at least say hello to you all, and that I hope you are faring well. These are strange times. I wish I had some actual information about when we might be going back to school, but I don’t. I miss our whole school community so much, and I know that the teachers and staff do too!
I know that teachers have been communicating with their classes, and offering many options for online learning and homeschooling. Sometimes just looking at the lists of options can be overwhelming!
Please know that these are just IDEAS of things you can be doing with kids right now. At this time, these ideas are OPTIONAL. Kids will NOT be graded on them. At least not until our school district rolls out a more comprehensive distance learning plan which takes everyone’s needs into consideration. And because Seattle is such a large and diverse district, they have many, many needs to consider.
That said, as your co-prez—not as a teacher, not as the district, just as a parent and friend—I believe the most important thing right now is to maintain your family’s mental well-being. Several of my teacher friends have said the same thing.
If all you can manage is to draw or color or read together, that is Great. If you can go for a walk or bike ride together, that is Great. If you can call or Facetime with friends from class, that is excellent. Keep your expectations low, try keep your stress level in check.
Maintain connections with friends and family, and go easy on yourselves. Trade books, games, or puzzles with friends for variety. Write letters! Be creative, and make this time as enjoyable as you can, so it will be a good memory for your kids, rather than a time of stress or worry. I know this looks different for all our families: not everyone has the resources to spend leisurely days doing art projects and endless batches of slime or other kitchen “science” projects.
IF YOUR FAMILY IS IN DIRE STRAITS, PLEAE REACH OUT TO US IMMEDIATELY! We have resources and people who can help! We want this to be a safe and healthy time for our VR families. We want to see your kids succeed.
Stay well, friends!
Further updates as events warrant.