As I stated in my recent update, we are really missing the students right now. Working directly with children is the best part of our job and we can’t wait til we meet again.
I have been sending weekly updates via School Messenger but due to technical issues not everyone is receiving them. Therefore, I will put them in The Know as well so everyone has access.
Teachers have been asked to check in with their students and families at least twice a week and the district and OSPI have posted learning materials. At this point, you should have plenty of resources. However, if you have any other needs, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is my most recent update:
After week one, I’d like to say that we really miss your children. We got into education because we love working with children. Even on our worst days, there is always a student, or two, who will do something that makes us smile such as a 7 year old saying, “We’re cleaning our deskeses.” We feed off the student’s energy, compassion, and eagerness to learn and we really, really miss them right now.
As we get into the swing of this new normal, I’ll be keeping my updates to ‘as needed’ only. I have been extremely busy this week finalizing our school budget for next year, planning both personally and professionally and responding to inquiries from staff and family. We’re slowly working through this together. It does appear as though this will be our new normal for quite a while. It’s a major paradigm shift to go from school-based learning to home-based learning and we are getting all the pieces in place. We have an amazing staff working together to develop a plan. I feel very fortunate to work with such strong, committed educators.
Not only am I an educator but I, too, have kids at home. My 10 year old has already said, “I wish I was back in school,” because he finds me to be more demanding than his teacher. Go figure! I explained how he’s only getting about 3 hours of instruction at home vs 6 at school, which helped alleviate some of his anxiety about working with his principal-dad.
I’d like to thank our families for raising thousands of dollars for families in need. We are in the process of mailing out grocery gift cards to dozens of families. Times are real hard on families right now, especially those who have the illness.
I’d also like to thank families for all of your suggestions and feedback. This is new to us so if there is anything you feel we’re missing, please let me know.
If you have not kept up with the communication/information coming out from SPS, please access it here:
There is a lot of information to sort through and this is the place where you can find accurate information about all things COVID-19 and SPS.
Many of you may remember Mr. Gonder, who was a teacher at VRE before becoming a principal. Mr. Gonder is currently the principal of SSD’s homeschooling program so I reached out to him for advice and this is what he suggested:
Honestly, the best suggestion I’d give is to adopt a morning schedule with reading, math and writing. Be creative and seek out your kids’ passions and interests in this work. Integrating the work through something project based makes really good sense. My own kids are getting into cooking right now, so we are reading about chefs, different cuisines from around the world, reading and writing recipes as well as keeping a cooking journal. And I’m getting help preparing meals! We are even seeing math connections through math computation practice, measurements, probability and ratios. Other very popular projects that I am aware of going on in our school community are creating and fabricating your own board games, making your own food truck menu/testing recipes/designing food truck art, world travel through various free museum virtual tours and independent research.
Then, I’d recommend having fun in the afternoon. Explore nature (not at the crowded VR neighborhood park), build in some physical fitness activities, play games, etc. Then return home for some fun family time- board games, and TV w/a purpose.
We are in this together!
View Ridge Elementary School
7047 – 50th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
“I put the Ed in Education”