Dear RMS Community:
After 200 days we begin again. Six months ago we invited all the members of the RMS Community to join us on a journey that offered a “new beginning.” We gathered in the gym on that first Friday and discussed how we could build a community, learn from each other, ask important questions, and create meaning in our year. There was a certain nervousness from all of us about what would happen, about whether our plans would work as we hoped, and whether we would be successful. We all acknowledged our worries and fears, and decided to make the year as positive as we could. It is fair to see none of us foresaw the incredible challenge we face. Now we “begin again, again” and ask that we undertake this new foray with the same positive energy and joy we brought to those later summer days in August. Going forward will certainly be new for all of us, but together we will grow stronger from the challenge.
Today we noticed a decided “start of the new year” energy in all the remote meetings we attended. While it is certainly strange to prepare for school with an empty building, we are ready.
Previously we have discussed the philosophical underpinnings of our remote learning plan, but now offer a more specific outline of the logistics of delivering individualized remote instruction to 360 unique and wonderful students. We have tried to anticipate all questions, but know that more will arise. We will be flexible and adapt to the situation, striving, at all times, to keep students, staff, and families connected to each other.
Please tell your students that we miss them.
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.