Dear Parents,

 

A short and unusual week has come to an end with tomorrow’s local holiday, San José. I trust that you are all keeping well and safe. I must say, it has been truly awe-inspiring to see the overwhelmingly positive response to our online school. 

 

I have enjoyed seeing various video clips of your children (and even you!) hard at work and making good of a difficult situation for us all. We have been sharing some of the photos on Twitter and also within our school community. I know many parents in Primary and EYFS have enjoyed seeing the photos on ClassDojo. In Secondary, we will be trialling a ‘Daily Update’ to give regular feedback to you all. Please do keep the photos and videos coming and don’t forget that Mr Ryland is sending fitness challenges to keep you moving too!

 

Thank you also to all those parents that have responded to Mr Snowden’s request for feedback and suggestions. We have been asking the same of your children to ensure that not only is the experience as rewarding as possible, but also so that it is as varied as possible. 

 

In the background, we are monitoring your child’s progress, as well as their attendance, to make sure that they continue to have the best learning experience possible under the circumstances. Echoing Mr Snowden’s words, we will be keeping you up to date with developments over the coming days.

 

In terms of wellbeing, we have been discussing this at length as a leadership team and will be continuing to develop our strategy. Our very own school counsellor, Elena, has been doing a great deal of research into this area with regards to isolation and being in the home for long periods of time. I have asked her to share a document she has put together in English and Spanish about Family Mindfulness. Please do take the time to read it. 

 

Also, related to the above, we are mindful of the fact that we are all having a lot more screen time. For that reason, we are proposing an email ‘cut off’ for our school community from 6.30pm to 8am – emergencies notwithstanding. Many thanks for your understanding in this.

 

…AND FINALLY

As I said last time, please take care of yourselves and your families. Avoid any unnecessary travel – keep safe. And lastly, enjoy the long weekend, despite the restrictions, we will be back again on Monday with Week 2 of ‘Virtual School’!

 

Take care all,

Mr Rumistrzewicz