Dear Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy Families,
We have missed you all and truly hope you are safe and healthy during these very challenging times. We ended the 2019-2020 school with so much to be proud of, and accomplished so much as a school community, during the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic and a national reawakening to racism. We continued to support our students socially-emotionally and challenge all of our students academically in grades TK-8th grade with love, dedication, drive, and passion.
As you may know, school districts across the State, including Caliber, are making the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a Distance Learning mode. As your principals, this was a heartbreaking recommendation to make. We want so badly to see our students face to face, but we know that in order to keep everyone physically safe and healthy this is the difficult decision our network needed to make. We know that this will come as difficult news for many families and students. We will continue to work diligently during this school year to ensure that our mission, vision, and pillars come to life even in a virtual setting to support you and your child’s growth and development.
When you share the information that CMA is expecting to start the year in distance-learning with your children, they may have and express many different emotions. Some students may be upset and express that they don't like distance-learning or that they miss school. Children might cry or yell in frustration, sadness, or anger. Some may say nothing in the moment and you may need to revisit the topic with them later or they may express themselves through their actions rather than words. As a parent/guardian, it can be hard to sit with our children’s negative feelings, but it is important for them to express themselves and for us as caring adults to acknowledge that this situation is difficult and it’s ok to feel upset. As a parent/guardian, you are filled with many emotions as well about this news and it can be hard to comfort children or not minimize their feelings, when we have adult worries. Make space for yourself to process news that you receive, so that you can be in a calm space to acknowledge/validate your children’s feelings. Also, recognize your child’s strength and resilience during this time. Highlight for your students that they are helping their families and communities by staying home. That they are incredible in meeting the difficult challenges that they are facing and that you will get through it together, as a family. Here is a book that may support you with this conversation around coping with Covid-19.
This year, 2020-2021 we are excited to continue to move and take our school to new heights, while we reimagine what school can look like! Together, we will continue to push our students to serve as leaders in our community, and we know our best is yet to come, even under these challenging circumstances. This Thank You Slideshow that our 4th graders made in the spring for all the essential workers in our CMA community - all the parents and family members who continue to work through the pandemic. We will make sure that your students are supported both in academics and socio-emotionally.
For more information and details on the beginning of the school year, please read our latest communication to families. It includes everything you will need to know before August 17th, our first day of school!
Mrs. Weingarten & Ms. Canady
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