April 30, 2021
Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte
Monday, May 3rd, begins Teacher Appreciation Week. As in the past, this is the perfect time to recognize the work teachers have done in schools, across the country. Throughout this most unusual school year, I know that many families have reached out to teachers and their administrators to recognize the efforts of their work. Small moments of gratitude often pick teachers up and carry them beyond just a day. Expressing gratitude sometimes gets lost in our day to day activities. This week is an important reminder, but not just in the traditional way we think about it.
Teaching students that are in front of you is a challenge. Teaching children that are in front of you and at home, at the same time, is beyond challenging. Parents trying to support their kids through this platform, while working from home or caring for younger children, is added stress for our families. Yet, through all of this, the teachers and families continued to work together to help our students not just finish the year, but grow as individuals and learners. I’m not convinced that schools will return to “normal” and I’m not sure they should. What I am sure of is that partnering learners with a live teacher who can not only teach, but coach, guide, and listen is a powerful strategy. The value of human contact and the impact it has on learning has been made apparent throughout the past 13 months.
I wish to thank our teachers for hanging in there, lifting each other up, and continuing to find ways to connect with students. Opening your minds to the “What ifs…” and the willingness to try and fail at different strategies has allowed us to persevere. I’d like to thank our parents for encouraging and supporting our students and teachers. Let us not forget that you were teaching at home, too. Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for never giving up. We have all been teachers this year. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to everyone!
Tweet of the Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
We are celebrating our amazing D56 teachers the week of May 4th - 7th. We will be having a special spirit week for our D56 teachers. All students in Hybrid and Remote Learning can participate. Please share your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 pm on Friday, May 7th.
Spaulding Art Classes
Students in Mr. Fitzgerald's art classes at Spaulding School continue to make progress on all of their artistic skills.