April 3, 2020
As we close our third week of NTI instruction, we’d like to thank you for your patience and support and for partnering with us to ensure learning continues for our students. At the recommendation of Governor Beshear, CornerStone Prep will be extending the current school closing through Friday, May 1, 2020. We will continue Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) during this time and teachers will continue to be available for students from 8am to 3pm daily. If you have questions or need assistance, please email your child’s teacher. We are here to serve and want to make this experience a positive one for all.
Note: Since next week is spring break there will be no NTI assignments or instruction, however Mrs. Lile will still be hosting a virtual field trip on Friday at 1:00 pm CST.
We love and miss all of you and hope to see you very soon!
SPRING BREAK CHALLENGE
Take a quick video of something fun you do on Spring Break next week and email it to Mrs. Lile (firstname.lastname@example.org). She has something creative planned for all of your videos!
Amidst the chaos of schools and businesses closing, spring break cancellations, and frantic grocery hoarding, you're probably feeling overwhelmed. You might be thinking, right now, How on earth am I supposed to be my child’s teacher, on top of everything else?
Take a deep breath. Now, say this out loud: “I am not my child’s teacher. I am their parent.”
You do not need to watch YouTube videos on teaching seventh grade math. You do not need to cram every hour of your child’s day with educational advancement. Your primary focus should be where it always has been: on the well-being of your child.
Children thrive on routine and right now, all of that is gone. As a parent, you can provide a framework that keeps their brains active, as you likely already do in the summer. Academic achievement and benchmarks are a construct; don’t worry about them right now. Worry about supporting your children as they process what is happening in the world.
The entire world is standing still. Your child is not falling behind. When school starts again on the other side of quarantine—in May or in September or whenever—every teacher will remember, and take into account, that nearly every child in the world experienced the same learning hiatus. Kids will still get into college; they’ll still learn long division and the difference between the executive and the legislative branch; they’ll still learn to read, write, and think, even if they do nothing with this time but binge Netflix and snuggle with you when your work is done.
The greater risk to our children, and ourselves, is the stress we are adding to all our lives by believing that parents have to take on the full weight of education. The lesson to be learned is that what kids need goes far beyond classroom instructional time. The balance of each day should be filled with exploration, reading, household tasks, and learning to manage boredom. Your child’s school schedule is much the same. Hours of their day are spent not on memorizing facts and learning new concepts, but on social interaction, games, and daily classroom tasks.
Once you have relieved yourself of the burden of educating your children, you can shift your focus to teaching them how to cope with the unexpected. This is a time to lean in to your children, providing them with extra love and support. Spend time cooking together, eat meals as a family, start game night traditions, or agree to a family walk once a day. Your children are going to remember how they felt during the COVID-19 outbreak, not what they missed in math class.
Instead of fighting with your children about their schoolwork, focus on surviving and thriving as a family. This may mean shifting your kids’ schedules so that their time with you is on the weekend, and weekdays are full of TVs and tablets. That is OK. It may mean that you are happiest with an intricate schedule packed with all the resources schools, libraries, and publishers are providing. It may also mean that, like me, you are wearing noise-canceling headphones, sitting at the kitchen table, working on your laptop while the children run amok. These scenarios, and everything in between, should be considered perfect parenting. If your children feel supported and loved, and if everyone is going to bed mostly happy, make yourself a tinfoil star and put it on your computer right now. (Or, if you hate crafts, eat an Oreo.) You are winning!
I can’t promise you that everything is going to be OK. But I can promise you that if your child learns nothing during this pandemic but how to deal with the unexpected and how to care for themselves amid chaos, they will have learned more than any book could teach them. You are not your child’s teacher, but you are the parent. Take a deep breath.
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A Note from Your Teachers
I miss y'all like crazy, and I can't wait until we can all be together again. ~ Mrs. Walter
You all are doing a great job completing assignments at home and I love seeing pictures of you staying active during our time away. Hopefully we will all be together again real soon. ~Mrs. Lile
Save the Date
- March 16-April 30 - No in-person classes (students will participate in NTI Days)
- May 8 - Merit Day
- May 11-13 - Semester Exams (MS/HS)
- May 14 - Graduation (Kindergarten & High School)
- May 15 - Awards Day & Last Day of School