James H. Bean School
Week of May 18, 2020 Parent Newsletter
Thoughts from Mrs. St. Peter
Dear Bean School Families,
As the 2019-2020 school year winds down, I have begun to reflect upon the events of the last few months. The school year certainly is not ending the way we thought it would back in August. To say that these events have been surreal would be an understatement. Not once in my wildest dreams did I ever think that as a result of a global pandemic, our school buildings would close forcing educators and students to teach and learn remotely. As horrific and life changing as this has been for many of us, we did learn a lot and accomplished more than we thought possible. There was so much collaboration, positivity and creative thinking going on in RSU 18! Rather than dwelling upon the toll these experiences have taken on us, I choose and encourage you to join me in forging ahead and focusing on tapping into our and our children's propensity to be resilient.
As I say this, I know that this is certainly easier said than done. Resilience isn't just the ability to bounce back, but it is also the wherewithal to bounce forward. Having experienced these hardships, we will be stronger and better prepared to respond to future adversity thrown our way. As my son, Cole, recently reminded me, "Life is about mindset." I could not agree with him more. The key to being resilient is directly connected to our mindset, how we think about the challenges we are facing. We would all agree that daunting challenges lie ahead of us. Recognizing this is the first step toward preparing for these situations that may rear their ugly heads again sometime in the fall. RSU 18 is ready to use our current reality to help us prepare and tackle what may lie ahead.
In closing, I want to sincerely express my gratitude to all of our JHB families for the roles you stepped into and actions that you took to maintain your children's learning at home. I can never express our sincere thanks enough for your partnerships and support of your child's educational experiences. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued commitment to your child's learning. Parents...you are the real heroes!
Stay safe and healthy,