Superintendent Bahr Newsletter
Greetings during the strangest June we have ever seen both in the world and in our respective lives. In any other year, we would herald the month of June as the month of completion, when nature renews the land with flowers, green grass, and summer warmer weather. Baseball and track finals, senior parties, celebrations and eagerness to complete another year. But this June in 2020, we find ourselves in a world we could have never imagined even three months ago and one we as leaders and community members struggle to reconcile.
This Spring 2020, we have closed schools, awkwardly attempted remote/distance learning without a dress rehearsal and aligned our respective systems to the Governor’s Proclamation and OSPI Guiding Principles. Hours spent Zooming (or Google Hangouts…) making crucial systems adapt to providing food and childcare to all who need supports at this time. Navigating systems designed for face to face daily contact to ones that provide equitable, quality systems able to successfully educate all students in our system. To say nothing about providing sustained quality lessons crafted daily by certificated and classified staff in a remote learning system. So how has it gone? Spectacular? 100% Perfect? I certainly know that it has not been in my world.
And if that was not enough, each of us has a deeply personal connection to the impacts of this pandemic. Whether we and/or loved ones identify as being health impacted or have family members of concern there is no way around the fact that we in some way are terrified, frightened, disillusioned, or any emotion to fill in the blank. For those of you who have lost jobs, or been furloughed, the impact has been enormous.
However, in the face of these daunting odds, I have consistently seen leaders in this state and in our Eatonville community transform systems and turn traditional school systems on a dime. I hear stories of childcare workers and food service heroes supporting and nourishing families daily. I see teachers, and support staff connecting the dots for their students and families in these most difficult times.
I hear parents applaud the teachers and staff as heroes. Whilst they struggle to get their own children to learn online in schedules. I feel humbled and proud of the efforts our staff members at all levels in our system attempt to make this uncertain time meaningful and focused on students and learning.
Little could we know that the values for ESD which are Curiosity, Excellence, Responsibility, Character, Equity and Diversity would be so tested this season. Without this community’s willingness to align your principles, use your voices and to establish a calming influence during these rocky times, our students and families would be lost in the public-school system. At no other time have the 3 Ships: Partnerships, Relationships, and Leadership been so crucial in our work.
I am reminded of Glennon Doyle’s “Untamed” book that stresses that it is the people that matter. Don’t forget that we belong to each other. And at tough times, just focus on doing the next right thing. Wild means breaking free from existing structures and not squandering our one precious leadership opportunity. We have been changed forever.
Some thoughts as we consider what comes next (next month, next year, next season post pandemic):
- No child or adult will be untouched after this. Therefore, we must all be different. Schools will be different, forever.
- The vital importance of inclusivity and equity will not wait. We prioritize this lesson as a direct impact to our schools.
- These are anxious times. The dance of connection has been tested for schools. How have we managed the chaos? As anxiety is deeply contagious and spreads like wildfire, how do we develop our self-awareness to lead forward?
- How do we develop a calm leadership practice that is defined as having perspective and mindfulness and the ability to manage emotional reactivity? (Brene Brown 2020)
- How do we choose authenticity over having all of the answers to questions we may or may not have any data on?
- How do we remain committed to a growth mindset at a time where returning to the system that we have traditionally known is comforting to staff and families?
Now more than ever, we must protect the learning environment for our students and staff, including teachers, principals, and classified staff.
As your Superintendent, I have been able to see the multiple ways Eatonville staff have served during this time in history. They have been ever present, advocating and consulting daily to and with our parent partners which has been invaluable. We have strived to be present throughout this pandemic. Thank you to all those who work tirelessly for getting answers, changes, supplies and answers for us as we have navigated this Spring for our students.
We are always better together. I am hopeful you will join me back at school in the fall of 2020 and that you have a wonderful summer.
It is truly an honor to serve you all. Until we are able to see each other again, stay safe and healthy.
I miss you all,
GRITS Farm Grew these Radishes
Chromebook Return Plan
Chromebook Return Plan
Families who have a Chromebook checked out will need to check-in the device and charger at Eatonville Elementary School at 209 Lynch Creek Rd E, Eatonville, WA 98328. Please note the device must be returned to this location, not your child’s home school due to cataloging purposes. Device return will follow the same schedule as the supply return.
Last names A-I: Wednesday, June 10th from 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Last names J-R: Thursday, June 11th from 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
ALL COMPUTERS and CHARGERS NEED TO BE RETURNED TO EATONVILLE ELEMENTARY! THE CONTRACT EACH FAMILY SIGNED WILL BE AVAILABLE AND TAKEN CARE OF AT THIS SITE ONLY.
Eatonville Elementary 209 Lynch Creek Rd E, Eatonville, WA 98328
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Medication pickup on June 5
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Travis Ulsh receiving Student of the Year from PCSC Principal Michelle Ledbetter
ESD PE Google Sites
WES - Mrs. Hatler (permissions may be required)
EES - Mr. Wyrick (permissions may be required)
EMS - Mr. Danielson (permissions may be required)
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Plan for Collecting and Dropping Off Student Items
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