Update 3-26-2020

Trinity Lutheran School

God will lead us through.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11.

This has always been one of my favorite passages however, it has taken on new meaning in the current state of affairs. I can not tell you what God's plans are, but I simply take comfort in knowing that he has a plan and the plan is for our good. I know many of you may wonder how can this be good. I look at the slow down of life that we have and the extended family time that we now have which only a few weeks ago would not have had. I look at having the time to do family devotions and take walks. This is a great time to start those habits if you did not have the time to do them before. I know this time comes with hardships for families. However, when those hard times come that is when we need to dive deeper into God's word where he will provide us with comfort and encouragement.

If you have not taken advantage of watching Trinity's online services on Wednesdays and Sundays you can find them at trinitywaukesha.com/services or on YouTube at Trinity YouTube Channel. If you belong to another church that is streaming services then make sure you take advantage of their services. If you have anyone who could use the gospel encouragement that you are getting please share these links with them also as there is no better time then the present to heed the great commission and share the love of Christ with everyone.

Everyone here at Trinity is ready to help you as we work to get through this time. All of you are in our prayers and thoughts please don't hesitate to reach out to anyone if you need anything.

In Christ,

Mr. Gut

Items to Consider

Please take a look at some of the items to consider over the spring break week to get ready for the distance learning week.

  1. I will be doing morning announcements each day still recognizing birthdays and other info.
  2. If any of your children have a random fact of the day they would like to contribute, you can either send me an email with the random fact or video your child telling their facts and email me the video. I will then add it to my morning announcements.
  3. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email any of the teachers as they are here to help you.
  4. Since the governor has extended the time schools will be off until April 24th, we will have dropoff and pickup on Fridays. Here is a link to a form to let us know what times would work best for you. Dropoff and Pickup Survey
  5. The Dropoff and Pickup will take place at the gym door where there will be boxes with new material in them by grade and a box to drop off completed work. This is important as the completed work is how we are tracking students' attendance.
  6. We will be analyzing how things go this first week and making changes that are necessary for our students to be successful in what will be a different learning environment.
  7. If there are any issues and you need more time, just email your child's teacher and they will make adjustments so your students still are marked present.

Letter from a Teacher and Mom By: Erin Demartini

I can not take credit for this letter but I think it makes some good points. While having a schedule can be very comforting to your children and having them do their work will provide some distraction to being couped up in their house, please read this and take it for what it is worth.

Dear parents with school-aged children who are about to start day one of remote learning from an educator and mom:

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for 4 weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do their math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay safe. Love to you all,