Dear AmPark Family,
Time and time again, I am struck by the profound beauty of community. Throughout some of the most challenging times in my life, the memories of how others have shown up have left warm feelings that linger beyond the fear or sadness of the moment. As we enter our fifth week of remote learning, I am reflecting on the extraordinary task that was asked of each one of us and find myself swimming in gratitude for each of you and the many ways that we have all banded together to slowly march forward. We all have our own criteria for success, and perhaps if you are like me and looking around your messy house and at the piles of unfinished work while hearing the ding of your inbox and the sniffles of your kiddos, “successful” may not feel the most accurate of descriptors. Yet, here we all are doing our very best in unimaginable times with unimaginable circumstances. Through it all we are still loving on our children, guiding them through discovery, and showing them how to deal with adversity by way of example. The #silverlining trend that started alongside this pandemic is bittersweet as we acknowledge all that is lost, while also recognizing the new ways in which we have come together.
We have always known that our families are the backbone of AmPark, but now more than ever, we want to thank you for truly partnering with us. We know the road has not been easy, and the grace that you have extended to us in the rollout of remote instruction has been deeply felt and appreciated. Through the phone calls we have had with you, the emails exchanged, and the responses to this week’s survey we hear how much you value the bonds that have been strengthened by these unique times. The overwhelming positivity and support for the efforts of our staff members that has been highlighted will continue to bolster us, while your feedback pushes us forward to get better and better. We know the value of those minutes that you dedicated to helping us grow and thank you profusely for them. In response to your needs, we are working on increasing live offerings for students, streamlining platforms, adding further tech support, and continuing to keep our school spirit alive in innovative ways. We also hear you in the collective pain of remaining indoors and not seeing friends and loved ones and are here to listen as needed.
Be on the lookout for:
-Daily affirmations for students, staff and families
-Fun Friday activities and themes
-Schoolwide events such as virtual field trips
And much more!
Self-care is more important than ever, but with so much on our plates adding more can feel like too much! Use these daily affirmations as a family to set a positive tone each morning and be your own cheerleader.
Monday: There is no one better than myself.
Tuesday: I am enough.
Wednesday: I get better every single day.
Thursday: I am an amazing person.
Friday: I am a leader.
School Event Schedule for the Week of April 20th
All links will be posted in Google Classrooms.
Monday, April 20th: 5th Grade Live Lunch 11:30 a.m. – Fifth graders, we know the spring is a time usually filled with special events and right now the ways in which we will celebrate may feel uncertain. Come with your feelings, ideas, and a quote or strategy to share with your classmates.
Wednesday, April 22nd: Earth Day Poetry Cafe 11:30 – 12:30 Open to all students to create a haiku relating to an aspect of Earth Day, or just come to listen to the haikus of others. More information on haiku writing can be found here:https://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/haiku.htm
and here: https://youtu.be/ZQQmv38Xgt0https://youtu.be/ZQQmv38Xgt0
Friday, April 24th: Go Green Day! Join us for a Live Share of your student artwork of endangered species that you've created with found/recycled/upcycled materials @ 11:00 and then 11:30. Ina will host a live share of the work that you create based on her demo video (coming along soon!)
(And don't forget to wear green in honor of the Earth!)
Please share some of your #silverlinings during this time in the comments and don’t be afraid to be in touch! If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey yet, it is still open! https://forms.gle/eToKTfK7HWZp65sRA
Sending love and wishes for good health,
Kelly, Bonnie, and Francisco