June 18, 2020
Dear Friends and Families,
Some end of the year notes.
As we wind down this year, I want to let you know that our last week of school will be non-academic. Homeroom teachers will hold get-togethers for students and teachers to say goodbye to each other for the year.
Students will be invited to participate in online activities similar to what we did over spring break and the last two Chancellor's days.
Attendance still counts for that last week. Students should still sign in.
And June 26th is officially a half day.
I don't know what a "half day" means anymore, but June 26th is one of them. Report cards will be available in your child's NYC Student Account at mystudent.nyc.
Teachers will spend most of this week planning for the various permutations of school openings this fall: a return to school with social distancing, a hybrid return to school and remote learning and complete remote learning.
We will be looking at what we learned from parent surveys, student surveys and our own work to plan for a richly engaging school year that addresses not only our students academic needs, but their health, emotional and social needs.
We will also begin our work on anti racism.
It will be a busy week and a busy summer.
We are completing our graduation video, which was made by our staff. This will include a speech by this year's student graduation speaker, along with the announcement of the graduation awards. There will also be a segment with the faces of all of our graduates, with their names.
We are quite saddened by our inability to have a physical graduation this June. We are planning on holding a reunion for this year's graduates in the spring of 2021. We imagine by then we will be safe from COVID; will be able to hug each other; and we will celebrate together. We are making sure we have email contacts for all of our graduating students so we can reach out to them to invite them back.
Rosa, our wonderful supervising school aide is retiring. Rosa has worked at ESMS for 13 years and has been an integral part in making our school a warm and nurturing community. We will all miss her. And again, we will plan a party for her as soon as we can have a party.
COVID-19 also put on hold our tribute for our wonderful humanities teacher, Mr. Lyons, who died earlier this year. We will also postpone that tribute until the spring of next year when it is safe to have a celebration of his life and work at our school.
Amanda and I will continue to be around this summer, working with our staff to plan. We will continue to send out information on the upcoming school year.
And if you haven't already, please fill out our brief end of the year survey. We are using your thoughts and ideas to inform our planning. You can find the survey here: forms.gle/a2iKveM8TGiuDWQy6