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The Great OES Book Swap, originally scheduled to run the week of April 13th, has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates, and thank you to the whole community for your support!

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A Message from the Division Head

by David Lowell

Thank you to all the faculty and parents for their good work this week helping us all figure out how to manage this new reality of learning at home. I received many emails of appreciation for the work faculty have done putting together lesson plans, offering tools and resources and providing student support. I have also heard from several parents about the joys and challenges of conducting school at home.

I know this is hard work. The cognitive load for teachers, students and parents is significant as we learn to teach, parent and learn in new circumstances with new tools and techniques, all while we are living during a global pandemic. Learning how to do remote learning will take time, time to learn new tools for learning, time to figure out new routines and practices, time to develop new expectations and practices. Be patient with yourself and others. We are all in this together, doing what most of us have never done before and have never formally trained to do. We are all learning along the way and making adjustments. Please extend extra grace to our teachers, yourself and those around you as we all work our way toward a sustainable practice of remote learning over the next few weeks.

One way you can help us continue to improve our practice is by completing the LS Week Two Remote Learning Survey. Please take 5-10 minutes to provide your feedback about what is working well, what has been challenging and what suggestions you have that could make next week better. Complete the survey at your soonest convenience and by Sunday at 10:00 am at the latest so we can review results and make adjustments in the weeks ahead. While each family’s experience may be unique, the collective wisdom of our community can help us find a sustainable way forward with remote learning. Thank you in advance for your participation. If you need any information on remote learning from last week's posting, you can find that information here.