April 1st, 2020
Dear E.F.W.M.A Families and Guardians,
I hope that you and your families are healthy and well. Our thoughts and immense gratitude go out to our first responders who put their lives on the line daily to heal us and our loved ones. Our thoughts and compassion go out to those who have lost a loved one to the COVID-19 Virus. We also send our thoughts of hope to those who have lost their jobs or will lose their jobs. We know the stress of losing a job adds to the burden of providing necessities such as food, lodging, and health care. Not to mention the shared burden of schooling your child for the remainder of the school year.
As you know on March 31st, 2020, Governor Abbott extended his executive order from April 3rd, 2020 to May 4th, 2020. I am sure the extended date brings added anxiety as parents find places for childcare, securing their jobs and providing for their families.We all long to see our students and return to a sense of normalcy but public health officials suggest that it will be hard to provide meaningful academic instruction in school and furthermore, the health risks outweigh the decision to re-open.
In these times, I am reminded of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Sean Covey. Habit #1 is, Be Proactive. Being proactive allows the person to create and align an offensive strategy rather than being defensive. At E.F.W.M.A there has been much deliberation about ways to support the needs of the community. Thank you parents, for completing our surveys, your input serves as the data we need to create and implement support services for you and your child, as we did with online instruction March 16th, 2020
This channel was created to serve as a medium to share updates, mental wellbeing support, guidance on schooling students and most importantly necessary information to meet the needs of your family.
Also, housed on this channel is our Online Learning Plan, OLP. It is a living document, which simply means as staff meet to discuss information they’ve gleaned from observations, parents feedback, updates from the state of Texas, and student work, components of the plan will be refined to meet the needs of our students.
At East Fort Worth Montessori Academy we say, “ E.F.W.M.A is a Great Place to Bloom” We plant seeds, nurture, trim, weed, feed, and fertilize the dream, see and plan for the whole child, and when the seed is fully bloomed we send it on its way to plant other seeds in the places they will go.
I hope in this time of uncertainty, economic turmoil, devastating loss of life and hopelessness, I hope we all choose to see the challenges and the promises hidden all around us. I hope we see that plans can quickly change and our ability to control anything renders meaningless. I hope we see the longing to connect and breathe, I hope we see each other as is. But wait, all is not lost, everything will heal, new opportunities will present themselves, new inventions will be created, and we will give more than we take because we’ve been on the other side.