Updated: Jul 20, 2020

It's been a whirlwind two weeks for all of us in so many ways. Based on all your emailed expressions of gratitude, I know that you appreciate that your child’s learning team is working hard to adjust to new daily realities in order to maximize your child's learning and comfort in the classroom. My big takeaway this week is that this period presents us with a unique opportunity to learn about and practice “new and improved” daily habits that serve our student’s core needs well. These habits will serve us well long after this current period is long past us.

As I write this, I can hear a charm of small brown birds outside my dining room window, a reminder that spring is the season of reawakening, whoever and wherever we are. What can we reawaken in ourselves this season? At our staff meeting this week, I shared my realization that the lack of a commute has given me an extra hour in my day. I’ve been asking myself the question that I asked staff, and that I now ask you: what will we do with this extra slice of life we now have each day? Perhaps you have a different type of new opening in your life, now that your routines are different: what do you want to do with that time?

For my part, I traded the cost of my monthly colorist visits for a monthly payment toward owning the Peloton that arrived on my doorstep this morning. After a 20-year hiatus and as a former athlete, I am going to start working out again; sweating my way through a workout is one of my happy “places.” As a family, we’ve revived two long dormant traditions that have historically brought us comfort: candlelit dinners and all-ages bedtime stories. If you had a daily routine, such as a commute, that you no longer have, can you set aside that time to do something you love that you haven’t otherwise been inviting into your day? We can ask our children the same question.

All, please continue to connect with me about your thoughts, questions, or concerns. I promise to address all of them. I’ve been talking to parents by phone and zoom this week to fine-tune student schedules, to rewrite tuition payment plans, to create new programming, and to troubleshoot tech issues. Lang is part of your village. My text tone is now a knock on the door. You know where to find me. Just knock, and we’ll find a time to talk.

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