Dear Families,

Monday I spent Patriots' Day driving to homes in Vermont and Massachusetts seeing almost 40 Pine Cobble students. It was the most heartwarming day I have had in weeks. Thank you to all of the students and families who welcomed me with a big hello. Our conversations were engaging, filled with warmth, and made for many wonderful memories that I will hold onto forever.

I will continue my visits in the weeks ahead, and I will always give you a heads up with an email a day or two before my visit. I can't wait!

Well, that uplifting day was followed by Governor Baker's press conference today at noontime, in which he announced that all schools in Massachusetts will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It is so sad to think we will not be on campus together for the rest of this school year. Please know we will be giving very careful thought to so many things in the next few months, not the least of which are Recognition Day and Graduation.

Having watched how our community has responded in the past few weeks, I know the weeks ahead will mirror that same kind of commitment to learning and growing as scholars and human beings - students and adults alike. Our plans for remote learning will continue on the path they are on now. Please look for more information from me, Mr. Wootton, and your child's teachers about academic and non-academic plans and decisions in the weeks/months ahead.  

We can't pretend there is not sadness, because there is, for all of us. We can commit to supporting each other every step of the way, and, most importantly, to being here for you and your children, as you process this announcement. Together we will work to build a stronger and stronger Pine Cobble community.

I am honored to be part of this extraordinary Pine Cobble family.