Dear Baker Families,
How are you? You’ve been on my mind and in my heart this week. I hope that this finds you and your extended family healthy and well in the midst of this challenging time.
I shared with the Baker faculty that I’ve been searching for an appropriate metaphor for how this all feels, and I think this one resonates:
Imagine someone shows up at your door to announce they are taking you on a trip. Where? Patagonia, they say, but there’s a chance you could head to Antarctica or the Sahara Desert instead. For how long should you pack? Perhaps a week. Or maybe five weeks. Or more. Packing would be impossible! Imagine the suitcase loaded with clothes and shoes, mittens and swimsuits.
Now that we have a week of e-learning behind us - I think we are all realizing we have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF that we are trying to take with us on this journey. We need to collectively lighten our suitcases and get to the essentials of what we need.
As we reflect and move forward, let’s let some important principles guide us:
- Stay healthy. In the midst of this pandemic, care for your health and the health of your community.
- Stay well. Children are so susceptible to adult stress. Do everything you can to care for your own wellbeing. And if your child is humming a song at the end of the day but hasn’t viewed the video of their math lesson, that is still a GOOD day.
- Stay kind. Extend the grace you show to yourself and to each other. This is a time to communicate with love, care and generosity to everyone around you - your family, Baker staff and teachers, and your community.
In the spirit of repacking, our faculty and staff have been working to adapt and modify their approaches to e-learning. We are reflecting on last week and incorporating faculty, staff, and parent feedback as we streamline for the longer journey. Thank you to so many who shared your feedback, words of encouragement, and insights in the parent survey.
Tomorrow, we will send an email sharing changes to e-learning going into next week. The short story is we will be
and are also integrating
Zoom for Education
In the meantime, be well and take good care,