Dear GMS Families,

With the coronavirus personally and professionally affecting each and every one of our families, we deeply appreciate your partnership and collaboration with Greensboro Montessori School. As the magnitude of the impact on our city, state, nation, and world only intensifies, we could not be more proud of how our school community has responded. We know this is hard for everyone, and we could not be more grateful for you. 

At the onset of this pandemic, the School's first priority was the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. Our next priority was education continuity for students, Toddler through Junior High, as we launched our remote learning programs. Your board of trustees and administration team are now actively engaged in further planning for the educational, social, financial, and operational impacts of serving our students remotely for an extended period of time.

On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to close in-person learning at K-12 schools in North Carolina until May 15. Based on the information we're receiving from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical professionals, and local public health officials, we will also extend our temporary suspension of in-person learning until May 15. In the words of Gov. Cooper, we are "not ready to give up on this year of school. However, we know the effects of this pandemic will not subside anytime soon."

We know these are unsettling times, and we are committed to minimizing the effects of this disruption on our students, families, and employees. As the executive committee of your board of trustees, we know some of our families will be financially impacted by this pandemic. If you are experiencing an immediate financial hardship that could affect your enrollment, please contact Kevin directly.
 
Please keep scrolling to learn how this extension impacts previously scheduled events and spring field trips, as well as additional information on remote learning. 
 
Finally, in these uncertain times, we continue to find certainty in our School's Mission: to nurture and challenge our students to develop the skills and courage they need to unleash their full potential.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep that mission strong, wherever we are learning.
Kevin Navarro, EdD
Head of School
David Bouska, MD
President
Board of Trustees
Corinne Jones, JD
Secretary
Board of Trustees
Carrie Cotter, MHA
Treasurer
Board of Trustees
Next Steps for Remote Learning
As we enter an extended period of remote learning, we are exploring new avenues of teaching and expanding our delivery of materials, learning experiences, and virtual lessons. Our ultimate goal is making remote learning a richer experience for your child, while also making this time as easy as possible for you.

Strategically and tactically, our next steps for extending remote learning through May 15 include:

  1. This Monday, March 30 we will request your feedback through a survey on remote learning. We will use your thoughts to help us refine and improve our remote learning programs.
  2. During Spring Break (April 6 to 10), we will pause our daily 8 a.m. emails, one-on-one video check-ins, and scheduled classes in the Upper School. Students and families are also welcome to take a break from schoolwork. Faculty will use this time to develop remote learning curriculum through May 15 and also take personal breaks. For families who wish to continue their daily schedules for at-home learning, we will provide all students with an optional, age-appropriate research project. Teachers will email details by Thursday, April 2.
  3. When we return from spring break, additional materials and packets will be provided, either through Google Classroom, email, or U.S. mail.
  4. We are working on ways to help Lower School students maintain their connections, growth, and development through age-appropriate virtual networking (video chats, message apps, etc.). Look for more details in the next Pinwheel.
  5. We are collecting ideas and resources to further support at-home learning with your children. Our faculty have generated a huge list of ideas that we'll share soon. Do you have any great ideas to share? Or do you own or are you connected to a business that has some complimentary, mission-aligned, and virtual activities you think other students would enjoy? If so, please email them to us, so we can include them in our collection.
Impact to School Programs and Events
Based on guidance from the CDC, public health officials, government leaders, and the U.S. Department of State, we have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone the following spring events. As this situation unfolds, we will be looking closely at ways to possibly replicate or reschedule certain events, as we know some are once-in-a-lifetime learning expeditions.

New Cancelations

  • Due to travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and recommendations from our medical advisors, all spring field trips are canceled. The School will work directly with families to repurpose or refund any field trip payments.
  • The Community Workday at The Land on April 18 is canceled. We hope to reschedule this event when it is safe for us to gather again as a community.
  • The in-person version of our Spring Scholastic Book Fair from April 24-30 is canceled, and the GMSCA is working with Scholastic to explore an online-only Book Fair.
  • The Green & White Bash on May 1 is canceled. This is both due to CDC and government guidance to avoid large gatherings and the anticipated financial impact of the coronavirus on our families and local businesses. It is now our time to support local businesses who have supported us in the past, many of which are owned or managed by families in our School. Please click here to view last year’s Annual Report, which lists these businesses. We will not reschedule the 2020 Green & White Bash, but we're already dreaming about 2021. 

Previously Announced Cancelations

  • The Independent School League has canceled all athletic events for the remainder of the school year.
  • Our in-person parent seminar, Building Strong Relationships with Your Preteen ... in the Digital Age at RED Cinemas on March 30 is canceled. We are exploring ways to take this event virtual.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day on April 24 is canceled. Unfortunately, we are unable to reschedule this cherished event.
Greensboro Montessori School
2856 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
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