2020 has been a roller coaster of a year. Who could possibly have imagined this back in January? It’s hard to believe 9 months ago, in March, our lives changed so dramatically. Despite everything, the year has absolutely flown by! I look forward to 2021, not just for a fresh start, but also because I am excited to see a time when we can once again allow parents back on campus and a return to many of our Park Maitland traditions. Although 2020 brought lots of challenges our way, there have been some wonderful changes that we have been able to implement, many of which I hope will remain with us long after this year. These include video assemblies that can be shared with our entire school community, the new Weekly Rewind showcasing all the fun learning happening on campus, Teacher Tuesdays, live streaming and professional video recordings of special events, and a new and improved social media presence.
I thank every family for sticking with us through a sea of changes this fall. We now find ourselves in a remarkable place--staff morale is high, teachers are engaged and students are thriving in this environment. Best of all, our campus community has remained healthy and happy! I am looking forward to a promise of more “normalcy” this spring semester. Catered lunch with Bagel King is coming back; we are bringing back more of our online students to campus; we have new families enrolling; Glee is beginning; and we even hope to have spring sports! This is the Park Maitland we know and love. It just goes to show that the Park Maitland community is resilient and strong. After 24 years of experience with Park Maitland, I know this to be true.
I can’t wait to share my New Year’s resolutions with you in January, and you can help keep me accountable. You will also be hearing from me about our vision for the future at re-enrollment time (which is just around the corner beginning on January 11). I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my new position so far. I feel very blessed and I cannot wait to have the chance to dig in even more in a non-Covid world to support our school, or families, and our sweet, sweet children.
I wish you all a Happy Holidays and a safe and relaxing Winter Break! Welcome, 2021!
All my love,