Quarter 1 Evaluations
Dear Lower School Families,

Today marks the end of our first quarter of the 20202021 school year. Already this school community has accomplished amazing things. We began the year by implementing a new plan for school-wide Distance Learning grounded as ever in the classical, liberal arts tradition, in the fervent pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and maintaining our high expectations for our scholars.

Then, on September 21, we welcomed students back into our building for the first time in over six months. We established and put into action extensive protocols and safety measures that allowed for a Safe Return to in-person learning. While positive cases among the members of our community are likely in a time of global pandemic, the measures we have in place are keeping the teachers and students in our building, our families, and our wider community safer each and every day.

Our teachers achieved the truly heroic task of providing concurrent instruction via two different modes. Continuing to generate high quality content for our Distance Learners while simultaneously delivering the exceptional instruction you have come to expect in the classroom has been a monumental undertaking for them. Our teachers have done all this without a single complaint because, despite the challenges they are facing right now, they remain deeply and passionately committed to providing the best possible education for your children. They are, in fact, filled with the same virtues they discuss with their students each day—perseverance, fortitude, and above all, generous and humble service.

Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to acknowledge the incredible service this first quarter of school has required of you, our beloved parents. Everything that we do happens in partnership with you, and, as many of you continue to help your children learn from home, that is more true this year than it has ever been. We are grateful for the sacrifices we know you have had to make to keep our scholars engaged and learning throughout this difficult time.

At the end of the day, in-person students will be coming home with their Quarter 1 evaluations in a sealed envelope. Distance Learning students will have digital copies of their evaluations emailed to families by 5pm today.

The deadline is today to let us know by sending me an email if you plan for your children to return to in-person learning for Quarter 2, which begins Monday, October 26. You do not need to send an email if your children will remain in Distance Learning.

Next week is Fall Break and will bring us all a time of much-needed rest. And while we hope that the week brings relaxation and recreation for all, please remember that the safety of your family impacts the safety of our entire school community. We look forward to seeing you again in Quarter 2.

Yours in friendship,
Marcy Finn
Headmaster, Lower School
Great Hearts Irving
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