April 20, 2020
Dear St. Martin’s Community,
This week mark our 6
th week of being away from campus. Time is such a strange element in this crisis. At times, it feels like yesterday when we saw students off on March 13, and there are other moments where the feeling is more eternal. I miss physical school greatly, though the longer we have been distant, I have discovered myself increasingly grateful to be a part of such a caring school community.
During this time away, it has been a joy to observe various class sessions, to read to our preschoolers, to interact with our staff and families – all in a virtual context. What I see and hear in each setting is a palpable student community excited to see one other and a gratitude for teachers and their engagement. I am proud of our students and their resilience as well as our staff who is finding new ways to grow during this dynamic time of change, even as many of them support their own children and families. I am grateful to our parents who are serving as patient partners in this remote experience. The openness and patience being shown by the entire community is inspiring.
As previously mentioned, we recognize that each family in our community may be coping with changing financial situations amid the COVID-19 crisis. Please know we are open to hearing from you about your needs and concerns. Our goal is to be receptive, to listen, and to respond by working with families individually through their unique circumstances. Our Board of Trustees is actively being involved, and it is working to keep the needs of St. Martin’s its first priority.
Finally, may we collectively remember that this time away from one another and SMES is time to consider what is so valuable about our school and the loving community of adults and children it embodies.
With much optimism,
Head of School