CSS Head of School Message, March 29, 2020 -
Welcome to e-Learning (Plus, a video message!)

A Message from Head of School, Aaron Schubach  
Dear CSS Community,

I've been tremendously impressed with the strength and positivity of the CSS community during the last few weeks. Long before COVID-19, historian Howard Zinn wrote, "We don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory." Every day, I see, online and in-person, many marvelous victories. In practicing social-distancing, we are protecting ourselves and our loved ones while showing solidarity with an international movement to save many lives and hasten our return to normal life. In launching e-Learning, we are re-connecting with each other and with ourselves as students and teachers. Well done, all. I am so proud of each and every member of our community.   
A Video Message for our Students from Faculty/Staff
e-Learning at CSS
A video message from faculty/staff:
10 minutes and 52 seconds of pure heart!

Important Resources for e-Learning  
Below you will find critical information about the commencement of e-Learning on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

Please familiarize yourself with the e-Learning landing page. This landing page has recently been updated with the Student-Parent e-Learning Handbook and includes several new sub-headings and links such as:     
  • The Children's School "Plan of the Day/Week" will come directly from the classroom teachers. You can expect further information about the launch of e-Learning from Jody Bliss and your child's teacher(s) on Monday. 
  • Daily and weekly schedules for Middle School and Upper School. Both divisions will balance synchronous and asynchronous activities and instruction.
  • As we move forward with e-Learning and an increased reliance on digital communication platforms, we ask our students/parents to R.I.S.E. to the standards of Netiquette guided by Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence.
  • Links to the recently updated e-Learning Handbook with the definitions of relevant terms, expectations, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Some resources about where to go if you need help:
    • Help Desk - Families can submit e-Learning questions or inform the school of technical concerns via helpdesk@css.org 
    • CSS e-Learning Family Support - Access this closed Facebook group to share tips and to help other parents positively navigate e-Learning. A team of school moderators will share tools and resources, in addition to parents who can crowdsource dynamic solutions.
    • Parent/Student How-To Tutorials - Common video tutorials and tech tips for increasing your skills during e-Learning. 

We've created two additional subheadings on our e-Learning pages: Social & Emotional Health during e-Learning and Enrichment . These pages are intended to provide your family with tools for serious topics and uplift your family with a collection of fun connections. 

You and your student(s) will receive more information via email from teachers by the end of the day on Monday. We will close the first week of e-Learning with a short survey to gather your feedback in order to improve the process --- it will be a process, and we appreciate your patience and thoughtful feedback. 

I want to give special recognition and gratitude to Sam Gaudet, Nicole Goyette, Jody Bliss,  Jessica James, Joy Maguire-Parsons, and all of our incredible teachers for their creative and diligent work to prepare for the launch of e-Learning. A combination of research on best practices, in-house training, and decisive action has positioned us well on this new uncharted path. 

Celebrate your marvelous victories daily, and be Kodiak strong.
Thanks for reading. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
In partnership,
Aaron Schubach
The Colorado Springs School
Head of School
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