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Adam Eilath and Nicole Haire

Dear Wornick Community,

Today, we published our Remote Learning Plan and Remote Learning Webpage in the Wornick Weekly. We hope you have had the chance to look through the plan and identify the various ways your students will be learning over the next few weeks. We realize that nothing can replace in-person learning but we are hopeful that our students, teachers, and families can make the most of this experience. We want to commend our students, families, and teachers for the hard work that has been done over the past few days, as students completed work assigned from Thursday and the professional community prepared to implement this plan.

We were intentional in designing our plan to include opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous learning. We understand that some parents are sheltering in place with their children, some are trying to keep up with their jobs while working from home and parenting, and some of our parents are on the front lines in industries like health care, security, and community safety, and they will not be at home with their children. We have heard from many of you about your desire for accessible, user friendly work, about the importance of face to face live interaction with your student’s teachers and the importance of being flexible to allow families to get outside or engage in other family friendly activities. We were also thoughtful in understanding that, especially for our younger students, entire class synchronous learning is not the optimal learning environment and to expect that our students would be in front of the computer for several straight hours every day, was not realistic.

We have spent the better part of the past few days on constant conference calls with our educators who have demonstrated a remarkable willingness to learn and be flexible in their mode of teaching. There will be hiccups and our teacher’s lives are changing as rapidly as our parents. We want to ask again that each family be understanding of the circumstances we are in. We are trying our best to put forth the best educational opportunities and offerings for our students. 

We are very proud that we have prioritized a one on one check in every week for each one of our students. Our teachers will use that time to check in with each student academically and emotionally. 

Every morning when you log in to Google Meet on meet.google.com or on the app, you will be able to see all of the synchronous learning opportunities your student has that day. To see the full week schedule, log in to calendar.google.com with your student’s Wornick Google account. In addition to these synchronous learning times, you will be able to see all of their daily work and assignments by logging into Seesaw (TK-3) or Google Classroom (Grades 4-8) and Veracross (the latter only applies to Middle School). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your students' teachers. Please note that our teachers will be taking attendance by assessing students’ daily activities and monitoring their participation and presence in synchronous learning times.

Our school will also be offering additional online communal gathering times with weekly Havdalah and Kabbalat Shabbat sessions. 

We know that the next few weeks will be challenging for all of us as we adjust to a new life in physical isolation with our family and loved ones. We hope that the remote connections we will continue to have as a community will sustain us through this time.

In partnership,
Adam and Nicole