Happy official first day of Spring break, everyone! I am working from home today, sitting in front of my big office window, feeling the sun’s cheerful rays on my face. There are big, fluffy snowflakes dancing down from the sky right now, and squirrels exploring upon power lines and roof tops. Porter is nearby on the couch, sweetly dreaming… my on-call supporter when needed, consistently optimistic, and continuously giving off positive energy!
We, and all the other school boards in Alberta, are working hard to create a united plan that will support the opportunity to continue learning from home. Thank you again for your patience with this adjustment as we continue to work towards creating a streamlined way to digitally support families.
Remember that amongst all this change, we are purposely practicing social distancing because we CAN, and research shows that it WILL help and make a difference. It is times like these that I am proud to be a citizen of this connected world. Each and every one of you plays a part in practicing mindfulness around proper hygiene to reduce the spread of germs for the health and safety of yourselves and others.
In times of hardship, it is important to see the powerful force of unity in everyone working together to get through this challenging time. It is also important to see the beauty and benefits that will come of this all. Have you guys heard about how nature is benefiting from all this opportunity for regrowth? Fish and dolphins are reappearing back in the water canals of Italy, and air pollution in China has improved drastically, which will ultimately improve quality of life.
Being in the school this week without you guys has been strange. Our last moments with each other are ones that cherish so much. I am smiling now as I think about our dodgeball game on Friday, our days of rollerblading together all week, and our epic math party and kindness jar movie reward day that we had the week prior. I miss your guys’ brilliant minds, your smiles, jokes, and laughter, your big, kind hearts, and overall, our little classroom family! I am hanging on to the happiest of memories that I have most recently had with each and every one of you, and I am using it as fuel to keep me motivated and positive throughout Spring break and for however long this break may extend to!
I encourage you all to write out things that you are grateful for every day, and to do as we have regularly discussed as a class: to focus on the positives, beauty, and things that make you grow, smile, and laugh. Embrace this unique opportunity to explore in and around your home, and find ways to stimulate your mind daily!
Ms. Victoria Gaspar
Grade 6 Teacher