Debbie Todd Written by  Apr 16, 2020

Early Childhood Update - April 16, 2020

Easter was quite different at our house, as I am sure it was at yours. No extended family gathered around the table with talk of the Easter Bunny and who found the most eggs. No Easter frock to show off as we gathered with other believers inside the walls of our church, and yet it was richer than ever in some ways. We were gathered as a family, but at a distance healthy and safe. We were able to worship together at a distance and we were able to focus on the love of a risen Savior, a freedom that many do not enjoy. It was a very rich indeed! I hope you found yourselves able to find many blessings in a very different Easter morning.

As I think of how I missed that connection with family Easter morning, I am reminded of how important the social/emotional development is for our PDS guys. The boys seem to be loving getting to connect with classmates through ZOOM. It is exciting as well as challenging to have them all wanting to talk at the same time. Their energy is contagious, even through this platform. What we miss most is being able to participate in their enthusiasm face to face. There is nothing quite like the exuberance of a boy and being able to see the world through the eyes of a child.

I want to commend our amazing tech department and the flexibility of the teachers. They have turned over every rock to ensure the online safety of all students. This extra layer of safety has taken a little extra time, however, the safety of our guys was worth the slight delay. Thank you for your patience.

I hope you are finding a rhythm that works for you and your child, as we continue this distance learning for a bit longer. We are trying to deliver a variety of activities to reach as many types of learners as possible. With that said, we know most of you are not educators. It take years of training and years of experience to reach the level of expertise that we enjoy at PDS, so extend yourselves some grace if your are experiencing some frustration. We are keenly aware that the boys are all learning at different rates and we will address those levels of achievement when we resume school as usual. Please, don’t lose heart. This is temporary.

I want to encourage your continued feedback. Whether it is a constructive reflection or an opportunity to encourage and affirm what’s going on, all interaction is welcomed. Recognize that it may not be possible to meet every request, but we can’t consider adjustments if we don’t know what you need. We are blessed with an incredible parent body and we want to stay as connected as possible as a school community.

I am convinced that unspeakable joy is ahead. Our love and appreciation for you and your family deepens daily. Be safe and well and keep an eye out for the dawning of a better day, a day when we will get back to business as usual inside the walls of PDS.

Debbie Todd
Head of Early Childhood

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