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News From Elementary Principal

         

News from the Elementary Principal.

 

Dear Parents,

Who could have ever imagined what school would look like in April 2020!  I certainly didn’t think I would be sending a newsletter from an empty school during my first year as elementary principal.  Please utilize the school website to access  “Continuity of Learning Website” this platform allows the school district to provide clear expectations and norms for both students and parents.  We are here for you.   Teachers have set their “office hours” and have posted all work/assignments through this platform.  Feel free to keep using email as that is usually the quickest way to correspond with each other.  As I help my own child navigate his on-line learning I am reminded, almost daily, that this is a struggle for students and parents.  If students are frustrated (or you for that matter), take time to go for a walk, throw a football, or just unplug.  Balance is everything right now.   

As we continue this historic journey together, I am thankful for the bonds we have strengthened with our educators, students, families, and staff.  I am also thankful for the new relationships we have formed as a result of this crisis.  Without all of you, we would not have been able to make this shift away from our traditional in-person learning environments to remote learning. 

As a community of learners, I also believe this is an opportunity to look deep within ourselves and utilize the resiliency that lives in all of us.  Despite our separation and setbacks, we have learned to thrive in new ways.  Your resiliency and effort through these times are truly inspiring.  They are also not without extreme effort from all of us.  With that in mind, take time to find moments of joy and peace in our daily lives, despite what is going on around us.  Our buildings may be closed however, learning and innovation are open for our students, educators, and staff.  We will work to fulfill our vision and mission for our students in this new environment.  I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank this community for its support of our schools. What a great place! I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Students' last day of remote learning instruction will be Thursday, May 14th.  As your child(ren) transitions into summer vacation, it is important for him or her to spend time reading, writing, and practicing math facts.  I wish all of you a safe and happy summer!  Even though we are on summer vacation, I encourage you to spend some academic time with your child each day so that they continue to grow educationally throughout the summer.  

Be Safe & Be Well,

 

Jared Thomsen

Elementary Principal

(308) 368-5572

jared.thomsen@hpspanthers.org 

 

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“Educating Every Student, Every Day, Every Way”