March 18, 2020
Dear Loma and CT Families,
I want to first start by acknowledging what a strange and uncertain time we have found ourselves in. When I learned of our schools' closure, I found myself near tears. While I understand that this is the responsible action for our community to take in light of COVID-19, I am deeply saddened to think of all that our kiddos will miss while not being at school. However, my mom, an eternal optimist, reminded me this morning, that this experience for our kids will be remembered by what we, the grown-ups, make of it. So here’s my plan, as a parent, to make this a positive time for my kids…
Most importantly, I am not going to burden my kids with my own fears and anxieties about what the future will bring. Instead, I am going to help my kids see this time as an adventure where we have the opportunity to learn new things, in new ways. Our amazing Loma and CT teachers have been working to provide a set of Suggested Learning Activities for School Closure, which I will use to strategically plan our days at home, so that we don’t slip into hours of screen time. We will read, read and read some more. I will teach my kids to do things around the house that I haven’t had time to teach them because of our typically busy schedules. I will teach them to embroider, to sew, to cook, to do their own laundry! We will work in our garden. We will go on the virtual field trips offered by the National Parks. We will do puzzles and play all those board games that fill my cupboards. We will take long walks in my neighborhood and hikes on the bluffs at Wilder Ranch. We will stay connected with friends and family through Face Time “play dates.” All the while, I’m sure my mind will be spinning with the “what-ifs” of these uncertain times, but for my kids, I will smile and say: “We’ve got this!”
Suggested Learning Activities During School Closure
As of 8:30 this morning (3/18), all of our Loma and CT teachers have provided a list of learning opportunities on their websites. From a YouTube read aloud by Mrs. Van Zante to a “listening” dice game from Ms. Lelake, I am so impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of our teachers. Encouraging your children to engage with the materials provided will help keep our kids connected to school during the closure.
School Closure Reminder
The Loma and CT school offices are closed. Planned events such as Screenagers, Mountain Settlers, exercise classes and after school activities have been canceled until further notice.
The District Office is staffed. If you need to visit the District Office, please call ahead to 408-353-1101, extension 0, to schedule a time. Drop-ins are discouraged in accordance with the current shelter-in-place order.
Stay healthy and be well,
Karren Zook, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
08/353-1106 – p
408/353-3274 - f