March 25, 2020
Dear Loma and CT Families,
I ended last week’s Wednesday News with a phrase that I had been reinforcing with my kids: we’ve got this! Little did I know, that this saying would become my mantra just one week later with our teachers as we embark on a new and exciting journey into the world of “distance learning.” As teachers, and especially as teachers drawn to work at a tiny school district on the top of a mountain, we operate in glue sticks and scissors. We believe in hands-on learning, collaborative group work, and building strong classroom communities. Now, we find ourselves looking to transform our classrooms into virtual worlds to meet the needs of kids spread across this mountain--all at least six feet apart!
Here is what I know about our teachers: they are not afraid of a challenge, they don’t mind getting their hands dirty, and most importantly, they LOVE our kids. Our teachers' “mountain spirit” tenacity has gotten us through fires, landslides, earthquakes, power-outages and the bleakest of financial times. We have had to rebuild, reinvent, and persevere through the most challenging of circumstances. I have no doubt that we will rise to this occasion in a way that other schools are not prepared to do, because that is who we are. That is what makes us Loma Prieta.
Superintendent Fraser will be communicating shortly around the specifics of Phase 1 of our Distance Learning pilot. I know our teachers are excited and admittedly a bit apprehensive about taking on this new tech-heavy manner of instruction. Here are a couple things you can expect, from my perspective… First, there will be bumps in the road. Distance learning is completely new to us. New, as in we are literally endeavoring in this platform for the first time, ever! The learning curve will be steep. We will make mistakes, lots of them. But as we always tell our students: mistakes are how we learn. And we will learn and we will get better for it. Second, we are committed to doing our best for kids. The teachers in this district care deeply about our kids. They want to see them succeed. Our kids are their passion. Loma and CT teachers will do all that they can to make this new platform a success for our children.
Now, here is what I ask of you: be patient with us, be patient with your kids, and be patient with yourself. Remember together, as a school, as a mountain, we will make it through this hard time. Our kids will continue to thrive, because, we’ve got this!
Superintendent Fraser will be reaching out shortly with information about Phase 1 of our Distance Learning pilot. One important aspect of this pilot will be connecting students and teachers through Zoom Meetings. Here is a very short and simple video to get you started if you have never used Zoom before: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ
Talking to Kids about COVID-19
Our school councilor, Stacy Blasi, has recommended the following materials for engaging in discussion with kids about the Coronavirus.
FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS
- How to Talk to your Kids about COVID-19 information & feelings PDF/print resource!
- PBS Kids - How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus
FOR OLDER STUDENTS
- A comic exploring the new Coronavirus (can be printed as a zine version of comic)
- Animated video on Coronavirus
School Closure Reminder
The Loma and CT school offices are closed. 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,
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
08/353-1106 – p
408/353-3274 - f