March 20, 2020 Head of School Update

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

Let me start by wishing each of you a restful upcoming Spring Break. Virtual Learning will resume March 30th.

I know it is not the break that any of us envisioned months ago, but it is certainly needed. The past seven weeks are hard to put into words. As a school community, with little notice, we have created an entire virtual learning model. It has not gone without challenges; we’ve had to make adjustments along the way, and we will continue to do so. But it is has been an outstanding accomplishment by our entire community – to make something so complex work for our students. The past two months have challenged our flexibility, ingenuity and resilience but we’ve made it work through everyone’s dedication to students. Our community is due for a much needed break. Do ensure you rest, relax, take care of yourself, and find the time to connect with your family and friends.  Above all stay safe.

In the past few weeks, I have been contacted by more than a few offers from educational companies who are sharing their resources free of charge with students impacted by campus closures. Here is a useful site that has compiled and shared many of them for those families who might wish to learn more.

This past week I returned to work from the unfortunate loss of my father, John Luebbe. He passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on March. He was a fantastic man, and my family had so much to celebrate about his life. I want to say a thank you to our faculty for the emotional support they provided during this time, and a special thank you to Dr. Volpe and Ms. Gale who stepped up in my absence. As a school community, we celebrate the good times and support each other through the difficult times. I feel very fortunate.

Today, you will receive a parent update from Dan Eschtruth. While we see progress regarding the virus within China, many other countries are now struggling to contain its spread – bringing a whole new set of challenges to those returning. It has brought a whole perspective to how we are all a part of a connected, global community.

My thoughts are with all of you.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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