Dear Hunnewell,

By now you should have all received Dr. Lussier’s email on remote learning. I begin this message by sharing how much I miss seeing our community on a daily basis, and how proud I am to serve the staff, parents, students, and greater community in Wellesley. These are certainly uncharted waters, and while I know everyone wants answers, I appreciate your patience, as we have worked to hammer out details, so that we can roll out this remote learning tool as comprehensively as possible. I want to acknowledge the work that Joan Dabrowski, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Kathy Dooley, Director or Technology, and Sarah Orlov, Director of Student Services, and each of their respective staffs for the thorough and thoughtful work they did to create this web site. This morning the teachers and I met remotely. It was great to see them, and they are looking forward to using this site to maintain a connection with their students and you. 

As when we are in session, my primary goal for the community is for all of us to be safe and healthy. Right now that means we cannot be in school, and so while we are adjusting to a new normal that calls on us to socially distance ourselves, I invite you to take back some of those things that we might not be able to do when we are running full daily schedules. I share one of my favorite quotes, “The days are long, but the years are short!” (Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project). I am fortunate to have my youngest back in residence with Peter and me, as she can work remotely. While we retreat to the various spots in our house to work during the day, we have gathered for lunch, taken brief breaks to get outside for a walk, enjoyed cooking meals together and played a few games of RummiKub and Monopoly Deal. I do not mean to minimize the weight of this pandemic, I do encourage you to find time every day to engage in something that brings you joy and to take the opportunity to do something positive for ourselves and others. Let’s not let this time be wasted, let’s see what we can learn from it.

As you familiarize yourself with the remote learning site, please notice the recommended schedule that can help you provide structure to the day, as well as the guidelines for time on learning, 1.5-2 hours for our primary students and 2 hours for our intermediate students. If you have any questions about the site or anything else, please do not hesitate to email me and I will get back to you ASAP.  

In the meantime, I miss seeing you all. Be safe and stay healthy!

Warmly,

Ellen


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