April 15, 2020
Dear Guthrie Families,
First, let me say how much I miss all of you. The halls and classrooms are dark and quiet, and I am counting the days until we can all return to school. I miss watching the children’s eager faces as they listen to their teacher’s lessons. I miss hearing the excitement in their voices as they greet their friends. I miss seeing them return to the building hot and sweaty from the fun they’ve had on the playground. I miss seeing their beautiful handwriting and artwork displayed all over the hallways and on classroom bulletin boards. I miss meeting with staff to plan Muffins for Mom and the End of Year Show. I especially miss getting to give our sixth graders a fabulous graduation send-off. Please know that we love and care about you!
We, as educators, are proud of the wonderful Zoom meetings our dedicated and hard-working Homeroom and Extend Teachers are using to provide classroom discussions and instruction. We know that these face to face meetings are critical to maintaining a vital connection with our children at this time. However, we all miss the interaction and collaboration with our students in person. Thank you for everything you do each day to support your children and our school.
Let me take this opportunity to also thank all of our Specialist Teachers. Mrs. Karnuta’s incredible art instruction, Mrs. Adamson’s cheerful music lessons, Mrs. Griffith’s upbeat PE classes, Mrs. Wilcox’s and Ms. Qin’s foreign language instruction are all important and keep our students connected and progressing.
While we will not be able to administer standardized testing, each student’s teacher will be providing you with updated information regarding the final quarter grading policies and how they will handle their end of year parent/teacher conferences soon. Please look for that important information.
I would like to say thank you to the numerous Guthrie families who have expressed their appreciation for our fabulous faculty’s dedication via distance learning. Your support and kind words uplift us and mean the world to us. Our Guthrie Owls (and their families) have grit and resilience, and we look forward with hope to the time when we will all be together again. We are all in this together!
With gratitude and appreciation,
Head of School