As we enter a second week of separation from our school community, I want to say how much we appreciate the positive feedback and support that many of you have shared with us. My inbox is teeming with emails of encouragement. Thank you!
Also, this past week has served as a poignant reminder of just how significant community truly is. It is no accident that the Lord has made us incarnate beings and said it is good for us to be together, encouraging one another and lifting each other up. I know I speak for the trustees, administration, faculty, and staff when I say we are looking forward to being together as a whole community again soon.
I'm sure you are aware that the Governor has recently decided to close schools until April 27. That means our original plan of returning to classrooms on March 23 will have to be postponed, but it does not mean that we are canceling school. We will continue with our remote learning plan through Thursday, April 9. There will be no classes on Good Friday and during Spring Break, and we will return to remote learning on Monday, April 20 pending additional guidance from the Governor regarding a safe return to school.
This week you will receive an email from your child's Division Head laying out some refinements to delivering remote learning as well as resources from your child's Dean of Students regarding the social and emotional wellness of our students.
Additionally, in order to help us prepare for returning to school and continue to safeguard our community, please email School Nurse Lea Hysom (email@example.com) if your child (all grades) is sick. Please also email Attendance Coordinator Erin Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), if your student (grades 7 – 12 only) will not be participating in remote learning for any reason.
Finally, this weekend, between the news reports and almost hourly updates on COVID-19, my wife Paige and daughter Grace sent me a text of C.S. Lewis’ perspective on suffering from an essay he wrote in 1948 called "Living in an Atomic Age." Our subsequent conversation reminded me of another quote from Problem of Pain in which Lewis encourages us to recall our unique nature as human beings, the true source of our joy, the hope that we have in the Lord, and an insight into why we never seem to obtain full happiness and security. It reads:
The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.
May we be encouraged by this powerful reminder of the need to rely on the Lord’s provision, sovereignty, and goodness, especially in trying times.
Grace and peace,
President and Headmaster
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