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Principal's Corner

March 24, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

I trust things are going well for you.  This email will be rather short but does have some important information for you.

 

1.  My most important concern right now is the wellbeing of you and your children with all of the uncertainty.  If any of you have concerns you wish to discuss with me, please email me and I will do my best to help. 

 

2.  The state decided yesterday that schools will continue to be dismissed until at least May 1st.  We are in the process of preparing packets to once again go home.  These packets will cover at least through April 17 and will be available for pick up this Thursday, March 26th from 10 AM to noon and again from 5 PM to 7 PM.  I'm confident  you will find the packets as well as the online resources helpful. 

 

3.  Some people have asked me how to turn work in that has been completed.  This is to be determined by each classroom teacher.  When you pick up packets this Thursday, we will have boxes for each teacher to collect completed work if you have things to turn in.  Please understand, there is not going to be a penalty for not turning in work. 

 

4.  I have had a number of parents suggest we set up accounts for various online resources that are free at this time, but only through school accounts.  Right now, all of our energy is dedicated to providing resources that pertain directly to the curriculum we teach.  You will find these materials of value, but also feel free to utilize any resources available to you without requiring the school to set up accounts. 

 

5.  Before school was dismissed, we started a tradition of walking together every Thursday during lunch recess.  After lunch we tallied the total miles traveled as a school and then on Friday I talked about where we could have visited with just a short description about those places.  Please keep track of the total miles your family traveled by foot (no planes, trains, or automobile miles will count) during this dismissal.  When school is back in session, have your students report this number to their teacher who in turn will report it to me and we will see how far we have traveled.  This can be a fun way of getting exercise with a purpose as a family.

 

The last thing I wish to communicate today is my sincere thank you for all of the support.  I have attached a short song that was from Mister Rogers that I hope you can share with your children and bring a smile to each of your faces.

 

Have a great week!

 

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Mr. Porter
Principal Timpanogos Academy

March 19, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

     As things change quickly and continue to change constantly, I am sure you have lots of stress to deal with at home just taking care of the basic needs of your families.  I sincerely hope you have those things at your home you need.  Thank You for the messages of support and offers to provide help.  I am sincerely grateful to you.

     I am concerned with the number of  emails, texts, and other communications I've received from many of you expressing your feelings at being overwhelmed with the amount of work that was sent home.  Please be assured that our purpose in providing materials is not to overwhelm you.  The most important thing you can do as families is to build relationships during times of hardship or adversity.  If you do not understand how to teach something, do not have access to a computer, or cannot access the electronic links, do not worry.  Please do the best you can to provide an educational experience for your children. 

     When we get back to a normal routine, we will assess where the students are and go from there.  I imagine that many of you are using much of this time to be together, watching movies, putting puzzles together, playing games, going for walks, or choosing other activities.  School academic work may be far from your mind, and that is ok. I say it again, do the best you can and that is good enough. 

     The closure may continue for a while and I will keep you updated with the most current information I receive.  Up to this point, we have mostly provided you with materials or links to the curriculum.  As a school, we are looking at other options for providing a virtual education experience as much as possible.  I understand that no matter what is used or provided, it is not the same as being here and is difficult to deliver in a way that meets everyone's needs or abilities.  Our teachers spend countless hours preparing for lessons everyday and they are now being asked to deliver these lessons in a new way.  It is easier for some than others just like it is easier for some of you to teach your children than others.  I am considering this experience as an opportunity to become better. 

     Once again, thank you for the support.  I wish you the very best as you continue this educational journey with your children.  We look forward to better times ahead! 


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Mr. Porter
Principal Timpanogos Academy

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