Sue’s News – February 26, 2020

A blog from the Head of School
Vol. 2, No. 1 – February 26, 2020

Recent News
Coronavirus – Public Health officials now believe the coronavirus will have a widespread effect on the US, and so we are creating plans in the event that schools are required to close. Our tentative plan is to have “Virtual School” in the event of a closure; we will be in touch with details in the weeks to come. In the meantime, we are taking precautions here at school to minimize the spread of germs, including having more hand sanitizer available in each room, wiping off doorknobs regularly, and reconfiguring the areas where food and cutlery are available. We will send students home immediately in the event they become sick at school, and please keep your child at home if they display any flu-like symptoms.

2020-21 School Calendar – Here is a link to the calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

IMPORTANT 2020-21 CALENDAR DATES – Note that the first day of school will be on a Friday. Additionally, based on parent feedback, we have made some changes to our parent conference system. Rather than meeting with advisors in August, December, and June, parents will now meet one-on-one with their child’s teachers twice per year – in October and again in March, after mid-semester grades. Meetings will occur on October 8 or 9 and March 15 or 16. Please mark your calendars! Meetings will be scheduled in early fall.

Feather the Nest, Saturday, March 21, 6:30-10 p.m.! Buy your tickets now for the school’s annual get together/fundraiser. Join us to celebrate and strengthen our community, connect with fellow parents, and show our OA pride!

Sue’s Muse

I bet you a million bucks that you worry more about your kids than your parents worried about you.

How do I know this?

First, because your parents didn’t read some Head of School’s newsletter about how their kids were doing, which served to remind them that they should think about their kids.

Second, because your parents weren’t bombarded by what I call the Parenting Industrial Complex, which is designed to make parents feel insecure about their parenting and therefore buy parenting books, watch parenting shows, listen to parenting podcasts, and read parenting blogs.

Finally, because your parents couldn’t track you all day long, in real time, via cell phone and through social media, so they actually got a healthy break from you every day, at least while you were at school.

So, lucky them, because your parents didn’t have to contend with all of this anxiety-provoking stuff. But we do, and what can we do about it?

Lately, I’ve been thinking of ways to reduce parental anxiety in the face of all these pressures, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

What if, for just one week, or maybe for just one day, or even for just one hour, we told ourselves that everything is going to be okay. And tried to believe it.

Seriously, just try this on for size:

Everything is going to be okay.

Before you argue, or point out a hundred things that might go wrong, just let this thought settle in.

Everything is going to be okay.

There’s no parenting book in the world that begins and ends with this premise, but there should be. Wouldn’t life be so much better if we could, just for an hour every day, relax into the thought that everything is going to be okay?

I bet you another million bucks that if you allowed yourself to believe that everything is going to be okay for even a little while you would feel better about yourself, feel better about your kid, respond to problems with less anxiety, and have more bandwidth for spending quality time with your child.

Everything is going to be okay.

Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.

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