Tuesday, December 15, 2020
I trust you are doing well. It has been a game of logistical Tetris the past few weeks! Two weeks ago, it was asked for choir classes to move to a second facility, our sports observation building designed for watching football games (complete with fireplace!). This move not only allowed for our choir students to continue to sing with social distancing but provided an opportunity for our Strings and Band students to flow into the empty choir room to play. I would be a liar if I said it has been easy, without hiccups, and superior to our choir room in the school music wing, but there are certainly reasons to be grateful. Students have enjoyed the five-minute walk outside to our new space, a literal breath of fresh air for many of them. It has been a much-appreciated opportunity for me to talk to kids. I am always amazed at how much young boys will talk and open up while walking or working. Perhaps it has something to do with not having to make eye contact with adults while walking? At any rate, there is a lot of good in this temporary situation.
Today, we said farewell to our students as the Netherlands is once again returning to a hard lockdown. The rest of the school week has been canceled, and we will return after break to a virtual model for one week. This abrupt announcement came as a surprise to many, as we had to cancel many of our before-break traditions. With one more day of school, today’s goal was to remind kids that school is always better when they are with us. We will miss them and hope to return to in-person learning on January 18.
I hope they got the message.