March 20, 2020
Dear Old Orchard Parents,
We are so looking forward to returning to the art of teaching on Monday when Old Orchard makes its Distance Learning debut. Seeing so many of our students this week during our trial runs with Zoom has been the highlight of an exceptionally busy seven days.
Since you aren't able to see, I would like to share how remarkably the faculty and staff have rallied as we shift our Distance Learning Plans from theory to practice. In the span of a week, they have reworked class schedules and reformatted lessons; they have reconfigured our website to provide you with the support and information you will need to partner with us to support our students; and they have spent enormous amounts of time putting our existing online tools comfortably into harness with our new ones. And, of course, they have managed all of this with extremely limited access to their classrooms and materials.
Everyone has been open-minded, flexible, and beyond generous with their time and talents, with each stepping well outside their usual roles to support their colleagues. I am, quite frankly, proud to the point of tears. This is the kindness, spirit, and professionalism we strive to bring into our classrooms every day. When we move online Monday and welcome you all back to Old Orchard, it is this spirit with which we will greet each of our students.
We are approaching next week much as we would the start of a new school year with everyone settling in to their new school routines. There will be hiccups and missed connections. At some point we will all have technical problems. That's OK. We will continue to learn and refine Distance Learning together as a school community, and always in service to the well-being of our students.
Below, you will find important information to help your student get started. Please review it carefully, and follow the links to more information on the school website.
On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I hope you and your families and friends near and far are healthy and doing well.
Bonnie Weston, Head of School