June 19, 2020
Dear IM Families,
We find it hard to believe that we are approaching the last day of school for 2019-2020. When we began in September, we could not have foreseen where we would be in March! In a flash, we transitioned to distance learning and your homes and ours were turned into virtual schools and in many cases virtual home offices. The many challenges of trying to set up home, school and work routines raised our stress level to new heights. However, each family – students, teachers and administrators, found their way and made it work.
We would probably all agree that distance learning does not replicate the experience our children would have had at school. Our teachers worked tirelessly to maintain connections and provide meaningful instruction. You, as parents/guardians, also worked hard to support your students at home. Partnerships were developed among the teachers, students and parents as teaching and learning became a shared role and responsibility. The home/school connection became even more integral to the learning process and we all forged new relationships.
Although the current situation does not allow for us to be together to commemorate the end of this extraordinary year, we will be together virtually for Moving Up and the End of Year Passing of the Flags and Virtual Good Byes. Each class will be participating in farewells and activities that allow for celebrations and reflections on their work for the year. We recognize how important it is for students and families to feel a sense of closure. Teachers will communicate the ways in which this will take place for their class.
The flyer that was sent out last week announced that Field Day will take place on Monday, June 22. We hope you enjoyed the videos that the PE department has been posting. These videos are designed to get the students pumped up for the event. They will be engaged in activities designed to keep them active throughout the day. Activities were planned for rain or shine!
June 23, 24 and 25 will be ‘half days’ for students while teachers fulfill their end of year responsibilities, including record keeping and the task of packing up their classrooms and offices. Again, teachers will be directly communicating with families to indicate the schedules and expectations on those days for your child’s class.
On the morning of June 25 at 9:45 am, we will be hosting the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony via Zoom Webinar for those families. We will also celebrate with a 5th grade car parade.
All Increase Miller, students in grades K-5 may watch along with their classmates and teachers, the End of Year School-Wide Moving Up with the Passing of the Flags. This is an exciting time for students as they officially “move up” in grades when receiving the grade level banner being passed down by their peers. It will be posted/shared with all of you next week.
During the last week, we will also say goodbye to Mr. Galotti. As principal, I would like to thank him again, on behalf of our whole school community, for his partnership and leadership at Increase Miller. We wish him all the best in his retirement and new journey ahead!
We have enjoyed learning and growing with all our students, staff and families this year. We appreciate the love and support you have given us, especially this year, and look forward to beginning anew in the fall. Whether we are in school, distance learning or some combination of the two, we look forward to seeing you again. Enjoy a relaxing and restful summer!
Kerry Ford Andy Galotti
Principal Assistant Principal