We have a special treat for you. A lot of our staff was able to send in video clips to put together a warm hello. Click here to watch the video! We thought about doing a car parade, but Goochland is quite spread out! We hope you enjoy seeing some of our smiling staff. We expect you to be smiling back!
I know this is a very tough time for everyone. Jobs, childcare, safety concerns, food support – and the social distancing is so incredibly isolating. Hopefully, many of you are able to find some silver linings here and there. Maybe there will be some new healthier habits, stronger relationships, and opportunities to work on physical, educational, or spiritual to do lists that you have been meaning to tackle. And yet, if your reality is like ours, you may be finding it hard to find a routine that works. One that keeps your kids appropriately engaged, one that allows you time to work and time to maintain your sanity. Perhaps there is comfort knowing that this is a global struggle. We can truly empathize with one another. And yet at the same time, I know there are families I cannot empathize with. I am sincerely saddened by those that are really struggling with this crisis. I hope that you are able to connect with someone that can help. Goochland Cares, the Community Service Board, and the Department of Social Services are all Goochland resources that can help families. Many churches also stand ready to assist.
Alright, let’s move into some cheerful news to continue this message! First of all, I missed mentioning 1st grader Ashlyn’s birthday! It was on March 19th. Mrs. Brantley and Mrs. Sue Vaughan also celebrated birthdays last week. This week Mrs. Ferguson and Ms. Hawk, our cafeteria manager celebrate birthdays. And let’s look at the next week of student birthdays, going up through Saturday, April 4th. Preschooler Emma, Happy Birthday! Kindergartners Dusty, Hadley & Ramey – make it a great one! Chase and Colby, our 1st graders, have a great celebration! 2nd grader Israel, Happy Birthday buddy. Rachel & Isabela, fellow 3rd grader Nia says Happy Birthday! And lastly 4th graders Johnny & Kevin, party down dudes. Oh, and Ramey, Chase and Colby. Your birthdays have been canceled this year. APRIL FOOLS! I bet you have fun on your April 1st birthdays!
Back to business…
I hope everyone had a chance to read Dr. Raley’s March 27th letter. We will not be returning to the school building during this school year. Families will, however, be receiving additional academic support the week of April 13th. Dr. Geyer will be sending more information on Monday, March 30th. Our teachers will be working hard this week to put together materials that will help you finish out the school year. Each student will receive specific information for their class. And this will include the times and ways to stay in touch with your teacher. All of this will launch the week of April 13th. If you’d like to keep routine the same this week, please do so using the original materials that came home on Friday, March 13th. And if you are connected to the internet, continue to plug into teacher communications and the online resources found at this link.
If you need me, please respond to this email or contact me at 804.317.2383.
And as promised, ANOTHER BOOK! This one is called Pancakes, Pancakes – by Eric Carl.
Dan Gardner, Principal Randolph Elementary