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Suspension of School Until April 17 – Distance Learning

Dear MCS Parents and Guardians,

To this point, in the rapidly escalating pandemic, our priority has been on making plans for our community’s safety and wellbeing. We take our responsibilities very seriously and, as this situation continues to rapidly shift and evolve, we feel it prudent to extend our suspension of physical school through at least April 17. This decision was not made lightly.

Our focus now shifts to supporting our community in the transition to Distance Learning. This week our staff have directed their energy and efforts to establishing alternative means of delivery of our services and curriculum. It is our intention to keep many facets of MCS up and running throughout this emergency.  The administration is identifying the specific parts of our operation that are essential to maintain and investigating how they can be done remotely or how an equivalent substitute can be implemented. Our teaching staff has been hard at work establishing effective distance learning plans. They are putting much time and thought into how this can be best delivered to you and your children and then sustained throughout a prolonged suspension of a physical school. Quality of learning, sustaining the culture of our school community, and maintaining relationships are foremost in our minds.

We understand that many of you may have questions regarding tuition and we ask for your patience and understanding as we work through all the details of the financial implications of this emergency. This is our next focus. We have to walk a fine line between our desire to meet everyone’s needs and keeping our school running for all to return to when this crisis is over. The reality is that we are a tuition-based school and business and, in order to ensure that we have staff on hand to reopen school once this crisis has passed, we must continue to pay salaries and, in order for that to happen, we must have income coming in. As you know, there are hundreds of thousands of small and mid-sized businesses in the US who have suspended operations and placed their employees on temporary furlough. We are doing all we can to find ways to serve our families and support our staff during this.

We recognize that the decision to suspend physical school puts extraordinary demands on all. We are encouraging parents to communicate with other parents in their child’s classroom to see if they can arrange shared babysitting or to try to coordinate care between multiple families. Class directories are being sent to help parents network. Additionally, we have compiled an updated MCS’s babysitting list as a helpful resource for parents. Email to request that list.

Spring Break is next week! We are encouraging our staff to take time to relax and rest as much as they can so as to return to their “new normal” with renewed energy and clear intention. We are also encouraging our families to take the week to focus on your household’s needs. We remind all to make space for giving each other daily reminders of your love and appreciation.

MCS families have supported the school and each other through trying situations in the past, we know that we can support each other this time around too.

With love,
MCS Administration

Tips for Parents for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up quickly!  Enjoy these helpful tips for making the most of your conference!

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 9th. There will be no school that day. Sign-up sheets for the conferences are on a table in the lobby, arranged by class, from Toddlers to Upper Elementary (please check the top of each page for the name of the class).  As we do every year, we ask that you observe the following requests:

· Please sign up for one meeting time per child.

· Please be on time for your conference.
· Please help the teachers to stay on time.

· Please arrange for childcare during Parent/Teacher conferences.We have included some additional tips that might be useful in having a successful Parent Teacher Conference:

  • Write down questions or things you would like to discuss and email the teacher(s) with your questions/comments before the conference.
  • Ask your child if there is anything they would like you to discuss with the teacher(s).
  • Keep the conference focused on the child and the purpose of the conference-use your time carefully.
  • Be open to suggestions from the teacher.
  • Be prepared to share suggestions of your own. No one knows your child like you know him/her.
  • If you are unclear about what the teacher is telling you about your child, ask for specific examples. Remember that you and the teacher(s) are a team and your main focus is meeting the needs of your child.
  • Take notes so you can share information with your child after the meeting.
  • Make sure the teachers have the best contact information for you and that you have a clear understanding of the communication protocol.
  • Keep the teacher informed.  Things happening at home often affect children’s behavior at school.
  • At the end of your conference make sure that everyone understands what was talked about and what they can/have agreed to do to follow up.
  • Follow up.  If you have concerns that need to be followed up on, set up that time in advance.