March 27, 2020
Dear SWSM Families,
How are you all? I trust that most of you are tucked into your homes and only venture out when necessary.
I see that everyone enjoyed the spring weather on Wednesday and took advantage of the warmth and sunshine of the day. Loved the pictures posted of scavenger hunts, bike rides, sidewalk messages and roller-skating that the kids have been engaged in. I’m amazed at the baking, painting, big box trains and fort construction, games played and morning yoga taking place inside! You are all so busy. The staff has all diligently worked to provide Montessori activities online and has done a marvelous job. Don’t you agree? If you haven’t joined ClassDojo, do so and check it out daily as new things are added continually.
Pursuant of the Governor Pritzker’s mandated school closure, SWSM will remain closed through April 7th with classes due to resume on April 8th. In reality however, I would urge families to plan for an extended closure beyond the April 8th date.
At SWSM we are committed to pay staff through this school term. As we look forward to a new school year in September, we certainly want all of our staff to return. If financial reasons forced them to leave SWSM, qualified new staff could be difficult to secure. Besides their salaries, we have rent, insurances, utilities, taxes — the list goes on — to pay. School income is generated by tuition, and we ask for your help by continuing with your contracted agreement. We thank you for your understanding.
Please take care of yourselves. Find time to re-set and re-charge. Contact your friends and family, reconnect with your faith, do something physical, read, build, enjoy music. These are the ways to help the mind relax. Build your courage. We are walking together on this path.
Hugs to the kids.
Southwest Suburban Montessori School