"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
One year ago today, one day earlier than the rest of our district, Summer Street School and Lynnfield Preschool teachers and staff began following "temporary" stay-at-home orders, changing everything they knew and did about their instructional practice at the drop of a hat. They fundamentally changed the "language" with which they taught overnight, while trying to wrap their heads around something none of us had ever experienced before.
Over the last year, the plan has changed many times. There was a lot of "noise" around them as policy changed at the federal, state, and local levels and as everyone around them had opinions about this.These teachers have withstood uninmaginable emotional stress, not to mention incomprehensible numbers of working hours, beyond what any of us are aware of - and they have done it with SUCH grace, complete dedication, and true compassion for "their" kids (and families).
The families of these children can never express articulately enough our thanks to our staff and teachers for being the one constant in the madness of the last year - but to be sure, we will never forget these dedicated men and women: from our custodians to our Food Services staff to our interventionists to our Specialists to our Assistants to our teachers to our our office staff to our Administrative Leaders.
Our thanks can never be enough or stated meaningfully enough, so today, we will leave this task up to the kids with the messages we hope you found this morning. And hopefully the The Cookie Monstah will help us with that today, too.
Summer Street and Lynnfield Preschool staff: please accept the thanks of the Lynnfield Preschool and SSS PTO on behalf of all "your" families. You are amazing people and the depth of your caring is so clear.