Message from Mirko Chardin: April 30, 2020

Message from Mirko Chardin: April 30, 2020
Posted on 04/30/2020

April 30, 2020 

Hello Putnam Ave. Family, 

I hope that you all are safe, healthy, and that you are prioritizing spending time together and doing things that bring you all joy. We have continued to hear from many of you how helpful the daily suggested schedule has been and are appreciative of the feedback we have received! 

Balance is one of our core values, and it could not be more important now during this time of uncertainty and disruption to our regular routine--and even more so with the extension of our emergency closure throughout the remainder of the school year. During this time, we want to continue to make sure that you are taking time to take care of yourself and thought that an ongoing virtual Wellness Challenge would be a good idea! Follow this LINK to a menu of options that you can do at home and while social distancing. Choose as many as you would like or make up some of your own. Then, take a picture of you and your family practicing balance and drop it in the Putnam Ave. Family Wellness Folder

I’m sure that the extended closure brings with it a variety of feelings and emotions, and I would like to echo Dr. Salim’s words here for you:

As we reported last week, Governor Baker announced that school buildings in Massachusetts will remain closed for the rest of the school year. The state has shared updated guidance for how to approach the rest of the school year; we will provide more information soon. 

Please remember that although our facilities are closed, our school year continues. CPS educators continue to support students and families in distance learning. It’s important for our students to stay engaged and learning every school day! 

We’re busy making plans for the remainder of the school year, the summer, and the fall. As we await additional guidance from state officials, we’re developing strategies to (1) ensure the health and safety of all students and adults when school buildings eventually reopen, and (2) provide the additional academic and social emotional supports that students will need after an extended period out of classrooms. We will continue to seek your input and keep you updated on these plans.
To help support you during this time, we have created a Putnam Avenue Family Emergency Closure Website, where you can find resources to help guide you as we navigate this together. I’d also like to call your attention to the Balance and Wellness page, which has resources to manage anxiety, links to meditation apps for kids, and tips for prioritizing your family’s mental health during this time. 

During our time at home, I urge you to take time to take care of yourself, spend time with and focus on your loved ones, and embrace balance. I urge you to take time for yourself and your family to: take a virtual museum tour, listen to readings by Nikki Grimes, do a puzzle, stay connected to family and friends, check out this mind and body calendar, or try this physical activity chart. Plus, make it a priority to seek out joy and even have fun when you can. 

Best,

Mirko Chardin
Founding Head of School
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