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Nido Values in Distance Learning

Ms. Layne Hudes, Elementary School Principal, and Mr. Jon Penhollow and Ms. Jessica Overton, Elementary School Assistant Principals, recently reflected on how the Nido values are expressed by our community during distance learning.


Dear Families:

As we end the third week of Distance Learning, we want to reflect on the strength of our community and the importance of standing together as we manage a time of great stress and uncertainty.

We have been thinking a great deal about our Nido Values and the way they manifest themselves in our current situation.

Engagement

When we consider engagement, the ability to approach life and work with complete attention, involvement, curiosity and the responsibility to make a positive difference in the world, we think of all of you working so hard to be present in every aspect of your lives. We think of our staff, continually striving to create learning that is of high interest and that invites our students into a world of discovery.

We also think of the unique challenges that make engagement difficult. Learning at home is different from learning at school. The distractions are many and the need to attend to them requires a great deal of time and effort. We need to give ourselves permission to disengage and to take as many healthy breaks from our work as we need. We need to remember that no amount of interesting assignments and tasks will maintain engagement when the brain and body need a rest.

Ingenuity

Ingenuity requires creative problem-solving through experimentation, collaboration, research, and play. We have all been heavily relying on this value as we try to create a Distance Learning plan that works well for our community. It requires a tolerance for change and a need to be patient as we strive to find the right balance for our students and families. It necessitates the ability to manage risk and to maintain calm when things do not go according to plan. Our capacity to respond to an ever-changing environment and to feedback as it is received speaks to the resilience that is foundational to this value. Our Nido family is strengthened by our facility to be open to innovation and by our shared understanding that this process can be imperfect.

Adaptability

We have been leaning especially hard on adjusting to and thriving in a complex, rapidly changing world. We have elicited your feedback, spent time reflecting on and reviewing our program, and making the changes we feel necessary to provide the most complete, diverse, and rigorous program we can offer. As we do that, we all have to understand that the decisions we make are not arbitrary and that they are in service to the needs of the community. There will always be times when you may not agree with what we have done. Hopefully, these instances are few and that we are, in our efforts to be transparent, making our thinking clear to you all. In an adaptable world, we have to understand that the needs of the many may not always reflect the needs of the few. But, what makes Nido so special, is that these instances are very few and far between. Please know that at all times, we are striving to adapt our programs to serve every child and in doing so we are supporting our community to not just survive, but to thrive in our current situation.

Happiness

At this time, choosing happiness as a life goal is challenging, requiring self-knowledge and strength. Happiness appears to be in short supply, but it does not have to be. Our teachers have been establishing routines, norms, and expectations for our students to help them to relieve stress, to engage with others, and to make choices in their free time that spark their curiosity and interests. Our Wellness Friday was designed to remind us all that learning is not just done in the classroom and that an active, engaged mind needs a wide variety of contexts in which to grow and develop. And as we continue to add more offerings to this day, we will focus on ways for the children to have additional opportunities to interact with one another.

If we want the children to be happy, we need to be happy. We need to actively model it. We need to find a safe space to express our stress, our fear, and our confusion. We need to work with one another to create a strong vibrant community. We need to accept what we cannot change with grace, and navigate uncertainty with love and patience. We need to ask for help in open and inviting ways. We need to be there for each other.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. And thank you for all that you have done to make our Distance Learning program a model of what can be created by a caring, committed community. We cannot do this without you. United we stand.

With gratitude and respect,

Layne, Jessica, and Jon


Queridas Familias:

Al finalizar la tercera semana de Aprendizaje a distancia, queremos reflexionar sobre la fortaleza de nuestra comunidad y la importancia de permanecer unidos mientras manejamos un momento de gran estrés e incertidumbre.

Hemos estado pensando mucho sobre nuestros valores de Nido y la forma en que se manifiestan en nuestra situación actual.

Compromiso

Cuando consideramos el compromiso, la capacidad de abordar la vida y el trabajo con total atención, participación, curiosidad y la responsabilidad de marcar una diferencia positiva en el mundo, pensamos en todos ustedes trabajando tan duro para estar presentes en todos los aspectos de sus vidas. Pensamos en nuestro personal, que se esfuerza continuamente por crear un aprendizaje que sea de gran interés y que invite a nuestros estudiantes a un mundo de descubrimiento.

También pensamos en los desafíos únicos que dificultan el compromiso. Aprender en casa es diferente de aprender en el colegio. Las distracciones son muchas y la necesidad de atenderlas requiere una gran cantidad de tiempo y esfuerzo. Necesitamos darnos permiso para desconectarnos y tomar tantos descansos saludables de nuestro trabajo como sea necesario. Debemos recordar que ninguna cantidad de tareas y tareas interesantes mantendrá el compromiso cuando el cerebro y el cuerpo necesitan descansar.

Ingenio

El ingenio requiere una resolución creativa de problemas a través de la experimentación, la colaboración, la investigación y el juego. Todos hemos dependido en gran medida de este valor al intentar crear un plan de aprendizaje a distancia que funcione bien para nuestra comunidad. Requiere una tolerancia al cambio y una necesidad de ser paciente mientras nos esforzamos por encontrar el equilibrio adecuado para nuestros estudiantes y sus familias. Requiere la capacidad de gestionar el riesgo y mantener la calma cuando las cosas no salen según lo planeado. Nuestra capacidad para responder a un entorno en constante cambio y a la retroalimentación a medida que se recibe habla de la resistencia que es fundamental para este valor. Nuestra familia Nido se ve fortalecida por nuestras instalaciones para estar abiertos a la innovación y por nuestra comprensión compartida de que este proceso puede ser imperfecto.

Adaptabilidad

Nos hemos inclinado especialmente para adaptarnos y prosperar en un mundo complejo que cambia rápidamente. Hemos obtenido sus comentarios, hemos pasado tiempo reflexionando y revisando nuestro programa, y haciendo los cambios que sentimos necesarios para proporcionar el programa más completo, diverso y riguroso que podemos ofrecer. Al hacerlo, todos debemos entender que las decisiones que tomamos no son arbitrarias y que están al servicio de las necesidades de la comunidad. Siempre habrá momentos en los que no esté de acuerdo con lo que hemos hecho. Afortunadamente, estas instancias son pocas y lo somos, en nuestro esfuerzo por ser transparentes, dejando en claro nuestro pensamiento para todos ustedes. En un mundo adaptable, tenemos que entender que las necesidades de muchos no siempre reflejan las necesidades de unos pocos. Pero, lo que hace a Nido tan especial, es que estas instancias son muy pocas y distantes entre sí. Tenga en cuenta que en todo momento, nos esforzamos por adaptar nuestros programas para servir a todos los niños y, al hacerlo, apoyamos a nuestra comunidad no solo para sobrevivir, sino para prosperar en nuestra situación actual.

Felicidad

En este momento, elegir la felicidad como objetivo de la vida es un desafío, que requiere autoconocimiento y fortaleza. La felicidad parece ser escasa, pero no tiene que ser así. Nuestros profesores han establecido rutinas, normas y expectativas para nuestros estudiantes para ayudarlos a aliviar el estrés, relacionarse con los demás y tomar decisiones en su tiempo libre que despierten su curiosidad e intereses. Nuestro Viernes de Bienestar fue diseñado para recordarnos a todos que el aprendizaje no solo se realiza en las salas y que una mente activa y comprometida necesita una amplia variedad de contextos en los que crecer y desarrollarse. Y a medida que continuamos agregando más ofertas para este día, nos enfocaremos en formas para que los niños tengan oportunidades adicionales para interactuar entre ellos.

Si queremos que los niños sean felices, necesitamos ser felices. Necesitamos modelarlo activamente. Necesitamos encontrar un espacio seguro para expresar nuestro estrés, nuestro miedo y nuestra confusión. Necesitamos trabajar juntos para crear una comunidad fuerte y vibrante. Necesitamos aceptar lo que no podemos cambiar con gracia, y navegar la incertidumbre con amor y paciencia. Necesitamos pedir ayuda de manera abierta y acogedora. Necesitamos estar ahí el uno para el otro.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de leer esto. Y gracias por todo lo que ha hecho para que nuestro programa de educación a distancia sea un modelo de lo que puede crear una comunidad solidaria y comprometida. No podemos hacer esto sin ustedes. Permanezcamos unidos.

Con gratitud y respeto,

Layne, Jessica y Jon

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