Looking back at the last few weeks of messages to you, it’s apparent that we have had rainy days for the start of the last three weeks. I don’t know about you but Saturday’s weather was a definite welcome addition to the weekend! Cold and rainy days aside, our week is off to a strong start. DMS teachers are reporting that students are completing more work each week which I recognize is in part to all that you are doing at home. Thank you for your efforts, parents! Click above to read the whole email and learn more about what’s going on (remotely) this week:
I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news but today the Governor made the decision to keep schools closed through the end of the school year. While many other states had decided this already, it still is so shocking that we won’t be back together this school year! All of you are the best part of DMS and your teachers and I miss you so much! There’s still lots to figure out for the rest of the year (locker clean out!) but for now, please focus on getting your work done and taking care of yourself and your family. Click the link above to see all the updates sent:
Happy Monday! Did all of you complete my gratitude challenge last week? I loved your emails telling me how you expressed thanks to your families. If you haven’t already done something nice yet, don’t worry - there’s always time to show you are grateful. :) Click the link above for the whole student email, including notes for our week ahead:
The staff of ECHO Magazine happily announces this year's publication Special Stories featuring works by the following talented DHS writers, photographers, and artists: Ella Hartshorn ‘21, Lily Hyde ‘23, Anna Tsiar ‘20, Isabelle Salaun ‘23, Melody Lustgarten ‘23, Michael McDonough ‘23, Justin Reilly ‘23, Leila Smadi ‘22, Jonah Wolfe ‘23 , Carly Paul ‘20, Joe Iantosca ‘21, Mira Krikorian ‘23, Vivien Boudette ‘22, Mackenzie Woodbury ‘21, Finn Radner ‘23, and Alondra Msallem ‘20. We hope you enjoy this year's issue!
During this unprecedented time, we understand how challenging it is to balance all of your responsibilities and roles each day as a parent or caregiver. We know that parents and caregivers are under tremendous pressure. We also know that parents are creative, resilient problem-solvers. The BRYT Family Engagement Team invites any and all parents/caregivers in the community to participate in weekly support groups, Parents Supporting Parents, where parents/caretakers can give and receive support from each other. Check out the link above for more information on this week's group offerings!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it has become increasingly more important to focus on our overall health and wellbeing during this time. Now more than ever, we need to be compassionate to ourselves and others, patient as we learn a new way of life, and kind to those struggling to overcome any physical, emotional, or financial hurdle. McLean Hospital just released a fantastic resource to support families facing additional stressors at home during this pandemic, such as overcoming "parental burnout," supporting the mental health of college-bound students, reducing child anxiety, and self-care approaches for families. Check it out!
Grade 7 English is currently in a poetry unit and the teachers have asked students to write poems about our current situation. Click above to visit the New DMS Student Work webpage to read the creative submissions that came from this project!
As our remote learning continues, our teachers and technology team continue to provide support to families and students. In general, please email your child’s teacher if you have a question about access to student resources including usernames and passwords. Additionally, the link above will bring you to a new Remote Learning Families Digital Support Page which provides instruction on how to access the digital tools used at Dedham Public Schools.
As a community, we are in the midst of an incredibly stressful time, full of changes, uncertainty, and strong emotions. In the best of times, parenting can be difficult, but parenting during a pandemic presents a whole new set of challenges. With this in mind, Boston University's CARD program has put together a webinar to provide parents and other caregivers useful tools to help support child emotional health and well-being during this period of COVID-19 related social distancing and beyond. Click the link above to learn strategies for reducing child (and parent!) anxiety.
As anticipated, this afternoon Governor Baker announced that he was extending the closure of all Massachusetts public and private school buildings for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. Students, educators and staff will continue forward with remote learning efforts through our last scheduled school day - Friday, June 19th.
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