23 Jul Message from The Head of School July 22, 2020
Dear TCS Families,
Remember when back-to-school meant the excitement of going to the nearest Target to buy up fun folders, colored pencils, and lots of school supplies you’d probably never use or would lose in the first month of school? Such fun. I do long for those days for you parents of young ones, but I’m afraid “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” This is not to imply that going back to school this year won’t be fun, because it will be. Working together, school and families, we’ll make it so.
The ways that we are preparing for the coming school year seem heavily weighted with all things COVID-19 – safety measures, face coverings, social distancing – all of which are decidedly lacking in fun. But there will still be new shoes, new uniforms, new friends. There will still be fun school supplies and fresh starts, laughter and relationships, the good stuff of childhood.
To get to all the good stuff that is Back-to-School, we need to go ahead and talk with our children about the coming year, and not in the doom-and-gloom way that the media enjoys communicating. This will ensure that the weirdness, a normal byproduct of most change, is limited to the first week or so of school, rather than dragging on and influencing the whole year.
Just as with any news that children cannot possibly understand fully, we need to speak with them in a matter-of-fact and confident way, admitting to what we don’t know and all the while reminding them of God’s promises of protection and provision. Here are a few simple verses that you might share and talk about as a family:
1 Peter 5:6-7
2 Timothy 1:7
We hosted two Zoom calls yesterday in which I answered questions posed via the Google Form sent out last week. If you were not able to make either one, please find the link to the recording of last night’s Zoom at the bottom of this email; it’s about an hour long. Back-to-school always yields questions – good questions. The questions discussed were all focused on our protocols for returning to school in light of the virus, as is reasonable.
But I’d like to pose a few additional questions.
- How do we allow our children the joy of back-to-school when we are so worried about their safety?
- How do we protect our children without scaring them to death?
- What should we tell our children about the changes they will see at school in August?
- How much safety is safe enough?
- What do I do with my own fear?
I’m going to discuss these in upcoming emails, but I’d like first to ask you to consider spending some time discussing, thinking about, and praying over these questions yourselves. We need wisdom. We get wisdom by submitting ourselves – and our questions – to God. So, before we dive into these and all our other questions, I encourage you to first present your requests for wisdom, for answers, to God, who gives generously and without reproach, no matter how many questions we ask.
There has never been a more important time for our community than this. I continue to be privileged to partner with you.
Peace to you and your family,