Mr. Nowakowski 11/16-11/20

Greetings Parents,


We all have our favorite Halloween and Christmas songs, tv episodes, and movies, don’t we?  For some reason, there is not a high volume of Thanksgiving ones,but it certainly doesn’t diminish the quality of what is there.  The “Thanksgiving Trinity” for me includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the infamous WKRP Turkey Drop episode, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.   Interestingly enough, we’ll be using Charlie Brown and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as inspiration for our narrative projects that will be worked on next week.  The last two weeks in school have felt a little bit like those stories as we’ve embarked upon kind of an unofficial hybrid learning format.  We’ve found ourselves thrusted into a difficult, and at times, chaotic series of events.  As we know, the characters in those stories experience  many ups and downs, and they ultimately learn a little bit about each other, but more importantly, about themselves.  Again, the life lessons that students are learning about dealing with such adversity is more valuable than anything that is included in the curriculum.  (That’s still important though too!)


I continue to remind students to make themselves “operationally ready.”  It may be burdensome and inconvenient to carry multiple books back and forth, but I strongly encourage all students to get in the habit of doing that.  With so much uncertainty, it’s best for students to be prepared to learn at home.  Just from this last week alone, I can tell you how much easier it has been when students have all of their books with them.  If your child is learning remotely, it is imperative that he or she joins Google Meets because they are marked present for the school day if they do.  For those families who have been remote learning, any feedback that you can share would be very much welcomed.


A big thank you once again to Mrs. Estrada for filling in for me yesterday.  Also, a big thank you to the students for cooperating like they did.  Taking a day off is never easy, and it’s even more difficult given the circumstances.  So I really appreciate everyone’s efforts in making it work.


Lastly, if you haven’t already, please consider supporting the Comedy Night tomorrow evening.  It’s really great to see the revitalization of the Fathers’ Club, and I hope that we see more events like these in th future.