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Centre Avenue School

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May 2020

New News
As you know, Governor Cuomo announced on Friday that schools would remain closed for the rest of this school year. I’m sure there were many mixed emotions after this announcement, even though we had an idea it was coming. For our 6th grade students, we know that they will miss out on some of our traditional celebratory events when leaving elementary school. For our other students, there is also a sense of loss for the activities and events that didn’t occur. I assure you, we will brainstorm new and creative ideas to make it memorable for our students. You may have seen this post on social media.

Child - "How old are you, Grandpa?"

Grandpa - "I'm 81, dear."

Child - "So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?"

Grandpa - "Yes, I was."

Child - "Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week. They told us about how all the schools had closed. And Moms and Dads couldn't go to work so they didn't have as much money to do nice things. They said that you weren't allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn't go out anywhere. They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn't have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls. They said that summer holidays were cancelled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who passed. They explained how hard all the doctors, nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them passed too. That must have been so horrible, Grandpa!"

Grandpa - "Well, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth, I remember it differently… I remember playing in the garden for hours with Mom and Dad and having picnics outside and lots of BBQs. I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom. I remember making forts and learning how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family. I remember Mom's favorite words becoming 'Hey, I've got an idea...' rather than 'Maybe later or tomorrow, I'm a bit busy'. I remember making our own bread and pastries. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one. It was a horrible time for lots of people, you are right. But I remember it differently."

Remember how our children will remember these times. Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.

Below is an update from Ms. Dowling and Ms. Castellano, the advisors for the Math Olympiad Club.

Math Olympiads is an after school activity for 5th and 6th grade students to develop higher-level mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Students in the club are encouraged to use mathematical flexibility in solving challenging problems. Throughout this year, we developed strategies to strengthen mathematical intuition and foster creativity. Each meeting was an exciting way to come together and share our common love of math. We look forward to getting back to it next year!

Working Together for School Success
As we are now in week 8 of remote learning, it seems that we have all settled into a routine. Focusing on the emotional and mental well-being of you and your families is more important than ever. The support team has created some resources to help you through the process. It can be accessed through this Wakelet link Wellness and Support Resources. In addition, the social workers will be hosting various parent workshops that you will find helpful. This is the link to the flyer: Parenting During COVID-19 Support Series

In addition, the social workers will be hosting various parent workshops that you will find helpful. Click here for more information

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Sherry Ma
Centre Avenue School
Twitter: @CentreAveSchool

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