Message from Principal Franks
Friday, April 24, 2020 10:15 PM

Robo call from Principal Franks

Greetings  Armatage Families,

This is Joan Franks calling to check in with you and let you know how much the staff and I are missing you and the kiddos.  Periodically I drive by Armatage just to remind myself that it is still there and that it is the physical representation of our school community, but not the soul of who we are.  We are Armatage Strong and as a school community focused on preparing students for their future, we will continue to support our students in learning.  

Yesterday’s announcement by Governor Walz solidified what we all were anticipating could happen but unfortunately, reinforced our greatest fear.  Effective immediately, all buildings in the district and state will be closed for the remainder of the school year and we will forge ahead with Distance Learning.  With perseverance and resilience, together, we will get through this.  Bruce Lee once said; Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.  The last six weeks have demonstrated that our school community is strong yet flexible and with patience, creativity and the willingness to accept new ways of educating, we will conquer Distance Learning.

Yesterday, the staff and I had a discussion regarding feedback from parents in various grade levels about the challenges of negotiating technology and the workload students are being asked to complete.  As a result, we are making an adjustment that I believe will address these concerns and allow students and families to exhale a bit as we enter into the last six weeks of learning.  Beginning next week, we will have Flexible Learning Fridays.  Students will have three tasks: finishing previously assigned work, Engage in Flexible learning and having fun.  Your child’s classroom teacher will provide you with details on their learning platform.  One of the major changes will be that teachers will not be online on Fridays, as they will be engaged in planning, team meetings and reviewing student work.  This will be a change for the children, as they will not have direct contact with their teachers on Fridays.  We hope this will relieve some anxiety for you and the kids.  If you have, questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

I hope that you and your family can enjoy the weekend ahead as the weather should be gorgeous.  Continue to keep social distancing & face mask at the forefront of your planning, but get outside and enjoy the dawn of spring.  

Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance to you.  Thank you for collaborating with us on this journey to make Distance Learning a successful experience for your children.  Take care and be safe.