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Friday, January 15, 2021

Dear Families,


What a storm!  If your power was off, hopefully it’s back on again.  At 6:15 on Wednesday morning, I drove from my house in Renton to St. Francis. The power was out from the freeway exit all the way to school.  I have never seen Burien so dark. It was shocking. I hadn’t listened to the weather forecast, and I didn’t know a major windstorm was coming.  Life is sometimes like that- unexpected things happen.

There are also things we can expect; as we work to bring more students back to in-building learning, there are a few of them:
  • As much as we plan to get things right the first time, changes will need to be made.  Thank you for being flexible.
  • This is a community effort.  If you are planning on sending your child(ren) back to in-person learning, thank you for reading, agreeing to, filling out and submitting our Family Conduct Agreement. If you haven’t had a chance, here is the link.
Working together, we can behave in ways that greatly reduce the spread of COVID in our community and help keep each other safe.
  • In-person school in January 2021 will not be the same as in-person school in January 2020. That is okay. Good things will continue to happen.
A parent emailed wondering if people really would socially distance, wear masks, gather only with people in their immediate household and not travel/quarantine after if they did. She knows people who are having trouble following these guidelines now and was unsure as to whether or not they would.

I thought about her question. I responded that I believed that people who signed and submitted the agreement will honor it.  I believe this because we are a community that cares about and supports all of our students, teachers, staff and families. I expect that we will do what is difficult, understand that it is not forever, and behave in ways that keep our selves and each other safe and healthy.

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. In his words, 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Breathe. Say extra prayers for each other and our country this week. Be kinder than you think necessary. Thank you for being a community that rises.  Reach out if you can help or need help.

Peace and blessings,
Rosemary Leifer