Superintendent Update & Family Check in – September 11, 2020

on September 11, 2020




Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

Members of the Monroe-Woodbury school community are reflecting today on the lives so tragically lost 19 years ago on September 11, 2001. We will never forget.

As the first few days of remote learning come to a conclusion, I want to thank all the M-W parents, guardians, family members and friends who are supporting our students and staff as we engage in this new way of teaching and learning. This truly is a collaborative effort and we are grateful to be on this journey along with our families.

Families shared hundreds of photos of our smiling students on the first day of school, which was both heartwarming and bittersweet. Our teachers and staff miss the day-to-day in person interaction with their classes, but we remain hopeful and promise to offer the best experience possible for all students. We continue to receive more first day photos and will be creating another video, so if you would like your child included please email photos to [email protected].

As we prepare to start the second week of remote learning, we ask that you please take a moment to complete a brief family questionnaire. Your insights will guide the school district as we continue to evaluate the reopening plan moving forward.

I had previously shared that the school district will be collaborating with iOpening Enterprises to promote social emotional wellness for students, families and staff. Please view an introductory video featuring a conversation with Dr. Pickens. This video is a great way to familiarize yourself with both the district’s goals regarding social emotional health and how these goals mesh with iOpening’s mission.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, iOpening Enterprises founder, Dr. Isaiah Pickens, will be offering the first in a series of family webinars entitled: Building Resilience and Promoting Recovery After Facing Life’s Challenges. The Opening Family Event flyer provides additional information about the webinar. A link for the webinar will be shared closer to the date of the online event.

Earlier today you should have received an email from Dr. Sassi, the district’s health coordinator. Dr. Sassi shared information related to the new health and safety protocols within the school buildings, as well as links to a series of videos we have created to help familiarize families with these protocols. Please review the information and videos with your children, especially if they will be returning to our buildings in the near future.

Wishing you and your family a restful, enjoyable weekend. We look forward to interacting with our students online next week.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools