Lisa DeBonis, Founding Principal
Dear Linden Tree Families,
With the holidays upon us during these difficult and unprecedented times, I wanted to send this letter with important information. FIrst and foremost, I sincerely hope that you and all your loved ones are safe. I know families are thinking twice before coming together during a time when we truly need our loved ones around us. As difficult as that may be, I know we are all doing our part to put an end to this horrible disease where we can all feel safe and be together again!
A little business -- I know you all received report cards and had parent teacher conferences where your child’s teacher has explained ours and the Department of Education’s policy on grading. We understand that most of our students (across the world) have had interrupted learning and it is certainly not the same to learn in a small box on a computer screen. However, we are committed to ensuring that we are working diligently to understand each and every students’ academic (and emotional) needs at this time. If your child received “Ns” or “NAs”, all that means is that he or she needs additional support to master the grade level standards at this time. To that end, we are organizing small groups in order to target each child’s learning abilities. You should see more small groups with your child’s teacher and even 1:1 time. There will still be lessons with the entire class, but your child will also be in these small groups to get more individualized support. Please reach out to me if you have any further questions regarding this. My email is Lisa@Lindentree567.com
Holiday Spirit -- It’s getting cold and even if we are staying indoors more and more, our children still need coats and other necessities. As always, we are organizing parent swaps and we have connected with other agencies to get materials for anyone in need. We can all use some help now and then, and, If you have any needs at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to Maria, (our fabulous parent coordinator) at Maria@Lindentree567.com or call her at (917) 417-5709.
Town Hall -- We are organizing a town hall where we can all come together to share our thoughts, questions and concerns. The date for this virtual meeting will be December 9th at 5:00pm. Maria will send out an invite in the beginning of December. I hope you all can make it (We will have translations for those of you who speak other languages) As a Linden Tree family, we need to come together to speak about what is happening in the world, and more specifically at Linden Tree
Remember, school (virtually and/or in person) begins at 8:30 for every child. As always, if you have to reach out to me or any Linden Tree member, our email address is our (firstname)@Lindentree567.com. I am looking forward to the day when all of your children will come back to school and we can all smile together again. Happy Holiday Season.
With warm regards,