March 27 Red Robin School Greetings & Ideas from Miss Sheryl
March 27, 2020
Dear Red Robin Families,
As I sit here in front of my computer, writing to all of you…..I see your faces flash in front of me. I see Superhero and Princess backpacks, light up sneakers and boots, arts and crafts projects held so proudly, giggles and shouts from the playground, and hugs and kisses “hello,” and “good-bye,” at the beginning, and end, of our day, from children to their parents, grandparents and caregivers.
How many people get the pleasure of going to a “job” like mine? As I said in my letter last week, I have been an educator for a long time, but I have never considered it a job. It is a privilege. I am among the lucky few who wake up every morning, excited to start the day. It is a gift that I don’t take lightly. First and foremost, that parents have entrusted their children to me, a sentiment I value deep in my soul. I get up and am greeted at school by those sweet and exhilarating young faces—what’s better than that??!!
Sometimes it’s about drying tears, wiping noses, holding a sick child until his or her mommy, or daddy, gets to school, or putting a band-aid on a boo-boo. I wouldn’t trade my days spent at Red Robin for anything. I hope it is evident that all of my Red Robin colleagues share my passion.
We are enjoying the pictures and videos you have been sending, which have helped maintain an invaluable connection! Feel free to continue to share! I will say that modern technology, although sometimes overused, has definitely helped in this unprecedented situation. I have kept in touch with my own grandchildren through FaceTime. We play board games, card games, “Hide and Seek” (one game my granddaughter, Shayla, takes me with her on the iPad and the next round my grandson, Logan, does.).
We also have story time. They read their favorite books to me and then I read to them. I eat lunch with them too. So, I say thank goodness for Facetime! Speaking of story time, I hope you have all been enjoying Mr. Michael’s stories on “Loom.” I know I have!!!
Another example of technology rescuing us is the app, “Libby,” which enables you to rent books online, for both children and adults, free of charge, from your library. It is incredible!!! Thank you Mr. Joe for teaching me all about “Libby.” Please let me know what you think of this outstanding app.
On a more traditional note, don’t forget about “I Spy.” No preparation required!!! You can focus on letters of the alphabet, colors, numbers and shapes. Teach your children how to play “Charades.” Who doesn’t love the excitement and challenge of silently acting out hints to movie titles, TV shows, objects, and way beyond!!!!
Consider setting up an obstacle course outside, or even in your living room! Create a special “camp out” night in your den. Set up a “tent” or use blankets and sleeping bags. Google and play outdoor sounds through your mobile phone. Make a pretend bonfire with marshmallows on straws. Get cozy and have a great night’s sleep!
How about a game of “Balloon Ping Pong?!” Cut out as many paper circles as players. Attach them to “Popsicle” sticks, or straws, to make the paddle. Then blow up a balloon and start playing!!! We welcome ideas you may have, which we are happy to share with others.
Although, the world has changed, for now, and life looks different, temporarily, I can’t reiterate enough how important this time can be. Playing, talking, singing, walking, running, dancing, exercising and communicating have all taken a “front seat.” Yes, we are living with some uncertainty, but your family is with you—-connect!!!! This is time we will not get back!!!!!!
Red Robin Country Day School is ready and waiting to welcome you back. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. This is certainly a time during which we can teach our children that we, as adults, have to follow the rules as well.
From Michael, the entire Red Robin staff and me, we wish you and yours only good health!!! See you all very soon!