Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

    I can not take credit for writing this, but I think it speaks to the truth of what we are all feeling as we return to school this year. Please read it and know that my goal is to make your child feel safe, comfortable, have fun, and learn, not only curriculum, but their own potential. -Mrs. Ahrens 

     Back to school this year is ideal for NO ONE. 

    Not for teachers. Not for parents. 

    Hybrid is not ideal. Virtual is not ideal. 

    Face-to-face in the midst of a pandemic is not ideal.


    For every kid who is anxious

    to get back to the classroom,

    there is another who has anxiety about returning.


    For every parent who wonders,

    “How am I going to manage this?”

    There is a teacher wondering,

    “How am I going to manage this?”

    Often, a person wears both titles.


    For every kindergarten parent who is

    sad that this how their child will begin their education,

    there is a parent of a senior who is bummed that this is how

    their child will end theirs.


    For every person angry

    about their child having to wear a mask,

    there is a person who is petrified their immune

    compromised family member will get ill.


    Life has thrown us a huge curve ball.

    A plot twist if you will.

    It will not be easy.

    We will be challenged.

    We will get frustrated.


    I hope we rise to the occasion.

    I hope we help one another.

    We will all need help.

    I hope we treat each other with grace.

    We will all need grace.

    I hope we realize that at the end of the day,

    our kids need us to be the light.

    To set the tone.

    To see the good.

    Take a really unfortunate situation and

    do our best to make it okay.

    For them.

    For us.