Hello Lion Pride!
As we finish our fifth week of the school closure and social distancing, I personally have been thinking about things I’m grateful for and the new opportunities I have had to connect with loved ones. I send my friends “self care” challenges each week that involve journaling, meditating, vision boards, and goal setting. We spend time talking about these experiences. I am enjoying the meaningful connections through a phone conversation or FaceTime events (such as virtual dance party , work our session) and not just texting. We may be apart, but we are also finding ways to be closer together.
All this has allowed me to be more reflective in my role as a school leader, directing my focus on the things that matter most- our students. I truly miss hearing a student say “Mrs. Shelton, can I talk to you?” multiple times a day. Every day.
I am also incredibly proud of the perseverance of our students and families to engage in Remote Learning. I have heard from many of you that it is not easy being your child’s teacher, and I believe it. I’m sure wine sales are doing great right about now… I think we can all agree that teachers face many challenges and this remote learning experience is a challenge that we are ALL going to grow and reflect from. Parents, if you haven’t heard it yet since this started, YOU are doing a great job. Thank you for your persistence and support.
Our school community is grateful for our local businesses who always support our yearly fundraising/ school events. The great thing about a strong community is we support each other. If you are able, please remember to support our neighborhood business during this difficult time:
- Aurelios Pizza-South Loop
- Reggie’s Music Joint
- The Weather Mark Tavern
- Asian Outpost
- Chef Lucianos Kitchen & Chicken
- La Cantina Grill
- The Burger Point
- Fatpour Tap Works
- Half Sour
Kroll’s South Loop
- Molly’s Cupcakes South Loop
- UMAI Japanese Restaurant
- Kurah Mediterranean
- Mercat a la Planxa
- Chicago Waffles
- Yolk South Loop
- Sumi – Sumi Japanese Restaurant*
- Niu B – Niu B Sushi & Noodle Bar*
*Parent owned South Loop Restaurants
Here’s something I read recently that put a positive spin to this crisis…
There’s nothing like self care during uncertainty. I hope you’re taking time to focus on your mental, emotional and physical health . This is why I think it’s important to have students journal/ draw about this experience to support their emotional health. If you or anyone in your family is in need of mental health support due to covid19, depression, isolation, anxiety, etc. please text “talk” to 552020. A mental health specialist from the Illinois Mental Health hotline will respond within 24 hours .
We are so proud of our South Loop Girl Scout Troop! They donated leftover cases of Girl Scout cookies to Chicago Area Hospitals. Since they were unable to continue to sell the cookies, they knew this would be the next best thing. Read more about it HERE.
There will be no face to face instruction or office hours tomorrow, April 17th.
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*As always, for the most reliable information and updates, please visit CPS FAQ PAGE, www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For school-specific updates, visit www.cps.edu/coronavirus. If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health & Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437).*