In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we wanted to feature some of the many ways in which our staff is going above and beyond during these COVID-19 days.
We begin with some stories of third grade. The teachers and students learned about essential workers and all agreed that thanks were important. Many a third grader wrote letters to express gratitude.
Here are two examples from Claudia and Malika’s third grade class.
Katya Pearlstein writes,
Dear Health care workers,
You are doing so much for us and I want to do something for you. I miss being with my friends, but if you think if we were still playing with each other then we would probably get sick and then go away from our friends. So I would rather stay away from my friends and not get sick then be with my friends for longer then get sick and then not be able to see my friends. You guys are literally risking your life for ours so I thank you for that and much more. I cheer sooooooooooooooooooooooooo loud when it is 7:00 and all of Brooklyn does too. I hope you guys find a cure and are alright. Stay healthy, stay safe, and most importantly protect yourself .
P.S I’m a grateful kid. Stay safe!!!!!!!
This letter was sent to an ER doctor who was the nephew of one of Katya’s mom’s co-workers. He got ill with COVID-19 and had to stay home for three weeks, but as soon as he was well, he went right back to work. Below is his response to Katya’s letter:
Thank you very much for the kind words! Emergency medicine is a tough and often thankless job. On a typical day, the Emergency department is often a very impersonal experience for patients and many come away from the emergency department feeling as though they have not been adequately cared for despite our best efforts. Unfortunately, these are not normal times. The entire country is scared and most of my colleagues feel that they put their lives at risk every time they go to work. We know that we are surrounded by the virus as soon as we walk in the door of the ED, and that the slightest mistake such as a misplaced finger that brushes our lip might mean infection.
Despite this, there is a silver lining for us. The truth is that we in the ED have always worked this hard. There may be increased risk in these times but the job does not feel different, just the clothes (PPE) we wear. Certainly there are many across the country that do not own the crisis that this country faces. These are the people that are seen partying on the beach, or protesting in crowds on the steps of various state houses. Despite this, we see that the vast majority of the country plays their part. They help shoulder the burden we feel by staying home, avoiding close contact, and even staying away from loved ones. They demonstrate their appreciation through letters and emails, feed us and much more. These heartfelt gestures mean so much to us. For the first time, we in the ED feel that people appreciate our work and understand what we do.
I’m sorry for the long winded response, but I wanted you to know that I truly appreciate the email, and know what it means to all of us. Thanks again!
Another student, Liam Ramos, wrote a letter to the police. One of Claudia’s friends works for ESU (Emergency Service Unit of the NYPD). Claudia forwarded Liam’s letter to Officer Fresneda for some encouragement. He was so touched by Liam’s thoughtfulness and appreciation that he and his team went to pay a thank you tribute by passing by Liam’s home.
Here are some pictures Liam’s mother, Anette, took of that moment:
|And here is a tweet from Commissioner Shea:
What a powerful example of authentic learning.
Third grade also decided to recreate the annual overnight trip to Camp Speers Eljabar by having a camp day at home last week. I wonder how on earth you do that! Here are two videos that illustrate the camp at home experience:
Dining Clean Up Video with Alex:
Camp Song Video with Malika and Sally:
Meanwhile kindergarten teachers are recreating shore school at home. They ask where does your water come from and where does it go? There are so many things children can do at home and in the next few weeks, they will invite students to experience a range of activities from looking at pipes to making bubbles to freezing water to figuring out what sinks and floats to making boats and so on. And kids respond in kind. Here are some toilet paper roll binoculars:
And here are some fish made of recycled paper:
Kids also will go to the beach virtually, seeing many an image on the screen. And, if one is quiet, empty, and nearby, some might get to go to a real beach:
We thank our teachers as they collaborate to bring our project based hands on curriculum to your children.
Don’t forget to check out the weekly read alouds offered by our school librarians: ASK (Amanda, Susan, Karen) BNS/BCS Library Weekly Read Alouds #4
It’s not just the teachers making these wonderful videos, and we know that when we are in the building, every adult has an impact on our children. Here is Mona, one of our office staff members, reading City Shapes.
Anna and Diane
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