"Every canvas is a journey all it's own" - Helen Frankenthaler
And we can't wait to get that journey started!
Hello everyone and welcome to the Rainey Room A blog!
We in Rainey Room A couldn’t be more excited to start the school year on Tuesday! As referenced in our earlier communication, this year Rainey Room A has taken over the Middle Room, previously an office space/ “big projects” area. While we might not have all the space of the other classrooms, we certainly have all the same boundless creativity and ambition for the year! Speaking of the year, we know this year looks different in terms of parent engagement Since families are unable to join us in the classroom, we have added a virtual tour of the classroom on our SeeSaw. Similarly, we will use this blog page as a space to post and reflect on our classroom projections and accomplishments given that paper copies of our planning are also less accessible.
In thinking about the upcoming week, we’d like to share some of our thoughts. As the great Dr. Fauci said in his address to the 2020 graduates of College of the Holy Cross “now is the time, if ever there was one, for us to care selflessly about one another”. In this spirit of caring selflessly, St. Johns has adopted a variety of safety protocols including but not limited to wearing masks, divided cohorts and less shared outdoor space. These protocols, while keeping us safe and protected from one another, also contribute to some disconnect between each other and our traditional spaces. Thus, Brigitte and I have structured some of our initial intentions about the school year around feelings of connectedness, flexibility and communication. Following in the St. John’s tradition of exploration, our plan for the upcoming week revolves around the investigation and inspection of our classroom environment. While this former office space is now brimming with creative and collaborative potential, it, like all great materials, must be thoroughly vetted. Pragmatically, we have planned time to walk through the classroom, bathroom, and outdoor spaces so the children will gain a better sense of the environment.
We have also discussed how/what to say about the current coronavirus pandemic. It, same as our constructions and documentations, is now a part of our daily routine and in true Regio Emilia fashion merits dialogue and space.
As for the intention of staying connected and together, Brigitte and I have worked hard to construct a messaging center that emphasizes not only messages between classmates and peers, but also between the classroom and families. We planned time and space to share our boxes as a class and discuss the themes/attributes featured in our individual boxes. Our plan is to let those common (or uncommon) threads of self identity, culture, tradition and language guide certainly the next few weeks if not the next year.
Above all we want to emphasize joy in all things, and it is this joy that will make this upcoming year spectacular!
All the best,
- Brigitte and Elena