Dear Mr. Byers,
Now that this semester has ended, I wanted to let you know how much our family has appreciated the extraordinary support and hard work of your faculty and staff during this difficult time. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, they managed to communicate effectively and keep Cameron engaged in his classes. In addition, we so appreciated the weekly postings from Father Scott, the faculty, and especially the Friday video assemblies. There is no substitute for being on campus, but these pictures, videos, and messages helped ease the loss of the personal contact that so characterizes Christchurch School. Thank you to you and all of your faculty and staff for a job well done.
With much appreciation,
Helen and George (day student parents)
This is a long-overdue email to express my incredible gratitude for all that CCS and each of you individually have done to support Maggie this spring. While I am thrilled that she was able to earn excellent grades, I am more impressed with how she was challenged to think critically, develop and implement important new skills, and maintain connections with the community that she loves (and that continues to challenge her to be the very best version of herself).
As an educator, I have witnessed firsthand how this pandemic has affected administrators, teachers, and students. In many instances, students' academic and emotional needs have been abandoned because it was simply too hard, too inconvenient, too overwhelming to find or adapt the tools needed under the circumstances. As a teacher and parent (Maggie has two siblings in public school), I am both heartbroken and frustrated by the system. I am constantly worried about my students and desperate to find ways to re-engage, reconnect, reteach within our broken system. I feel as if the achievement gap is now as big as the Grand Canyon and growing larger by the day. But I do have hope for the future because of the incredibly hard work that CCS continues to do with students. I believe that you did what so many schools and districts were afraid to even attempt, and in doing so, you have continued to develop and encourage students to be the stewards our world so desperately needs.
I hope that each of you have a fabulous, restful summer. I look forward to thanking you in person when Maggie returns to campus.
Becky (boarding student parent)