26 Mar A Word From Mr. Satterly—March 26, 2020
Dear WA Community,
While we are scattered across the tri-county and sequestered in our homes, today, for the first time in over a week, we got a sense of our community once again. Nothing will be a perfect substitute for the classroom. However, we are grateful for what technology brings in our current time of need.
In the spirit of being grateful, I am tremendously proud of our team and thankful for the ways in which they are stepping up in this challenge. Faculty became our first online-learners and adapted quickly under the exceptional leadership of our academic administration. Our IT department worked long hours to train and equip them, and then prepared our families with iPads, logins, and are just an email away, ready to help. Our facilities team and support staff continue to work alongside, helping to make this all work.
I am especially appreciative of our parents’ patience, allowing us time to pivot in a season of imperfect circumstances. I hope today was a successful day of online-learning for our students. Tomorrow will be even better as we adjust to this new schedule and platform. Please remember, Monday, March 30 begins our full online rollout.
There is not a playbook for these circumstances, and I recognize that parents have been pulled into a challenging situation. Online-learning also means hands-on parenting in an even more demanding way. This transition requires our parents to more directly engage in their child’s education. In this unprecedented time, it can feel secluded. I’d like to encourage our parents to join an Online Parenting Seminar with Dr. Bob Barnes and his daughter, WA alumna, Torrey Barens ’97 Roberts, this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Bob and Torrey will be discussing what it looks like to “Parent in Isolation.” Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) will host it, and you can click here for more information.
CRPC is also providing ways to stay focused on what God is doing in the midst of this season. Pastor Rob is leading an online Bible Study through the Book of John on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. as well as a live prayer session on Facebook every weekday at 3:14 p.m. for ten minutes of prayer based on Paul’s prayer for strength in Ephesians 3:14–21.
While social distancing might be the key to keeping us healthy, social media tools might be the key to keeping us sane. I encourage everyone to use this tool as a way to reach out to others and remember you’re never alone. You certainly can expect WA to use it to keep you connected to “school” as we now know it.
Please also check and update your contact and other information in FACTS Family Portal (ParentsWeb) and to make sure you can be reached with important updates.
A school heading into its fifth decade has already stood the test of time through many circumstances. Westminster Academy has seen and experienced God’s faithfulness many times before. We trust in Him that this one is no exception. Please join me in prayer as we seek His guidance in the weeks to come, for His provision of our daily needs, and His mercy which is new every morning.
Grace and Peace,
Joel T. Satterly