Superintendent's Letter - February 9, 2021
Dock Parents and Students,
Snow and cold weather have impacted our lives in recent weeks. We were grateful to use our one snow day during the recent storm to allow students to enjoy a day with no schoolwork and the opportunity to play (and work) in the snow.
Remote Learning Days
While virtual elements have been more pronounced this year, we want to make every school day as effective as possible. As meteorologists predict additional snowstorms over the coming weeks, we will move to Remote Learning for future days when weather hinders our ability to have on-campus learning. These Remote Learning days will have more time dedicated to synchronous learning than our traditional cyber days. We expect these days will provide greater teacher support and student interaction than cyber days. More detailed information will be coming from our Principals.
Great Things are Happening on Campus!
- Open Houses. We are excited by the great turnout and the opportunity to meet prospective families through our virtual and on campus open houses. Please recommend Dock to your friends!
- Trivia Night. Since we could not come on campus for a Family Fun Night, elementary and middle school students, parents, and teachers had fun competing in a virtual trivia event, sponsored by Dock and Eastern Mennonite University, complete with Bible trivia, Dock trivia and prizes!
- Early Childhood Lantern Walk. The weather was perfect for a walk through the snowy woods on February 5. Early Childhood students created lanterns in class to use on a walk with their parents through the woods. Students enjoyed hot chocolate and searched for snow people they decorated along the way.
- Arts Day Is Coming! Our fine arts committee challenged students with a very fitting theme for Arts Day this year, “Can you Imagine?” There will not be a public performance on February 12, but we hope to provide virtual access to some of the presentations. We are excited to see students’ gifts on display again through this treasured tradition!
Thanks for your diligence in keeping our school family safe. We are grateful to have no positive cases across our system today. As our faculty members become eligible, they continue to receive vaccinations. There are brighter days ahead!
God continues to bless the work and interactions at Dock. We are grateful for God’s presence and guidance. We are reminded in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” May you feel God’s strength and presence today!
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber
Read all of the Superintendent's Letters:
"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers…thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!"
Dock Elementary Family
"I am confident in the decisions made by the administration, board and pandemic team. There are two options, on-campus learning or remote learning, for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you, Dock administrators, for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"