Renovation Update 5.8.20
Dear Families of Grandview,
I hope this message finds you well. Today marks 8 weeks since Governor Wolf closed schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In those short 8 weeks, I have witnessed a Grandview community that has rallied around one another, supported one another, and worked together as we navigate through these uncharted waters. It has not been easy. From a complete shift in our teaching model and practices to technology learning curves, this change has pushed many of us. Yes, it has forced us beyond our comfort zones, but we have persevered. In all my years of education, I have never seen so much cooperation, dedication, and focus between family and teacher. All of this with the singular devotion of our mission to helping our children learn and grow. It makes me extremely proud of the work everyone is doing and extremely honored to be a part of this community.
I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the status of our renovation/relocation project. When Governor Wolf eased construction restrictions we jumped at the chance to, responsibly, move up our timeline. Over the past couple weeks our teachers, custodians, and staff have been feverishly packing while still maintaining all social distancing protocols. We have secured all student belongings and as county-wide restrictions ease, we will work to develop a plan to distribute these materials.
With the incredible amount of work that was done over the past couple of weeks, I am happy to say that as of today, the entire building of Grandview is packed up and stored. In very exciting news, construction will begin next week, almost 4 weeks ahead of schedule. As there is no way to predict how much this will or will not speed up our process, our plan is to still have grades 3-5 start the year at Montessori. The original plan was for us to be there for the entire first quarter. We are hopeful that our timeline will move up, but there are no guarantees. Therefore, we will continue with the original plan as we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Please continue to check your email as I will provide regular updates on our progress.
As we work to wrap up the end of the school year, our SOAR committee will be planning a drive-thru parade next week on Wednesday May 13th before the construction starts. Please stay tuned for details on this as it will be a great send off for our students before they come back next school year.
In regard to starting next school, we are also hopeful that we will be back in (both) our buildings. Again, there is no way to predict this as all decisions are being made at the state level. All we can do is prepare and do our best. We are already working to ensure that when we do return, we will have a safe and smooth transition. A transition where we work to help students not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. I look forward to the day when I can stand in front of the school and see 630 students hopping, running, and skipping into Grandview Elementary.
Yes, this has not been easy, but we have all found a way to work together and be strong. No matter what the circumstance, we will continue to do so. We are Grandview Strong.