Dear ASFM community,
As we now get ready to jump into the month of May and prepare for the end of the school year, I once again thank all parents for their understanding, support, assistance, and patience with your children, with the school, with the distance learning plan, and with life in general. I also continue to be very impressed and proud of our teachers and staff for their ongoing hard work and commitment and with our students for their energy, creativity, and resilience. You have all gone above and beyond the call of duty!!
During this past week I had the pleasure of attending a webinar with an international Clinical Psychologist and Consultant named Dr. Sean Truman from the Truman Group. Dr. Truman and his group provide mental health support to international communities around the world. During this time of crisis, they have been offering suggestions, consultation, and recommendations for schools, families, and individuals as we all cope with this pandemic and with our “new normal.” As a trained School Guidance Counselor and Psychology major myself (from my early days), I truly believe in the importance of reaching out to seek help, guidance and support at all times, but especially during times of crisis and uncertainty. Asking for help is by no means a sign of weakness; on the contrary, it is a positive sign of maturity, wisdom, and strength.
During Dr. Truman’s webinar, he discussed three contributors to emotional disruption: dislocation, ambiguity, and isolation. Due to the fact that the entire world (ASFM community included) is currently experiencing all three of these factors, the importance of emotional support and wellness is even more crucial and necessary. In addition to seeking emotional support from friends, family or wellness professionals, Dr. Truman suggests the following strategies to help with our mental health and wellbeing:
- Exercise and sleep
- Mindfulness activities (ie. meditation)
- Social Connections (via online social media)
One of the most impacting comments Dr. Truman made during his webinar was for all of us to “not let the perfect get in the way of the good.” This comment rang true to me and reminded me of my message and video from last week where I asked our entire community to be forgiving of each other during this time of change and newness.
I would like to thank all parents for their recent input regarding our distance learning plan. If you did not have a chance to take this week’s parent survey, please be sure to do so as soon as possible. Please also remind your children in grades 3 to 12 to take their corresponding surveys if they have not already done so. The survey links are listed below for your convenience. These surveys will be closed on Monday, May 4th.
Lastly, I would like to announce that next week I will be hosting four “Coffees with the Superintendent” for ASFM parents who are interested in signing up for a Zoom conversation with me and some of my administrative staff members. During these sessions, I will share some basic information regarding what we are proud of, what we know, what we do not know, and our tentative plans for the future. I will also leave time towards the end for questions from the participants. Please use this registration link to sign up for one of the options below:
These Zoom conversations have a maximum registration capacity of 300 people per session, so please be sure to sign up soon if interested.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have a question, doubt, or concern; or if you want to just say hello. Take care, stay safe and don’t forget to watch my weekly video where I talk about how I am following the mental health strategies mentioned above.
Dr. Michael W. Adams