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Week of April 13

Words for the Week from Ms. Pitts

At Dimmitt we empower each other to be compassionate citizens and daring thinkers.  College ready, career ready, ready to lead the future.  We value innovation, leadership and compassion.

Being at home all day is NOT our normal!  Our kids are not used to being locked in their houses all day long.  Children are grieving right now.  Out of the blue, they lost a lot.  It is wonderful that we have our online learning system set up, however they are missing the socialization piece which is a big part of middle school.  They lost their in-person time with friends and staff, their daily routine and predictability of life that gives us security.

HONOR that grief process!  Don't expect to just jump into a perfect program and learn, learn, learn.  Expect them to act out.  Expect them to not want to get out of bed.  Expect them to not have words to express their inner turmoil.

YOU are also grieving and experiencing loss.  Give yourself a lot of GRACE!  Even some of us veterans in education are struggling because our security has been yanked from under our feet.  Some of you have lost jobs or family members have lost jobs.  Those who are working are afraid of going out.  Some of you have been to 5 grocery stores and still do not have what you need.  Our society has been turned upside down.  Give yourself a break.

Life will go on if you are not stellar during a worldwide crisis.  Maybe your best today will be to cuddle up with the kids and just be together.  Maybe your best today is everyone is fed, and you didn't cry in front of them.  Maybe you did cry, and your beautiful babies showed their remarkable best by comforting you in their beautiful little strength.

It's okay and even necessary to be REAL with yourself about what's actully happening.  Our lives may never be the same after this.  If you crumble, honor that.  I promise; your child will learn.  We learn from all of life!

Blessings and love to all of the parents and guardians who are taking on this huge challenge!  Give yourself grace!  You got this!  We believe in you! #YOUMATTER we have seen parents and guardians work miracles in schooling their children.  Dimmitt staff... my heart goes out to you.  You are also on a steep learning curve to serve our students in this time.  It is also okay for all of us to feel insecure, "WE ARE ALL LEARNING and WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.  Viking Strong!"

The parent meeting we had before Spring Break was a great success.  We had over 60 participates and many questions were answered.  We will have our next parent support meeting Pitts and Parents, Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00pm.  Please join the meeting by clicking the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://zoom.us/j/6809-348982

Meeting ID: 680 934 8982

We will continue to communicate with you.  If you do not have internet access, please email Ms. Pitts your name and a way to get a hold of you.  We have hot spots and other resources.  We encourage you to visit the Dimmitt website daily for student learning opportunities, which we will be updating every Friday afternoon.

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Gioia Pitts

Principal

Dimmitt Middle School