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April 19, 2020

Dear Families,

With the long weekend, we are not scheduled for a Sunday letter. However, I want to touch base with you on a couple of items.

  • Monday, April 20 – No school in recognition of Patriot’s Day
  • Tuesday, April 21 – No school – Lower School Parent-Teacher Conferences and Middle and Upper School Faculty Professional Development

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the remote learning survey. The transition to remote learning happened virtually overnight. Since that time, the anecdotal feedback of teachers and students has been invaluable. The survey was a great opportunity to hear directly from all of our families, so we appreciate everyone taking the time to complete it. As I shared from the outset, I am inspired by the hard work and innovation of our teachers and the flexibility and creativity of our students. I also appreciate the support of our families. While it will never replace the classroom setting at any level, I am very pleased with how it has worked so far. Nonetheless, we are committed to continuing to learn and adapt as we move forward. Our school’s size allows us to be nimble and flexible to make adjustments in the delivery of remote learning. Your feedback both affirms what NYA is doing well and assists the school as we look to better support our students. It is appreciated.

In addition to overall feedback, you may have questions and comments that relate more specifically to your child or current family situation. If your child seems to be struggling or is in need of support, I encourage you to reach out to their teacher or advisor. NYA’s school counselor, Cindy Hould, is also available. We are mindful that all students are managing this situation differently.

I encourage you to keep up to date with NYA’s COVID 19 Response Page. The main page includes useful information and an archive of school communications. The page also includes links to NYA’s “Resources for Learning at Home” and the “Healthy Mind and Body” page. Through these links, you can find tips for families and an extensive list of activities to engage students.

It’s time for Down East Magazine’s Best of Maine Readers’ Choice voting. Can NYA do it two years in a row? Here’s the link to the nominations.

As expressed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” We are all learning about ourselves, each other, and our families. Adults and kids alike are learning effective skills and strategies that will benefit us all when we do return to a normal routine.

We miss you all on campus. Have a great week.


Ben Jackson
Head of School


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