Weekly School Talks

November 10, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, I know, it has not been easy to get into a good school rhythm. Last week was a full five-days of school. This week, just three! It is good that students are flexible. They might manage the changes better than the adults! I did, however, ask a student yesterday if the day […]

October 28, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, It was great fun to see many families last week for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.  I particularly enjoyed asking students what they were proud of from the first 7 weeks of the school.  It is not easy growing up and navigating increasing responsibilities and increasing expectations.  Asking students to think about and share what […]

October 14, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, “Progress, not perfection” was a phrase I would often say last year, while we were navigating our recovery from the pandemic. But that sentiment does not only have to be a form of encouragement for pandemic times, it’s a good phrase for the present. And it’s a good phrase for today! Four […]

October 7, 2022

Greetings Families, We are looking forward to connecting with you during Family-Teacher Feedback Day, otherwise known at Parent-Teacher conferences.  Based on the feedback about our last year’ structure, we made changes.  One change is we are being more intentional about including your children in the process.  We hope they will attend the conference with you […]

September 30, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, I hope this email finds you well. It was a pleasure to spend some time with families this week during our Town Hall sessions. I know that it may not have been the best lesson; we did share lots of information and did not leave a lot of opportunities for interaction. We […]

September 16, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, It was great to see so many families on Tuesday during Back To School Night.  I liked being able to meet families, make connections between emails and faces, and to see some of the students’ support team.  I hope that you had a good time too.  Plus, it brought me a little […]

May 6, 2022

Greetings Gunston Families, Happy rainy Friday! Even though it is raining while I craft this message, there is abundant sunshine in my heart! I have been to two performances of “Once On This Island Jr.”, Gunston’s first musical. It made me smile, made me laugh, and even a few tears of joy leaked out of […]

October 18, 2021

Greetings Gunston Families, I hope this SchoolTalk message finds you well and leaning into the routines of school.  While we continue to make adjustments, there is a familiar flow to school.  In addition to managing the extras that come with in-person schooling in the pandemic, like lunch duty outside, contact tracing, and COVID testing management, […]

October 6, 2021

Greetings Gunston Families, Well, we are in the 6th week of the 2021-22 school year! For me, from one perspective, it feels like we have been back a lot longer than 6 weeks. And then, from another perspective, I am amazed that today is only the 23rd actual day of school. I hope you are […]

September 21, 2021

Greetings Gunston Families, The Gunston garden continues to grow, our plants are showing signs of flourishing and we continue to make adjustments. In regards to growth, our current enrollment is 1,111 students. We also are in the process of bringing two more teachers to Gunston, one for Special Education and one for our English Learners. […]

September 11, 2021

Greetings Gunston Families, Woot! Woot!  We made it through the second week of school!  I am not counting down but rather counting up.  I don’t want to miss an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our successes. Each week of navigating schooling in the pandemic part three, to me, is reason to celebrate! This coming week […]

September 2nd, 2021

Greetings Gunston Families, We made it to the end of the first week of in-person school!  And for your perseverance, patience, and positivity, please enjoy five school-free days, as my gift to you.  Ok, no, I do not have the power to grant school-free days, and your children are not expected back at Gunston until […]