In some ways, the last six months have felt like an eternity; but in other ways, it has flown by, too. I sincerely hope that this message comes to you while you are safe, recharged and ready to go for what will be the most interesting school start up!
We’re in this Together
Welcome back to another school year. At ADLC, we are ready for another year of successes and challenges. We know that schools and their staff across Alberta are busily preparing themselves for a very new reality for their students and families – an entirely new culture and creating a new school reality. Working together, we can make this year be successful for your students.
As part of my welcome message last year, I was pleased to share how we served hundreds of partner schools and thousands of their students. This year, I include a reflection on March, when we were very pleased to have been a part of so many Alberta teachers’ responses to schools closing and the transition to teaching and learning at a distance.
While COVID-19 is on the minds of everyone, ADLC has the added stress of this being our final year of operation. This comes at a time when we feel that our work makes the biggest difference to you and your students. Let me share the advice from former olympian Georgette Reed, the Pembina Hills School Division opening day guest speaker: take care of yourself and remember that in doing so, you will be able to take care of those around you who need you most. At ADLC, we are going to remember Georgette’s advice to remember the power of thought and how it can bring us through good times and challenging ones. Personal balance is not static but rather keeping in touch with your “flow”. By being very aware of yourself and your needs, you can focus on how to be the best you can be and how to serve your community and students, especially at this unique time.
Supporting Your Students in Your Schools
We are grateful for all front-line workers who do so much to keep us safe and able to participate in our community, either at school or at work. Teachers, too, play a vital role in student support and growth. We take this role seriously and appreciate the opportunity. ADLC is ready to help you and your students make the most of school. We know you are doing your best to face the challenges and want you to know that we are here to help too. Keep ADLC in mind for program solutions for your teachers and students to provide access to our resources for your teachers (Teacher Support or TS) and can support your students if you need us to provide instruction (Student Instruction or SI). Be sure to check out our website at adlc.ca for more information.
It is our sincerest hope that this year will be your best year. We hope that for every moment, every encounter, you will have the strength, wisdom, support, charity, and everything else that you need to make it the best experience possible for you and the people you work with. There will be times when it will not be easy but you are not alone.
We wish you all the best this year.