An EA education is personal and we know the difficulty it presents when students and teachers are not in the same place. We hope you will find everything you need on the page to keep you informed and connected as we temporarily shift our learning structure on-line.
Dear Elgin Academy Families:
Most importantly, I hope you are all healthy and safe.
As you likely know, Governor Pritzker has extended his “stay-at-home” order until April 30. In keeping with this extension, we will continue to learn remotely between April 6 and April 30. During this period, our campus will remain closed. While we will prepare to return in person on Friday, May 1st, we will also continue to plan E-Learning plans beyond that point. I will communicate again by Monday, April 27 to discuss our plans for the period following April 30.
You will receive letters from the appropriate division director(s) and from our counselor, Helen Elayan, in the next few days. These letters will contain critical information about our E-Learning and some sage thoughts from our counselor. I know as well that our athletic department and other activity sponsors will continue to communicate as well.
I am so proud of the work done by our faculty, advisors, coaches, staff members and administrators, all of whom have essentially taken on new jobs; they are committed to providing the same excellent, personal experience in a totally different arena. I cannot overstate my admiration for them, for their commitment to our students and families, and for their unrelenting quest to make this just right. So many of you have shared this same sentiment with me, and I appreciate that on their behalf.
As we head into the homestretch of our academic year there are so many culminating events imbued with deep meaning. They serve as touchpoints, demonstrations of accomplishment, and celebrations. They are fun and crucial and they are the memories we carry with us for years. While none of us knows what this terrible virus will dictate in our behavior in the coming days, I pledge to you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that we are thoughtful about each of those events. We may cancel those that are impossible to do remotely. We may postpone others in the hopes we can do them later. Where feasible, we will try to create new and different opportunities, ones that will take altered forms but still be deeply important. We may even begin some new traditions. I know our students will share experiences unlike any others in our school's long history. At the same time, those experiences will still be personal, meaningful and memorable.
These are unprecedented times. My mind wanders often to our community and the dizzying range of concerns and emotions each of us is experiencing. I don’t like that we are not together in the midst of this. I don’t like that we aren’t gathering outside of class to play, sing, talk, or counsel each other. I don’t like that I can’t see you each day, to get your help, to talk with you, or to process what is going on in our world alongside you. It seems wrong, and the abrupt disruption to our established patterns, the diminishment of personal connection, and the changes to our way of understanding the world, will affect each of us differently.
Our school stands committed to helping each of us through this difficult time, and if there is anything I or we can do for you, please let me know. My email, as you probably know, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, now above every other time, for being in our community. It has never meant as much as it does right now.
Dear Elgin Academy Community,
I want to begin by expressing my deep appreciation for your support, patience, and trust as we navigate these unprecedented waters as a school community.
For our students, families, and staff members school is a central part of our existence. For these next few weeks (and for an unknown period beyond) many aspects of our lives are going to be significantly disrupted. Life, as we know it, is going to be different. We will miss seeing our students and their families. We will miss the presence of our friends and colleagues. Cherished experiences and rites of passage may be very different or not happen at all.
As we are called to be one with our city, our state, our nation and the world – I have immense confidence in our continued ability to respond with selflessness, foresight, compassion and kindness. May we all strive to keep one another close despite the unaccustomed distance and take strength in knowing that we will get through this historic challenge together.
Despite this difficult time, I have found myself in awe of the beauty of humanity. I have seen and heard amazing stories of hope, kindness, and perseverance. It is during these challenging times that we, as humans, find out what we are truly made of. I have found myself inspired by the selflessness I have seen and the ability to stand in solidarity with one another.
Please know that I will continue to support all the students and their families. I hope to be a continued resource for all of you to turn to during this challenging time. I encourage you to check in frequently on the Counselor’s Corner of the EA website for continued posts on resources as well as tools to help manage the stress and anxiety we all may be experiencing.
I can be reached via email at email@example.com. I will also be checking in with staff and students daily and will be part of the E-Learning experience going forward. My office hours are from 12:30 to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
Thank you and be well,
Elgin Academy Resources
Helen Elayan, School Counselor, is available for student support. Additionally, there are resources for families posted on the Counselor's Corner.
Librarian Support for E-Learning
Lynn Schick, EA's Librarian, is available to assist students with ebooks and research. There are also links to resources on our Library's webpage.
Technology Support for E-Learning
Tech support, resources, and videos are available for students and parents during E-Learning.