Dear Students… (a letter from Dr. Haidary)

Dear Castlewood Citizens,

I wanted you all to know how much I miss you. It wasn’t the same at school without you last week. I missed seeing you come in in the morning, smiling and happy to start the day with your teachers. I missed hearing you recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I missed hearing who got a piece of Kindness Confetti and why. It was so quiet in the Auditorium without hearing your voices and the musical instruments. It was so still in the gym without your playing. The cafeteria and Castle were sadly empty. Castlewood didn’t feel right. But…

Monday will be a GREAT day. On Monday, you will be the very first group of students who will be taught remotely. You might be thinking, “What does that mean?” It means that while you are at home, your teachers will be teaching you from their homes. Cool, right? You will get lessons from them. They will give you feedback. You will even be able to write to them or even send them videos of yourself. All of your work will go back and forth through the class platform that they have worked very hard to set up. Some of you may have already noticed that some Castlewood teachers have posted videos. I’m sure that there will be more to come.

This is going to be a great adventure for all of us, and I’m so excited. I hope that you are, too. I would love if you could email or send a video or picture (to me or your teachers or Mrs. Rowe) so that I know how you like this new kind of learning and so that I can know that you’re doing well.

I hope that we will all be back in school soon, but until then, I want you to know that all of the Castlewood grown-ups are thinking of you and miss you.



Dr. Melissa J. Haidary