Dear Parents, Students and Friends of the Polish Saturday School of Atlanta
We hope that you are all safe and healthy. This announcment will provide you with some initial details on what the Polish School of Atlanta is planning for the rest of our school year. Please read it and let us know if you have questions.
We are all much clearer now about what the rest of the school year might look like. We are quite certain that the Polish School of Atlanta will not be able to operate in the traditional format until the rest of the school year. Following discussions with the members of the Board of the Polish Club of Atlanta who run the School and with our teachers, the decision is to continue with our teaching. While it is of course not possible for the classes to retain the format they had before, there are alternative methods of teaching, talking, reading and even singing together. You will soon be hearing from your respective teachers about what format/formats exactly they will be adopting for their classes. Please bear in mind, however, that the level, type and intensity of the teaching will depend heavily on the age of the students in the class. While for the adult classes we are expecting internet-based group sessions (using Zoom – see below) and the same type although perhaps shorter sessions will be offered to older children, younger children will require a different approach and perhaps also heavier involvement of parents. Your teachers will explain what exactly their teaching will involve.
We do expect that all teachers will be using Zoom for contacting their students (either for full group sessions or for smaller group work and even short individual sessions). Zoom is a free video conferencing app, currently used by many schools and colleges. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE ZOOM APP. When your teacher plans a Zoom session, you will receive an invitation with the exact time, link, and meeting code. The app is easy to use and allows people to hear and see each other. It also has a recording function, allowing viewing later if you’ve missed a session.
We are also in the process of opening up a Polish School Channel on YouTube, where teachers and Polish Club of Atlanta Board members will be posting videos of themselves reading Polish stories. We will be encouraging parents to upload videos of themselves reading Polish books and stories, or their children telling stories or poems in Polish.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES: We are going to start teaching the following Saturday, March 28th. There will, therefore, be no spring break as planned. Together with the class on April 25th (instead of the canceled school trip), we will have made up for the two sessions we lost in March.
Let us all use this difficult time to reconnect – not only with our families, but also with our roots! Let us read more Polish, talk more Polish, sing more Polish!
Stay well, we will be in touch.
AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020/2021! REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND CAN BE DONE ONLINE! CHECK THE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE: https://www.polishclubofatlanta.org/formularze-i-oplaty
The Board of the Polish Club of Atlanta (Dorota Sulewski, Paulina Jezierska, Anita Moleda and Magdalena Tulibacka), and the Polish School Director – Natalia Hayn.