Branching Out – May 2020

May 1, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt High School,

We are in the midst of a tragic pandemic. Over 1 million people in the United States have been infected with COVID-19 and approximately 60,000 lives have been lost. We are hoping your family and our community is healthy. Even if you are healthy, there are plenty of other hardships that this pandemic has caused. The following post does a good job summarizing what our country is facing:

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.
-Unknown author

The expectation is that Roosevelt students are continuing to learn and completing the school work they have been provided with. We understand this may not be possible in some households and we ask you to reach out to your students, teachers, counselors, or administrators to see if we can be of assistance.

There are still a lot of questions many of you may have and over the next few weeks we will do the best we can to answer them. I will list topics that we are working on :

When can my student clean out their locker?
When will we turn in school materials?
How will I pay my fees?

I hope you are able to enjoy the E3 video that will be released today. Thank you to the E3 committee. They did a tremendous job recognizing our seniors.

Thank you,

Dennis Love
Principal
@DLove1993