One month ago, on April 6, 2020, we resumed classes following spring break, but we didn't return to school as expected. The past four weeks have seen Balmoral Hall School pivot to a fully remote learning environment thanks to a variety of online educational experiences with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Seesaw, YouTube, and other distance education tools. To paraphrase an unexpectedly apt Balmoral Hall slogan, we see ourselves like never before!
We keep surprising ourselves and each other with curiosity, creativity, innovation, resilience, and grit. On April 8, we celebrated International Day of Pink virtually, as students shared their photos via social media. On April 18, we broadcasted the first episode of our employee-produced podcast, What Makes You Say That? On April 20, we invited our school community and friends to find inspiration in our all-new remote learning hub. On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day virtually with a variety of outdoor learning activities worldwide. On April 23, we launched a community business directory to support small business owners with connections to Balmoral Hall School. On April 29, we asked the BH family to support our efforts to protect frontline workers by making reusable face shields right here in Benidickson Centre for Arts & Design.
We also began hosting a series of virtual events with topics ranging from yoga to haircuts so far. School tours and interviews with prospective families are happening exclusively online. With applications for financial aid reaching an all-time high, a generous family has offered to match all donations made to a new emergency relief fund up to $50,000.
And all this is just happening behind the scenes while teachers and students engage in the process of remote learning day by day! Those of us who are not directly involved in our virtual classrooms are continually awestruck by your enthusiasm, your dedication, and your inventiveness. You all surely deserve a restful long weekend in a week's time.
I cannot wait to see what the next month brings, however unusual it may be, because I get the impression that it will be as amazing as ever.