¡Bienvenidos al segundo semestre de español!
Congratulations! We have come through the first half of this very strange year!
I want to start by reminding you all of everything you have accomplished this year:
* The coronavirus pandemic was already global 12 months ago. Though I know many of us have lost friends and relatives to the virus, YOU ARE STILL HERE.
* Very few of us knew what Zoom or Teams were, and now we use one or both of them regularly, and have taught parents/grandparents/great-grandparents at least a little about how to use them.
* We have learned in-person and virtually, and switched back and forth enough that it's not new (though I still hate the switching).
* We know and use the term "social distancing" and are used to (or getting used to) wearing masks and seeing others in masks in order to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible.
* Scientists have built on a decade and a half of research on coronavirus vaccine development and created not 1 or 2, but 3+ effective vaccines and have started getting them in the people most at risk.
* We have experienced (in-person and virtually) the joy of graduations, new babies, holidays and birthdays, acceptances to colleges, and a whole lot of "regular" life (even when done in new ways).
Remember that to be alive means to be in a constant state of change. We have to face the challenges as best as we can. We need to support each other when necessary and push each other to keep trying when things are tough.
Please, believe in yourself. You can and must continue to grow in good times and in bad. Believe that you can, ask for help when you need it, offer help when you are able.
Be flexible, forgiving, and kind. Be responsible and respectful.
Specific expectations in the classroom:
Wear a mask. You know from experience that this is the best way to be able to see your friends at school.
Please don't eat, drink, chew gum, or eat candy in class. It doesn't go well with learning a new language.
Arrive on time, both virtually and in-person. It is disruptive and disrespectful to do otherwise.
Take care of school property. Tell me if there's a problem or potential problem as soon as possible.
Please ask me if you feel like you need to do something contrary to my expectations.