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    April 17, 2020

    Dear Members of the Hewlett-Woodmere Community,

    I hope you are all safe and well.

    Today marks the final day of our New York State History Week. I hope you enjoyed your virtual visits to the wonderful landmarks, parks, and attractions in our great state. I received many messages from students and staff sharing the new knowledge gained during their travels.

    Thank you for continuing to send letters and notes of gratitude to all of our first responders and healthcare workers. They are performing an invaluable service for all of us.

    Yesterday, Governor Cuomo extended the closure of schools through May 15. The distribution of meals will continue throughout this extended closure on weekdays between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Hewlett High School. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

    Please remember that on Monday, April 20, we will shift our instructional approach to allow for more student-teacher interaction. I encourage you to review the letters sent on March 30. Here they are for easy reference:  Pre K – 5 letter HERE, and the 6 – 12 letter HERE.

    Our concerns remain about excessive screen time, as well as family dynamics and the rigid scheduling of students and staff. That said, we also know the importance of teachers being able to connect with students on a consistent basis.

    We recognize that there is a learning curve for all associated with this instructional shift and stand ready to assist, as needed. Earlier today, Ms. Kavanagh, our Director of Instructional and Administrative Technology, shared a document entitled, “Digital Learning Tools and Resources for Students and Parents.” This guide includes helpful information regarding digital lessons and the resources that our teachers will be utilizing.  If you have any questions throughout remote learning, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teachers or principal.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this challenging time together. 

    Warm regards,

    Ralph Marino, Jr., Ed.D.