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You did it! RUSD Students (and Families) Finished Strong!

06/12/2020

This year, the last day of school feels quite different. Our children get to take a break from learning. And so do our families! Many parents likely feel as if they have graduated to the next grade level right along with their child.

On March 13, the COVID-19 pandemic swept our world by storm. In a matter of hours, schools were closed, people were told to stay inside their homes and life as we knew it came to a rapid halt. It’s something that no one was prepared for. Something no one could have seen coming. But, our RUSD community rose to the challenge.

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank our community for their patience, understanding and support as we have been adjusting, like you, to these drastic changes. Our students, families, teachers and staff have remained positive, flexible and resilient during these trying times. 

Parents and guardians, you have always been your child’s first teacher. But, this statement took on a whole lot more meaning this spring. You became teacher, principal, lunchroom staff, after school director, counselor, coach and so much more, all while juggling your own lives. Whether working from home, caring for other children or helping ill family members, orchestrating a classroom in your home was an added responsibility.

And you did it. It was hard and at times it may have seemed insurmountable. Yet, you kept working at it. We’ve watched homes turn into classrooms, seen families find new confidence to help solve math problems and students creating innovative science and art projects.

We’ve also experienced your kindness. Students and families sending video messages of hope and love to the teachers they could not be within school. Notes of thanks left at meal distribution sites. Drive-by parades to remind classmates and teachers they are missed. 

We’ve all been forced out of our comfort zones, but we’ve faced it together, with one common goal: to keep our students learning.

Thank you for giving us encouragement these last few months. You’ve motivated us to do better and to find new ways to help our students engage in their learning. You’ve given us examples of love, strength and wisdom and we are grateful for you.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. At RUSD, we know it does. One of our focus points during the 2019-2020 school year has been #RaisingRacineTogether. We know that we cannot do it alone. It takes the partnership and dedication of an entire community to prepare our children to be college, career and life ready. 

Throughout the last few months, we have watched our community come together. We’ve served thousands of meals, developed digital curriculum for all grades, planned unique virtual and socially distanced events and partnered with local businesses to celebrate our students the way they deserve. The pandemic might have forced us apart physically, but it didn’t take away our RUSD pride.

So today, take a moment to celebrate. We did it. We worked hard and we finished the year strong. We don’t yet know what school will look like in the fall, but we know that we will tackle whatever challenges it brings together. 

Thank you for your partnership in learning. Congratulations on a job well done.