Good afternoon, Faith Family.
I have to laugh when I look back at my correspondence to you just eight days ago on March 10 when I stated that we would send out weekly updates about the ramifications of the COVID-19 virus. As you know, these updates have become almost daily necessities as this dynamic situation unfolds. The following are true as of 3:30 pm on March 18, 2020:
- Since we have asked our staff to work remotely in light of Governor Sisolak’s orders, only a very limited number of essential personnel will be on campus each weekday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. That said, we strongly encourage all students and parents to communicate with us via email or phone. If you would like to search for a faculty/staff member, please click here. If you call Faith Lutheran’s main number (702.804.4400), you will have the opportunity to press 1 to reach our “dial by name directory.” All voicemails left for individuals become audio files which are immediately emailed to them for instant access via home computers or their phones.
- If you are having any hardware or software problems, please email email@example.com. Our IT department is ready to help.
- Let’s keep those affected by this virus as well as health care workers and first responders whose already busy lives are becoming more and more complex by the day in our fervent prayers for God’s strength, wisdom, patience, courage, discernment, and peace.
I would like to offer some sincere “thank you’s” as we conclude our first remote learning day:
- To our faculty whose teaching lives were turned upside down as they were tasked with quickly transitioning from face to face teaching to providing a high level of education in a remote learning format. This has required heroic effort on their part. Their attitudes, nimble thinking, collaboration, professionalism, and willingness to learn and try new things truly proves that they put our students first.
- To our administrators, directors, and staff who continue to work diligently and thoughtfully to support their own areas, these new initiatives, and beyond. Our entire staff inspires me on a daily basis.
- To Jonathan Orr, our Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement, whose many gifts and quick thinking and acting led the charge as we moved swiftly to remote learning.
- To our students who are being asked to transition to a mode of learning largely unfamiliar to them. Added to that burden is the fact that many of our students have had the opportunity to pursue their after-school passions and activities taken from them - at least until further notice. Seniors are living with the uncertainty of whether or not their important, culminating end-of-year activities will take place. These are questions that currently do not have answers.
- To our parents whose children are fully at home now and whose after school activities they cannot attend while supporting their children doing what they love doing.
- To our Board of Directors whose ongoing support and encouragement are deeply appreciated.
- I saved the best for last…to our God whose love, mercy, grace, strength, and power remain the one unchanging and unshaken facet of our lives.
In closing, I had never heard the term “social distancing” until just a week ago. I would suggest that we use that wise advice only in terms of physical distancing. Let’s not forget phones, emails, and other social media forms to stay in contact with each other and those we love. As families, let’s use this bonus time in our homes to share meals, conversation, and play time. As Christians, let’s use this time to be in God’s word, in prayer, and even consider watching a video series through RightNowMedia, which has tens of thousands of outstanding videos on many topics. If you are not already a member, Faith Lutheran has purchased a free subscription for all of you. If you would like to join, click here to set up an account.
That’s a wrap. Thank you again for your partnership. We are blessed beyond measure with our Faith Family.
Steven J. Buuck, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”