November 1, 2015

Special announcement for school closure (10/31/2015)

親愛的老師 & 家長們:

今天早上(10/31)我們一發現學校沒開門就馬上聯繫管理員與 Tillicum 學校, 但一直沒收到回覆, 最後只好在 9:15 時宣布學校停課.
感恩所有家長的諒解, 並感恩所有老師配合校方處裡緊急事件.

校方到現在都還未收到 Tillicum 學校的回覆, 我們已經送函到 Tillicum 學校要求解釋, 並且要求商討補課的時間, 若有進一步的訊息會盡速與家長們聯繫.

請家長們幫忙向孩子們解釋, 並謝謝他們今天乖巧的接受這麼一個大的變化球, 同時我們也祈願學校的 custodian 一切都好, 沒有令人擔心的事發生.
今天會是大家難忘的一次萬聖節 !

提醒家長, 下星期六 11/7 Veteran's Day 不上課, 不過我們可以不必等那麼久才見面下星期日 11/8 是慈濟 22 周年慶歡迎家長帶孩子們一起與我們共同慶祝慈濟西雅圖 22 周年.

Dear Teachers, Parents and Students,

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!

This letter is to address what has happened to our school this morning and why we have to call off the day in a short notice.

At 8:25 AM, when the volunteers arrived at school, we immediately realized that the whole school was still locked and dark. The custodian didn't come to the school to get it ready for us in terms of unlocking the classrooms and cafeteria and turning the heater on . The volunteers made several attempts to reach custodian and Tillicum staff but  without any success. 
At 8:55 AM, our principal made the call to ask all parents at the drop-off not to leave yet. 
After waiting for another 15 minutes, 9:10 AM, the custodian still didn't respond to the pager and the voice message we left. Principal had no choice but to announce the dismissal of school as the final decision.

We understand such an unexpected incident must have caused some inconvenience to all, we certainly hope you would also understand how frustrated we have been through while we failed to reach a responsible personnel of Tillicum.
A letter has been emailed to Tillicum to request for an explanation and to give us some options to make up the missed Saturday school hours. We will keep you all posted once the final schedule change is made.

On the other hand, we are worry about the custodian. We sincerely hope that there is nothing bad happened at the Custodian's end to prevent him/her from fulfilling the duty.
Please let students know how well they behaved and cooperated today, we are very proud of them. This is going to be a unforgettable Halloween memory for all of us, isn't it?

By the way, we would like to remind you that there will be no school next Saturday, 11/7 for the Veteran's day weekend as listed on school calendar. 

And yet, all of you are cordially invited to attend the 22nd Anniversary ceremony of Tzu Chi Seattle Branch office on 11/8. Details can be checked out at this post.

Don't forget to fall back one hour for Daylight Saving ends today!

Staff Team of Tzu Chi Academy