April 23, 2020
Mustang friends and family,
This year has been one like no other! In this unprecedented time in history, I wanted to take the time to reach out to our family and assure everyone that we will get through this period together. Never in our lifetimes have we seen the world as we know it basically shut down and pause. Although there are many uncertain things ahead for us, we do know that we will come out of this situation stronger and better because of the deep dedication of the parents, teachers, and students to their Magnet education.
I have been amazed by the sincere gratitude that our parents have expressed for our teachers. While I am not amazed by the level of dedication of our staff (because they are the most dedicated staff I have ever had the pleasure of working with), I am so excited and proud for the support that we are receiving from our parents at this time. I am so proud of the parents who are continuing to push their children by taking advantage of our extended learning opportunities during our COVID school building closure. Whether online or through paper packets, parents have continued to set the tone that learning is the most important objective.
In 2016, Magnet faced another unprecedented event when we had to leave our school building that had been our home since the creation of Natchitoches Magnet School. I said it then, and I say it now…school has never been about the building, but rather about the family of teachers, students, and parents that make Natchitoches Magnet the top notch school that it is! Although our buildings are full of reminders of our students, our true strength comes from the people. This current situation is no different!
Parents and guardians, thank you for your continued commitment to your child’s education. We want to encourage you to not only work on some school work each day, but also take the time to go for a walk, play games, or just talk to your students. We all have an opportunity to focus on the important things in life. Read each day, have your student practice math each day, go out for sunshine and enjoy meals together.
For those of you that are essential workers, we want to take the time to thank you for your sacrifice for our community! We know that you may not be able to be home with your student during the day, and we know that you are working hard to support their education. We hope that you feel the love from us, that we feel from you.
If you need anything from us, please let us know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any needs. We can give supplies such as pencils and paper. We can arrange for paper packets. We will get them to you. Please don’t hesitate to ask. We love you and we miss our Mustangs so very much!
Mrs. Stephonie A. French, Ed.S
Principal, Natchitoches Magnet School