March 19, 2020

Greetings Brent Community,

Below you will see a link to our March issue of the Forward. Enjoy.
FORWARD March 2020 

Hats off to the editors, photographers, and contributors who put this wonderful issue together.

We have completed our first week of distance learning, and we are not alone. 123 countries worldwide have enacted various school closures. The entire planet is taking an intensive course on how to learn from afar. I would like to thank every one of you for your part in a very successful transition to online learning. The student participation has been excellent. Faculty innovation is at an all time high. Staff and administrative support has been key, and I know our parents are providing critical background encouragement.

In an earlier email to faculty, I highlighted the sculpture on the back wall of our chapel. If you are thinking, “What sculpture?” then see the attached photo. It is entitled Bayanihan, by Eduardo Castrillo, and it refers to the Philippine spirit of unity and teamwork found when a community comes together to achieve a goal. Thank you all for exemplifying that spirit.

On another topic, a wide variety of people have expressed concern about our employees who are paid on a per workday basis and who are unable to work during this crisis. As a Christian institution, we are called to show grace and compassion where we can, and we want to do our part to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please rest assured that all employees whether Brent or agency, coaches, Jammas, bus attendants, drivers, guards, cooks, maintenance, etc. will continue to be paid during this month-long quarantine. Your concerns speak to the thoughtful compassion inherent in our community.

As the initial wave of transition fades and the routine of daily life working from home begins, take some time to focus on exercise and healthy eating. Pick up a book you have wanted to read or make time for a hobby. Our Middle School students have been encouraged to find a passion project, and it would be healthy for all of us to find a productive outlet for our minds during this time.

Jason Atkins