School Year 2020-21

FA Remote Learning (Spring 2020)

From the Head of School

In keeping with the directive issued by Governor Baker, Falmouth Academy (along with all elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth) will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Since I last wrote, we have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus situation and talking with local public health officials and our own consulting physicians. While unfortunate, we agree that this is a prudent course of action. 
 
Although our physical campus will be closed, Falmouth Academy will continue to engage our students in meaningful learning opportunities through the end of the school year, June 5. 
 
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. However challenging this particular moment and time happens to be or feel, I am confident that we will emerge a stronger, closer school community.

To learn more about FA's Remote Learning, please click the link to the Head of School Blog: FA Remote Takes Flight below.

Tips for Families at Home

Falmouth Academy's School Counselor Carol DiFalco provides the following emotional/social health tips for families that are home-based or self-quarantined:

• set regular waking and sleeping times 
• limit leisure screen time (you will likely have academic screen time expected of you). Better yet, set aside two or three 2 hour blocks of time when you dock your phone.
• Set goals for each day - learning something new, projects you have been putting off, academic commitments, a new recipe you want to try...
• exercise every day - mental wellbeing is directly tied to your physical wellbeing. This is a great time to make self-care a priority.
• Go outside every day. Take a walk, do yard work, prepare your next garden, etc
• If you are self-quarantined text, call, or FaceTime a friend every day. Stay connected to people you care about even while the platform is different.
• If you are not self-quarantined take time to check on your friends and neighbors, particularly those that may live alone.
• Give someone who lives in your home a hug as often as they will let you - human beings are wired for physical connection. 
• Keep a positive attitude. This is a temporary situation and it requires all of us to bring our best selves to help one another through it. While we need to be responsible and minimize the rapid spread of this virus by using the best practices, advised by the World Health Organization https://www.who.int/, we also need to use our humanity as agency to ensure we maintain our communities and connections for our own wellbeing, as well as one another’s.   
"The discussion we enjoyed on Friday morning about a lecture from 1900, preaching the then perceived “truths” of Social Darwinism, was as good as any I have experienced in the past with all of us sitting around a Harkness table. The students were so thoughtful and involved."
- History Department Chair Rob Wells

Musical Postcards

    • Junior James Goldbach and Sophomore Tarun Gonneea perform "Amazing Grace" as part of their music elective. Each play two of the four-part production. New musical postcards are shared with the school community weekly.

    • School Counselor Carol DiFalco

This is amazing and true to the FA spirit of “know where you are!” You are on Cape Cod, during a pandemic emergency. What a great example for all. Thank you.
-2020 Parent
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