COVID-19

OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS

COVID-19 Update: March 29, 2020

Dear Maya Community,


Please view my update here tonight and know that we are blessed and we can do this!


Have a good night and let me know if you have any questions.


Most sincerely,


Dr. Sherry Miller

Director, Colegio Maya


A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.

Catch the Maya Spirit!


COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

Dear Colegio Maya Parents, Students and Staff,

Today is a new day for the world and for Maya as will be tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. And here we are, creating, discovering, holding it all together virtually. Quite frankly from everything I am hearing and seeing from school communities around the world, we are doing an amazing job and need to keep it up, knowing it is totally unfolding almost faster than anyone can humanly respond to. From the 94 responses we have received from our Parent Survey this week regarding our Distance Learning, from the answers to the ask, “What are the 3 words that describe how you are feeling after your first days of distance learning, the most common are: exhausted, grateful, unsure, connected, challenged, hopeful, overwhelmed, grateful, and surprised!

These are the themes we also see running through our teacher and student informal and formal surveys. So here we are! Messy, connected, determined and working hard to stay healthy, sane, learning and caring for one another, As David Kessler, author of The Sixth Stage of Grief shared today in an Amanpour interview and also embellished in the latest Harvard Business Review, the whole world is grieving now whether we know it or not because we are losing the world as we knew it and he encourages us to name this grief, and be here for one another with kindness, understanding everyone is fighting battles we know nothing about. He says we must stay in the present moment, take control over what we can control, and share what we have in the ways we can.

So with that sage advice, I share with you this morning:

  • We will be doing online learning until at least April 13th.

  • Next week we are in Phase 3 of our current plan and will continue as it has been structured this week, working to be more aligned school-wide, send more clear and fewer messages, the Principals sending theirs on Tuesday and Friday, the teachers every day.

  • Next week will be Maya’s Spirit Week virtually packaged as planned and shared out by our Student Council Leaders school-wide.

  • Friday, April 3rd will be a half-day as calendared which basically means teachers will not hold office hours in the afternoon.

  • During Semana Santa, everyone, take a break and create your own ways of what that looks like with our restrictions in place. We will be sharing online library sources with you so that reading can continue to be a wonderful part of how you spend your time and are inviting everyone to write, reflect how you're feeling in writing, especially in poetic ways and share your poems with us in a special site we are creating to hold them and source our first Colegio Maya Community Literary Journal!

  • Immeasurable thanks for your own resolve to be here, now, trust yourselves and our school and that our Maya Spirit will see us through!

Take a deep breath, do the new elbow hug with those closest to you, laugh about how clumsy it feels and send a virtual hug to your loved ones not in your house right now.

Humbly and respectfully yours,

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

Good morning, Maya Community, and thank you all for continuing to ride this wave with us, stepping up to "fall together rather than fall apart" and create an invincible new "together"!!

This morning, I share only the best of what that is continuing to look like from our High Student Council's combined leadership energies, wish you well and ask that you participate in the surveys we are sending out tomorrow to take our collective pulse as we move forward together, one vibrant day at a time!

In the midst of these chaotic times, High School STUCO wants to remind you why together, we are stronger. And as warriors, even more.

Check out this video! Thank you to everyone who helped us out by submitting their video.

With full Maya Spirit,

High School STUCO

Thanks, Kids, Thanks, EVERYONE

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Dear Maya Community,

Kudos to all! Our first week of virtual online learning has come and gone and we have done and learned SO much. We are aware that it is bringing a vibrant and deeper communal learning to the surface and as the Leadership Team and I hold them tonight, we send the following assurances and asks:

  1. Decisions by official authorities are being made minute by minute to the best of their ability and we are listening to and staying apprised of them as best we possibly can and sharing them out with you in the appropriate forums we have already established.

  2. For now, we will run our virtual online learning as outlined until Spring Break, April 13th, clearly understanding both the form of that learning and expectations of all embedded in it are subject to change, as they must, including the end date.

  3. We ask that everyone, and especially our students, avoid posting on social media any photo that has a picture of any of our staff members in it and have asked the staff the same that include any of our students. This is from the guidelines already established in our Child and Youth Protection Policy.

  4. We are sending surveys to all --students, staff and parents--over the next week, giving all an opportunity to share both the positive factors they are experiencing as well as the key concerns and difficulties and suggestions and advice for moving forward in our on-learning plan.

I wish you all a restorative weekend, taking care of your own and your families needs first and foremost.

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!


COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

BRAVO! and thanks for your continuous support and help with our on-line learning plan as it is shared out every day. We are all working hard and it shows!

Important updates today:

1. We have been notified by QuickSchools that due to this virus situation over the world, their system is unable to handle the load. They assure us they are fixing that and will let us know as soon as they have. Therefore, we CANNOT send our progress reports tomorrow. We will do so as soon as this has been resolved and let you and our students know when that happens and send them then.

2. When any of our teachers is ill and cannot be on-line, we will let you know ASAP and do all we can to support them getting better. It is impossible to have any substitute backup on these occasions.

3. We do not know how long the current situation will last so must take it one day at a time, supporting each other positively with the courage and hope that generates understanding, disempowering all fear and rumors. What we know now is that our campus will be closed and we will be participating in online learning until Spring Break/Semana Santa, begins, Monday, April 6th, and back on campus, Monday, April 13th.

4. Our Dream Summit and Clash of Colors Day are on hold and will be facilitated when it is possible and best to do so.

5. At our website Home page all official notices are being posted and there is also a "Parents tab" with a scroll down menu that takes you to carefully chosen tips and resources on how to support on-line learning as well as our own general elementary and secondary student and parent guidelines.

We continue to be in daily communication with schools around the world also creatively and successfully navigating these times with and for our children. More than ever, we can stand up and proudly claim, WE ARE THE WORLD!

Please don't hesitate to let me or the appropriate Maya person know if you have any questions, and for now, to all, good night!

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

My Dear Colegio Maya Community,

As I watched Dr. Giammattei manifest his presidential powers and responsibilities last night, I was both humbled and proud. Humbled by the work ahead and proud to be able to do it in a country I love. May we all join him and call on our best selves, our caring and fearful and invincible spirits and move through this together. May we remember our privilege and use it to help create a new and even better Colegio Maya and a new and even better world. As we were reminded last night, this is not a vacation but a time to stay safe, to stay home, care for our loved ones and nurture our hope and our potential to be leaders at heart.

Students, bake bread, try new recipes of learning and discover your multiple smarts are all longing to be nourished too. Help your teachers create learning in new and powerful ways in a virtual environment you know so socially well. We need you, your questions, your daring, your doubts and your wonders. Your teachers are working hard from their own homes to guide you on new trails that call for us to explore and travel on together today. Live the moment, hug your parents, send your grandmothers and grandfathers a hug and continue to make us proud.

Parents, we know we are calling on you more than ever to help us create this new school environment, to be connected and help us care for and educate your children. We know we cannot do it without you and thank you for your guidance and your determination to take care of your children and be a part of a winning team for them. We will continue to keep our webpage parent section a go to resource for all with clear and simple frameworks, guiding directions and tips for enhanced learning and ways to take care of yourselves as well. We are working hard to have the basics translated into Spanish and Korean and welcome your help with this. More than anything, keep caring for one another using chat groups as they are at their best, simple, positive and short. Reach out to us. Mr. Ken and Mr.Mac are working day and night to help guide us through this and value your questions for clarification and your support beyond measure. No one can do it alone.

Teachers, you are our stars and guiding lights and most valuable resource, as always. Keep creating those online learning experiences that push us all to use this tool and go beyond it to let our children's minds and hearts engage in nourishing ways to be self-directed learners, to awaken and discover their potential, perhaps more quietly, more slowly, more reflectively and more surprisingly than ever! We love you and are SO glad you are here. We know many of you have family and friends far away who need you too and just how blessed we are you chose to be here with no idea what that might mean when you did. May you all stay well and strong and know we are enough, we have enough, we do enough and that's a fact!

Our campus is shut down but our ceiba, our Playscape, our soccer field and our Hub for Innovation are all asking us to come back and truly be ALL that we can be with them. A vital part of that "all", our maintenance staff, our guards, our cafeteria workers and other supportive service people, are all at home, caring for their families, thankful for being part of this indelible team and ready to come back to work too. Our Board of Directors is working hard from home to show up for Maya and hold this time and our future in the most responsible ways they can. May we continue to communicate with integrity, listen deeply and know how blessed we are. We can do this!

Humbly and thankfully,

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 16, 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our virtual world! As noted in Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Graham's email to you yesterday, today and tomorrow we are all settling in at home, making sure we can access for each class all the links we will use to successfully deliver the work each day. Today teachers will be checking in with your child(ren) to share their guidelines, learning expectations and any communication channels and platforms. Please let us know if you have any problems and we will try to assist you from home. FYI, it was mandated yesterday by the Ministry of Health and Education that no one can come on campus but our security guards, which has added an additional challenge to our success here but we will do the absolute best we can, day by day.

In relation to our Board meeting this Tuesday March 17th, see agenda below and please note: it has to be a closed session given we must do it virtually. Given this, please let me know if you have any questions.

As informed, Parent-Teacher Conferences have had to be cancelled and teachers will be sending written reports home on Thursday via QuickSchools.


Colegio Maya Association Board Session Agenda

March 17th, 2020

6:30 pm

Held Virtually and Therefore A Closed Meeting

Board Members: Alejandro Delgado, Michael Daniels, Nicole Pierre Posivak, Juan Jose Viaud, Stephane Tetreau, Oscar Rivera, Scarlotte Kilgore, Marjorie Bouscayrol, Carlos Solares, Bevan Benjamin

I. Call to Order, 6:30, A. Delgado, 1 minute

II. Approval of Agenda, A. Delgado, 5 minutes

III. Consent Agenda. A. Delgado, 4 minutes

  1. February Minutes

  2. Dashboard Indicators

IV. . Committee Reports.

  1. Finance, JJ. Viaud, 5 minutes

  2. Facilities, S. Tetreau, 5 minutes

  3. Government and Policy, M. Daniels, 5 minutes

  4. Director Search, O. Rivera, 5 minutes

V. Director’s Report, S. Miller, 10 minutes

VI. Discussion of questions and concerns rising from the current COVID-19 situation as it plays out in Guatemala

VII. Action Items (as recommended by committees)

  1. Replacing Section 2400 of the Policy Manual Regarding Board Meetings, Policy Committee

VIII. Community Feedback, NA at this time due to it is a virtual session..

IX. Adjournment, 1 minute

SLow and steady, in full Maya spirit,

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.

Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 15, 2020

Good Sunday Afternoon,

Thank you in advance for your continued support for us to learn in this new way. The good news is we have reports from schools all over the world as they create their own new learning ways very similar to ours, after the first few days with rhythms, expectations and opportunities to learn virtually established, they are experiencing surprising and positive results in many ways. May we do the same!

As indicated in my message closing school on campus yesterday, the Principals have sent you our divisional schedules and guidelines for settling in the next two days, we will be in our first full virtual learning experience on Wednesday forward until at least Spring Break. We are also developing an on-line web page section specifically for this where messages from me and information for parents and students will be continually updated. Parents are already offering their value added services which we will post there as well.

I must inform you that due to regulations placed on schools by the President in his announcement yesterday and after clarifying this with the Ministerio de Educacion and our lawyers advice during this time, no parent or student can be allowed on campus so if you or they need something critical for their learning success that they left here on Friday, please let the Principals know and we will try to work with you to do all we can for them to retrieve it.

Again, thank you and I/we are all here for you to the best of our abilities and capabilities as are being defined almost daily by greater authorities. .

In the continued belief and commitment to be sourced by our Maya Spirit right now and with tremendous thanks to our faculty and staff, YES, WE CAN!

Most sincerely.

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya


A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.
Catch the Maya Spirit!

COVID-19 Update: March 14, 2020

Dear Colegio Maya Staff and Parents,

As we continue to respond to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and focus on the best possible learning program for all of our students, we are closing campus for all students and moving to virtual on-line learning as of Monday, March 16th.

Guidelines Below:

Division Principals will send out Parent/Student expectations within 24 hours with specific guidelines.

Phase 1, Monday March 16 and Tuesday 17, settling in and getting ready at school and home:

  • Teachers will share all guidelines for their classes, including a schedule they will follow, learning expectations and communication channels with students and parents.

  • Parents and students will prepare at home arranging proper supervision, designated study spaces and that they have the necessary hardware-computers/iPads and internet connectivity to support it.

  • Learning will be facilitated and practiced differently with all core learning still happening to assure our learning program goals are being accomplished.

  • We acknowledge there may be some challenges during this “settling in” period, as routines are established, but are all working this through together.

Phase 2, Wednesday March 18 until the end of the campus closure:

  • Attendance will be monitored and recorded daily. If your child is sick, please follow the normal protocol and inform the school via an email to reception@cm.edu.gt and ccing division secretaries (elementary: pvassaux@cm.edu.gt, secondary: pdavila@cm.edu.gt).

  • Teachers and students will begin their distance learning program on Wednesday, following the guidelines established on Monday and Tuesday, understanding there will be continued adjustments during this phase. This is “learning live” today in its ultimate form.

Despite the challenges we are facing, this is also an opportunity for creative learning and a time for us to support one another. We are confident that the Maya Spirit will prevail, as we work together to maintain rigorous learning for our students as well as keeping the community as safe and healthy as possible.

With deep respect for all, thankful for your support and the resolve we will do this well together,

Dr. Sherry Miller
Director, Colegio Maya

A community that inspires excellence in every learner by developing their unique mind, body and character to become independent value-driven citizens.

Catch the Maya Spirit!