September 10, 2021
Back-to-School Virtual "Milk and Cookies" Trivia Night!
Join us on Thursday, September 23 from 6:30p - 7:30p for a warm, welcome from our Head of School, followed by several rounds of spirited, all-ages, "Milk and Cookies" virtual trivia! Families, please check your email for a link to rsvp for this new and exciting welcome event. All registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day of the game.

We look forward to seeing you on September 23! Come play with us!
The 2021 - 2022 academic year marks the 35th anniversary of the opening of Academy Hill School as an independent day school for bright and curious students from throughout Greater Springfield, the Hartford area, and the Lower Pioneer Valley. We are incredibly proud of of our history of creating the next generations of visionaries, innovators and leaders.

Please join us throughout the year as we celebrate this important milestone.

For more information about the founding of Academy Hill, visit the
Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
Thank you for your patience in the arrival and dismissal car lines this week. We are fortunate to have welcomed many new families who are adjusting to changes in their routines.

As we move into week 2, please keep the following information in mind:

  • Please do not pull out of the car line to turn around, unless a staff member instructs you that it is safe to do so.
  • Please allow a staff member to assist students as they exit or enter vehicles. Please remain in your vehicle, unless it is necessary to assist your child with seatbelts or a booster seat.
  • Please encourage your child to exit or enter your vehicle as quickly as possible, so that we may move the line along at a reasonable pace. Please begin to say goodbye or give last minute instructions or encouragement to your child as you wait in line.
  • If there is a line on Liberty Street, please pull as far over to the curb as possible as you wait to turn RIGHT into our driveway. Please do not turn LEFT into the drive. If there is a line, please proceed to the lights at the plaza and make a U-Turn, allowing you to wait in line to turn RIGHT. This is for the safety of our families, and to prevent any unfortunate accident as you enter or exit the campus.
  • Please proceed to one of the FOUR marked spaces before allowing your child to exit or enter your vehicle.
School Picture Day is Coming!
We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Gallagher back to Academy Hill for 2021 School Picture Day. This year, Sarah has transitioned to the use of online order forms. Please use the link below to create your customized order. School picture day is Tuesday, September 21 (rain date is Wednesday, September 22). We are pleased to be able to include examples of Sarah's work with our students here!
Last Call for Participants: Strategic Plan Committee
Our current Strategic Plan is in need of a comprehensive review. While pandemic safety protocols continue to prevent us from meeting in person at this time, we have made the decision to begin the critical work of crafting a new plan this fall - via a series of virtual meetings.

The Strategic Plan committee includes Academy Hill staff, Board members, parents and other interested stakeholders. At this time, we seek parent volunteers who are able to commit to meeting up to 8 times over the course of the year, with the potential for minimal subcommittee work. The final Strategic Plan will serve to guide the direction of our school and programs over the next 5 years.

If you are interested in serving on the Strategic Plan Committee, please reach out to Melissa Earls, Head of School. The first meeting will take place in early October, 2021.
2021 - 2022 Academic Calendar Now Available
For a first look at the recently released 2021 - 2022 Academic Calendar, please click HERE to visit the Parent Page of our website. Thank you!
2021 - 2022 Initial COVID Safety Protocols and Information
The Academy Hill COVID Response Team - a dedicated team that includes school leaders, along with medical professionals, infectious disease and public health experts from among our parent community - met to discuss our 2021 reopening plans. Unfortunately, we are not where we hoped to be as we look to September 1. The start of the academic year will include several safety protocols that were in place last year, but there are others that we no longer feel are necessary according to the information available at this time. Parents should check their Academy Hill email for details.

The initial Safety Plan can be found under the Parent tab on our Website. As we update or revise the plan, the latest version will be posted to the website in this location. As a reminder, all families must agree through the Parent and Student Handbook acknowledgement form that they are responsible for reading and complying with the most recent version of the Academy Hill COVID Safety Plan.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
First Week Candids!
Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, September 9 and all Thursdays unless noted
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends
7:00p via Zoom
Note: There will be no story on September 16 or 23 due to Back to School events!

Tuesday, September 7
First Day of Classes for ALL Students

September 13 - 16
Back to School Information Nights via Zoom
*NEW* Kindergarten ONLY: SEPTEMBER 13 at 6:00p
PK and 1: September 14 at 6:00p
Grades 2 - 5: September 15 at 6:00p
Middle School: September 16 at 6:00p

Tuesday, September 21 (Raindate: September 22)
School Photos with Sarah Gallagher Studios
Please see order forms above!

Thursday, September 23
All Family Back to School Event
"Milk and Cookies" All Ages Virtual Trivia
Stay tuned for details!

Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends!
We are thrilled to resume regular Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends. Please plan to join us as we travel the world and explore new cultures together! This year we will hear unfamiliar tales, but also revisit some of the families and traditions we learned about over the past year and a half. Parents, please look for a link to Thursday Bedtime Stories in your email!

Note: There is no story on September 16 or 23 due to other scheduled Back to School events!

Next Story: Thursday, September 30 at 7:00p via Zoom
Next selection: Listening with my Heart, by Gabi Garcia, Illustrated by Ying Hui Tan

Summary: We talk to kids a lot about how to be friends to others, but not as much about how to be friends to themselves. Yet self-acceptance and positive self-talk help them build emotional resilience, happiness and well-being.
When Esperanza finds a heart shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesn’t go the way she’d hoped, will she remember to show it to herself?
Listening with my heart reminds us of the importance of being friends to ourselves. It also touches on the universal themes of friendship, empathy and kindness. Includes mindfulness and self-compassion activities.
Alumni Corner
The next edition of the Alumni Newsletter will be released in December.

As you look ahead to fall and winter, please send along any updates. We'd love to hear from the Class of 2013, in particular! Send us your post-college plans.
If our undergraduates participated in interesting internships or summer experiences, we'd like to hear your news, too.

Next up: All Class Alumni Reunion

Please send updates to
Parent Association News and Updates
All current AHS parents are considered members of the PA. There is no official process to join the Parents Association, and there are no dues!

    Please email E'beth Wells for information about current PA activities.

Activities to look forward to include the annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Please remember to check your child's Friday Folder for news from the Parent Association!
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
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