August 20, 2021
FEATURE: Back to School Forms NOW DUE!
Parents: Please check your email inbox or spam folder for an important welcome back email from Academy Hill! Back-to-school forms are required for entry and are now due. Please set your email inbox permissions to accept correspondence from @academyhill.org email addresses. This is the best and most efficient way to make sure you receive all important updates and announcements from your child's school.

If you have questions regarding back-to-school forms, please contact Kelli Brodhagen next week (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 2:00).

We look forward to welcoming you back for another successful school year!
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
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 late September or early October, 2021.
2021 Summer Hours and Contact Information
Academy Hill Administrative Office Hours - Summer 2021

Monday - Thursday
8:30a - 2:00p

Regular hours resume with the start of classes, on Tuesday, September 7.


If you need to reach us during the summer months, please contact Melissa Earls for general assistance and admissions information. Please contact Christopher Zaluga for billing or finance questions.

For questions related to back-to-school forms, please contact Kelli Brodhagen.

Please note: Back-to-school information, forms and supply lists have been sent to the parent email addresses on file. If you did not receive the back-to-school correspondence, please contact Ms. Kelli on Monday!

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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.

Parents: Please see your parent email for an important update from the COVID-19 Response Team that requires your prompt attention and timely response.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
Register for Before/After School Care
At this time, we have made the decision to continue our traditional Before/After School Care program only, as we wait to be able to resume the SPARK enrichment classes. Registration for the Before/After School Care program is now available online. Student participation in the program must be prepaid and reserved by the 25th day of the previous month. For example, the September program must be reserved and prepaid by August 25th.

Before Care is $7/day, and begins at 7:30a. After Care is $10/day until 4:00p, and $20/day until 5:00. Please click the link below for more information and to register your child.
Wall of WOW!
Do you have interesting summer news to share? Did your student participate in an exciting vacation program? Did your child commit to a volunteer experience? Did your student earn an award, receive a recognition, or celebrate a milestone achievement? Please share your news and a photo with us! We would love to feature your child as part of our back-to-school WALL OF WOW! at Academy Hill! Send your update to Ms. Kelli today!
Mark Your Calendars
Wednesday, August 25
Deadline to register for Before/After School Care

Thursday, August 26
Pop-Up Morning Storytime with Mr. Zaluga
(see below for details)

Monday, August 30 (Raindate: August 31)
Optional student materials drop-off at AHS front courtyard
8:00am - 2:00pm

Wednesday, September 1
New Family Welcome Event
(invitation only)

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
Order information coming soon!

Thursday, September 23
All Family Back to School Event
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.
Pop-Up Morning Storytime with Mr. Zaluga
(by request!)
Join Mr. Zaluga for a special Pop-Up Morning Storytime, by request! Parents, check your email for a link.

When: Thursday, August 26 at 11:00am

Grab a snack or an early lunch, and settle in for one of Mr. Zaluga's favorite pirate tales!
REMINDER:

Students should complete all summer reading and work assignments before the start of the new academic year! We look forward to seeing your projects the first week of school.

If you have questions about your child's summer reading, please contact your child's classroom teacher. If you need help finding your teacher's email address, please let us know!
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
STAY TUNED!


Please send updates to academy@academyhill.org.
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 Fall Mum Sale, Welcome Back surprises, and the return of Pizza Friday!

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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