APRIL 23, 2020
Dear Baker Families, 

As we end our 5th week of learning, I could not be more excited to see the ways that Baker student leadership is thriving in this virtual context. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Baker 5th graders challenged the student body to identify actions they were taking to support our planetary home (check out their video below!). In addition, Baker Student Council representatives are planning new ways to host representative elections and the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is meeting and planning for the upcoming Day of Silence. This Friday teachers and students are participating in the YWCA Stand Against Racism virtual day. So proud of our Baker students and their leadership during this time. Meaningful, experiential, and connected learning matters now more than ever. 

Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate, 
Carly Andrews
Head of School 

P. S. Check out our new video and episode 6 of the K-8 Collaborative , which features Baker teachers Aimee Frank, Kerah Sandler, and Melissa Makagon in a conversation about project-based learning.
2020-2021 Tuition Invoices
We are busy planning for the 2020-2021 school year and wanted to alert you that tuition invoices will be e-mailed next week. Look for these in your in-boxes. While tuition invoices for June 1 are always sent at this time of year, we know that this has been a time of in-box overload. 

In the midst of this time, we are working harder than ever to ensure that your children are at the center of our plans and that the promise of a Baker education is delivered.
Updated Spring 2020 - Calendar Highlights

Stand Against Racism
Different Locations. Shared Experience. A Community United.

Students will be talking about how to participate in Stand Against Racism with their teachers and advsors tomorrow. While this year's event looks different than last year when we gathered together, the YWCA has put together information to help guide your participation. Learn more here.
Baker's 5K Tradition Continues
This year's 5K will be a bit different than in year's past, but the tradition will continue! Thank you to Jelmar, our presenting sponsor, for another year of amazing support!

When : Friday, May 29

How: Mr. D and Ms. Chase will provide details to students in PE classes, but the plan is to train for the 5K, find ways to map the run safely where you live, and stay in touch with the Baker community through photos and videos.

Alternative Plans: We know that it will not work for all families to use Friday, May 29 as a day to participate - please feel free to run on May 30-31. We also know that not everyone can participate by running outdoors. Mr. D and Ms. Chase will work with your family to find an alternative plan!

T-shirts: Yes, there will be t-shirts! Teachers will be collecting sizes in the next week. Logistics will be shared soon to arrange pick-up. Purchase a parent t-shirt for $10 here.

More details will be communicated in the weeks to come!

Sponsorship Details: If you would like to sponsor the 5K or know someone who would, please learn more about our sponsor packages here or contact Rachel Yantis.
Community Open Studio - Sundays with Ms. Toole
Join Ms. Toole for Sunday Studio: This is an opportunity to make a creative date with yourself every week. This is an open studio where artists can come together and create. Whether you are painting, drawing, cross stitching, knitting or building with cardboard we are happy to have you join us! This is open to all Baker students and staff (and their households). I will be there working on my art and you can choose to share what you are creating to inspire us or just quietly work in the company of other artists. Hope to see you soon and keep creating! 

What : Sunday Studio with Ms. Toole
Who: Baker students and staff (and their households)
When: Sundays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (starting April 26)
Where: Zoom 
Link to participate is in the Remote ASA Google Classroom that all Baker students have access to
FREE "Drop-In" Virtual After School Activities
Class Schedule
T - Yoga with Yoga with Ms. Nichola (PK - 3) 

W - Story and Circle Time with Ms. Hannah (PK - K)

TH - Music and Dance Hour with Ms. Buehler (PK - 3)

F- Weekly Activity Challenge with Mr. Meyer (1- 5)

Participation Instructions
  • All Baker students have been invited (through Google Classroom) to a new classroom called Remote ASAs. Click ACCEPT invitation if you wish to participate.

  • You will then see details for each ASA. On the day and time of the class, simply click the appropriate Zoom link.

  • Just like e-learning, your child will enter the waiting room for the instructor to admit into the class. Please be sure your child's name is listed so the instructor can safely allow participants in.

You do NOT need to pre-register or attend every class. Simply drop-in, using the Zoom links in the Remote ASA Google Classroom, on the days your child wishes to participate.

All ages are welcome to participate, but the ages listed are recommended.
Classes run 3:30 - 4:15 and are in session NOW so join this week if you would like!

Fifth Graders Challenge You in the EcoChallenge

Baker 5th Grade challenges each of you to 
join us in the EcoChallenge
 to help the Earth!

Think of the impact the Baker Community can have if we each actively do one thing to help our Earth!!

Details can be received for this by emailing Rachel Yantis.
New Podcast Episode Available: Project-Based Learning
On  this  episode, Jordan Grumet and Carly Andrews are joined by  Aimee Frank , middle school Math teacher,  Melissa Makagon , first grade teacher, and  Kerah Sandler , 5th grade teacher, in a conversation about Project-Based Learning (PBL). Their discussion explores the nature of PBL, why it matters, and the unique ways Baker teachers are developing student projects. Please subscribe to the K-8 Collaborative podcast, review it and share with friends.   Listen to K-8 Collaborative on  iTunes Spotify Stitche r  or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Cultivating Baker Community Projects

Ms. Crawford is working on a few fun projects to help our community stay connected. You can check out all of the details here.

If you have any questions at all, email Becky.

Garden Resources for Families from BPO Earth Day Chat

The BPO was honored to host two engaging speakers for our Earth Day virtual chat via Zoom. Leslie Shad, Founder and Co-Lead of Natural Habitat Evanston and Becca Lewandowski, Chef and Gardener Extraordinaire, provided insight and advice on ways we can have enjoyable and productive outdoor and window space even during our shelter-in-place.
If you were not able to participate live, we invite you to listen to the recording here .  Our speakers have also complied resources for us to get started and learn more.   Please take a look!  
This virtual chat was such a success that we would like to host another one in the month of May. If you would like to nominate a speaker, please send a note to   bpo@bakerdemschool.org .
Thank You from Baker Teachers!

Baker Parents - thank you from our Baker teachers for your photos, cards, and videos. And, thank you to the BPO for our gift card surprises!
Instagram Spirit Day Tomorrow - Family Fun Day

Let's have a little fun on Instagram!
Our final April Instagram prompt for tomorrow is FAMILY FUN DAY!


If you aren't on Instagram but want to participate, email photos to Rachel Yantis.

Student Photo of the Week
by Rory, Grade 3