May 28, 2020
Dear Baker Families, 

It was wonderful to have so many of you join our Fall Planning webinar last night. Thank you so much for your excellent questions. Since we weren’t able to answer all of them, we are planning to publish questions and responses in the coming week. In the meantime, there is a link below if you would like to view the session. We are living in a time of great ambiguity, so we hope that our processes in place for decision making helped you understand our thinking about school in the 2020-2021 year. And while there are many challenges ahead, we firmly believe this is a time for great innovation and growth. It is such a strength of independent schools to be nimble in times like these and we are grateful to have the flexibility to innovate new ways to manifest Baker’s mission.

Our team and students are looking forward to tomorrow’s virtual 5K . Thank you parents for your support of this long-standing tradition. As Patrick and Rachael have reminded our students, we are strong apart; unstoppable together. I look forward to seeing photos of you and your children running tomorrow!

As promised, our registration for our complimentary summer programming, Summer Collaborative, is now available . For clarity, we are running virtual design engineering camps which are fee-based and are open beyond Baker (spread the word). Since location is not an obstacle, this could be a fun way to invite a friend or cousin to join your child for camp! See details below.

Be well, 
Carly Andrews
Head of School 

P.S.  I received a wonderful note from an alumni father this week saying,  "I’m coming down from a wonderful ETHS virtual graduation. It exceeded our expectations. As we watched our son, I was impressed with how many 2016 Baker grads achieved academic distinctions as well as National Honor Society recognition. Considering the modest number of students from Baker, their achievements stood out."  
Follow Up Details from Last Night's Webinar
If you were uable to join, please feel free to watch the recording:
Webinar Recording | ( Contact Rachel Yantis if you wish to watch)

For those who have inquired about making a financial gift, you can do so online  here or by mailing a check to the attention of Rachel Yantis.

If you have a question specific to your family, please reach out to:
Denise Boswell | Admissions, New Families
Arona Puttrich | Enrollment Contract, Tuition Assistance, Hardship Assistance
Rachel Yantis  | Advancement/Giving, Parent Engagement, Communication
Register Now for Complimentary Summer Courses
Our Summer Collaborative is designed for Baker students to continue learning and stay connected this summer. Baker teachers are teaching these classes.

See course schedule, course descriptions and registration details here.

Class sizes are limited so we ask that you register right away if you plan to have your child participate. If your plans change, please let us know so we can free up space for another child if there is a waitlist.

Questions? Email our Summer Team.

Design Engineering Camp Registration OPEN!
If you are looking for a summer filled with design thinking, coding, math and fun for your child, look no further than Baker’s project-based learning environment.  Expert technicians and educators  will lead these  collaborative sessions  designed with clear outcomes so your child can end the week having completed their projects.  Each day   includes live instruction via Zoom, access to office hours for individual attention, a movement break and collaboration with peers!

Space is very limited - we recommend signing up ASAP! Questions? Email our Summer Team.

Pre-Register for Summer Parent Webinars
As announced last night, we will have additional Gather webinars in June and July with input sessions in July. Be sure to register in advance to receive Zoom invitation!

Summer Webinars
Gather: June Check In
Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)

Gather: July Check In
Wednesday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)

Summer Input Sessions
We will also be hosting input sessions where Carly will be posing questions to parents by division level. These will be Zoom meetings (not webinars). Please register for all sessions appropriate for your family! Also, if you have information you want to share (protocols from your own workplace, articles to share), please email input@bakerdemschool.org.

All Sessions are Wednesday, July 22
10:00 a.m. Gather: Input Sessions, Early Childhood | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)
11:00 a.m. Gather: Input Sessions, Primary | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)
1:00 p.m. Gather: Input Sessions, Intermediate | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)
2:00 p.m. Gather: Input Sessions, Middle School | ( Contact Rachel Yantis to register)
Sixth Graders Study of Embryology
The 6th graders studied embryology through the lens of developing chicks answering the question "How do eggs become chickens and other living things?" Science Teacher, Michelle Rogers, describes their process so far:

* We gathered and organized data about what is going on in our incubator and what environmental conditions are necessary for hatching. We candled some eggs and recorded any visible structures that we can see inside (live during zoom class time and then posted to google drive). These began with developing blood vessels followed by more recognizable structures. 

* We analyzed pictorial data to establish patterns in embryological development between a developing chick embryo (from day 1 to 21) and many different types of animals. 

* We dissected store bought chicken eggs and quail eggs to identify structures inside the egg that might be important for our explanation of how chicks grow inside eggs. 

* For our culminating activity, students will develop a final model that describes the processes that occur as an egg develops into a chick from a fertilized egg. 

* See photos and videos here ! ( Contact Rachel Yantis for link!)
Baker Property Drop Off - June 11 & 12
After school ends on June 10, we will have two days for you to drop off Baker property that you currently have at home! This includes Chromebooks or other technology, library books, textbooks or athletic uniforms. If you received anything on the pick up date that isn't yours, you may also return that to us!

We will use similar safety protocol as we did for student belonging pick up. Please sign up for a window of time here .

If you have any questions, please email Hannah Bielawski .
Spring 2020 - Calendar Highlights





Livestreamed Graduation Ceremony, June 4





Our entire community is invited to watch the livestream of the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony on June 4, at 7:00 p.m. Carly's Sunday evening email will provide all of the details you will need to participate.
Virtual 5K is Tomorrow!
Schedule for Tomorrow, May 29
10:00 a.m. Students meet in Teacher/Advisor Zoom room for meeting and warm up
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 5K/1K Race Time! 
2:00 p.m. Students meet in Teacher/Advisory Zoom room for closing meeting
There will not be any additional live classes.

You can find all the information you need for next week in one place on the  Information Guide . If you have any questions, contact Mr. Dunafin or Ms. Chase

We will send an email Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. with details freshly in your inboxes for easy refefence.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor....

 
Photos by jookie rescheduled for June 16 & 17
If you signed up for a jookie photo, you should have received an email with details about the rescheduled socially distant dates of June 16 & 17. If you didn't receive that email, contact Rachel Yantis for details!

We have very few spots left but if you would like to have your child's photo taken by jookie, contact Rachel Yantis. $100 for 8 x 10 photo (color or b&w) with background like the photos to the left!

Upgrade to a Safe, Socially Distanced Summer Session at your home to create wall art.
  • $350 Session Fee for Wed/Thurs evenings and $200 of Session Fee will be donated to Baker.

  • Schedule by June 10th, photograph and order by August 28th.

  • Your Baker 8x10(s) can be photographed at the home session instead.

Student Photo of the Week
by Cam, Grade 6