January 15, 2021
Reminder: There is no school on Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tuesday, January 19, will open with Morning Meeting instead of Advisory.
Greetings Husky Families,

I want you to know that all of us truly understand the difficulties parents are facing with the lack of in-person learning. We are very hopeful that by our February 1 target date we will be able to begin to get students back on campus, starting with the 25% of the student body that we are allowed to bring on and moving forward with an increased student presence as we are allowed to do so. Certainly, the vaccine news in the past week has been encouraging. Our faculty and administration continue to look forward to the time when our students can return to classrooms, athletic fields, and even our picnic tables in an environment where risk is minimized and interactions can be positive and healthy. We are also looking forward to sharing a wide selection of after-school activity options with you and your child in the week before we return. 

In another effort to stay connected as a community, several of our parents met this past week for a Parent Book Club to discuss a book by Jennifer Kalari, You’re Ruining my Life! Surviving the Teen Years with Connected Parenting. The meeting was well attended, organized, and led by parents, Jennie Linthorst and Liz Glozman, and a really positive opportunity for parents to gather virtually and discuss, commiserate and relate to one another on common ground. Look forward to the next gathering in early spring, and be sure to join our ongoing REACH and Renaissance School Speaker Series, this month featuring Dr. Pantea Hannauer on the myths and facts around autism. More info can be found by clicking the button below.
Thank you so much for your continued understanding and support,

 
David
Head of Schools

Pictured Above: Artist Katelin Kinney spoke to Arts Diploma students about her process as a working artist. You may click the button below to view her work on Instagram.
International Week 2021
Please join us as we celebrate International Day in a new and different way this year. Each year, many of us look forward to seeing the bright colors of a multitude of country flags as they grace the front lawns of our campus, signaling the start of International Week. While we will not be pulling up to that beautiful sight as we start our week, we will be adding a few new traditions to the mix, along with our crowd favorite, International Week Coffee House.

 Our Music Director, Mr. Rancont, will be working with student performers to bring an international twist to what they perform for Coffee House, while also looking for students to share an aspect of their cultural heritage with the group, such as an artifact, clothing, symbol or story. Please contact Mr. Rancont at TRancont@rollinghillsprep.org if you would like to discuss a performance or heritage moment that you’d like to share during Coffee House. Look for more details in your weekly advisory letter.

Additionally, the Parent Association will be accepting family recipes to be included in an International Recipe Book for all to enjoy. More information regarding submitting heritage recipes will come to you through your grade level parent over the next weeks.
Things To Know - Read This Section Every Week!
Financial Aid Deadline for 2021-2022 - Today: If you are currently receiving financial aid or wish to be considered for financial aid for the 2021-22 school year, you MUST complete the Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) and upload tax documentation to the SSS site (click the button below to access the SSS site) no later than Friday, January 15. 

All applications will be reviewed by the committee and award decisions will be made in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Bernstein at cbernstein@rollinghillsprep.org 
College Counseling Case Studies - Registration Deadline Tonight: Our college counseling department is hosting a mock admissions evening known as Case Studies on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 PM. This event is open to all Upper School parents and students. Please register by tonight to attend the event. More information can be found by clicking the "Announcement and Event Details" button below.
Self-Care Toolkit: Current parent, Dr. Crystal Quarry, shared an excellent resource that speaks to building a self-care plan during times of difficulty. Whether raising children or dealing with many of the challenges we are all facing in our lives today, this is a practical approach to supporting our own well-being. This toolkit can be found by clicking the "Announcements and Events Details" button below.
R&R Speaker Series: Dr. Pantea Hannauer - 1/27: Join Dr. Pantea Hannauer on Wednesday, January 27, at 4:00 PM, as she provides clarity on the topic of autism and dispels recurring myths and misconceptions regarding a diagnosis. More information and registration links can be found by clicking the "Announcements and Event Details" button below.
Admissions Referrals - Admission Chat Series: Throughout the month of February, our admission team will be hosting a series of interactive chats for prospective families with a different focus for each event. Feel free to share this information with friends and family members who may be interested in our schools. Interested families can visit RollingHillsPrep.org/visit for more information and graphics have been added on both Facebook and Instagram if you would like to share them with your network.
Purchase your 2020-2021 Yearbook while supplies last: We have passed the early deadline for yearbook purchases so there are only a limited number of books available! Please click the "Announcements and Events Details" button below to purchase a yearbook if you have not yet! 
Student Family School Directory: The Student Family Directory is live in your Blackbaud account. You can view the directory by logging into your Blackbaud account. Tabs are located across the top of the page (Resources, News, Calendar and Directories). If you click on the Directory tab, a drop-down menu will appear and you can access the Student Family Directory. If you have any questions or problems, please contact jhoffman@rollinghillsprep.org.  
Senior Speeches
Jack Itzinger

" Overall, I have been able to appreciate life more because I have learned it can always be worse. It’s easy to take things for granted but as we all know from COVID 19, you never know how good you have it until something changes. So, as difficult as it may be, try to look for the silver lining in each situation. "
R&R Speaker Series
Admission Referrals: Chat Event Series
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Parent Resources for Student Wellness
Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools proudly partner with South Bay Families Connected, an organization dedicated to providing meaningful social-emotional wellness resources for parents and students. Additionally, our schools have a dedicated Families Connected page for our communities that can be accessed by clicking the button below.
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