November 13, 2020
Reminder:
PICTURE DAY TOMORROW
For more information, please see the "Things to Know" section in the letter below.

Student planners will be available upon request at picture day.
Dear Huskies,

Although you received some news from me earlier today, there are still many important facets of day-to-day life at our schools that need to be highlighted in this week's Friday Letter.

We are excited to see you at the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20. This will be an opportunity for reflection and feedback, and we look forward to meeting with you. To schedule conferences with teachers, please login to Blackbaud, then select the “Resources” tab in the toolbar. Once you are on your resource board you will see an icon at the top left-side of the page, select the “Parent-Teacher Conferences” tile and you will be directed to a schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you need assistance logging into Blackbaud please contact Michael Wasef at mwasef@rollinghillsprep.org. For a visual representation of those instructions please see below: 
I also wanted to reiterate our sincere thanks to all of you who responded to the parent and student surveys in the past few weeks. As we mentioned last week, based on those responses we have made the following changes to our classes. First, we will be adjusting the requirement for in-class screen time for students. For 80-minute blocks, instructional time will be limited to 60 minutes and the final 20 minutes of the period will allow for students to start their homework. Teachers will still be available during these final 20 minutes to provide assistance, answer questions, or provide extra challenges for students. AP teachers may choose to hold classes for the full 80 minutes in order to stay on track for curricular outcomes set by the AP. 

Secondly, we will be moving to an “office hours” format on Fridays when 45-minute classes meet, in which teachers will “have their rooms open” during their scheduled class times. During this time students will be able to seek extra help, catch up on work, or work on special projects as assigned. If a student has a C- or below or is missing major assignments, teachers will require students to attend office hours. This is also an opportunity for students that would like to accelerate their academic progress to receive extra challenges. This is by no means “Fridays Off” and should be an opportunity for students at every level of performance to excel. Lastly, AP classes can also require students to attend Fridays as needed in order to stay on track for curricular outcomes set by the AP.

It is our hope that the introduction of office hours and providing dedicated time to complete work will reduce stress and screen time during the week, providing more support to those feeling the strain from navigating this multifaceted environment that is distance learning while at the same time providing opportunities for extended achievement for others. We will be revisiting these changes with you in January to assess their impact and continue to adjust as necessary to meet the needs of our students and families. 

Thank you again for your support these past months and for your continued feedback. 

 
Sincerely,
 
David
 
Pictured Above: A big congratulations to Clarice Akunwafo and Maria Galvan who both signed their letter of intent to compete for division 1 university athletic programs.

Clarice Akunwafo signed an early letter of intent with the University of Southern California women’s basketball team. Clarice is considered one of the top prospects in the nation and currently maintains a GPA of 4.02

RHP standout Maria Galvan signed a letter of intent with Bethune-Cookman University’s softball program located in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Additionally, Clarice was featured in a substantial article in the Daily Breeze regarding her commitment to USC that you may access by clicking the button below.
Morning Meeting Link - Monday, November 16
We will be meeting as an entire school via Zoom on Monday, November 16 at 8:00 AM. A link to the Zoom meeting can be accessed below and a reminder e-mail will be sent that morning to all students. Please note, these meetings will use a different Zoom link each week.

Additionally, to ensure security of our meetings, students and employees must use their google sign-on to access this meeting or else they will not be allowed in.
Participate in the Husky Turkey Trot!
Husky Turkey Trot 5K
November 21 - November 28

Join in the fun as we host our First Annual Husky Turkey Trot – Virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk over Thanksgiving Break! It's the perfect time for you and yours to get involved in some healthy outdoor fun and fundraising. We hope to have the participation of the whole Husky community, so get your team together and your tailfeathers moving! The beauty of a virtual 5K is that friends and family will be able to participate from their own neighborhood, gym, track, or treadmill, either independently or as part of a team.

Register for the race by November 13, and be entered to win a pair of AirPods! Prizes for individuals and teams! Proceeds will support all three schools’ essential technology, learning tools, and program supplies. 
Things To Know - Read This Section Every Week!
Picture Day and Picture Orders - 11/14: Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, is our rescheduled picture day. We would like to remind parents that this is a drive-through process and no parking is permitted, meaning students who drive will need a ride to and from their picture. For more information about arrival times, the photo procedure, and links to ordering, click the "Announcements and Events Details" button at the bottom of this section.
Updated - Purchase your 2020-2021 Yearbook and Yearbook Ads: The time has come to order your yearbook and the yearbook ad purchasing deadline has been extendended to December 20. This year students will not automatically get a yearbook at the end of the year. The book must be ordered through our printer’s website. We are being offered an early bird special of $90 per book if you order now. But this special will only last until December 20 so make sure you order today. Please click the "Announcements and Events Details" button at the bottom of this section to access more information and to order your yearbook.
PE and School Spirit Wear - 11/22 Order Deadline: The Husky School Store for Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH community will be re-opening just in time for the holiday season! You can find clothing, spirit wear, and even PE clothes by clicking the button below or visiting the link on the "Announcements and Events" page of our website. Though PE uniforms are not mandatory for students during distance learning, they will be necessary at some point when we return to campus. Happy Shopping!
Purchase Tickets for Council For Change - 12/10 & 12/11: Tickets are now available for our school production, Council For Change, with virtual performances taking place on December 10 and 11. Please scroll to the Council for Change section further down this e-mail or click the "Announcements and Events Details" below to purchase tickets or access more information.
Council For Change - Performances 12/10 & 12/11
Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Schools are proud to present

Council For Change

An original musical delving into and shedding light on some of the most important issues of our time. Performers selected topics, wrote scenes and sing songs that connect with their theme. Tech crew designed the production and the gift packets that will be mailed home to all who reserve by
December 4. 

Tickets must be reserved in advance.


Suggested donation: $15 
Admission Discover Days Referrals
Word-of-mouth referrals are a significant component to admissions for independent schools and we deeply appreciate any referrals provided by our community. We will be offering several admission-oriented "Discover Days" and virtual tours in the coming months and we would greatly appreciate it if you passed the word along within your network of family and friends. The above image can be copied and shared privately, on social media, or any other capacity you deem appropriate. Additionally, interested families may also view or RSVP for the available Discover Day and tour dates by accessing the web address below:


Support our schools with a gift to The Husky Fund!
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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