April 16, 2021
FEATURE: 2020 - 2021 Annual Fund Update
Thank you for your generous contributions to another successful Annual Fund campaign.

We capped off our Development activities with a re-imagined Non-Gala Gala, featuring a competitive and spirited Friendly (Family) Feud style game. 50 participants joined our virtual event, powered by Sporcle. The winning team, The Scholars, will receive gift card prizes just after the break. Congratulations to the Lunden's, the Battey's, and the Dion's (joined by the Earls Family)! Thanks to all players. Families and staff shared many laughs and smiles as we approach the end of this unique year.

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Friendly Feud raffle winners:

Raffle #1 - AHS Traditions Basket - The Blake Family
Raffle #2 - Balise Car Wash - The Lunden Family
Raffle #3 - GMS/Forum Supplies Basket - The Bertera Family

We will be announcing the Blake Head of School Day (a surprise day off for students during the 21 - 22 academic year) soon!
(Note: The surprise HoS day replaces a teacher professional development day.)

Thank you!
June SPARK Registration NOW OPEN
Deadline for Registration: May 14!
Reminder: AHS COVID Travel Protocols Remain In Place
Governor Baker recently revised the travel guidance for Massachusetts residents who travel out of state. Please note that Academy Hill is maintaining current restrictions. Any student who travels out of state overnight (or out of Massachusetts and/or Connecticut if they are a Connecticut resident) must wait until 4 days after their return and produce a negative COVID test before returning to campus.

We have preserved an excellent track record for health and safety in this pandemic year. Please remain vigilant and continue to care for others in our community. We understand that some of you plan to travel next week. Please understand that we will be enforcing these protocol.

If you have any questions, please review the AHS Re-Entry Plan posted to our website.
Reminder: Morning health screenings are required for ALL students prior to their arrival each day. Students will not be permitted to enter the school until their health screening has been submitted.

Please click HERE to log in to the Academy Hill Health Portal. If you have questions, please contact Miss Kelli.
Rescheduled SPIRIT WEEK: MAY 3 - 7
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!
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends Continue
Mrs. Earls is thrilled to share Thursday evening bedtime stories, and plans to continue the tradition indefinitely. Please look for a Zoom link in your parent email. If you did not receive a link but would like to join, please send a note to Mrs. Earls. Each week, Mrs. Earls or a special guest will read a new bedtime story.
Next Selection: Acoustic Roosters Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume, by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Tim Bowers.

Synopsis: Indigo is scared to perform at her upcoming concert. After her mother sings her to sleep, Indigo wakes up inside her favorite book. She meets a talking animal band led by a fowl named Acoustic Rooster. After the barn is destroyed, Indigo organizes a concert to raise funds for rebuilding. When she wakes up, she has the courage and confidence to perform her solo.

Please note that there is NO STORY the week of April vacation. Bedtime Stories resume on Thursday, April 29!
Enjoy April Vacation!
Relax and have fun, but please stay safe! We look forward to welcoming you back to campus on Monday, April 26.

Please remember that COVID travel protocols remain in place. If you travel out of state for an overnight experience, you must wait until 4 days after your return to test, and then produce a negative result before coming back to in-person learning. Thank you for keeping our community safe!
Mark Your Calendars
Thursdays at 7:00p
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends
Note: There is no story during April break!

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23
Spring Break - No Classes

Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7

Monday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 9
Enrichment Clusters/All-School Field Day

Thursday, June 10
Last Day of Classes for All Students
Last Day on Campus for grades PK -7

Friday, June 11
8th Grade Commencent
Note: Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the live graduation ceremony is restricted. Stay tuned for information about our planned livestream of the event.

Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 25
June SPARK - Registration Now Open!
Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
The Class of 2021 received its first gift from the AHS Alumni Association late last week. Congratulations, 8th grade. You are flying high in your new Academy Hill hoodies!
Alumni Corner
The next edition of the Alumni Newsletter will be released in June. Please send any updates! We will feature the post-secondary plans for the Class of 2017, as well as interesting facts and accomplishments submitted by other recent alumni. If you'd like us to include your update, please send us your news by May 30!

Please send updates to academy@academyhill.org.
Parent Association News and Updates
The Parent Association is excited to announce its first-ever Spring plant and flower sale. We are using Flower Power Fundraising to bring this new fundraising event to AHS. Please check your student's Friday Folder for more information and a catalogue.

You may also view the Flower Power catalog and shop at our AHS Parents Association online store using the link below.

Please remember that participation in PA fundraisers is always welcome, but never mandatory. We raise funds to support special events for our school community including Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, Back-to-School gifts for students, and the Halloween Spooktacular. We also support social events such as the International Feast. We look forward to re-introducing many of these fun annual traditions in the coming months, and appreciate your support.

Please note that PA fundraisers are never used to support the instructional program at Academy Hill.
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.
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
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