January 8, 2021
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Return to On-campus Instruction Temporarily Delayed
Earlier this week, we announced that the planned period of remote instruction has been extended. Last Monday, David Wells, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Melissa Earls, Head of School, met with the Executive Committee of the Re-Opening Committee and with members of our Health Advisory Committee. We want to thank Danielle Mazur, Kelli Brodhagen, Dayna Campbell, Chris Dow, Priya Malik, and Anupama Thambi for offering their guidance and medical expertise as we continue to respond to the pandemic in the most thoughtful way possible.

Our period of remote instruction has been extended through Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, with plans in place to reassess our options for the week of January 19. We plan to inform the community of our plans for the week of January 19 by Friday, January 15, or sooner.

This decision was made with the guidance of the physicians and public health professionals who have served as members of the Health Advisory Committee - Dayna, Chris, Priya and Anu - and with the health and safety of our community as our top priority. Each week, the team gathers and synthesize data from all of our feeder towns, and then represents that data in ways that highlight towns which have the highest impact on our numbers, reflecting density in relation to our school population. 

We continue to ask that all of our families respect our remote time next week. Please behave in ways that keep in mind the intention held when remote instruction was scheduled and extended. This should be a time when your family is quarantining after any travel, or after partaking in any celebrations held with family or friends outside of your household or immediate bubble. Your vigilance and cooperation will help us resume an in-person schedule in the near future. The Committee agrees that we cannot put our larger community at higher risk given the current data trends.

This week we also sent a survey to all current families. Your participation in this survey is critical as we make plans to resume in-person instruction. While the schedule is ultimately the decision of administration, with strong guidance from the Re-Opening and Health Advisory Committees, your comments and input are desired and respected. As always, the health and safety of our community and the logistics of re-opening the building in the time of this pandemic are our highest concerns.
Enrollment Contracts
Later today we will begin to issue enrollment contracts for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. This is ahead of our typical re-enrollment schedule, but as you will understand, the adjustment is necessary.

Due to parents' desire to find a meaningfully robust learning experience for their children, Academy Hill welcomed many new families this year. In fact, most of our classrooms are at capacity, especially as capacity is currently restricted by pandemic safety protocols driven by our commitment to keep our community healthy and on campus to the extent possible. That said, we have already received numerous inquiries and several applications for admission for the coming year. Some grade levels are on a waitlist for both the 2020 – 2021 and the 2021 – 2022 school years.

To be fair to our highly valued current families, and to our eager prospective
students, we are requiring that 2021 – 2022 enrollment contracts be returned by
January 31, 2021 to reserve your child’s place at AHS for next year. In
acknowledgment of your commitment, all families returning their contract and
deposit by January 31, 2021 will lock in the current tuition rate at their student(s)’
anticipated 2021 – 2022 grade level. For example, if your student is entering grade 6
in September 2021, your family will be charged the 2020 – 2021 grade 6 tuition
rate.

If you are unable to return your contract and deposit by January 31, 2021, your
child’s place at Academy Hill cannot be reserved. Please note that financial aid
remains available. If your family is experiencing financial hardship at this time, and
the contract deposit is prohibitive, please contact Christopher Zaluga before January
31, 2021.

I look forward to teaching and learning together next academic year.
Join Mrs. Earls for the Next Middle School Game Afternoon
Join us for some fun after a day of Zoom classes and take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your Middle School Scholar friends over a few games! Please see the Middle School Google Chat or your parent email for a link to our next Game Afternoon on Thursday, January 14 at 3:00p!
Annual Fund Update
Progress Towards Annual Fund Goal
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends Continues
Mrs. Earls is thrilled to share Thursday evening bedtime stories, and plans to continue the tradition through our period of remote instruction. 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 (Thursday, January 14 at 7:00p): A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant.
Remote Schedules Available Via Our Website
Please see the most recent version of our Re-Entry Plan for immediate access to the Remote Learning Schedules. We will use these published versions of class schedules from through Friday, January 15.

For those who are using AHS-issued chromebooks at home, please follow the following steps to log onto Google Classroom, SeeSaw, etc.

1. Restart your AHS Chromebook

2. Connect to your HOME WiFi Network

Important - To add the student to your home network, please follow these steps:

1. If the student is still logged in, please enter the student password. In the lower right hand corner click on the icon near the time. Select "sign out" to log the student out of his/her account.
2. Restart the computer.
3. In the lower right hand corner, click on the wireless icon, enter your home network user name and password.

If you get an error message, please ensure that the student is logged out and that you add your homework before logging the student in.

For technology issues, please reach out to Alan Brody.

3. THEN log in to your platform

For password assistance only, please reach out to Mrs. Earls.

Mark Your Calendars
Thursdays at 7:00p
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No Classes

Tuesday, January 19
All Students Return to Campus for In-Person Classes

Sunday, January 31
Deadline for Re-Enrollment Contracts
(space cannot be guaranteed after this date)

Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
Candids!
Alumni Corner
Attention AHS Class of 2017!
We wish you good luck as you await decisions from your post-secondary schools of choice, or as you contemplate gap years. Please know we remain here to support you! We look forward to receiving news of your acceptances as you make your final decisions. We'd love to feature your class plans in our Summer 2021 edition of the Alumni Newsletter, as we've done for your fellow alumni in recent years.

All classes: Look for the Winter 2020 edition in your mailbox or online!

Please send updates to academy@academyhill.org.
Parent Association News and Updates
All parents are encouraged to join us! To to get involved with Parent Association activities, please send a note to PA President, E'beth Wells today!
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
Academy Hill has been named a Constant Contact All Star Award Winner for 2018. Thank you to our subscribers for reading and responding to our emails! We remain proud of our strong commitment to home-school communication.
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