June 12, 2020
Feature: Happy Summer!
Although our end of year festivities were not what we planned, we hope you were able to enjoy the 8th Grade Celebration, the Virtual Talent Show, and our Annual Art Showcase (see link below!). Some of you are currently enrolled in virtual SPARK classes, and we can see from shared photos that you are taking full advantage of these online introductions to stories and crafts, cooking with Harry Potter, photography, coding, literary magazines, cryptology, improvisation, Irish dance and more! We are pleased that so many of you have chosen to start your summer with AHS SPARK!

As we transition to this time of rest, rejuvenation, and personal and professional development, we also take a short break from our weekly Friday Newsletter. We will send out newsletters on occasion, so please continue to check your email inbox for summer editions. Weekly editions will resume at the end of summer.

Due to continued safety precautions, our administrative staff will continue to work from home through the end of July. We will re-evaluate our plans at that time. If you need to contact us during the summer months, please use our email addresses.

For financial questions, contact Christopher Zaluga, Director of Finance.

For questions regarding registration documents, contact Kelli Brodhagen, Director of Administration.

For general questions or other information, please contact Melissa Earls, Head of School.

Enjoy a safe and restful summer!
Have fun and read books!
Don't forget your summer reading assignments!
Eleanor and Denali show off their SPARK creations! Wonderful work, friends!
Cooking with Harry Potter and Mystical Stories and Crafts were just two of the many virtual SPARK offerings available this June!
Important Reminder: Retrieving Student Belongings
As previously announced, we have developed a plan for families to return chromebooks, textbooks or other materials that belong to the school, and at the same time to retrieve personal items left in student lockers and cubbies. In compliance with current guidelines and for the health and safety of our community, we intend to complete exchanges in an organized way, with no contact.

Kelli, Chris and Melissa will pack up student lockers and cubbies, and label individual bags. We will have bags ready when families arrive to return materials currently at home.

When families come to drop off materials, we will ask that they do so according to a strict schedule. Please plan to arrive as you would for drop off or pick up. Please have all textbooks and materials, including chromebook chargers, in one disposable bag per student, labeled with the student's name and current grade. Please keep chromebooks out of bags.  Do not exit your vehicle.  We will get the bag and chromebook from you through your open window.  Please make sure the person handing materials through the car window is wearing a face covering. We will also wear coverings. 

We will take the school materials and equipment from you, and return the pre-packed bag(s) of student belongings to you. 

Please plan to come according to the schedule posted here, or please contact Melissa Earls directly to schedule an alternate time. We will do our best to accommodate you, but to arrange the most efficient drop-off/pick-up process.

June 22, 9 - 11: CURRENT PreK, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2
June 22, 12 - 2: CURRENT Grades 3, 4, 5
June 23, 9 - 11: CURRENT Middle School
June 23, 12 - 2: By arrangement ONLY

1. Come at your appointed time or call Melissa Earls to reschedule.
2. Enter and exit as you would for drop-off/pick-up.
3. Do not leave your vehicle.
4. Hand bag and chromebook, as applicable, to us via open window. Wear a face covering, please!

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!
The 2020 Art Showcase is Now Available for Viewing
On behalf of Mrs. Goebel we are pleased to announce that the Academy Hill 2020 Virtual Art Show is now posted and available via our AHS YouTube channel. Please click the link below and enjoy the original and creative works of our fabulous young artists! Thank you to the entire Goebel clan for all they do to support our art program throughout the year! 
A New Summer Storytime Series Begins
We will begin a new series of morning and bedtime stories this summer, and will choose titles from a collection of books for young people that discuss race, race relations, protests and resiliency. 

This past Wednesday, Mrs. Earls read "The Other Side," by Jaqueline Woodson. This description of the book is taken from the jacket cover: "...Jaqueline Woodson gives us a moving, lyrical narrative told in the hopeful voice of a child confused about the fence someone else has built in her yard and the racial tension that divides her world." Thank you to those who chose to join us for this story. 

In future weeks, we will read "My Rows and Piles of Coins" (A Coretta Scott King Award winner), "This is the Dream" (a child's chronicle of the civil rights movement), "Henry's Freedom Box," (a true story of the Underground Railroad) and "Baseball Saved Us," (a children's story of the Japanese internment camps during WWII), among other selections. Please join us for each story.

Parents, look for links in your email!

Mark Your Calendars
AHS Annual Fund
There is still time to honor the extraordinary work accomplished by our teachers during this unprecedented time. Please help us to purchase new technology for use in distant learning and at school.
Every gift matters!
Alumni Corner
Attention Alumni: Please look for the latest edition of the Alumni Newsletter in your email inbox or click HERE to read the Summer 2020 issue today!

In this edition: Class of 2016 college plans; Celebrating our Alumni Volunteers; and more!
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