November 20, 2020
Feature: Gratitude
We've all seen the commercials, memes and social media posts. Yes, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years yet for most of us. As we approach Thanksgiving, however, we are encouraged to remember the many gifts in our lives for which we can be grateful. As it has been for the past eight years, the opportunity to be a member of this exceptional community of teachers and learners is an incredible blessing for which I will always be grateful.

I hope you enjoy a peaceful and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday and break with your family. Please stay safe. I appreciate the sacrifices we make now to be certain we all come back to campus healthy and safe early in the new year.


Melissa Earls, P'16
Head of School

NOTE: There will be no Friday Newsletter next week. The next edition will be distributed on December 4!
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Flu Shot Requirement
This school year, the Department of Public Health has added an influenza vaccine requirement for all students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. This requirement was put in place to reduce influenza-related morbidity and to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness in a population still facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to have received an influenza vaccine for the current influenza season by December 31, unless either a medical or a religious exemption is provided to the school. The exemption must be recorded in writing.
 
To obtain an influenza vaccine, please contact your child’s medical provider, local urgent care clinic, or local area pharmacy. Please submit documentation of your child's flu vaccination once it has been administered.
Annual Fund Update
Progress Towards Annual Fund Goal
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends -
Each Thursday Through December!
Mrs. Earls is thrilled to share Thursday evening bedtime stories through December 17 (there will be no story time on Thanksgiving). 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. We will begin the new series of stories with books that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us each Thursday at 7:00p. (Note: The December 10 story will begin at 7:15p.) Children of all ages are welcome!
Next Selection (Thursday, December 3 at 7:00p): Dr. Suess's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original edition)
Zoom Game Afternoon with Mrs. Earls:
Holiday Edition
Attention Middle School Scholars: Join Mrs. Earls on Friday, December 11 at 2:00p for a special "Holiday Edition" of our Zoom Game Afternoon series! The link is in the Middle School Google Hangout chat.
Congratulations, Dr. Brody!
Earlier this week, Mr. Brody successfully defended his dissertation, "Peculiar Capitalism: Fast-Food Franchising and Entrepreneurship in Postwar America" to earn a Ph.D. in American History from George Mason University. He is now DR. Brody! (Although he still prefers to be addressed as Mr. Brody!) Congratulations! We are enormously proud of you!
Remote Schedules Now Available
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 Monday, November 30 through Friday, January 8 (with the exception of the midwinter break from noon on December 18 through January 3).

Reminder: There are no classes next week as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and provide our teachers with professional development days.

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
Thursday, December 3
(and all Thursdays through December 17, excluding Thanksgiving Day)
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends at 7:00p
(Note: The Dec. 10 story will begin at 7:15p)

Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holiday Recess
NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 30
Begin Remote Instruction

Friday, December 11
Middle School Game Afternoon (Zoom) with Mrs. Earls
Holiday Edition

Friday, December 18
Holiday Zoom Webinar - Midwinter Vacation Begins

Monday, January 4
Remote Instruction Resumes

Monday, January 11
All Students Return to Campus for In-Person Classes

Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
Candids from our Return to Remote Instruction
Alumni Corner
Attention AHS Class of 2017!
We wish you good luck as you prepare to apply to 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.

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!
As you begin your holiday shopping, please remember to sign up for AmazonSmile and to choose Academy Hill as your partner organization. See the link below!
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
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