Dear GMS Families,

I hope you had a great weekend and were able to spend time with family.

We wrap up the week with gratitude. Specifically, we want to thank the 150+ people who joined us for one of six virtual Head of School Huddles. The Huddles included four sections reviewing specific details for the 2020-21 school year, including how we are working during the pandemic; how we are preparing for in-person learning; how we will implement and individuate remote learning; and what to expect for our back-to-school schedule and communications.

As we finalize our plans for the school year, there are three things we need from you:
1. Review our Head of School Huddle
If you were unable to attend a Huddle, please watch our recording of the presentation. We've also provided a PDF of the slide deck. Our hope is that we've shared enough information about the upcoming school year so you can tell us whether you need to make any changes to your enrollment by this Wednesday, July 29 (see below).
2. If there are any changes to your enrollment plans, tell us by Wednesday, July 29
More specifically, we only need to hear from you:

  • If you are choosing to start the year in remote learning rather than in-person. (See the Head of School Huddle or email Rhea Egbert for details or to schedule a conversation to discuss.)
  • If you are currently signed up for CASA (either All-Inclusive, Early-Bird, or After-School for three days per week) and no longer need CASA this year.
  • Please note, as reviewed in the Huddle (31:47 in the recording or slide 19 of the PDF presentation), Drop-In CASA is no longer an option for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, All-Inclusive CASA days during holidays, teacher workdays, and parent-teacher conference days will no longer run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to staffing impossibilities. Instead, All-Inclusive CASA during no-school holidays will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • If you have any other potential enrollment changes for your family.

If any of the above situations apply to your family, we need to hear from you by this Wednesday, July 29, so we can continue our planning and preparations.
3. Attend our Town Hall Event
Also this Wednesday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m., we are hosting a Town Hall event featuring Jamie Cosson, executive director of YMCA Camp Weaver, and Dr. Cynthia Snider, infectious disease specialist at Cone Health Regional Center for Infectious Disease.
Jamie, and his wife, Stacy, have two children at our School. He serves on our board of trustees and Stacy is one of our Primary teachers.

Cynthia and her husband, Dr. Matthew Wong, have two children at our School. Cynthia is helping lead Cone Health's response to COVID-19.
Jamie Cosson
Dr. Cynthia Snider
Jamie and Cynthia will lend their expertise to the community and share their experience navigating COVID-19 in their organizations. This webinar-style event is open to anyone in our adult community.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or thoughts. Additionally, if you are experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 that threatens your continued enrollment at our School,  email me, so we can find time to discuss options.

We hope to hear from you throughout the week, whether you have questions from the Huddle, are sharing your plans with us, or are participating in the Town Hall. And we are really looking forward to safely seeing many of you soon.
Dr. Kevin Navarro
Head of School
Greensboro Montessori School
2856 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
336-668-0119 | gms.org