April 22, 2020
Closed, but Not Cancelled:
Connection still strong at MHA

Although not unexpected, Governor DeWine's announcement Monday to officially close our schools for the academic year was jarring. Our faculty and staff miss you all tremendously, and remote learning can never replace the beauty that happens within our classrooms.  As we grieve these cancelled plans and missed memories, we can be encouraged. Our physical campus is closed, but our community is still close. 

Your children are engaged in real, active learning with an ultimate purpose of glorifying God and enjoying Him forever. A global pandemic may have changed how we connect with your children and our curriculum, but it has not changed our commitment to delivering a classical, Christian education to our families in a comprehensive way. I am humbled as I see how are teachers have risen to the challenge to keep that commitment to you.

The very nature of our school's mission and vision fuels us on as we consider the upcoming weeks. When you enrolled at MHA, we promised to provide an excellent, classical, Christian education. Supporting our families is at the core of our community, and we are ready to continue doing so throughout the remainder of the school year.

This education model is one that can thrive in the midst of a pandemic, because we are reminded of what true education is -- it is learning about the wonders of God's world, reflecting on them, and growing closer to Him. It sets our eyes on finding what is true, good, and beautiful and ultimately seeing His face in the midst of chaos. 

Note: Please watch for a video announcement coming later this week with details regarding the remainder of the year.
Packet Pick Up:
Friday, 12-6 p.m.

If you have requested packets to pick up, materials for the week of April 27 will be available Friday, April 24 from noon to 6 p.m. If this time does not work for your family, please call the front office to make alternate arrangements. If you need a packet and have not yet made a request, please contact Patsy Hall by Thursday at 6 p.m.

You may come into the building to pick up packets or call the front office once you arrive for curbside delivery. The front office staff will be monitoring the number of people in the building, so please be patient if you must wait. We ask that no more than one child accompany a parent into the building.

To minimize exposure and maintain social distancing, please come through the front doors, bypass the front office, and go directly to St. Andrew’s, where you will find lunch tables labeled for each grade. Please use the hand sanitizing station before walking to your children’s appropriate grade-level tables. Pick up the appropriate materials, and then exit through the side doors. To minimize the risk for everyone, please limit the amount of time you are in the building. 

If at any time your printing needs change -- whether you would like to begin receiving printed materials or no longer wish to pick up printed materials, please contact the front office or email  patsy.hall@marshill.edu
Join Us for a round of MHA at Home Bingo!

What have you been doing over the past month during our MHA at Home learning experience? Who's ready to play quarantine Bingo?

Playing is easy! Simply download the card below and mark off the activities you've done during the stay-at-home order.

Get five in a row or multiple Bingos? Post your card to the MHA at Home Facebook page or send it to Lisa Knodel. Every student submitting a card will be entered into a drawing for one of five Dairy Queen gift cards!

Be sure to return your card by next Wednesday, April 29 at noon!

Click the image below to download your card and start playing!
This year’s Highlander Hustle is going virtual!

MHA will bring a bit of the Scottish Highlands to your home with the first-ever virtual Highlander Hustle 5K Kilt Run and Walk.

Open to everyone of all ages, run or walk your 5K (3.1 miles) anywhere, anytime between now and May 25 (kilts are still strongly encouraged!).

How do I participate?
Race bags may be added to your registration for a small fee and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 2. Download and print your customized race bib.

 3. Run or walk your 5K anywhere, anytime through May 25.

4. Post photos of yourself on *your* race day to the Highlander Hustle Facebook page.

5. Let us know when you have completed your race, and we’ll email you a certificate to download and print.

For more information or to register, visit www.marshill.edu/5k.
Check out this year's Summer Camp offerings!
Starting to get a little stir crazy? Need something fun to look forward to this summer? Be sure to check out MHA's offerings of Summer Camps!  You'll find camps for the entire family -- Pre-K, youth, adult, drama, crafts, sports, and more!

Due to the uncertainty of group gatherings in the next few months, you can register with no financial commitment at this time.
Yearbook Help Needed
Mrs. Weitzel is hard at work putting together the 2019-20 yearbook. Please submit your pictures showing what you are doing at home. These can be pictures of your at home class setup, using the MHA Online Classroom, connecting with your friends, or activities you are doing while home. Click here to share them with Mrs. Weitzel.
Join the MHA at Home Facebook Group

MHA at Home is a support group for the MHA community as we navigate together the temporary transition to at-home learning. It’s a place to help our community continue to thrive and to support one another. Please share resources, tips, words of encouragement, and photos or videos of what school looks like for your students at home.

Remember, the online classroom portal and your child’s teachers are your primary sources of information for specifics on instruction and content. This group is a place to foster community and support one another.  

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