September 5, 2020

Dear Lower School Families,

Your children have now completed two weeks of school, and we look forward to all students in the Lower School being on campus beginning Tuesday, September 8. Your children have been very adept at learning many new protocols these past two weeks and, even though they have only been on campus a few days, they have shown their enthusiasm and engagement while in class and in taking their learning outside.

Routines take time to learn, and we ask for your patience in both the morning dropoff and afternoon pickup as we will have all 479 students being dropped off and picked up each day. Preparing your children for efficient dropoffs is greatly appreciated (masks on, backpacks zipped up, goodbyes said). A reminder that Grade 5 dropoff is at the Fieldhouse, but the afternoon pickup is in the main carline. Please have your name placards clearly visible to help us in identifying your cars.

Until we are up and running with our new SchoolPass app system, we continue using the paper-and-pencil method for our Health Screening Form. All students entering the school must have this form completed before coming to school. Please use the white sheets each morning. If you forget, we will provide forms and take your children’s temperatures in the carline.

Students are getting used to wearing their masks. Please make sure your children have a few extra clean masks at school each day. We have extras, when needed, but likely not as comfortable as the ones your children are used to wearing.

The new dates for the Lower School Back-to-School Nights are October 5-6. Both nights will be on Zoom and begin at 6:30 p.m. An opening general session will be followed by homeroom class presentations. Links will be sent closer to those dates.

6:30 p.m.   Welcome from Mr. Hansen and General Information
7:00 p.m.   Homeroom Teacher Information
Back-to-School Night Schedule
We will continue with our Parent Book Club this school year. Our first book is entitled There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk. Our book club will be virtual on Zoom, and we will meet on Tuesday, September 29, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss chapters 1-3 (pages 1-108). If interested, please complete this form.

This week’s parenting article is from the University of California Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and is entitled With Kids, Love Is in the Little Things. For those new to Academy, this site is an excellent resource for families.
Thank you all for registering ahead of time for our CASE after-school program for the 2020-21 season. Due to the number of registrations, we are working to maximize our resources while also being able to offer a quality after-care program for our families. To do this, we may have to pod our Kindergarten and Grade 1 CASE students together in one group as well as pod our Grades 4-5 together. Once these groups are established, they will stay consistent for the remainder of the year. This will allow us to be able to accommodate the needs of most and provide after-care for everyone that has registered. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Alyssa King.

Birthdays will continue to be celebrated at school. If parents or guardians wish to participate, you are welcome to join the celebration via Zoom; please just contact your children’s teachers at least a week in advance. Any treats brought into the school must be pre-packaged and, preferably, individually wrapped with a list of ingredients (reminder that we are a nut-free school).

Finally, we are planning for the opportunity for you to visit your children’s classrooms on a future Saturday. We are still working out the details (including the date), but it will be for parents/guardians, by sign-up, and will enable you to see where your children are learning as well as the modifications we have made to our Lower School in the pod environment (hallways, bathrooms, classroom spaces, etc.). More information to follow next week.

Enjoy this three-day Labor Day weekend, and we look forward to welcoming all lower school grades onto campus on Tuesday morning. Thank you for all of the support and patience you continue to show all of us -- it is greatly appreciated.

Be well,

Head of Lower School