Newsletter| December 7, 2020

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Home Screening and Re-Entry Qualifications
We are doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that we can keep our doors open. We are asking everyone to conduct a home screening every day before they come on arrive on campus.
Please review and print out the Student Home Screen and the Re-Entry Criteria documents.
Fax Number
For doctor's notes, use fax number
Attn: Nyree Preston
Important Dates
December 7: PSO Meeting see below for details

December 11: Deadline for Return to Learning Form

December 21-January 3: Closed for Winter Break

January 4: Back to School!

January 13: Picture Retake Day

January 18: Closed for MLK Jr. Day

January 19: Closed for Professional Development
January 20: Start of Semester 2

January 22: Full Day Friday

February 8-12: Five Days of Giving

February 12: Great Hearts Day

February 15: Closed for Presidents Day

February 19: Full Day Friday

March 15-19: Closed for Spring Break

April 2: Closed for Good Friday

April 5: Bad Weather Day
For those of you who weren't able to attend the volunteer training, you can view it HERE. Passcode is: %@UbE4D8

After you have watched the training, download the FERPA Acknowledgment Form (linked below) and email to Mrs. Ogden at
Volunteer Needs

If you are interested in helping out please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Cooper, at
Before coming on campus, please fill out COVID-19 Screening form by clicking HERE. Your results will be sent to the front office.
Parent Service Organization
Join us for the Quarterly PSO Zoom Meeting - Monday, December 7th at 6pm. Submit your questions/suggestions prior to the meeting to

We'll be meeting via Zoom. Click here for the link to the meeting.

Please complete your Classroom Contact Information form via QR code or printing the attached form found here.

Read the newsletter for additional committee information.

Beth Zemkoski, President | Blaire Moore, Vice President
Jennifer Cooper, Room Parent Representative & Volunteer Coordinator | Athena Wilcher, Treasurer
Snowflake Fund
"Want to knock out teacher gifts faster than you can write a list of
Spalding words three times?"

Contribute to the Snowflake Fund and quickly give to all the Great Hearts teachers and staff that provide your child with a wonderful, classical education.
If you’re ready to check those gifts off your list, the Snowflake Fund is now accepting contributions through:
Venmo – @GHL-SnowflakeFund
Zelle – 817-709-1200
Prefer to write a check? Snowflake Committee members will be collecting checks on December 8 in the afternoon carpool line. Look for the parents with snowflake buckets & bandanas. Checks should be made out to Great Hearts Lakeside Snowflake Fund. No cash is accepted! 

Students are collecting coins to participate in the generosity. Let your scholars join in by earning a little money or searching for loose change this weekend to gift to their teachers through the Snowflake Fund. Generosity Jars are in every classroom and students who contribute get a super cool sticker.

The Snowflake Fund collects money from Great Hearts families to give to teachers, teachers’ assistants and staff as a holiday gift. Money is collected through December 11 and then divided evenly and distributed to faculty and staff members of Great Hearts Lakeside the week before Winter Break. More information at"
Carpool Reminders
A few reminders--you have two options at drop off.

1) Drive all the way through carline to drop off in front of the school or

2) Park off campus to walk your child across Harris Parkway, all the way up to the front door.
Scholars should not be dropped off on Harris Parkway or in the parking lot to cross carline traffic. This is for efficiency and most importantly, for scholar safety.
All families need the yellow carline sign. If yours is lost or if you are new and never received one, please contact Ms. Woodruff at

If you walk up to the building for pick-up. Please be mindful of others and practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
Uniform Reminders
Dress your scholar warmly! We are making every effort to take our scholars outside everyday.

Remember that scholars may wear any color coat, jacket, scarf or gloves outside that has no pop culture references.

Sweaters or fleeces worn inside the classroom must be uniform with the Great Hearts logo. Scholars may also wear long-sleeved undershirts or turtlenecks in white, navy or black. In addition, young ladies may wear white or navy tights beneath their skirts and jumpers.
Carefully review the mask policy.

Masks should be plain in color or have a non-representational pattern that is repetitive.

Masks must not have any words or messages printed on them.

Masks cannot have any symbols on them, so masks with crayons, superhero logos, or American flags are not acceptable.
Shoes must be all black or all white, including the sole. High tops are not allowed.

Belts are required for all students wearing shorts or pants in first grade and above.

Please remember the pop culture policy. All lunch boxes, water bottles and backpacks must be devoid of popular culture references. Generic images of flowers, spaceships, mermaids, dinosaurs are acceptable.
For any further questions about the uniform, click HERE to review the uniform policy. The policy applies each and every day of school. Any student who is in violation of the uniform policy will receive an infraction. After 5 uniform infractions, an after school detention will be issued.
Breakfast and Lunch
Great Hearts Lakeside partners with Preferred Meals for our breakfast and lunch program. All meals are paid for through My Mealtime, and students purchase their meal with their assigned ID number.

If you wish to purchase a meal for your scholar, first set up an account on Mealtime.

  • Your scholar will be able to purchase a meal as long as there is a balance on his or account, and you do not have to notify the school ahead of time regarding what days he or she will eat lunch or breakfast.

If you do not know your lunch number, Add 00 to the 4 digits of your scholar's Google credentials.

  • For example, if the Google credentials were d.ogden1234, the MealTime ID number would be 001234.

If you believe that your scholar will qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, please use the links below to apply.

We will provide a lunch if your scholar does not have one. Please keep your account current. After your account has reached a balance of -$40.00, we will provide a substitute meal until your account is up to date.

Distance learning families can continue to pick up food by week as we have done for the past few weeks. A Sign-Up Genius was sent out within the last week to those who to wish to participate.

This program is optional. Scholars are more than welcome to bring their own lunch from home. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available. We ask that you refrain from sending soda.
After School
Register for the Athenaeum After-School Program!
Athenaeum is our after-school program for grades K-5. Athenaeum is focused on the liberal arts and promotes learning by providing students dedicated homework time in addition to enriching and academically oriented activities. Scholars also have time for snack, games and recreation, and time to socialize with friends.
The Athenaeum After-School Program has resumed since in-person learning is taking place.

For more information and to register, visit our academy website and click on Academy Life
-->After School Programs.

For questions, please contact your Campus Coordinator, Kayley Walker, at
Late Pick-Up Policy
All students MUST be picked up by 4:10 PM unless they are enrolled in an after school activity. After 4:10 PM (2:10 PM on early release days), parents of students who have not been picked up will be called by the school administration.  Late pick-up will be administered by Athenaeum and a charge of $1 per minute will be incurred. Parents arriving after 4:10 PM (2:10 PM early release) will need to park and sign their child out.

All students should be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of practice or club. Any student still waiting will fall under the above policy. Siblings of students in clubs and sports must be picked up before 4:10 PM, may enroll in Athenaeum  or incur the late charge.
Family Handbook
Finally, familiarize yourself with the 2020-2021 Family Handbook. Whenever you have questions about procedures, policies, or any sentence beginning with "How would the school handle...?" the Family Handbook is the place to start.