Dear Parents,

Happy Saturday! Just a week ago, we all began our spring break with thoughts of rest, relaxation, and fun. Instead, we had to adapt to a constantly changing world. While this may seem like a daunting time in a developing landscape of education, please know that your child’s teachers and school administrators have been working diligently throughout their spring break to create robust and stimulating curricula for your child. We will be communicating with you often but thought we should hit some topics to get started this week.  

You may have noticed that Ms. Cieutat’s name is not on this letter. Ms. Cieutat asked Mr. McGourin to step in while she spends the necessary time supporting her family. He has been working on the administrative team to ensure our Hough Campus is ready for their digital learning experience.    

Virtual Learning Plans

When do we begin?
We need some time to prepare and to provide professional development for our teachers. They will be setting up their “classrooms” on Monday and Tuesday so that we are all ready to go on Wednesday, March 25 .  

My child did not bring home textbooks or classroom materials.
  • We will open both campuses on Monday, March 23 from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. (Knowlton) and 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Hough) to collect items.
  • This is simply a time to run in, get materials and leave.

We need technical support.
Please email with your specific need. The tech team is working diligently to be responsive to your child’s needs.

My child is feeling anxious.
Reverend Sullivan Clifton is preparing Schoology posts for each grade level to help parents address any anxiety issues children may have. Please email her at if you need more immediate assistance.

My child is a senior...
No matter what the year, this is traumatic and disruptive. However, for our seniors, this is hard. We are not canceling any of the special events for our seniors at this time, but we may have to move some events around in the calendar. Please be patient and keep reading our updates.

Field Trips, Special Events, Canterbury Traditions
Regarding events, we do not want to cancel events, but sometimes we will be forced to do so because of our outside providers or because we cannot get in our space right now. Please keep reading our emails, checking the school website , or checking Schoology for updates on all events.

As a final thought during these very stressful times, it’s important that we show each other empathy, patience, and grace. Our teachers and administrators are working incredibly hard to ensure that learning continues for all students, and we will be engaged in constant professional development on virtual learning. We are all in this together. We thank you for your support, and please know that we are here to support you in these spaces where we have never been before. Reach out to your principal, reach out to your child’s teachers, reach out to each other. We are here for you.  

Donnamarie Hehn
Upper School Principal
Paul Kostak
Middle School Principal
Michael McGourin
Hough Campus Assistant Principal