November 19, 2021
FEATURE: Remember Academy Hill In Your End-of-Year Giving Plan!
Your donation to the Annual Fund makes a direct and lasting impact on our students. Please join 100% of our dedicated faculty and staff by making your annual donation to Academy Hill today.

"This exceptional Academy Hill education is made possible by tuition and the additional financial support of generous parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and friends of the school. In fact, tuition only covers 89% of the cost of running AHS, which leaves a gap of more than $130,000 each year. The Academy Hill School Annual Fund helps fill this gap, thereby allowing the funding and flexibility to provide inspiring programs, retain amazing teachers, and support financial aid so that Academy Hill’s student body is both diverse and strong.

We hope that you will join us in supporting the Annual Fund this year, by making a gift at a level that is meaningful to you. Each and every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact on Academy Hill and our children’s experiences. We know that making a separate donation in addition to tuition is a new idea to many families...Our ultimate goal is achieving 100% parent participation as it serves as a nod of appreciation to the faculty and a wonderful example of the strength of this community." - from a letter to families from David and Kari Kayiatos
THANK YOU FOR RISING TO THE THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE!
We have reached 80+% of our Annual Fund goal ahead of the holiday weekend!
Progress Towards Annual Fund Goal
Announcing the 2021 Giving Tuesday
"Owl Be Home for the Holidays" Raffle
In honor of our 35th Anniversary, we encourage all families to make a donation of $35 to the Annual Fund this Giving Tuesday (November 30, 2021). Any Annual Fund pledge or donation received by 5:00p on Giving Tuesday is eligible for an entry in our raffle.

Please join us in celebrating our 35th year by remembering Academy Hill in your end-of-year giving plans!
Monson Savings Bank Community Giving Initiative
It's that time of year again! Monson Savings Bank, our partner bank, has announced its Community Giving Initiative. Those of you with us last year will remember that Academy Hill was fortunate to be named a winner in this annual giving program, earning money for scholarships and financial aid. Voting is easy and only takes a moment! Please click the link and cast a vote, and then share the link widely to all your family and friends. We will post the link to our social media accounts, as well, enabling you to share freely to your network. Anyone can vote! Please cast your vote today. 

All you need is your email address and our school name: Academy Hill School. All other information is optional.
2020 Community Giving Initiative Check Presentation
The National Junior Honor Society is Collecting New or Gently Worn Winter Clothes through November 22
2022 Strategic Plan Community Survey
Thank you for taking time to complete the 2022 Strategic Plan Survey. If your questions or concerns did not receive attention in a recent email, we invite you to reach out and speak directly to Melissa Earls, Head of School at your convenience.

Your input will be consulted by the Strategic Plan Committee as we work to develop goals and create a map for our school as we move forward together for the success of all.
2021 - 2022 COVID Safety Protocols and Information
The Academy Hill COVID Response Team - a dedicated team that includes school leaders, along with medical professionals, infectious disease and public health experts from among our parent community - meets regularly to review our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The most recent version of the Safety Plan can be found under the Parent tab on our Website. As we update or revise the plan, the latest version will be posted to the website in this location. As a reminder, all families agreed through the Parent and Student Handbook acknowledgement form that they are responsible for reading and complying with the most recent version of the Academy Hill COVID Safety Plan.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
Candids!
Mr. Zaluga and Coach Haggerty help Ms. McNierney and the '20 - '21 and '21 - '22 Travelers hang the OWL BOX created during the Spring 2021 Enrichment Clusters. Great job, Travelers! And thank you to our assistants!
Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, November 18 and all Thursdays unless noted
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends
7:00p via Zoom

Thursday, November 11
Veterans Day
NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19
NJHS Winter Warmth Drive

Friday, November 19
Trimester One Grades Close

Wednesday, November November 24 - Friday, November 26
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 3
Target Date for Progress Report Distribution
Parents: Please be sure your email is set to receive notification from our Academy Hill address. Progress Reports are sent electronically.

Wednesday, December 8
6:00p - 7:30p
ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE
Reservations Required

Wednesday, December 22 - Tuesday, January 4
Winter Holiday Break

Wednesday, January 5
Classes resume

Monday, January 17
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
NO SCHOOL

Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends!
We are thrilled to be able to continue regular Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends. Please plan to join us as we travel the world and explore new cultures together! This year we will hear unfamiliar tales, but also revisit some of the families and traditions we learned about over the past year and a half. Parents, please look for a link to Thursday Bedtime Stories in your email!

Next Story: Thursday, December 2 at 7:00p via Zoom

Next selection: The Ninth Night of Hanukkah written by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Shahar Kober

Summary: It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. So now they have no menorah, candles, dreidels, or, well, anything! Luckily, their neighbors are happy to help, offering thoughtful and often humorous stand-in items each night. And then, just as Hanukkah is about to end, Max and Rachel, inspired by the shamash (“helper”) candle, have a brilliant idea: they’re going to celebrate the Ninth Night of Hanukkah as a way to say thanks to everyone who’s helped them!
Alumni Corner
The next edition of the Alumni Newsletter will be released in December.

As you look ahead to winter, please send along any updates. We look forward to receiving college matriculation news from our Class of 2018 alumni!

While current conditions may prevent us from gathering in person this holiday season, please remember your elementary/middle school alma mater in your annual giving plan! Thank you!


Please send updates to academy@academyhill.org.
Parent Association News and Updates
All current AHS parents are considered members of the PA. There is no official process to join the Parents Association, and there are no dues!

    Please email the Parent Association for information about current PA activities.

Activities to look forward to include the annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Please remember to check your child's Friday Folder for news from the Parent Association!
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
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