June 10, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, June 15, 6:00 pm
FOCUS GROUP: Early Childhood

Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 pm
FOCUS GROUP: Grades 1-5

Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 pm
FOCUS GROUP: Grades 7-8

Saturday, June 20, 10:00 am
8th Grade Commencement

Friday, June 26 by 5:00 pm
End of Year student reports released to parents
in BigSIS portal
Messenger At A Glance

Weekly Bulletin:
  • Next Week - RWS COVID-19 Focus Groups
  • Beyond the Classroom
  • 8th Grade Commencement - June 20
Administrative Bulletin:
  • The Sun Fund Update
  • Enrollment Updates
  • Note about Payment Plans
Community Bulletin:
  • High School Placements - Class of 2020 
  • Clare's 8th Grade Project - Yearbook
Final drop off and pick up this Thursday June 11, 4:00-6:00 pm
Teachers will communicate directly with families regarding specific details about the final drop off and pick up on Thursday, June 11. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions.
Thank you!
Weekly Bulletin
NEXT WEEK - RWS COVID-19 Focus Groups / Town Hall Follow Up
There has been a lot of movement and decision making happening at RWS, and yet still unknown circumstances for next year. Your school's leadership has been hard at work to address your questions and anticipate the best path forward for the Fall school year. Join us for updates from school leadership and an opportunity to share your voice, ask questions, and follow up on many of the topics we discussed in our last town hall. Our hope is for smaller, more specific conversations, and we hope for a dialogue and updates of our plans.

EARLY CHILDHOOD Forum - Monday, June 15 at 6:00 PM

GRADES 1 - 5 Forum - Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 PM

GRADES 7 - 8 Forum - Wednesday, June 17 at 6:00 PM

Focus Groups will be moderated by the 19-20 PA Co-Moderators, Lindsey Kirchmier and/or Derek Redwine. Please join us, or share your voice in advance if you cannot!
Beyond the Classroom
Improved Distance Learning Guidelines & Expectations
We have been taking into account many suggestions and concerns about distance learning and reviewing our approach over the last couple of months. The Pedagogical Task Team created improved guidelines and expectations for delivering distance learning if we must use that method again. Please see below links to review these documents.

8th Grade Commencement - June 20, 10:00 am - Livestream
As we close this school year, we will hold Commencement for our fourteen 8th grade graduates on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. We invite the RWS community to tune in virtually for a Livestream of the ceremony through our Private Facebook Community Page to celebrate their accomplishments.

Administrative Announcements
The Sun Fund Update
Thank you to our recent Sun Fund donors! Each week we are seeing an increase in donations, and we know that this generosity means so much to our families in need . Everyone here at RWS is so appreciative of our community during this time, and always.

The Sun Fund was launched last month to help families in need cover this and next year's tuition costs, and already we have seen success. Donations made go into a pool and that money is awarded out to families who apply for assistance.

Donations can be made and awards can be applied for until July 31st, 2020.

Please contact Nancy Cross or Valerie Hogan for questions.
Enrollment Updates
Tuition agreements are due in TADS by July 31, 2020 . We will require that all families complete the contract / payment plan through the TADS portal by this date. Following the July 31 deadline, the enrollment fee will increase to $350 . No exceptions. We appreciate your commitments as we identify our enrollment, class rosters, and our budget for next year's operations.

Thank you!
Note about Payment Plans
Tuition payments are beginning this month, June 2020. If you are already set up in TADS, you can log into TADS to see your payment schedule and amounts. 

We want to make parents aware that by beginning payments this month, parents can spread the tuition payments across 12 months (June 2020 - May 2021). We know this is important for some of our monthly payers. If you wait until July to set up your tuition agreement, please keep in mind that TADS will consolidate your payments into 10, slightly larger payments (August - May). All tuition for next year should be paid by May 31, 2021. 

Reach out to Valerie Hogan if you have any questions. You can also contact TADS directly or log into your TADS account for details on your tuition agreement.
Community Bulletin
High School Placements for the RWS Class of 2020
Congratulations and Best of Luck!
Logan Amey , The Steward School
Cyrus Bullington , Richmond Community High School
Qasim Jafari-Busuulwa , Henrico High School
Aaron Jernigan , Matoaca High School
Nina Kelly , Thomas Jefferson High School
Tegan Lafland, The New Community School
Clare Maury , The New Community School
Jude McCall , Richmond Community High School
Axel Nevarez Carrillo , CodeRVA Regional High School
Carter Nieman , Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
Sarah Starr Redwine, Richmond Community High School
Daphne Rowan, Hermitage High School - Center for the Humanities
Aiden Vick, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
Malakai Wiley, Hermitage High School - Center for the Humanities
Clare's 8th Grade Project - Yearbook
For her 8th grade project (overseen by Mrs. Pollard), Clare Maury is creating an 8th grade yearbook!

In order to help offset the cost, she is selling ad space.

The yearbook will be 8 1/2" x 11", and each ad will be a quarter page. Each ad will be $25.00. These ads can obviously be for a business or a service, but they can also be a great way to send a message to an 8th grader that you love! As an example, when Clare's mom graduated from high school, she put an ad in her yearbook wishing her younger brother good luck with the rest of his high school years. Send Clare and and her mom Heather ( claremaury@gmail.com and hsmaury@gmail.com ) your ideas. If you have artwork, send that also.

Any questions, contact Clare directly! Thanks everyone.

Venmo the $25.00 to Heather at hsmaury70@gmail.com (Any money exceeding the cost of the project will be donated.)