Welcome to the Week of January 24, 2021
Dear Families,
As we march into the second week of the second semester, we also want to take time to reflect on the first semester. To do so, parent-teacher conferences will be held via Zoom this Friday, January 29, and next Friday, February 5. You will receive an email with signup instructions on Monday.
Below are announcements and important upcoming dates. In particular, please read the Community Investment message from Keo Strull, our Director of Academy Giving. We look forward to a wonderful week. As always, please reach out to me with your questions.

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
Community Investment
We ask you, our parents, to invest in the education of your child by contributing to the Community Investment Fund. Your participation is your way of giving back to the school and thanking our dedicated teachers for the passionate work they do. Our goal is for every family to participate in this very important program. No gift is too small - every gift is the gift of a hero! Your gifts make a real, visible impact to the day-to-day lives of your children and their teachers. Our community's past contributions have helped pay for:

  • Tinting for our first-floor windows to save money on electric bills and provide additional safety;

  • Additional health safety, acrylic dividers on every desk, hand sanitizing stations placed all over the school, contactless thermometers purchased for regular checks, A/C system upgrade to medical grade air filters, masks and hand sanitizer for every classroom, 3 full-time cleaning staff;

  • Playground equipment upgrades, including a sport court, courtyard turf, new playground funded and to be installed soon, basketball hoops, and other sports equipment;

  • New water fountains installed with built-in water bottle dispensers; and

  • The many custom-made reproductions of the most beautiful paintings in history that now decorate our corridors.

Now is the time to be part of Community Investment! A contribution to Community Investment is easy. To enroll from our website go to greatheartsirving.org, click the “Give” button at the top of the page, then follow the “Be a Giving Hero” link to schedule your monthly gift or make a one-time gift. Or simply click the button below. For more information or help signing up, contact Keo Strull at keo.strull@greatheartsiving.org.
At a Glance
January 26 | Makeup Picture Day
January 29 | Upper School Conferences
February 5 | Upper School Conferences
A Closer Look
Semester 1 Conferences

Save the dates of Friday, January 29th and Friday, February 5th for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Conference Sign-Ups will be emailed to parents available Monday, January 25.
Makeup Picture Day

If you missed picture day in December, LifeTouch will return to the Upper School campus for picture retakes on Tuesday, January 26 .

10:30-11:30am: On-Campus Students
11:30am-1pm: Distance Learning Students
NHS Tutoring for Middle School

Our National Honor Society scholars are offering tutoring for middle school students in Literature, Math, and Latin second semester. Tutoring will be available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:40-4:10pm on campus and via zoom for distance learners.

If you would like your middle school child to receive tutoring either in person or online, please complete an interest form below.
Questions can be sent to Ms. Wheelock (celeste.wheelock@greatheartsiriving.org).
Senior Trip Flower Fundraiser

The Senior Trip is a long standing tradition within the Great Hearts Community. This year, our Seniors will take a 5-day sojourn to the Texas Hill Country.
To fundraise for this journey, our Seniors are selling flowers from a local nursery. Please consider buying a few flats of flowers to both cultivate your garden and support our first graduating class! Use the link below for more information!
Charter School Advocacy

Great Hearts Texas has recently hired Bridie Chaudoir, a Great Hearts parent, as its parent advocacy manager to help parents at each campus engage with elected officials and advocate for charter school funding. Ms. Chaudoir invites you to an advocacy training event January 26 & 27. Click below for more information on Ms. Chaudoir's role and the Advocacy Training Event.
School Report Card

The State of Texas 2019–20 School Report Card for GHI Upper School can be found here. The report provides information concerning student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. Due to COVID-19, STAAR® assessments were cancelled for the 201920 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data. The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law.
Mustang Athletics

Baseball Interest Meetings next week! Please visit the athletics page for dates and times by clicking the link below.
Visit the athletics page often for updates on Mustang Athletics. Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions (gary.gray@greatheartsirving.org).
Ways You Can Help
Spirit Event at Our Place

Our Place has generously offered to donate a percentage of all proceeds from Great Hearts families through the end of the school year! Simply drop your receipts from dine-in and carry-out orders into the GHI Box and enjoy your meal! Find more details on the flyer below!

Substitute Teachers

Due to the current state of affairs, we anticipate an increased need for:
 
  1. Short and long-term substitutes
  2. Athenaeum teachers and assistants
  3. Teachers available to fill mid-year openings

If you or someone you know has interest in applying, please use the links above to complete an online application today! Please reach out to careers@greatheartsamerica.org with any questions!

Arlington is Looking for a Director of Academy Giving

 Great Hearts Arlington is opening its doors to families this fall and looking for a skilled fundraiser, compelling storyteller, an exceptional communicator, and community building extraordinaire to fill the role of Director of Academy Giving. Please share the job posting with anyone you feel may be drawn to this key role with Great Hearts Arlington’s leadership team.