Welcome to the Week of December 13, 2020
At Great Hearts Irving, we endeavor to keep our hearts open to the joy of what is true, good, and beautiful each day of the year. Nevertheless, December is the time of year when our hearts and others' are opened yet further by the special joy of the holiday season. James Clear is a photojournalist who writes about an anthropologist who once asked the children of an African tribe to race toward a tree. The first to arrive could have all the fruit. The children then joined hands and ran as one. When asked why they all ran together, the children replied, "Ubantu. Is it possible for one to be happy if everyone else is sad?" In their language Ubantu means, "I exist because we exist."

As we move into January, we will return to having Art in our dedicated Art classrooms. Both rooms have been outfitted with desk shields, and all safety protocols will continue to be observed, including students wearing masks and sitting as socially-distanced as possible and maintaining existing cohort groups. In addition, close contact guidelines have been updated by the CDC and TEA. We will continue to implement our safety standards and notify families of the appropriate course of action should cases occur.

Great Hearts Irving is, first and foremost, a community, drawn into unity with one another by common purpose and our shared commitment to educating our children in wonder, virtue, and wisdom. We are grateful for your continued support and partnership within this community.
At a Glance
December 14–18 | Holiday Cookie Extravaganza
December 21–January 1 | Winter Break
January 4 | Back to School
January 8 | Deadline to Email Ms. Finn About Returning to In-Person Learning
Visit greatheartsirving.org for the most up-to-date information and much more.
A Closer Look
Spirit Night at Shake Shack
Visit Shake Shack Las Colinas anytime between 11am and 10pm this Wednesday, December 16 and 25% of sales will be donated to Great Hearts Irving. Shake Shack has worked hard to increase safety protocols for our event.

Holiday Cookie Extravangza
’Tis the season to treat our teachers to the best of your holiday kitchen for our 6th Annual Holiday Cookie Extravaganza! Help delight our teachers and celebrate their incredibly hard work, dedication, and love for our students and school by dropping off a holiday treat anytime this week.

Student Home Screening
Great Hearts has updated its Student Home Screening form. Please use this form to continue to rigorously monitor members of your family for symptoms and send only healthy students to school.

On the Horizon
Grade 2 Open Forum
Parents of Second Grade scholars are invited to a virtual Open Forum with Ms. Finn over Facebook Live on Monday, January 11 beginning at 8am.