Welcome to the Week of October 4, 2020
Dear Families,
Now that we're in the swing of things, there are many events happening over the next few weeks. Please take a moment to browse the information presented below. As always, please reach out to us with questions and we look forward to another week!

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
At a Glance
October 6 | Financial Aid Night
October 6-8 | Curriculum "Night" Online
October 8 | Distance Learning Meal Pickup
October 9 | Distance Learning Q2 Return to Campus Form Due
October 12 | Student Holiday
October 15 | Distance Learning Meal Pickup
October 16 | End of Quarter 1
A Closer Look
COVID Counter

In the event that a teacher or student who attends school on campus tests positive for Covid-19, a key part of our response will be to inform families. All families of students in the section(s) with the positive case will be notified of the case by email on the same day (or the following day if the notification arrives after hours). 

Additionally, we will notify the entire Great Hearts Irving community by updating the “Covid Counter” on our website. The counter may be found under the Parent Resources tab on the Great Hearts Irving homepage. This counter is not a running total, rather it states the current number of on campus scholars or teachers currently in quarantine with a positive case. It will be updated by 6pm on school days as needed. All positive cases will be quarantined until all requirements are met for their safe return.  
Parent Support & Room Parents

Our teachers are working incredibly hard to manage both distance learning and on-campus learning. We want to make sure we are supporting them and thanking them, and we have many opportunities for you to help us do this! Please take a moment to fill out the Parent Volunteer Survey and Teacher Lounge TLC Sign Up.
Curriculum "Night" Online

Like many things, Curriculum "Night" will look a little different this year. Teachers will share a sample lesson they recorded during the first quarter. A link to these videos will be sent out Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm and will remain available through the evening of Thursday, October 8th.
Financial Aid Night

On Tuesday, October 6th from 7-8pm, 11th and 12th Grade students and parents are invited to attend our Financial Aid Night. We will hear from a Trinity University Financial Aid Officer who will explain the college financial aid process. Sign up now!
ESL Night

Our ESL program is a crucial part of our mission to provide a classical, liberal arts education in pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. Families of English Language Learners are invited to join us virtually on October 7 from 5:00-6:00pm. Contact our ESL Coordinator, Celeste Wheelock, with questions (celeste.wheelock@greatheartsirving.org).
Upper School Conferences

We have decided to dedicate Fall Break (October 18-23) to well-earned and much needed rest and relaxation and will not hold conferences as we have in the past. To respect our teachers’ time and to accommodate the concerns of families with a student who has earned a C or lower in at least one class, optional Parent-Teacher conferences will occur over Zoom in the afternoons of Friday 10/30 and Friday 11/6. More information and sign-ups will be forthcoming.
Quarter 2 Return to Campus Form

On Tuesday of last week, the Quarter 2 Return to Campus Form was sent to families of students participating in Distance Learning. Choosing online learning for Quarter 2 is binding until the end of the quarter (January 15, 2021). Families with students on campus can opt to switch to Distance Learning at any time, but then must remain in Distance Learning until the end of the quarter. Click the button below to view Tuesday's communication.
Mustang Spirit Store

Ashley Davis, a wonderful GHI parent, has done an amazing job revamping out Spirit Store, including a new vendor. To celebrate our Grand Re-Opening you can get 20% off of your order by using the promo code GREATHEARTSNS20 if you shop by Tuesday, October 13th! Visit the PSO page on the GHI website under "Parent Resources" to shop now!
Mustang Athletics

Cross Country and Girls Volleyball started last week! Please refer to the athletics page located under "Academy Life" on the GHI website for more information. Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions (gary.gray@greatheartsirving.org).
From Our College Counselor
Lunch with the Counselor

On Monday, October 26th, parents are invited to join our College Counselor, Ms. Priscilla O'Neill, for her monthly meeting about all things college. The topic for October is Financial Aid. After a short presentation, Ms. O'Neill will take questions.
For the calendar of college counseling events for the year and much more, please visit our College Counseling webpage.
Ways You Can Help

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!