Dear Concord Hill Families;

As we near the end of Week 3, I continue to be impressed and grateful for everyone’s efforts to come together as a community during this challenging time. Our teachers pour their heart into their work, taking on feedback, learning what is working, and what can be improved as we seek to provide the best Home Learning experience for Concord Hill. Our students are beginning to get the hang of Zoom and are growing in their independence. Parents are wearing new hats and becoming their own technical support department in their homes. While the stress and anxiety remain high during this unusual time, I am reminded of the incredible resilience that has been demonstrated time and time again throughout history, especially in our youngest. This reassures me that we are going to be okay. Please take some time to review the message from our Counselor Lauren Huntley below who will be sharing weekly tips and articles to support families and focus on wellness during this difficult time. 

FEEDBACK
This week we increased opportunities for students to engage socially and connect with one another and teachers. It has been wonderful to see more of the children through increased live interactions. The addition of Lunch Bunches to our weekly schedule has brought back a degree of normalcy to the week. While these are optional, we highly encourage your child to participate in a couple each week.

We also continue to adjust our modes of instruction to match the most effective format with each age group and the type of learning desired. This includes conducting more small-group live instruction with our youngest students. In an effort to streamline communication, we also implemented new Google Docs. This will continue to be the dashboard for families as we try to consolidate the number of places that parents and students need to go for information. 

In an effort to collect further feedback and to connect personally, Susan Arzt has been making phone calls to each family this week to check in and hear how things are going. I will be doing the same in the coming weeks and look forward to checking in and hearing how everyone is doing. In the meantime, we always welcome your emails with thoughts around what is working, what can be improved, and how we can support you.

EXTENDING HOME LEARNING
While we remain hopeful of the opportunity to return to campus for school before the end of the year, it is highly likely we will need to extend Home Learning into May. It is essential to strike the right balance of making decisions early enough for families to prepare, while not rushing decisions without sufficient information. We are aware that Governor Hogan will be making an announcement next week, and we will await further direction from the state regarding a safe timeline to return to school. 

Concord Hill is a small school, and that’s part of what makes us such a special environment for early childhood education. However, we appreciate your recognition that it also makes us, like many other local small businesses, more vulnerable during these uncertain times. We see this as an opportunity to support one another, gain new skills and understandings, and grow closer despite our distance. Concord Hill Strong!
 
MORNING MEETING: NEW LEADERS & NEW THEME
Don’t forget to join us for Morning Meeting tomorrow at 9:00 AM. We are excited to have two Third Graders helping lead our meeting. Together with The Third Grade, we decided it would be fun to have a weekly theme to promote school spirit.  This week’s theme is WACKY HAIR DAY! Can’t wait to see you and your wacky hair!
Meeting ID: 853 0942 5787
Password: 041758
MESSAGE FROM SCHOOL COUNSELOR LAUREN HUNTLEY
As days turn into weeks, and with the uncertainty of how and when we will transition back to our normal routines, many parents find themselves wondering whether their children’s reactions and adjustment are “normal” and whether they as parents are doing the “right” thing to support their children. Many parents are also wondering just how long they can sustain the demands of parenting, teleworking, and facilitating distance learning all at the same time, particularly with young children. You are not alone! We want to use Thursday messages as one way to address some of these common questions and concerns and to provide resources that CHS faculty and parents are finding helpful in supporting children. 

We invite you to consider this week’s resources and to join our private, CHS Facebook Group to discuss and share additional sources you have found helpful. Additionally, if you or your child would like to connect with me, please sign up for my office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM or email me directly at lhuntley@concordhill.org if another time would work better for your schedule.   
 
  
 
Finally, the PEP parenting support program is offering both free and low-cost support programs for parents, including their recurring, free Parenting Support Thursday webinars , which may be of interest. 

TECH TIP OF THE WEEK FROM MRS. OPDAHL
Can’t find the specialist activities on Seesaw?  Click here​  for a short video so you don’t miss out on the wonderful lesson and activities provided for your students!

Problems with Zoom: What to do when you can’t connect​
Ordered steps:
  1. Logout and log back in.
  2. If on a tablet, swipe out and reopen; if on a computer, close the tab and reopen.
  3. Shutdown the device and restart.

Problems with Seesaw: What to do to troubleshoot
  1. Make sure your app is updated.
  2. If the link cannot be selected, copy the link and paste it into your browser.

Tomorrow's Theme: "Wacky Hair Day"!
Zoom Friday Morning Meeting
FRI, APRIL 17, 9:00 AM
 
Tune in for a short 15–20 minute CHS Morning Meeting broadcast from Mr. Dennison’s living room. Keep the CHS traditions going strong as we connect virtually to celebrate birthdays, sing songs, learn new dance moves, and more.There may even be a special guest appearance. The whole family is invited to join! 
Meeting ID: 853 0942 5787
Password: 041758

IMPORTANT: Zoom Meeting Procedures & Etiquette

  • Please arrive to the meeting on time. The room will be closed and locked at 9:05 AM for security purposes.
  • A waiting room will be open for families that arrive before 9:00 AM.
  • All participants who join the Zoom meeting will be muted and should remain muted.
  • Students and families should not unmute themselves at any point during the Zoom meeting.
  • While the interactions will be limited as we could have 100 participants, if students want to speak they should raise their hand and I will unmute them. 
Cancellations

Out of an abundance of caution, the following events have been postponed. Stay tuned for further details. THANK YOU!

April 17:
CHS Celebration: Family Campout

April 25: :
Children's Fair
CHS Celebration: Casino Night

April 29:
Guest Author Caroline Maguire

May 1:
CHS Spring Party


CHS End of Year Family Party
Stay Tuned for Details!

As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we are hopeful and looking forward to resuming day-to-day operations. As several annual traditions and events have been postponed or canceled, we are in the process of planning something special to celebrate our community once we reopen campus.

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!
School Store Sale!
Save 15% on All Apparel
THROUGH APRIL 30

Use code STAYHOME15 to save 15%, along with free USPS shipping until
April 30.

CHS SUMMER CAMP for Ages 3–6
Six, One-Week Sessions Start JUNE 15
Afternoon Care Available

The perfect camp for 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year olds, Concord Hill School Summer Camp provides a nurturing, fun-filled, and educational environment featuring hands-on activities directed and taught by CHS Faculty.
MR. MEASE'S ALL-SPORTS CAMP
JUNE 8–12 & AUG 10–14
9:00 AM–1:00 PM
$295 per week

Led by Concord Hill School's very own P.E. Teacher Kert Mease, the Golden Goal All-Sports Camp provides opportunities for children to learn team-building skills while improving technique, building confidence, and having fun!
Please check the CONCORD HILL SCHOOL website calendar regularly,
as dates and events are subject to change.
For the safety of CHS students, faculty, and staff,
all visitors are required to sign in at the Front Desk.