October 3, 2020

Dear Lower School Families,

Thank you for the timely response and registration to the trial start of SchoolPass. We have almost all families now using it, and it makes the carline run smoother, more efficiently and quicker. Starting this upcoming Monday, October 5th, all families must use the SchoolPass app to complete daily health screenings. In addition, you need to enter all car information into SchoolPass so when the car picking up your child enters campus, it will automatically notify us to have your child come to the carline. Without this information, you will need to park and come to the lower school entrance, and we will then have your child called to come to the carline. We recognize there are still some timing issues to rectify; please know we are working on improving this, and we appreciate your patience.

Lower School Back-to-School Nights are this coming Monday and Tuesday evenings (October 5-6). Both nights will be on Zoom and begin at 6:30 p.m. An opening general session will be followed by homeroom class presentations. Here are all the Zoom links to the opening welcome and the individual homeroom presentations for both nights.

Back-to-School Night Schedule
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” This popular Scandinavian saying will serve our Academy community well, too. Your child has been spending lots of time outside learning since returning to school. It is very important that your child comes to school each day with a waterproof jacket that preferably has a hood attached. Boots, gloves and a waterproof hat are all-important clothing items to have at school daily, especially now that the weather is getting cooler. We also recommend that students come to school wearing long pants (please note that this is mandatory after Thanksgiving) from now on. In order to maintain proper social distancing, the carline and bus riders will be outside rain or shine, so it is imperative that your child be prepared to wait in any type of weather. Umbrellas are not recommended, but a waterproof hat is!

Lower School Counselor Shaun Ditty, will be going on a medical leave beginning Monday, October 5th. Here is his letter to lower school families. We all wish Mr. Ditty a successful treatment and complete recovery, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Academy after his treatment is completed.

Our lower school Parent Book Club met on Tuesday evening and discussed chapters 1-3 of “There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather” by Linda Akeson McGurk. Our book club is on Zoom, and we will meet on Tuesday, October 20th, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss chapters 4-8. If interested, please complete this form.

This week’s parenting article is from The New York Times and is entitled “We’re All Socially Awkward Now” (it can be found using this link).

Be well,

Head of Lower School