September 20, 2020

Dear Upper School Families,

It feels like we’re gaining some traction with our new school routines even as much as we wish things were back to normal. Here are a couple of items to note on your calendar that will sound familiar.

As you learned in the communication from Friday, school pictures will be taken over the course of the next two weeks, starting Monday, September 21st. The schedule is a bit more complicated to design while classes are underway, but we can give target dates for the coming week. For upper-schoolers, the schedule looks like this:
US Photo Schedule
We will employ social distancing when waiting for photos to be taken, and all photos will be done outdoors.

Wednesday, September 23rd, is SAT day. Any seniors and juniors signed up to take the test should check in at school by 7:55 a.m. in order to get seated in your testing room by 8:00 a.m. Students should arrive in dress code with a charged calculator and #2 pencils. Water bottles are allowed but may only be used on brief, socially distanced breaks outside of the testing rooms. Most students will be finished between 11:30-noon and may depart campus once they have finished. Those on extended time will finish later. All test-takers may eat lunch at school if they wish.

All US students not taking the SAT will be doing asynchronous work from home. There are no Zoom classes happening this day.

Thursday, October 1st, is our Upper School’s (Virtual) Back-to-School Night. The evening will entail 10 minute class meetings via Zoom, where you will get to hear about each of your children’s courses and meet their teachers. The evening will begin at 6:45 p.m. just for ninth grade advisory groups and move to academic classes for everyone at 7:00 p.m. A detailed schedule, along with the teacher links, will be sent next week.

Please continue to keep us informed regarding your children’s attendance, whether something changes online or in-person.

Also, as the weather has started to turn cooler and upper school students continue to change classes by going outdoors, please encourage your children to dress in layers and have appropriate sweaters or CA sweatshirts on hand (no hoodies, please). They should also have a jacket in case of rain.

Thank you again for your continued support as we adjust to our new ways of doing school. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the upper school office at or me directly at

Be well,

Head of Upper School