Weekly Bulletin
September 2, 2020
Message from Jennifer Page, Faculty Chair & Head of School
In less than one week, we will once again greet one another – some in person, some virtually. In the midst of this pandemic, our community is knit together by our shared purpose. We stand hand in hand to support our students and each other. We also show our solidarity by following our school health protocols – health checks, mask wearing, social distancing, and being mindful of our engagement with others in the wider community. Through these actions, we protect each other.

In times like these, it can be tempting to focus on what has been lost. But there are still opportunities for learning, growth, laughter, and joy. Mary Oliver spoke of the unexpected quality and abundance of joy even in the worst of times. She tells us not to hesitate in feeling or giving in to joy. She says:

It [joy] could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

I look forward to sharing and exchanging an abundance of joy with you in the coming year!
Reopening Preparation
The school is abuzz preparing for our hybrid reopening next week. Outdoor classrooms are coming together and packet pickup for remote learning has begun. Here is a look at some of the current activity...
Packet Pickup Preparation
Outdoor Classroom Setup
Current parents: please log in to ParentSquare for the latest logistical information on packet pickup and on campus protocols.
Alumni Spotlight From the Pandemic Front Lines
We are reaching out to alumni whose work is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know would like to share their experiences with the WWS community, please send us an email.
Laila Bunker
Director of Nursing, Washington County Health Department, MD.

Laila started in the Children's Garden at WWS in the 1970's and she was in John Brauer's first class for 1st through 8th grade (Mr. Brauer has taught at WWS for 45 years and is currently the G3 class teacher). We are grateful that she took some time to share some of her experience with us...

Q: Briefly describe the work you are doing related to the pandemic.
A: Public Health plays an essential, yet under recognized, role in the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases.... My days are fully consumed with managing the positive COVID 19 cases we receive throughout the day. We are fortunate to have built a robust and knowledgeable contact tracing team to support the members of our community. Their role is to reach out to the positive individual, discuss their signs and symptoms, provide them with isolation guidance, gather important demographic and medical data and investigate who could have been potentially exposed. Once the positive individual’s initial interview is completed we turn to reaching out to those who were identified as being either a household or close contact. Each contact is called, an interview is conducted and quarantine guidance it given. We continue to follow up with each positive individual and their contacts every several days until they are released from isolation and quarantine. Another aspect of the COVID pandemic is the work our Communicable Disease Nurses provide by identifying, and managing, outbreaks in Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Conjugate Living facilities. 

Q: What is the most difficult moment you’ve faced during the pandemic?
A: I have been a RN for 12 years during which Obstetrics had been my scope of nursing. On February 26th I began my journey in Public Health Nursing. Two weeks after beginning my new position the COVID 19 pandemic was officially declared. For myself, this was the most difficult moment. I entered an entirely new role and a new scope of nursing which is a transition during “normal” circumstances, and now a pandemic which only occurs once, if that, in a public health nurses career. With the support of my amazing Staff, Administration, Health Officer and Medical Director I was able to learn and navigate through this novel virus which is like a puzzle where the pieces are ever changing.... 

Q: What do you wish more people knew about the pandemic?
A: Each person has their own knowledge base of COVID 19, which I appreciate. As the days and months go on during this pandemic I long that all members of society could truly understood the potential bearing this virus has on everyone they meet. I believe that, for some, the genuine impact this virus has is not fully comprehended until it effects those around them.... Typically the transmission of this virus does not halt with the infected individual. Most have had contact with someone - whether family, friend, or a stranger - when they are actively shedding the virus.... My wish is that society as a whole would take a moment and recognize how their actions potentially effect those they love, as well as ones they may not know.
School Calendar
Staying Up to Date With Our School Calendar

You can view the full calendar online either on the website , in ParentSquare , or in the BigSis portal (these 3 platforms are synced from the same calendar). 

2/ Wednesday
  • G4 Online Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

3/ Thursday
  • G5 Online Parent Meeting, 6:30pm

8/ Tuesday
  • First Day of School

9/ Wednesday
  • Back to School CommuniTea, 9:30am
  • G8 Online Parent Meeting, 5pm
  • G9 Online Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

10/ Thursday
  • G12 Online Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

11/ Friday
  • September Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

15/ Tuesday
  • G10 Online Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

16/ Wednesday
  • G11 Online Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

18/ Friday
  • September Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

23/ Wednesday
  • SAT (WWS Students Only)

25/ Friday
  • September Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

28/ Monday
  • NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur
Back to School CommuniTea
Wednesday, Sept 9 at 9:30am - Online

Join WWS admins and parents for a first week of school CommuiTea via zoom. We will do some introductions, catch up, and meet new families. Zoom details will be sent out through ParentSquare.
September Coffee Breaks with Jennifer
Fridays in September from 10-10:30am - Online

These brief coffee breaks will be a causal time for parents to join Jennifer Page online for a visit and to ask questions as the school year begins. Zoom details will be sent out through ParentSquare.
Virtual Book Club
Susan Walsh's Book Club is Back!

Susan Walsh, WWS librarian, will be holding a Virtual Book Club this fall. Participants will read "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi, a historical fiction tracing the impact of slavery on an African family. Read a review of the book on NPR.

Dates, times, pace, to be determined at the first meeting in September. 
Faculty & Administration Updates
This is a summary of new and updated roles to help us all navigate the new school year. You can find biography information for our Faculty & Administration on the website.
New Hires
Torie Gorges
Enrollment Associate
Danielle Menditch Roessle
College Counselor
Position Changes
Every year we have position changes to announce. This year, when certain activities are curtailed due to the pandemic, we have a number of faculty who are taking on new responsibilities or shifting roles for the time being.
Geoff Baker
MS English, G2 Reading Assistant
Nevin Bender
Music Department Chair, Music Teacher, G1 Assistant (2 days)

Eva Binamu
Eurythmist, G1 Assistant (3 days)

Barbara Buchman
LS Co-Chair, LS Handwork Teacher, G2 Assistant (2 days)
Sean Edwin
LS Substitute, G2 Assistant (3 days), G8 Math Assistant
Christen (CJ) Leonard
Front Office Manager, LS Assistant
Bonnie McClelland
HS Administrator
Lauryn Morley
G1 Class Teacher
Lelia True
Operations Manager, G7 Math Assistant

ONE FUND Class Agents Needed
Can you volunteer 2-5 hours this year to help meet the School's annual fundraising goals? Class Agents are invaluable to the work of the school in meeting its goal of 100% parent participation in this year's ONE FUND campaign. Class Agents are needed for all classes. We would love an Alumni Parent Class Agent too!
In general, the role of the class agent is to share information and updates about the ONE FUND and importance of every WWS family's participation in this giving campaign. Typical time commitment averages 30 minutes per month. In addition, the class agents serve as liaisons to the Development Committee, to share information about upcoming all school events and all school fundraisers that benefit the community and financial health of the school. We promise to make your volunteer efforts in this capacity fun! If interested, please contact Development Director Caitlin MacKenzie by email or at 301-229-6107 x127.

Parent Organization News
New Members Are Needed for the Parent Organization Steering Committee (POSC)

Are you interested in finding ways to engage the community while we are unable to gather on campus? We are looking for volunteers to help plan and participate in class and full community virtual events in the coming months. Parents would work with Maria Monteverde-Jackson (Director of Events & Community Relations) and other parents to brainstorm and implement ideas. If you are interested, please email email Maria.
Bulletin Board
How to Submit a Listing
We welcome submissions of community news, items for sale, want ads, etc. Please keep notices to 500 characters or less. Listings will likely be edited. Please submit listings by COB Tuesdays with the subject "Bulletin Submission." Bulletin Board notices generally run for 3 weeks - if space allows - unless other arrangements have been made. There is no charge for listings.  
Notices & Classifieds
Alumni Family Game Kicksarter

Class of 1995 and former faculty member, Lars Thorn has created his 5th game, "ICE CREAM YOU SCREAM!" This family game of dice is available now on Kickstarter and was named a "Project We Love" on day one of the campaign! Support his Kickstarter today to get deep discounts on all 5 of his games which make great gifts for the holidays!

Support his Kickstarter and hear an exciting update from Lars as he comes back East from Los Angeles with an exciting announcement... 

Cello for Sale

For Sale: Half size cello, $1100. Please contact Geoff Baker for more details! breadbaker1@gmail.com
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