September 10, 2020
GREETINGS FROM SPARTAN LANE
I want to express my continued gratitude to our Spartan family. I have heard many positive things about our return to school, and I consider us to be very fortunate. We have completed 20 days of school on Spartan Lane, and I am looking forward to the next 20. Since my message to our community on Monday, we have learned of one more Upper School student who has tested positive. The student has been quarantining this week, and those ninth grade classmates who may have been exposed have been notified multiple times.     

None of us expected a day when we would see our students playing at recess with face coverings or sitting in math class with a mask, but that is what a global pandemic calls for and we have responded. Children are resilient and are simply happy to be back on campus with their peers and their teachers. I asked a physician recently about anxiety and emotional health of children. The response was that things are much better now that school is in session across Northeast Georgia and that it was troubling to see where things were heading last summer. Please continue to listen to your children and engage them in conversation about how they are doing. I found this National Geographic article to be helpful. If you have not heard about our upcoming virtual parent gathering with The Social Institute, I hope you will click here for more information and to register. This virtual presentation will take place on Monday, September 21, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Read more.
ATHENS ACADEMY PREPARATION PLAN 2020-2021
Please click here for information on school re-opening, safety guidelines and protocols, and other important details for the upcoming school year. Thank you for your partnership and support. (Last updated August 14, 2020)
Athens Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with The Social Institute.
College visits, updates, and important reminders!
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parent Webinar on Social Media, Tech & Social-Emotional Health
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 - 7:00-8:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Join us for a refreshing, practical, and eye-opening virtual presentation about parenting in the digital age — featuring The Social Institute’s founder and CEO, Laura TierneyLaura will share the latest updates and best practices to:
  • Strengthen communications with your children through student-respected conversation starters about social media and technology.
  • Empower students to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology during this uncertain time.
  • Discuss concerns related to the pandemic, while learning insights shared by students and researchers.
  • Develop shared family standards for balancing technology in healthy ways.
  • Inspire everyday use of important lessons that students in grades 5-12 will learn during Advisory.
We look forward to you joining us for this dynamic and informative session! This webinar is recommended for parents of students in grades 5-12 but is open to all interested Athens Academy parents. Questions? Email Bob Sears.
SCHOOL PICTURE INFORMATION
TO ORDER PORTRAITS
Picture Day proofs are ready for students in grades K3-11! Click here to see proof photos and to place an order. Log in using your email address; password will be your child's four-digit student ID number. Printed proofs will also be sent home today for students in grades K3-4. Picture orders are due Wednesday, September 23. If you would like to have your child's picture re-taken, see instructions below. Questions? Email Bentley Photography or call 770-867-2853.
To look up your child's ID number, go to SpartanNet and select your child's name under the "Child(ren)" button at the top left. Then select "Contact Card" and scroll down. ID numbers are listed in the General Information box. You can also call or email your child's division office for help.

RETAKES - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Bentley Photography will be on campus on Wednesday, September 23, for school portrait retake day. If you wish for your child to have a photo retake, please send an email or note to their homeroom teacher/advisor or call the division office directly by Tuesday, September 22. In addition, at-home learners who have not had their school portrait taken yet are invited to drop by the Lower School Discovery Center (in the main Lower School building) between 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Questions? Email Kelley Cuneo.
FLU VACCINE CLINIC FOR ALL (AGES 13+) - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
CHAMBERS CENTER BOARDROOM - 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
As a service to our students and community, we have partnered with a local pharmacy to offer a flu vaccination clinic on campus on Tuesday, September 29 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chambers Center Boardroom. This completely optional service is available for anyone who is interested, ages 13 and up. The pharmacy will handle paperwork, insurance, etc. However, to plan and prepare accordingly, please sign up using this interest form. Please also click here to download a consent form to bring with you on the day of the clinic. Face coverings will be required to be worn at all times while on campus. The pharmacist will be administering the quadrivalent vaccine (brand name Fluarix Quad), which cannot be given to anyone with an egg allergy. Please be in touch with your family physician concerning allergies and flu shots. Questions? Email Kristina Ware.

VARSITY HOME FOOTBALL - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
The Spartans will take on Commerce on Slaughter Field for their home opener beginning at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, September 18. Senior athletes for volleyball, cross country, and football will be honored during halftime. Due to COVID-19 precautions and GHSA regulations, only the parents and siblings of the football players, cheerleaders, and the seniors being honored will be permitted to attend the game. We encourage you to watch the game live on NFHS Network. GO SPARTANS!

VIRTUAL PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS 
Athens Academy is offering virtual private instruction in band, orchestral stringed instruments, mandolin, ukulele, beginning guitar, and music theory. Students will meet once a week for ten weeks for a 30-minute private lesson. The virtual lesson fee is $400 for the ten private sessions. Lessons will run the week of September 14 through the week of November 16. Click here to learn more about the instructors and how to contact them to schedule lessons. Questions? Email Debbie Schab.

PSO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The Athens Academy Parent Service Organization (PSO) is a dedicated group of parent volunteers who work with the school's administration to enhance the quality of programs and academic life offered at Athens Academy. All Academy families are part of the PSO and are encouraged to become involved, whether virtually or in person, by participating in various PSO activities. For the 2020-2021 school year, some activities are yet to be determined but the committees remain the same. In addition to volunteering for these committees, there are opportunities to sponsor or donate to events. Click here for more information and to sign up. Questions? Email Sue Williams.
HOLIDAY MARKET VENDORS NEEDED!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 - 8AM-5PM
If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a vendor in the Athens Academy Holiday Market, please email committee chair Julee Schoenfeld at holidaymarket@athensacademy.org. Past vendors have sold artwork, pottery/ceramics, floral decor, jewelry, women's fashion, home decor, candles, food items, and much more. Mark your calendar to join us and get all your fun, unique holiday shopping done in one place!
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE*
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 - 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
SINKWICH SPARTAN CENTER
The Athens Academy Class of 2021 is pleased to host their first blood drive of the year! To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and search by date and zip code. Questions? Email Brian Olson.
*Please note this date has changed from October 7.
UPCOMING EVENTS
School Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parent Webinar on Social Media/The Social Institute - Monday, September 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (virtual)
School Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, September 23
Flu Vaccine Clinic for Families - Tuesday, September 29 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chambers Center Boardroom
Preschool & Lower School Conference Day (No School, Grades K3-4) - Wednesday, September 30
Uniform Resale - Wednesday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Chambers Center Lower Level
Middle School Conference Day (No School, Grades 5-8) - Wednesday, October 7 (virtual)
Fall Break (No School) - Monday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 13 (Faculty Development Day)
One Act Play - Thursday, October 15; Saturday, October 17; and Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
Red Cross Blood Drive - Tuesday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Sinkwich Spartan Center
Athens Academy Holiday Market - Thursday, November 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Sinkwich Spartan Center
COVID-19 HEALTH RESOURCES

TIPS ON STAYING HEALTHY & REDUCING RISK
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
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