Getting in the Swing of Governance

The board met on Monday night and got the ball rolling on the year, including approving the annual submissions on Organizational Chart and the current edits to the school Crisis Plan.

We also presented the latest version of the Culture of Giving brochure for our upcoming launch with the community and all appreciated the keen focus on all the many potential areas of partnership for the benefit of our students and in service to our mission. We will have more information available in the near future on this campaign and the associated activities.

We had an array of reports by the administration providing a look at year startup which included some amazing results from last year in our IB Results and many of the goals in divisions, departments, and overall teaching and learning.

I also shared as I do each year, the compared results of the Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey, looking at the last three years of results. We continue to review this information in depth each year

The board has set their calendar for the year and you can find dates on the Public Calendar. More information on board work will be coming and on topic for tonight’s Town Hall. Looking forward to seeing you!

Weather cool, Athletics/Activities heating up

We saw our teams hit the fields and courts this week with a full range of Upper School athletics and activities starting their offerings. Hundreds of kids turning out for our Fall sports and activities. The weather has not kept us from moving forward and the Fall buzz is in the air – excitement along with a bit of wind and rain. We have a wide range of coaches across all of our offerings and your students were introduced to their choices at recent fairs which I attended. For myself, I’m looking forward to November and the start of my Middle School MUN group meeting for the first time with 21 students already signed up. I know we also have drama options in action with a musical under casting and initial production.

Our after-school athletics/activities (ASA) offerings are an important part of our holistic program and complement the core academics with engaging and enriching opportunities. New items have been added to our growing list this year and we are finalizing the elementary options that will start a bit later in September with a similar array of choices. We encourage all students to consider participating and it’s not too late if you missed the first couple of days to still get added to the rosters. Go to CHQ (you’ll find it in PowerSchool) and you’ll see the options. Read further down in eNotes to find more information as well.

Vaccination in Upper School

As you know, we’ve been gathering immunization information for COVID-19 vaccines and I can report initial information on the counts so far. We are two weeks into our initial safety review period of 4-weeks and important to keep you informed of vaccination rates as we currently understand them as this will be part of our decisions going forward. We know that for the lowest end of this spectrum (Grade 6) we may be waiting for age requirements to be met, but the following will give you a good picture of the current status:

Part of this may mean that we still need you to provide documentation and our records are not yet complete. Please send confirmation of vaccination for all students 12+ to – please include in your message the dates of both doses for our records. Also, please update us on any other childhood vaccinations that we may need to add to our records. Thanks in advance for your help in this!

We’ll assess this information in another week with regards to our future planning and we’ll send a message to parents of students without vaccination information to make sure that our records are correct. Our hope is that vaccination will continue to increase in order to improve the safety of our community. Please reach out if you have any questions about how to access more information.

Reminders about safety and security…

Here’s your annual reminder about safety concerns before and after school in our parking and pedestrian area. We are challenged by our continued protocols, but generally, we are doing well. Here are the reminders for you to consider.

1. Parking:
Please do:

• Park in reserved parent parking zones away from the building.  

• Remember that you should never be too far from your car in the Kiss-n-Go Zone and you should not stay in this area for very long. Cars parked in these areas create a risk for children. With small children in our facility, there is a high risk for potential injury when students walk between cars and this is the main reason we do not allow parent parking closest to the school in the elementary area. Instead, we reserve parent parking away from the building.  

•  Always use the crosswalks – never teach children to cross between cars as this is very dangerous.

Please do not:

• Park on the curbed or yellow areas nearest the buildings and thank you for keeping these areas clear.   

 2. Use of ID cards 
Please do:  

• Remember that the driver of the vehicle must have proper identification as a parent or helper and that this identification be used for access.   

• Have your own ID and please be sure to wear it at all times on campus to avoid being asked about it. ID cards for parents or other adult caregivers can be requested online HERE (You’ll need to have a Google account to use this – forms also available at main reception).

3.Relationship between guards and parents

Please do:  

• Treat our guards with courtesy and respect. I expect them to do the same. We are all focused on the same objective — to be safe and care for all of the children in the school. That is our only intent when asking for compliance on any of our rules.

4. Bicycles. 
Please do:  

• Remember that bicycles must be walked at all times on campus.  Given our current load of vehicles and the number of pedestrians, it is not possible to provide for a safe environment while mixing bicycles and traffic in our parking lot.  

Stay to the side of the sidewalk while waiting to meet someone and while allowing others to pass.

Please do not:  

• Block sidewalks 

5. Speed
Please do:

• Monitor your speed at all times in the parking lot and not just at the speed bumps. Once you enter the campus, there is no need to be in a hurry and everyone is safer when we all take our time.

6Air quality.  

Thanks to all for doing a great job keeping engines off when waiting for students. It means cleaner air for all of us!!

Parking area rules summary has been updated and is HERE.

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