Week of Sept. 26
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Dear Upper School Parents,
 
We officially entered Fall last week, and our school year is in full swing. Students are well into the first trimester in all of their classes and we have Fall sports up and running. It's great to see so many students enjoying themselves on our volleyball and flag football teams!
 
It is great to see so many of our students biking, walking, or scootering to school this year. Unfortunately, we have received some feedback from community members about students riding unsafely, and we ask that you discuss routes and safety expectations with your children at home. When students enter campus, they need to walk bikes to ensure the safety of themselves and others. We have seen an uptick of students riding their bikes through parking lots and riding against traffic, often without helmets. Our school staff addresses these students when seen, and we appreciate your partnership in making sure that students make it safely to and from school each day, while also looking out for the safety of other community members traveling through town and campus. 
 
I hope that you all can join us for an all-school lineup this week on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:25 am as we introduce our next theme of the month!
 
Warmly,
 
Jenn
 

Week of Sept. 19
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Dear Upper School Families,
 
Our teachers are looking forward to seeing you at this year's Fall Conferences. All families are invited to sign up for a time slot with their child's teachers. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child's progress so far and to build a relationship with your child's teachers. 5th grade teachers will meet with families in their classrooms, while 6th-8th grade conferences will take place in the school library. Teachers will be stationed at tables around the room with name placards so that you can sit down to conference during your chosen 10-minute window. Should you have any questions about availability or questions related to your child's class conferences, please reach out to teachers directly. If you have any questions about the event, please let me know how I can be of assistance. 
 
We look forward to welcoming you back to our first in-person conferences since 2019 and hope that you will find this time with your child's teachers to be productive. Thank you for partnering with us to give your child a great year!
 
Warmly,
 
Jenn

Week of Sept. 12
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Hello Upper School Families, 
 
It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week! Our teachers were so excited to welcome you into their classrooms and to share the exciting learning that they have in store for your children this year. It felt so nice to have everyone back on campus together, and I enjoyed the great community feeling of the night.
 
As we get further into the school year, you will notice that the academic demands of Upper School begin to ramp up. I highly recommend that you encourage your child to check Powerschool regularly to stay on top of missed assignments. Additionally, all Upper School teachers hold weekly office hours where students can drop in to receive extra support, make up assignments, or ask questions. I highly recommend that all students utilize these opportunities as much as possible. 
 
Fall conferences are coming up on October 11, 12, 20, and 21. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a conference with each of your child's teachers. We are excited that conferences will be held in person this year. This is an excellent opportunity to get updates on your child's progress and to get to know your child's teachers better. Sign-ups will go out on Friday, September 16th in Mr. Frank's weekly communication.
 
Our first all-school lineup will be on Wednesday, September 28th, where we will introduce the next theme of the month that we will be focusing on. Parents are welcome to join us at this community event on the blacktop behind the office.
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Jenn

Week of Sept. 5
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Hello Upper School Families,
 
Thank you again for your partnership in preparing your child for the 22-23 school year! We have been off to an exceptionally smooth start, and it has been incredible to see our students smiling, laughing, and learning together inside and outside the classroom. 
 
We are looking forward to returning to our typical Back to School Night format this year and welcoming you into the Upper School classrooms. I know that you will be impressed by the wealth of knowledge that our staff has to offer, as well as by the thoughtful planning that they have put into the evening's presentations. 5th grade families will attend an information session hosted by Ms. Baumgartner and Ms. Kim, while 6th-8th grade families will follow their child's schedule, traveling to 7 core classes. Your child will help to create that schedule for you, and it will be brought home prior to Thursday.
 
I look forward to seeing you on campus next week, and I hope that you are able to stay cool over the long weekend!
 
Warmly,
 
Jenn

1st Week of School ...
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Hello Upper School Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope that the first days of school went extremely well for your child. On behalf of the whole Upper School team, I want to thank you all for your preparation and flexibility. The first days of school went off without a hitch, all because you took the time to review the information about the new school year and to prepare your child for the new school year. We appreciate you dropping off your child prior to 8:25am each day and your caution in the drop-off lanes. Drop off and pick up are getting easier every day! Your partnership is invaluable, and we are so grateful for all that you do to help the school day run smoothly. 

I would also like to thank our incredible staff members, who spent countless hours, days, and weeks preparing for the return of our students. We truly have the best team around, and your students are in the most capable hands! Watching the teachers create their magic in the classroom has been a highlight for me, and it’s incredible to see our students so engaged. It was also wonderful to see students together in their grade level groups on the first day of school, participating in community-building activities and reengaging with one another!

While everything has still not returned to “normal” as we once knew it, the progress that we have been able to make since the last year is truly remarkable, and it is clear that the changes in guidelines have been refreshing for both staff and students. The middle school courtyard is abuzz again, as students move between classrooms and follow their normal middle school schedule. Teachers are very happy to be back in their own classrooms, and students are doing a fantastic job learning their schedules. This is no easy feat, and I know that by the end of this week, they will all have their schedule down pat! 

Recess and lunch have been another highlight for all of our students. I have so enjoyed watching them get to enjoy all that our campus has to offer again. Upper School students have access to the play structure, the turf field, the blacktops, and the softball field. There is no shortage of room to run and play, and the smiles on our students’ faces says it all! 

Thank you again for your support, and here’s to a successful and joyous school year!

Warmly,

Jenn