(MS) Middle School News 2020-2021

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09/13/20

Hello MS Parents,

We hope you had a relaxing weekend and are looking forward to starting our first week using the 50% hybrid model. As Mr. Arnold stated in his letter, the next three weeks’ schedule is as follows:

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Reminders

  • Arrival Time: Doors to the MS will open at 7:45 am each day. If you need to drop off your child before this time, there will be designated places where they can wait until the doors open. Please ensure they have weather-appropriate attire.

  • Health Screening: You have done a fantastic job sending your children in with their Health Screening Questionnaires – keep up the great work!! You can get additional copies here: DailyCAHealthQuestions.pdf

  • Outdoor Clothing: Cooler weather is right around the corner. As the Norwegians say, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes.” Our children will be spending more time outside, so please ensure they are dressed in layers. Rain jackets and or/boots are a good idea for wet days.

  • Middle School Parent Open House is THIS TUESDAY, Sept 15, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is for parents only so that the school can maintain proper social distancing. This is a time where you can walk through the halls and classrooms and see the spaces where your children are spending their in-person days. There will be several administrators and faculty members to help direct you through your own walking tour. Each grade will have its unique entrance well-marked. Hope to see you there!

Social Justice Conversation Parent Ed Opportunities, September 16 & October 21

We want to make you aware of an exciting, two-part Social Justice series hosted by The New Albany Community Foundation. The first Conversation on Social Justice with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. and moderated by NBC4 anchor, Darlene Hill, will take place next Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 pm. Access to the virtual room will begin at 6:45. It is FREE & OPEN to the public. You must register to receive your Zoom link by visiting https://newalbanyfoundation.org/programs/the-new-albany-lecture-series/.

The second Conversation on Social Justice, featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Michelle Alexander, will be held on October 21st at 6:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars.

As we work to gain a better understanding of what this year will allow PACA’s Parent Education Committee to offer, we will keep you – our parent community – posted on other events that are open to the public, as well as provide information regarding helpful resources, podcasts, experts, etc…to help our kids navigate and succeed in these uncharted times. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Melissa Kass (P’21, ’19) melissarkass@gmail.com, Jennifer Salopek (P’24) jcs@jsalopek.com, or Joyce Simson (P’08) jrs@ix.netcom.com with any suggestions or questions.

SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)

How we see the world, decide which values to uphold, understand the unfamiliar, raise our kids – all these depend on our personal histories, inform who we are, and guide who we want to be. Parent SEED brings together CA parents and those caring for CA students who are interested in looking at issues in diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism (such as racism, class, poverty, gender identity, disability rights, etc.), through their own eyes and those of fellow parents. Through a series of 7 meetings, enhanced by selected readings, videos, and speakers, we discuss topics important and sometimes uncomfortable, in a confidential and safe setting. Until further notice, SEED meetings will take place via ZOOM. ParentSEED’s first meeting this school year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30. Subsequent meetings are planned for October, November, January, February, April, and May. We will meet from 9-10:30 am.

To participate or for further information, please contact Parent SEED leader Joyce Simson P’08, jrs@ix.netcom.com, (614) 554-9238.

Have a great week and keep well!

Sincerely,
MS Division Parents
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Christina Jauchius & Kate Tiwari

Christina Jauchius (Katie ’25, Mikey ’24, & Tommy ’24)
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Kate Tiwari (Miya ’22 & Elina ’25)
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