MS UPDATE | January 20, 2020

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01/20/20

Dear Middle School Families,

We hope that this note finds you well and that 2020 is off to a wonderful start.

Following are some important reminders and updates:

January 23 Parent Education Movie Night (6:30pm arrival; 7:00pm screening)
January 24 Ski Club Day (After school – 9pm)
January 31 MS Musical (7:00pm)
February 1 MS Musical (7:00pm)
February 7, 21 Ski Club Days (After school – 9pm)
February 14 Professional Development Day – No School for Students
February 17 Presidents’ Day – No School
February 26-28 LS/MS/US Conferences – No School for Students on 2/28
February 28 7th/8th MS Dance – Wellington (7:00pm)

PARENT EDUCATION EVENT | JANUARY 23, 2020

Please join the CA community for our 2019-20 Movie Night on Thursday, January 23, hosted by PACA Parent Education and the Alumni Office. Continuing with this year’s theme of Flourishing, there will be three films being screened. https://www.vikingparents.org/parent-education/

Two of the films are from The Representation Project and examine how gender roles and stereotypes limit our children’s ability to flourish. Miss Representationfocuses on the social pressures and messaging that girls experience while The Mask You Live In focuses on boys and masculinity. Both films offer thoughtful information and examples for helping children navigate their challenges.

The third film, No Small Matter, is the first feature documentary to explore the critical importance of early childhood education. Written and co-directed by Academy alumnus Greg Jacobs ’87, the film presents poignant stories of real children, families and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences. These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools to support children and families.

Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In will be shown in the Dining Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the films starting at 7:00 sharp and running for approximately 90 minutes. Roundtable discussions will follow each film, and the event ends at 9:00. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP to cavikingparents.

No Small Matter will take place in the Schoedinger Theatre. The showing will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will run for 75 minutes. Afterward, there will be a talk with Jacobs and Colin McGinnis, CEO of South Side Early Learning. To RSVP for No Small Matter, click here.

Please note that Movie Night is an adults-only event. Childcare will be available for children through age 12 (all children must be potty trained). Please include any child care needs with your RSVP, so that the team may plan accordingly.

MS SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PROGRAM INITIATIVE

As outlined in Mr. Arnold’s letter of January 7th, 2020, please note that a special initiative has commenced to “bolster our division’s social-emotional program. The lower school currently uses CARES (Compassion, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control) and the Responsive Classroom, and we would like to explore similar opportunities suited to the development of young adolescents.” Consultants have been invited to visit the school, to interview students, faculty and administration and to share their perspectives. The MS leadership team is also identifying and evaluating established programs being utilized by peer institutions. Mr. Arnold will provide a further update once the consultant visits have been completed and he and the faculty have had the opportunity to determine the optimal way to proceed.

MS PARENT COMMUNITY EVENT (Date to be announced – targeted for February)

Mr. Arnold is currently planning a wonderful forum for MS parents to have the opportunity to meet and interact with Ms. Shekyra Decree, the new MS Counselor.
Once a date has beet set, more details and the agenda will be provided.

Sincerely,

Christina Jauchius (P ’24, P’25), cmjauchius
Jennifer Salopek (P’24), jcs

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