LS WIT January 14, 2021
QUESTIONS/COMMENTS ABOUT THE WIT?
Please contact Marilyn Bryant
STUDENT DEVICES: JANUARY 15-19
LS Teachers are working with students to take home devices today, January 14, so students are able to participate in asynchronous learning tomorrow. As communicated in the SaintsConnected community message last night:
We are keeping a close eye on next week in terms of any safety concerns for the community. We anticipate being open on Tuesday, January 19, for in-person learning, but we will continue to monitor the situation.
Students will also need devices and associated learning materials if we move to distance learning next Tuesday.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
January 15- LS Faculty Workday
Students will have an asynchronous learning day with social responsibility explorations for families rooted in the topic of empathy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The explorations are designed for students and families for the period covering January 15-18.
January 18- School Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 19- Regular School Day (LS Campus, K1DL and 2DL Cohorts)
January 20- School Closed: Inauguration Day
January 21- Regular School Day (LS Campus, K1DL and 2DL Cohorts)
January 22- Regular School Day (LS Campus, K1DL and 2DL Cohorts)
PE Outdoor Winter Requirements
We are committed to holding PE classes outdoors in the winter months on days when the temperatures allow. Our PE Team has coordinated to create guidelines for winter weather. We asked that parents keep this in mind everyday, especially on days when students have PE. Parents are asked to guide students to dress in layers. Because heat loss from the head and neck may account for as much as 40 percent of total heat loss, the head and ears should be covered during cold conditions for PE class and all other times students are outdoors.
- Wear layers of clothing on PE days so they may be added/taken away as needed
- Bring hats, hoodies, or scarves to help keep in body heat
- Hand coverings are also important to keep hands warm; Mittens are warmer than gloves.
- Feet can be kept dry by wearing moisture-wicking or wool socks that breathe
- Ways to prevent cold related injuries and illness
Examples of Cold Weather Clothing:
- Athletic (under armour- style) long sleeve shirts
- Hoodie Sweatshirts
- Lightweight jackets/pants (warm-up style)
- Athletic pants or sweatpants that can be slid on over uniform pants/tights
Some recommended clothing for layering include fabrics made out of polypropylene or wool. These fabrics do a great job insulating when wet. Wind-blocking garments are also recommended on windy days.
Please log in to your SchoolPass account and update or edit your child’s dismissal plans. When changes were set up in the fall many families were only able to update through December. As a result, the original default transportation plan may have changed. Thank you for your attention to this.
GUIDED CONVERSATIONS WITH LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT CIVIL UNREST
Our classroom teachers continue to hold conversations with our older Lower School Saints about the recent unrest at the Capitol building. With our Lower School character traits as a guide, teachers allowed students to express their feelings, and they listened intently so they could provide clarifications and facts. The teachers of our younger Saints have kept an open ear for students' conversations and questions and will bring a responsive approach to following up with students individually and as a group, if needed. We find hope in the promise our children will bring to future democratic processes having been guided by caring and loving teachers as ours in this challenging moment in history.
SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL
Thank you for your commitment to supporting our faculty, staff, and students during this uniquely challenging year. Your support is felt every day and in so many ways. As Saints, we are always stronger together! If you have not yet made your gift to the 20-21 Saints Fund, please consider making a gift or pledge today. For more information visit The Saints Fund webpage or contact Nikki Morrell at (202) 441-7595. We ask that all pledges be fulfilled by June 1, 2021.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS ON THE LS CAMPUS
Parents are asked to follow certain safety protocols during the arrival and dismissal process and any visit to the Lower School campus:
Parents and students should have their masks on by the time they approach the health screeners in the carline and at all times when on campus, including during the arrival and dismissal process.
Cars in the carline must display the green school-issued placard with student information during the arrival and dismissal processes. If your family needs additional placards, please contact Lara Schwoebel (Grades 3-5) or Marilyn Bryant (ES-2).
2021-2022 RE-ENROLLMENT CONTRACTS & PAYMENT PLANS
The 2021-2022 re-enrollment contracts for returning students will be conducted online through our school website. Families will receive a push page with information on the process by February 1. Payment plans for the 2021-22 school year will be administered by Smart Tuition and all families will be required to renew or set-up a new account during the enrollment contract process.
PLEASE NOTE: Student account balances must be current in order to receive the 2021-2022 re-enrollment contract. Contracts and deposits will need to be completed by February 12. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Hamon or Donna O’Connell in the Business Office at 703-212-2730.