QUESTIONS/COMMENTS ABOUT THE WIT?
UPCOMING DATES FOR THE LOWER SCHOOL
January 25 - 29
regular on-campus schedule in effect for students in ES-fifth grade; including students connecting by Zoom to 3-5 class sessions
regular virtual schedule in effect for the students in the K1 and 2DL cohorts
ES-12 No School/Professional Day
President’s Day - School Closed
MID-YEAR REPORT CARDS
The fall semester for the Lower School ended on January 20 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Mid-year report cards will be published on Saturday, January 30. Report cards for junior kindergarten students will be published in late February. Skills development for early saints were shared at mid-year parent-teacher conferences.
LOWER SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING REQUESTS
All requests to join Distance Learning Cohorts (grades K-2) or to connect to on-campus programming via Zoom (grades 3-5) must be directed to LS Director Jalene Spain Thomas, who will process them in partnership with LS Nurse Kim Brown. Please note that these requests typically take at least one school day to process.
LENT AT THE LOWER SCHOOL
What are you and your family doing for Lent? There is, of course, no requirement to "do" anything, but many Christian people choose to give something up or take something on, as a reminder of Jesus' love for us and God's hopes for the world. Lent, which begins February 17 this year, is the 40-day period that helps us get ready for the mystery of Easter (April 4 this year). If you’re looking for ideas, here are two options. The first is light-hearted with a serious purpose: to learn about saints and other holy people whose examples we can follow. Join the fourth graders who are following along with “Lent Madness” (a twist on March Madness, with a bracket of saints rather than basketball teams). Each day, beginning February 27, you can read two saint biographies and vote for the one you want to advance to the next round. On a more traditional note, you may want to use the following short morning and evening prayers.
SUMMERTIMES 2021: WE CAN’T CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENT! Get ready for our new camp and summer academic offerings! Summertimes offers great flexibility for families, including one-week camp sessions, distance learning summer academic classes, extended care, and our optional lunch program. Registration opens February 15!. To see all of the Summertimes offerings and to register, please visit the Summertimes webpage. If you have any questions related to camp, summer academic offerings, or registration, please reach out to the Summer Programs Office at (703) 212-2777, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 every day, 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
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.
THE COLD WINTER MONTHS ARE HERE!
With the arrival of colder weather, please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately. Please send students to school with hats or coats with hoods, gloves or mittens, and boots to wear icy on snowy days. Classes will still go outside for a shortened recess and travel between buildings for specials classes.
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.