Need to Know for Friday, February 12

Need to Know for Friday, February 12

For a little inspiration right now, watch this 3 minute talk on hope from educator Trevor Muir. 

  • We're moving along well in our transition to Campus-Based Learning (CBI), and we appreciate the partnership we've had with parents from all over the world as we reinvent for the next phase of school in a pandemic. If you weren't able to attend, click here for the slides, here for a recording of the presentation, and here for the Family Guide to US Campus-Based Instruction, an evolving document that will be regularly updated to reflect the most current planning. There are a lot of important details for students to keep track of as well, so if you plan to have your child attend CBI, make sure they know what cohort they are in and what day they are scheduled for IPL and Orientation, and that they complete the survey Sarah Grenert-Funk will send out today to gather information about transportation and lunch, among other things. 
  • A key component of the transition to CBI is In Person Learning, which next week includes advisory-based groups at each grade level, as well as regularly scheduled opportunities in theater, ceramics, greenhouse, and art. These experiences are designed to allow students and teachers to get used to being on campus in a low-stakes setting and to start to rebuild the human connection that is a cornerstone of the Upper School community. All students who are coming to campus for CBI are required to attend their assigned IPL; students who cannot make their assigned date must be excused by a parent contacting Brooke DeLeon. Similarly, if your child is not coming to CBI and you have not yet communicated that to the school, please reach out directly to Asha Appel as soon as possible.  
  • The Aardvark Science Expo is coming on February 25! Covid can’t stop the annual extravaganza of research! Co-Coordinators Bettina Gregg and Tanja Horvat have done an extraordinary job of innovating to make learning happen despite the pandemic.  
  • Following Advisory and Chapel on February 24, there will be no US Activities or Office Hours in order to give teachers and staff time to work together to prepare for Campus-Based Instruction, the next phase of school in a pandemic. 
  • Make sure to register to tune in the Dreaming Justice Speaker Series event next week: Best selling author, Renee Watson on February 18, 4:30-5:30 pm PT. 
  • The US library is now offering a weekly curbside service on Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45. Students (and their parents!) can reserve books via the library catalogue or by sending Erika Jelinek an email. Watch this video to learn how to reserve online. 
  • Check out this parent education opportunity from Challenge Success, The Well-Balanced Student: Avoiding Stress and Overscheduling During The Pandemic and Beyond. February 24 at 5 pm PT. Register here
  • Remember—no school on Monday, February 15, in observance of President’s Day.

Jelly Rec: Book Recommendations from US Librarian Erika Jelinek

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty's The Cooking Gene is difficult to categorize. Twitty, who is Black, Jewish, and gay,  braids the inextricable link between food and history with his deep dive into his family's genealogy and strands of personal memoir. The result is a work that spans centuries and continents, and reads like a conversation with a particularly poetic friend. His personal journey to connect his family's genealogy with the food that sustained them through the brutality of slavery is illuminating, gritty, and inspiring. If you like your history with a hearty portion of mouthwatering food writing and recipes, this book is for you.

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