Need to Know for Friday, February 5

Need to Know for Friday, February 5

  • This week, students learned about the upcoming transition to Campus-Based Instruction; please encourage your child to attend the open times available for them to ask questions and learn about all the details. Parents also had the chance to hear the current plan from me, Liz Weiler, Sarah Grenert-Funk, and Tna Meyerhoff. 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 updated6 to reflect the most current planning. 
  • Following Advisory and Chapel on February 10, 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. 
  • This week in honor of Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action, student-leaders in ISA created and facilitated a series of workshops in which they asked both students and faculty to think about the role race can play in our daily interactions, policies, and systems. They also presented a powerful all Upper School assembly. 
  • Students and faculty also engaged in the third in a series of four Equity and Inclusion workshops with Cierra Kaler-Jones, who helped us all explore resistance stories through the lens of the full story of Rosa Parks—one that includes a lifetime of resistance and collective strategy.
  • First semester reports will be available on the Parent and Student Portals on February 5. Following the publication of semester reports, advisors will meet one-on-one with each of their advisees to reflect on progress and steps for continued growth. As a family, consider talking through areas of pride, specific improvements, and goals for growth in the second half of the year.
  • In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the College of Engineering at Oregon State University invites all to a completely free and virtual celebration of talks and films, February 10 & 11. Click here to register
  • 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. Please submit requests by Sunday to ensure that your holds will be ready for a Wednesday pickup.
  • 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

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