Need to Know for Friday, January 29

Need to Know for Friday, January 29

  • In preparation for Campus-Based Instruction (CBI), this week was the start of an expanded In Person Learning program. Please see the detailed letter sent on January 23 for more specifics, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at all. While we recognize that each family has to decide whether to have their child participate in this required programming, we expect that every student who plans to be on campus for CBI to attend their session as assigned. Dates include:
    • 12th grade: February 16 and February 22, 12 pm-3 pm PT
    • 11th grade: February 18 and February 23, 12 pm-3 pm PT
    • 10th grade: February 19 and February 25, 12 pm-3 pm PT
    • 9th grade: January 27, February 3, and February 17, 1:30-3:30 pm PT
  • On Thursday, February 4, 6 pm PT, join me, Liz Weiler, Sarah Grenert-Funk, and Tna Meyerhoff to learn about the current Upper School plan for the transition to CBI. 
  • Next week is Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action. Student-leaders in ISA have worked all semester to put together a series of workshops to help students and faculty think about the role race can play in our daily interactions, policies, and systems. Students are required to attend both the student-run US assembly on February 3 and at least one of the lunch sessions offered throughout the week. 
  • 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.
  • Next week, all students will engage in the third in a series of four Equity and Inclusion workshops with Cierra Kaler-Jones. Building on the discussions from the previous sessions on stock stories and concealed stories, this session will explore resistance stories through the lens of the full story of Rosa Parks—one that includes a lifetime of resistance and collective strategy.
  • 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

Jelly Rec: Book Recommendations from US Librarian Erika Jelinek

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Suzette (Little) has just returned to her L.A. home after her first year at a New England boarding school, and from the moment her brother, Lionel (Lion) picks her up from LAX, the reader knows that something major went down for their parents to send Suzette away. Little & Lion weaves through the siblings' past and present, exploring the events that fractured their family and their aftermath. For such a slim little book, it packs a real emotional wallop through its exploration of mental illness, queerness, race, and the ways in which family isn't only defined by blood. Suzette is a wonderfully complex protagonist whose intersectional identities (Black, Jewish, bisexual, and from a mixed race, blended family) frame both her view on the world and the way the world views her. Brandy Colbert worked some real writerly magic in writing a book about so many Big Issues without it ever becoming an Issue Book in the vein of the after school specials of my childhood. I loved every moment spent in this story, and cannot wait to welcome (virtually) visiting author Brandy Colbert on March 3! 

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