|Hello Red Fox Families,
Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in our first community day of the 2020-21 school year, on August 1st. Parents, faculty and students helped to clean up our garden space, organize our books, assemble furniture and clean our classrooms. We still have more to do, but this was an excellent start! We have blocked off Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th as days when we would love some more help with projects in the school. As we get closer to those dates, a sign up sheet will be circulated.
Please upload your student’s health records to TADS. We need to have everyone’s paperwork in the system before the first day of school. If you have any questions with the process please call the TADS family support line: 800-477-8237
Please find the updated academic calendar attached to this email. Governor Scott put out an executive order that all schools public and independent would open for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8th. So some of our dates in September have been moved back by a week. So please take a look.
Please find the school handbook attached as well. This is a great guide for all our families to become familiar with our school policies and expectations. You will see that a health pledge has been added to the handbook this year. At the end of the handbook is a signature page that indicates you have read and agree to follow the guidelines of our school community. Please print out and sign this signature page and bring it with you on the first day of school. That along with a green light on the health check will be the entrance ticket to school.
Welcome and Welcome Back Picnic:
August 25th 5-6:30pm (rain date September 1st)
Every year our Parents Association coordinates many activities for our community. Along with our community days, the welcome back picnic is the first of these events. You will be receiving information about the picnic from Bethany Jenkins. Typically this is a potluck event but as you will see with many things this year, we are reinventing how we do it. Think of the picnic as a camping ground, or the circles they have drawn in the lawn of Central Park! We will have our spots for our families’ picnics, but we will be able to socialize and meet each other from a safe distance.
Family-Teacher Lunch/Brunch Dates:
Please be on the lookout for a sign up sheet being sent by Alley and Sarah. Again another Red Fox tradition of family-teacher dinners, has been altered this year. Every year our teachers enjoy the opportunity to have individual time with each family prior to the first day of school by sharing a meal together. This year the meal will still be shared but outside at our school. This has the advantage of also being a time when the parents and students can tour their classroom and get to know the Red Fox space. Make sure to sign up! This is an invaluable opportunity for families and students to connect with our teachers.
This year we are very excited that Taheem is joining us as an assistant teacher. Some of you may remember meeting Taheem at the community day. He was part of the Johnston family team and was a huge help that day. Taheem is currently a junior in college and studying early education. Sometimes this pandemic has afforded us creative opportunities. And one of those is the fact that Taheem will be attending school remotely. So we are fortunate enough to have him here in Vermont and the newest member of the Red Fox team. Taheem will be one of the first people to greet our students as they start their day, checking them in with the health check app. Making sure everyone has taken their temperature at home and answered the health questions. He will then be assisting Sarah and Alley throughout the morning. Welcome Taheem!
I realize that I have bombarded our community with a lot of information in this newsletter. So please take your time to jot down important dates, print out the attached calendar and read our Community Handbook.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our welcome back picnic.