Thursday Thoughts is a weekly communication for current families. It includes relevant and important school news, upcoming event information, community updates, and much more. Stay up-to-date on all things HRS by reading Thursday Thoughts each week.
Structural steel and SCL duct bank work will begin on the middle school project next week. Please be aware this will likely impact and/or restrict access to 20th Avenue South. Thank you for your patience.
We are thrilled to have so many music academy registrations already! There are still some openings for students to begin their musical journey, so be sure to sign up today. Please note: lessons are only in person with Sam Hibberd and are remote for other teachers, but can be taken from at home or in the music room.
Drums and Percussion with Jesse Whitford
Guitar, Ukulele, and Voice with Sam Hibberd
Bass, Piano, Ukulele and Voice with Oliva Hamilton
The NWAIS Fall Educators Conference featured keynote speaker, author Zaretta Hammond; Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Her book was our faculty summer read last year and this book was the guide to ongoing professional development work throughout the year. The conference, attended by nearly 1,000 independent school educators in the region, also featured sessions on inclusivity and equity in the classroom, fostering belonging through reconnection, adult SEL and resilience, and more. Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, etc. It also provides teachers time for completing student reports throughout the year. Teachers must meet continuing education clock hour requirements provided by the state.
The Day-On program offers families a care option during professional development days. The Day-On program runs from 8am - 3pm and is led by HRS program aides. Registration is available on the parent portal. For more information, please reach out to our Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, Austin Hackett, email@example.com.
We had a great first meeting! It was nice to connect with other families with Black/African American children. The next HRS Black Family Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 2 from 7pm - 8pm. The zoom link is posted on the parent portal. The goal of the meetings is to share our stories and experiences in order to better support the unique challenges our Black/AA students face at HRS and in the world. Please email Joseph Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Did you know the Annual Fund helps:
- Keep tuition affordable for everyone: when our fundraising is successful, it offsets other expenses allowing the school to keep tuition increases to a minimum.
- Keep our educational program innovative and modern: additional funds allow us to invest in curriculum and program enhancements to elevate beyond the basic essentials.
- Keep salaries competitive so we can continue to attract pioneering and outstanding faculty.
- Keep us nimble so we can invest in necessary goods or services when needed.
Starting tomorrow, October 15, every donation to the annual fund up to $15,000 will be matched AND every donation to the capital campaign up to $100,000 will be matched dollar for dollar until the matching funds are depleted!
We are thrilled to offer new After School Programs and registration is now open! These fun after school activities include Running Club, a middle school Soccer Club, a lower school Soccer Club and a Yoga Club. Clubs take place after school from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. Registration can be found on the parent portal by selecting the After School Programs Registration, then select Launch Signup. Join the fun and meet new friends while being active or learning a new activity! For more information, please reach out to our Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, Austin Hackett, email@example.com.
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming school events:
- Family Association meeting: Tuesday, October 19 at 8:45am. Meeting link can be found on the parent portal.
- Learning Center Speaker Series: Thursday, October 28 at 6pm. Read more and Register here.
- Picture retake day: Wednesday, November 3 is picture retake day for students. Order forms are available here.