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HEADS' LETTER: Sept. 10, 2020

Middle School Back-to-School Night


Always Fun to Learn About Middle School

Middle School Teachers are eagerly anticipating tonight's virtual Back-to-School Night! They are excited to see parents' smiles and share about the incredible classes happening on the West Side of campus.

During the last four weeks, Middle School students and Teachers have settled into a routine of joyful learning highlighted by minor challenges and major successes!

Shifting our traditional electives into cohort-safe enrichment periods has given students the opportunity to experience selections that range from the global, water-based ConnectOcean Program, facilitated by a team in Costa Rica, to virtual reality experiences, and even getting creative with the Art of Design and Making Music!

Staying on par with our innovative Specials Team, academic classes continually push the creative limits to build connections and experiences between our on-campus and remote learners.

Sixth graders are becoming comfortable in their new Middle School spaces. Lockers have been replaced with physically distanced, personalized learning spaces complete with decorated desks and crates full of necessary and colorful supplies. Sixth graders are enjoying the variety of personalities and fun that comes with a new Teacher for each subject, and classes are introducing new material, keeping students engaged and excited.

Seventh graders are keeping a close eye on hurricane season in science class while thinking critically about the climate relationships between the hemispheres in social studies class. The seventh grade team is eager to expand this conceptual exploration in English and math classes during the trimester and dig deeper into connections between weather, safety, and the human experience.

Eighth graders are revving up for the annual C-SPAN StudentCam Competition. This is a national contest where our students write, shoot, edit and produce a short movie based upon the topic provided to us by C-SPAN. Students will respond to the given prompt with a topic that they are passionate about. It is an honored Corbett tradition that highlights students' inquiry and creativity while strengthening research, communication, and collaboration skills. Eighth graders are excited for the opportunity to kick off their final Corbett Prep year by sharing their authentic voice, and Teachers and parents will surely be awed by the final products!

Middle School families are invited to join these dedicated Teachers tonight to hear more about our amazing Middle School! The evening runs from 5:40-7:45 p.m.

Our evening's schedule is below.

  • 5:40-6:00: Specials, PE and Health, Enrichment/Elective Presentations
  • 6:05-6:35: 6th Grade Team Presentation
  • 6:40-7:10: 7th Grade Team Presentation
  • 7:15-7:45: 8th Grade Team Presentation

Attending through Zoom: This evening will be hosted through Zoom. Parents received the link in an email.

Noon Dismissal and Extended Day

NOON DISMISSAL FOR TEACHER IN-SERVICE – WED., SEPT. 16: Reminder that it is important to pick up your children by 12 p.m. to allow our Teachers to have lunch and begin in-service training promptly as well as prepare for conferences.

Extended Day is provided on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 12 until 6 p.m.

This service is offered to families who are in need of a later pick-up and have no other option. We are asking that all families who are able to pick up their children at dismissal to please do so. This will assist us with our continued focus on physical distancing and additional safety practices.

Extended Day is by pre-registration only! All children need to be registered for Extended Day by Monday, Sept. 14 prior to being allowed. Walk-ups will not be allowed.

COVID-19 safety modifications to Extended Day will be in place:

  • Students will be spread throughout campus in smaller age-level groups following safety recommendations to provide physical distancing.
  • Children in Extended Day will be mixing with students beyond their daily classroom cohorts. All students will be in age-level division cohorts. These new groupings will still have the same physical distancing and mask requirements as required throughout the day.
  • The program includes opportunities for supervised recreation and time for homework; various enrichment activities will be added as the year progresses. A snack and beverage will be provided daily to each student. All students attending Extended Day are required to bring a lunch.
  • Extended Day activities will be based in the Extended Day Room. The cost for the afternoon will be $15.00, regardless of the length of stay (except for those on the Yearly-Extended Day Plan).

Reminder - Parents needing this special Extended Day session on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, please REGISTER through the Parent Portal by Monday, Sept. 14. If you are on the annual or semi-annual Extended Day plan, half days are already included.

PICK UP: Parents must remain in their cars for pick-up. Students will be brought to you by a member of our Extended Day team. Please have your car tag visible.

  • Station #1: PreK3, PreK4 & K (The back loop by Kindergarten and Farish Center)
  • Station #4: Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Outside Health Clinic/former Dance Room)
  • Station #5: Grades 6, 7, 8 (Outside Middle School Dean Dining Hall)

Canvas Parent Update

Parents, earlier this week we emailed you regarding a modification we have made to how you log in to Canvas Parent as a parent observer. This is in part due to the number of Canvas notifications many parents were receiving every time an assignment was graded or something was posted.

Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of this pandemic accompanied by a new student information system, (Veracross), we want to thank you for working with us to make sure you have only the most positive user experience using Canvas Parent moving forward. Please follow the directions listed on our website to get started and explore the app.

After-School Programs

After-School Activities (ASA), Community School of the Arts (CSA) and Community School for Sports (CSS) resume this month!

We are excited to offer students the opportunity to participate in three wonderful programs after school. With more than 60 available options this fall, After-School Activities, Community School of the Arts and Community School for Sports enrich the Corbett Prep experience by allowing students to go above and beyond. Students of all ages can enjoy favorite hobbies, explore new interests and challenge themselves artistically and athletically.

After reviewing our protocols in place and our campus procedures, we will begin offering CSS, CSA, Athletics, and After-School Activities on a limited basis beginning Sept. 14. Each program will have safety protocols specific to each area to be in line with our Back-to-School Plan. All programming will be reviewed daily based on safety and is subject to change if the need arises. Please see the specific safety protocols within each program catalog.

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PFA News

By PFA President Lauren Lipschutz

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST PFA GENERAL MEETING: Our first PFA General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. We are excited to see new and returning faces and will introduce you to our Executive Committee members. Stay tuned for the Zoom link at the beginning of next week.