Dear Parents and Guardians,

While we are closely monitoring the global public health situation as you’ve read in recent messages, we also are trying to operate school in a normal fashion, and to that end I want to remind you about important events upcoming in the next week. On Monday, March 2 at 7:00 PM, we invite parents of students currently in Grades 9, 10, and 11 to an evening to learn about the curriculum for next year and the choices that students will have. The scheduling process has begun and we will be spending the next month working on helping students choose their courses for 2020-2021. Please join the deans for this important meeting at 7:00 PM. Rooms will all be adjacent to Hajjar Auditorium so please come to the Klein Campus Center.

That meeting will be preceded by a College Roundtable at 6:00 PM in Hajjar Auditorium. The roundtable is a question and answer session moderated by the College Counseling Office that will address issues on your minds.

Other important events next week:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

WINTER SPORTS BANQUET, 6:30 PM (Hajjar Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CONNECTIONS DAY: BUILDING EMPATHY

We will be spending part of Wednesday in activity and conversation about the importance of empathy. The event, primarily designed and organized by students, includes a keynote speaker from an organization called Making Caring Common, running out of the Harvard School of Education, along with discussions and a common interest activity. This is the first of a series that we are planning to deliver over the next year or so, in part to help us learn to have more productive and deliberate conversations around difficult issues in an age where that can be complicated.

Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2020

NEWSIES, the Upper School Winter Musical, is performing 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6 and 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 7. Like the fall play Radium Girls, this show is inspired by real events that changed both the private and public lives of those involved. By showing courage, perseverance, and unity to push back against the crushing pressure of the newspaper moguls who wished to “bolster the bottom line” and guide the public narrative, the “newsies” use their own agency to change an outcome. They publish their own paper to get the word out to the public. We hope that you will all come to see our kids who are on the stage, behind the stage, or in the orchestra!

A Note about Spring Sports

And finally, a note about spring sports, which begin next week, Friday March 6. Because of the weather, the condition of the fields, and the requirement to have completed six practices before scrimmages begin, we will need to spread practices over the weekend. We will have a final schedule to you by Monday, but please know that there will be practices for some teams on both Saturday and Sunday.

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