Family Bulletin 7/25
“A good beginning makes a good ending.”
Dear Explore! Families,
Can you believe it is already and finally time to come back together? The summer has been short but our time apart has been long. I hope you all are excited about coming back to school! Our team is eager to see kids and families soon. While I know that most families are excited to return to school, many still have questions and ongoing concerns about the impact of COVID on schools and our community. At this week’s orientation sessions, we will talk about our approach to health and safety as we continue to manage COVID risk. We will be serving all students in person and are excited to reconnect as a community. I want to reassure families of that. We are excited to get back to school and are eager to get focused on core academics, PBL, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Finally, I am so excited to welcome and introduce our middle school Principal in Residence, Ms. Deirdra Smith! She will be leading our 5th and 6th graders this year with my support as she is joining our school community from New York. We welcome her to Explore! Our middle school families will have separate sessions to meet her, the middle school team, and learn about how Explore! will look and feel different for our most mature Explorers. Exciting times! We will have orientation sessions throughout the week to accommodate the 580 families we will be serving this year! If you have multiple students, you can come any day, and attend one time for all students, except all 5th and 6th-grade families need to attend a middle school orientation session. There are significant differences to the schedule, curriculum, and processes for our older students that families will need to know.
Orientation is mandatory for all families. We have many updates as we come back together as a community. Please see below for details about orientation for this week. Family Orientation Schedule:
Tue (7/27)- 5:30-6:30pm
Thu (7/29)- 5:30-6:30pm
*Please limit attendees to 2 members per household for space
**We are requiring everyone to be masked indoors regardless of vaccination status. Please start to check Bloomz regularly as I will continue to post updates throughout the week. Please connect with others and prompt them to check Bloomz and our school website www.explore.school for updates as well. Let’s continue to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Next week, we will welcome Explores back for student orientation and resume full school on Tuesday, August 10th!
Time flies, we will have fun and grow together. I am looking forward to seeing you all this week.
Explorers! Rise up! Rise Up!