Parent Visitation Update. Campus remains safe and healthy, thanks in no small part to the community’s willingness to adopt new ways of being and learning together. In addition to being vigilant on campus, we are also monitoring conditions off campus, and we have noted a recent uptick in infection rates in New York City and parts of New Jersey. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution as we make every effort to limit the risk of infection, George School has decided to suspend family/caretaker visits through the Thanksgiving break. This decision was not easy to make, and we are grateful for your understanding. Please reach out to the Deans’ Office with any questions.
Town Hall Invitation: Aligning with Justice. Join Head of School Sam Houser, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Rachel Agosto and Shelby Williams ’21 for a Town Hall meeting to learn about recent inclusion updates for this school year and discuss future initiatives. The virtual meeting is on Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Click here to join the Zoom Meeting.
Picture Day! George School’s picture day is Wednesday, October 14. Day student pictures will be taken between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the tent by the equestrian ring. Day students can sign up here. Boarding student pictures will be taken on Main Porch South from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Boarding students can sign up here. Senior portraits will be taken in the spring. Learn more.
Anti-Racism Session for Teens. Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Rachel Agosto is partnering with Camp Stomping Ground to offer anti-racism sessions for teens. The camp’s mission is to partner with young people to inspire the next generation of empathetic decision makers. If a student is interested in registering for the upcoming session from Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9 they should email Rachel. Sessions run from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Donate School Supplies for Lebanon. Student Safi Baadarani-Feeney ’22 is collecting school supplies to support children in Lebanon who do not have access to these items and are facing hardships following the explosion that occurred in the city of Beirut. Please consider donating some of the following items: backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, rulers, glue sticks, markers, geometry sets, calculators, iPad computers (used), and erasers. There will be a box where you can donate supplies located in front of the Fitness and Athletics Center, which will be collected next Wednesday. Thank you for any contributions you are able to provide, and for helping us support families in need.
Community Handbook. The 2020-2021 George School Community Handbook is now available on the Parent Portal. Read it here.
Virtual Family Weekend. Virtual Family weekend will be held on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17. There will be an address by Head of School Sam Houser, and parent teacher conferences on Zoom, on Saturday, October 17. Diversity speaker Rosetta Lee will also present a Parenting with Identity in Mind seminar.
- Conference Scheduling will open the week of October 6. We ask that parents be mindful of the time limitations presented by the virtual format and large number of parents who need conferences. Please only schedule conferences with those teachers who are a high priority for you to meet with. There will be another conference date in February, and teachers will be available via email to talk, if you are unable to get a time in the conference schedule. You can also work with your child’s advisor to determine who you should meet with in advance of the schedule opening. Reach out to Elizabeth Schwartz with questions.
Head of School Zoom Meetings. Sam Houser is hosting four upcoming Zoom meetings for parents to talk about how school is going and the needs specific to each group of students this year. The dates and times are as follows. All times are eastern time.
- Tuesday, October 6, 8:30 a.m. – International parents event link
- Wednesday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. – Distance learner parents
- Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. – Day student parents
- Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. – Boarding student parents
Health and Safety Requirements. All students are required to submit health data daily before 12:30 p.m., always wear a mask correctly (except when in their dorm room, exercising with exertion, or eating and drinking), and to maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet.
Attention Day Student Parents. If your child is on campus this semester, please make sure they have taken their temperature at home before they come to school. George School now has a QR code for day students to sign in with each day. The daily check-in process will move more efficiently if a student has already taken their temperature prior to arriving on campus. Contact the Deans’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off Directions. Please enter campus via Farm Drive when picking up or dropping off day students. Please remember that students cannot be picked up or dropped off directly in front of the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) at any time because it is a Fire Zone and for the safety of the community. Please be sure to drop off your child at the designated area of the FAC parking lot simply by following the signs for student pick-up/drop-off.
Attendance Policy. If your child is not able to attend class or sports on a particular day because they are sick, or have an appointment, email Laurie Moyer at email@example.com or call 215.579.6593. Please review the attendance policy update to clarify attendance expectations and procedures to report absences.
- In-person/sports: Contact Laurie no later than 11:00 a.m. if your child is unable to attend their in-person session or sports. Please remember that once day students are on campus, they are expected to attend all of their in-person commitments scheduled that day. If a student needs to leave before the last commitment is over, they should contact the Deans’ Office.
- Online: Contact Laurie the night before or no later than 7:30 a.m. if your child is unable to attend their class remotely.
Attention parents of juniors and seniors in IB courses:
Juniors and seniors in IB courses (who are not IB diploma candidates) are not required to sit for IB exams this year due to Covid-19. These students were assigned a survey (and sent several reminders) to indicate whether they wanted to be enrolled for the IB exam. Students are encouraged to check the portal to confirm their exam registration(s), and should notify Val Fusco if there are any mistakes or changes. The cost for each subject exam is $119 and the deadline for registration is November 1 after which there are no refunds and any changes will incur additional costs.
IB Diploma Program (IBDP) Activities Update. All IBDP candidates have been registered for exams and their registrations have been confirmed. These registrations can be viewed on the student portal.
Class of 2022 IBDP candidates continue to work on IB core requirements. They have identified an Extended Essay (EE) Supervisor for this 4,000-word independent research essay and are in the process of refining their EE topic. Although this major assessment is intended by IB to be independently planned and executed, we have developed an internal framework, including an EE Coordinator and deadlines associated with each stage of the project to ensure that students have the necessary supports. Their EE Submission of Intent (SOI) was due on September 21, and students should now be focused on submitting their Prospectus, which is due on Monday, October 26. Students who have missed the SOI deadline must be in contact with Marion Wells (EE Coordinator) to ensure that they are able to advance to the next stage of the process.
Class of 2021 IBDP candidates have met individually with Kim McGlynn (IB Coordinator) for a formal check-in and to ensure appropriate progress with IB core requirements. The senior IBDP cohort met for the third time this Wednesday to continue work on Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) and to discuss upcoming Internal Assessments (IAs).
Class of 2023: Just a reminder that we will not conduct the official PSAT in October, but will offer it instead on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. As space permits after juniors register, we will open registration for sophomores who are interested in taking the exam. Please note that the exam is optional. More details to come on a Virtual Practice PSAT in January for sophomores who do not want to take the official PSAT.
Class of 2022: Just a reminder that the Virtual Practice PSAT will take place on Wednesday, October 14 for juniors. Most students registered for the practice test during the September 25 junior class meeting. If your student still needs to register, use this Juniors- Practice PSAT Registration link. For any questions, please reach out to Catherine Box.
Class of 2021: FAFSA Workshop with PHEAA, October 8. We encourage you to create your FSA ID on the FAFSA Website before the workshop. The goal of this workshop is to help you through questions that may arise on your FAFSA. There will be a short introduction, and the program will be led by your questions.
Missed the Parents Association Meeting? Watch a recording here of the PA meeting from Wednesday, September 23.
Parent Inclusion Committee Kickoff Virtual Meeting. The mission of the newly formed PA Committee is to support and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the GS community. Everyone is welcome to attend on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here is the meeting link. Clerks: Cynthia Vandenberg p’23 and Kalpana Sabapathi p’22.
- George School Fund – Make connections with fellow parents and help to educate them about the importance of philanthropy at George School. The Advancement Office provides training and support. Contact: Meg Peake ’03
- Commencement Flowers – Help create floral arrangement for Commencement Meeting for Worship. Clerks: Maureen Petrosky p’23 and Kristy Swartz p’21
- Bookstore – Help staff the bookstore when campus reopens to parent volunteers. Clerk: Rebecca Mitchell p’19, ’22
Don’t forget to visit the Parents Association section of the Parent Portal for more information or to sign up. Thanks to our parent clerks and all who have already signed up to help.
The Parent Plan-It is designed to inform parents about campus events and deadlines. It is published weekly on Fridays when school is in sesssion. It is a must-read resource for parents about important dates and school procedures. Please contact editor Katharine Sipio with comments, suggestions, and news at 215.579.6576 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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