Newsletter

Plan for Returning to Campus - Face Coverings

We are working diligently to open the School as safely and effectively as possible, and our unyielding commitment to our mission and to fostering a nurturing, loving, and fun educational environment has never been stronger! More specific details will be shared in next week's newsletter, including an addendum to the Student/Parent Handbook, detailed information about our health and safety plans, class lists, sign-ups for "meet the teacher" days, and more.

You may recall seeing a document in the June 11 newsletter that outlined general plans for our return to campus. Revisions have been made as we learn more, and circumstances continue to develop. Please click here for the slightly revised plan.

The most significant change is in #6 Facial Covering. Based on guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the State Department of Public Health, and medical experts, face coverings will be required for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, with some limited exceptions. Please refer to the document for more details. With the start of school a few weeks away, now is the time to find face coverings that work for your child and practice wearing them. We appreciate your partnership and cooperation in keeping everyone as healthy as possible.

Used Uniform Sale
There will be a Used Uniform Sale at the School the week of July 27 - 31 during meet the teacher days. (Parents will sign up for a date to meet your child's teachers through links emailed next week.) All uniform items are $5, cash or check only. Parents are encouraged to bring small bills, as it may be difficult to make change for larger bills. The sale is self-serve and on the honor system. All proceeds benefit the Parents Association. Please wear a mask and social distance from other shoppers. Questions? Contact Director of Communications and the Parents Association Sandy McCauley.
Remember to Register for the New Carpool Program

Now is the time to register for the new carpool program. In connection with our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety, The Schenck School is now using the PikMyKid Dismissal Application. Please register and begin assigning delegates (the people you authorize to pick up your child, including carpool members). A list of Schenck School families organized by zip code can be found in the secure Parents portal of the School website.

This app works with Android and iPhones. Please visit the appropriate app store and download the PikMyKid app. Follow the prompts to complete your registration. After registration is completed, you will be automatically connected if the phone number the School has on file is the same one you used to register with the app. If not, please select Support from your app Menu and fill out the form to request assistance. When prompted for a code please use THE595560. Or you can email support directly at support@pikmykid.com.

Click here for the Parent App User Guide and here for a video to help with registration.

We ask that both parents register, as we will also be using this software to send out important text notifications from the School. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant to the Head of School Lara Ratcliff.


The Schenck School and The Dyslexia Resource in IDA Journal

The Schenck School and The Dyslexia Resource were featured in the spring edition of the International Dyslexia Association's quarterly scholarly journal, Perspectives on Language and Literacy. Representatives from the School and the DR were invited to contribute a piece, "Lessons Learned in Building School and Community Partnerships to Improve Reading Achievement Challenges and Opportunities," about the DR's work with low-performing schools in the Atlanta Public Schools system. You can read the article here or access the whole journal here.

Webinar: Supporting Children's Reading at Home

Schenck School parents may be interested in the following webinar. The Institute of Education Sciences presents a Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Southeast webinar that introduces families to the "Supporting Your Child's Reading at Home" resources. These resources for children in kindergarten through third grades are drawn from research on best practices for helping children learn to read. Webinar participants will receive an overview of the components of the resources and a virtual walk-through of the website containing the resources. Participants will learn how to use these research-based resources with their children at home and will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Supporting Children's Reading at Home - Family Resources for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
July 9, 2020
2:00–2:45 p.m.

Click here for details and to register.