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January 2022

Tue-Fri
18-21

NYC CARES COAT DRIVE

Wed
19

8:00-9:15p: Mindful Parenting During Times of Collective Stress with Rachel Henes

Thu
17

9:30-10:45a: Riding Emotional Waves with Calm & Compassion with Rachel Henes

Mon
21

PRESIDENTS’ DAY — School Closed

Tue
22

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day — School Closed

Wed
23

Staff Development Day — School Closed for Children

Mon-Fri
14-25

SPRING BREAK — School Closed

Wed
16

8:00-9:15p: “Is This Normal?” Understanding Perfectionism and Pressure in Parenting with Rachel Henes

Mon
28

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Fri
15

Passover & Good Friday — School Closed

Wed
20

9:30 -10:45a: Why Did They Do That? Responding to Challenging Behaviors with Compassion with Rachel Henes

Thu-Fri
28-29

Parent/Teacher Conferences — School Closed for Children

Wed
18

8:00-9:15p: Change Starts At Home: Parenting for a More Just World with Rachel Henes

Mon
30

MEMORIAL DAY — School Closed

Tue
14

Last Day of School for Children

Fri
17

Last Day of School for Staff

Mon
27

First Day of Summer Program

Mon
04

INDEPENDENCE DAY — Summer Camp Closed

Fri
05

Last Day of Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie

A Letter from Ronnie

Dear Washington Market School Community,

We have all been reading and listening to stories concerning the concept of opening schools safely. Our team has been imagining scenarios for a possible reopening since the beginning of April. One thing we have learned with our Online learning platform, our Enrollment and Operations groups, and our burgeoning experiences with technology is that we continue to make decisions that we have never had to make before. As we each continue to say, no decision in a pandemic is an easy one.

That said, we are looking ahead to September when we will reopen our Duane and Hudson Street sites. There are two spheres of interest that we are dealing with. The first is the critical need to keep our community—children, teachers, staff—safe from Covid-19. The second is the critical need to educate our children in the best way possible and that means having them physically be in school with their teachers and friends.

The question that we are facing is whether there is a zone of safety where these two spheres overlap and allow both health protection and physical attendance. According to the best scientific information, this can occur when the Covid-19 infection rate in a population is less than 5%. In NYC the infection rate is less than 2%, so we feel comfortable physically opening and we are supported by the NYC public schools opening and the approval for school openings from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

But rest assured, we approach the opening with extreme caution and will be following strict guidelines to maintain the health of the community including requiring social distancing for adults and, as much as possible, with young children, temperature taking of children and staff, mask-wearing by the staff and, possibly the children, extensive and intensive handwashing, disinfecting with sophisticated electrostatic sprayers, and much more. You will be receiving a memo shortly outlining all of the safety measures we will be taking but please know that we are on the case.

We remain together while apart,

Ronnie

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