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January 2022

Mon
17

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY — School Closed

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,

Last week I wrote that our city is at a point in handling the pandemic that has us believing that it is reasonable to allow our children to return to school. Our families need their children to be learning in their terrific early childhood environment, together with other children and with their superb teachers. This reopening must be done while keeping our entire community of children and adults as safe as possible. While other parts of the country are pulling back from physically opening schools and conflicting advice is coming from conflicted sources, NYC is an oasis of sanity and good sense.

That said, this is obviously not business as usual and we are devoting countless hours to designing the physical and supporting online programs. Our school has been working out how best to reopen since the end of March, when we all imagined a return after Spring Break, then a return mid-May, and now we are asking our staff to come to school during the last week of August so that we may train in all of the safety and health protocols that are mandated by our city and state as well as our own guidelines that go beyond these governmental requirements to reopen in September.

Things continue to change and we understand that along with all of the schools in our country, there are ways to face challenges that will be the best we can possibly do while remaining imperfect. Each of our administrative staff is engaged in creating a full description of how the physical program will work and the health procedures that we will follow, and you will receive a full depiction of our reopening guidelines next week but I want to give you some information on what we are considering at this time.

Obviously, we will follow:

· Stay home if sick
· Physical distancing
· Wearing a face covering – both adults and children
· Practice healthy hand hygiene.

In addition:

· Children will be in “pods” with their teachers and limited contact with other pods.
· Drop-off and pickup times will be staggered
· Children’s temperatures and health will be monitored
· Cleaning and disinfecting will be done several times a day with advanced equipment
· Children will be escorted into the buildings by staff.

These are just a few of the actions we will be taking. We believe that the procedures that we are implementing will create the safest model to reopen our school for our children and grown-ups.

Together while apart AND don’t forget that it’s summer!

Ronnie

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