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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

Thank You For Being With Us: A Letter from Ronnie

Dear Washington Market School Community,

We are grateful for your support as we crafted our testing/Virtual School/return on Thursday and Friday week. Each Independent school has its own set of criteria and challenges and we, having 242 unvaccinated children, have the task of keeping everyone safe while staying connected to our early childhood teaching model. Enormous thanks to our teachers for coming in on Monday to get the materials ready that were needed to go on line, to our staff who were the organizing and planning, as well as handing out/collecting test kits for all and to those at Hudson who were also handing out the children’s bedding, to the parents who managed to get to school on a cold day and perform a test in the wind, and of course, to our children who tolerated coming to school but not coming in the doors and then to all for going online for two days instead of being together in person.

We are all absorbed with dealing with the Covid virus. It may be hard to grasp at this moment when the Omicron variant is racing through the city and country, but it does appear that the near-term prospects look promising. Although far more contagious than the Delta variant, it is far less virulent. We now know that, even if the number of hospitalizations remain at the same level, patients are likely to be less sick and require less intensive care. And another positive, being infected with the Omicron variant appears to reduce the likelihood of catching the more virulent Delta variant. There is also the expectation that the rate of infection with Omicron will shortly start to decline, as happened in South Africa, possibly as soon as the next couple of weeks.

As David Leonhardt, in the NYT, recently wrote: “The combination of vaccines and Omicron’s apparent mildness means that, for an individual, Covid increasingly resembles the kind of health risk that people accept every day.”

Exactly what this means for our largely unvaccinated children is not easy to say. So, until the data is clearer and the risks reduced, we will continue to be cautious, restrict access and close classrooms in which there are Covid cases, but will be prepared to loosen restrictions when the hard data and government protocols convince us that this is the best course.

We know that wider population data has little to do with how you want to protect your very own child. Please understand that we appreciate this dichotomy and approach the issue of safety as if every WMS child is our own.

Thank you for being with us,

Ronnie

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