We look forward to having all students back on campus the week of August 9! Springmont’s Orientation Week is designed with great care and intentionality, providing new and move-up students and their families time to acclimate to a new school environment and all students opportunities to ease into what promises to be a wonderful year of engaged learning and renewed community. Please reference the UPDATED schedule emailed to parents on July 12 as you plan for your family's return to campus!
We are delighted to invite new and returning students and their parents to our Meet & Greet on Friday, August 6! Come to campus to say hello to faculty and staff, take a peek inside classrooms, shop the Spirit Store, and more! Due to parking constraints and COVID health & safety protocols, each family will be invited to attend a one-hour timeslot. We ask that families bring just ONE vehicle to campus, arriving and departing within their assigned hour. For the health & safety of all, everyone 2 and older is kindly asked to wear a properly fitted mask while on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Invitations will be emailed the week of July 19!
As we strive to rebuild and reinvigorate our school community after a long year of COVID restrictions, we have reexamined some of our school-wide events including our traditional Opening Night. This year, instead of one large gathering, we are pleased to offer parents level-by-level Back to School Nights in their children's classrooms!
Primary Back to School Night - Monday, August 16, 4:30-6 p.m.
Lower Elementary Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 17, 4:30-6 p.m.
Upper Elementary Back to School Night - Wednesday, August 18, 4:30-6 p.m.
Toddler Back to School Night - Thursday, August 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
Middle School Back to School Night - Thursday, August 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
In addition to a more intimate opportunity to connect with teachers and other parents, the benefits of this change for families include being able to park on campus, avoiding rush hour traffic, and being home in time for dinner and bedtime. Teachers are also happy to know that parents with students at other levels will not have to miss one presentation in favor of another and that they, too, will be home at a reasonable hour, ensuring they are refreshed and ready to teach their students the next morning!
Parents, we are excited to offer several opportunities for current and new families to gather on campus over the summer months. We have scheduled Toddler/Primary playdates as well as early evening picnic gatherings for all levels. Come out and meet some new families, reconnect with families in other classrooms, and have FUN! For the playdates, just show up with children ready to play! For the picnics, bring a blanket and dinner for your family. We’ll provide some games and activities! See the schedule of events below and add them to your calendar; no need to RSVP!
Thursday, June 10: Toddler/Primary Playdate on the Springmont playground, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 15: Upper Elementary/Middle School Campus Picnic on the Lawn, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22: Primary Campus Picnic on the Lawn, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 1: Toddler/Primary Playdate on the Springmont playground, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 13: Lower Elementary Campus Picnic on the Lawn, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20: Toddler Campus Picnic on the Lawn, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Yearbooks and Class Photos are in! Both are included in tuition; therefore, each student will be bringing home a Yearbook and Class Photo this week. Questions? Email Andrea Restifo
Thank you to those parents who completed last month’s Pulse Survey, providing feedback on our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts this year. Those of you who attended the iChange Collaborative parent discussion forums in December and March offered good insight into these events and programming ideas for next year. You were enthusiastic about joining parent book/article/video discussion groups, affinity groups (groups that share a common interest or goal), and attending more guest speaker events. An overwhelming 74% of those who took the survey felt that Springmont lives up to our Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity. Suggestions were gathered from this survey and from attendees at the April 29 community listening circle for the 2021-22 school year. Ideas included: intentionally reaching out to those who may not be attending parent meetings, expanding efforts to include LGBTQ families, providing better understanding of how DEI issues are discussed with children in the classrooms, and identifying white allies willing to take a diversity and inclusivity leadership role in the parent community.
In addition to parent programming, Springmont has offered professional development for faculty and staff. Over the course of this year, we’ve bolstered our own cultural competencies, strived to understand the impact of race in education, and explored how issues of diversity, equity and inclusion impact us both as individuals and as a teaching community. Our May 7 Teacher Workday provided an opportunity for our final professional development event for the year; facilitated by Martha and Danielle from iChange Collaborative, “Disrupting Bias and Conditioning” called on us to recognize, challenge and transform racism as we work to build an inclusive and cohesive school community. The enthusiasm and engagement of our faculty and staff hasn’t wavered and their personal and professional growth surrounding DEI is evident. I would also like to acknowledge our DEI Committee members - Laura Cassell, Cara Friedline, Toshia Johnson, Patricia Jordan, Sianda Ruiz, and Gretchen Stamps – for the effort and leadership they have provided this year. Springmont’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity aligns with our core values and desire to be a strong community. We are pleased to know that it is robustly supported by all constituencies of our school community.