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Legenda #1 2021-22
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LEGENDA*

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News from 
Washington Latin

These dark and stormy afternoons can't keep our students from enjoying their first week back in person!
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Dear Latin families,


Yesterday our building was full for the first time since March 13th, 2020. After an interrupted school year, a year of virtual and hybrid instruction, and several months of planning and advocacy, we were ready for students and faculty to return to a welcoming and safe learning environment. Upper School and Middle School students streamed through separate entrances as staff conducted quick wellness checks. Students moved through the hallways and stairwells, mindful of the arrows directing traffic flow. Masks remained on throughout the day. Most students filled the field, courtyard, and parking lots during breaks and lunch. And while lightning struck a tree on 3rd Street, shearing off a sizable chunk and bringing it crashing down on our fence, this happened after all the buses had been loaded and most of the campus had been cleared. 
 
Despite real challenges, I believe that my optimism for the year ahead is well-founded, because by leading with grace, compassion, and empathy, we have emerged resilient through the many stressors of the last 18 months. We continue to respond to the impacts of COVID while doing what we can as a school, sector, and city to elevate and find ways to address the other pandemics of poverty, racial inequality, political strife, anger, exclusion, and compromised mental health. I am optimistic because we have a community of family members that has met the challenges of the past with generosity, collaboration, and creativity. And I am confident that we can face whatever lies ahead.
 
This is a year of transition for us. It is our 16th school year and the first year of our new 15-year charter. We have a new leadership team, led by our principal, Jimmy Kelly, and ably supported by assistant principal, Bill Clausen and division directors, Kara Brady and Janelle Bradley. We have our largest enrollment ever and the largest faculty. While a few people have new roles, most of them have long histories with our school. We have also brought on a cadre of leaders who will be helping to plan for the opening of our second campus a year from now. We look forward to celebrating both our Sweet Sixteen year and the 10th year high school alumni reunion in the upcoming spring.
 
One of our unofficial mottos is that “people matter.” Yes, the research shows that strong relationships provide a foundation for student engagement, belonging, and, ultimately, learning. The more high-quality relationships students have with their teachers, the better their engagement in school. However, our commitment to relationships goes beyond what the research shows – it is baked within the DNA of our school, it is why faculty come here and largely why they stay. Seeing students connect or reconnect with their peers and their teachers yesterday was a stark reminder of what makes this community special. Parents and other adult caregivers are also critical in making this community work. We are so thrilled to be back in touch with you in person and we look forward to working closely with you during the 2021-2022 school year.


Valete!

Peter

Peter T. Anderson
Head of School

Parent-Faculty Association

 

On behalf of the Washington Latin Parent Faculty Association (PFA), I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome our newest families to our amazing community.   If you are a returning Latin family, I know that you are as excited as we are to be starting the school year up again. Although this year will again look a bit different, it makes me so happy to see our students returning to campus together. The past year and half has shown how supportive, resilient, and resourceful our community can be and I am so honored and grateful to be a part of it with you.

As parents, we all support our children in their educational journey and as an extension, the PFA works collaboratively to support the school through events, community building and volunteer opportunities. Our PFA Leadership Team:


President – Lisa Miller, papresident@latinpcs.org

Vice President – Jennifer Thorpe-Lewis, pavpresident@latinpcs.org


Treasurer – John Tichypatreasurer@latinpcs.org

Secretary – Tiffany Murrell, pasecretary@latinpcs.org

And grade level representatives


The full list of PFA leadership can be found on Parent-Faculty Association page of the website.  I encourage you to reach out to any of us for questions, thoughts, etc.


This is my first year as the PFA President and I am looking forward to continuing the strong partnership the Latin PFA has established with the Administration, our amazing Teachers and our invaluable Staff to provide an enriching experience for our children and our community.


The PFA is a joint effort, and you are welcome and encouraged to attend all of our events, or volunteer your time to ensure collective success. Wishing everyone a successful 2021-2022 school year and I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Lisa Miller, PFA President
J.D., 8th Grade

Drew, 5th Grade

Pick Up & Drop Off

Adjustments & Clarifications

We are all adjusting to being back in the building all together, including where students enter and exit the building. While this always takes some getting used to, the beginning of this year has some special considerations, including more new-to-Latin students, temperature checks at the door, and the need to separate from each other. Please make sure you have created a pick-up and drop-off plan with your child(ren).

Just as we have done since the start of this pandemic, we are making adjustments and staying informed, reasoned and flexible! Our response to the new demands: more faculty working to check students in and see them off at the end of the day, more exits and entrances, and more spaces for waiting.

Some notes of explanation and clarification for our families:
  • There is no pick-up/drop-off circle for cars. Parents drop their children off on the sidewalk or park and walk with them to the door. 
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  • Please practice safe drop-off and pick-up! Drop your child so they do not have to cross the street (and traffic!) This is especially important right in front of the school on Hamilton Street.
  • You may also drop at Hamilton and 2nd Streets. Our buses will let off passengers at Hamilton and 3rd to help clear the area by the parking lot entrance.
  • Morning entrances:
    • Upper school students should enter through the front door or the MPR door on Hamilton Street. They can then go to the MPR until advisory.
    • Middle School students should enter through the Martha C. Cutts Gym doors (off the parking lot). Faculty will direct them to the gym to wait until advisory.
  • Afternoon exits and pick up:
    • We will open the doors on Ingraham at the end of the day for students to meet their rides there more easily. This is especially encouraged for grades 5 & 6.
    • Any student may exit through any door, and we encourage you to make a pick up plan with your child(ren) that works for your circumstances.

Chromebooks & CHARGERS

Don't leave home without 'em!


Be like Miles - bring your charger with your Chromebook everyday!

It is possible to check out a Chromebook for the day, but we hope to see a reduction in our loan rate by 50% to be sustainable this year.

Remind your children, as we remind them at school:
Chromebook and charger, everyday! 
Chromebook and charger, everyday! 

Chromebook and charger, everyday! 

Kids Ride Free

If your child has not yet picked up their Kids Ride Free pass at orientation or in advisory this week, please send them to the front desk with Ms. Flores and Ms. Nunn at break, recess, lunch and after school. There will be a line, but that's how students know they are in the right place!

Don't miss out on any communications!


We have heard from some parents that they don’t always receive our all-school emails. Emails are sent through PowerSchool, so the issue is usually over-zealous spam filters, which even block our emails before they get to your junk folder!

But we won't give up!

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Cool Culture - Virtual Edition
 

OPERA IN THE OUTFIELD: There’s music in the ballpark. On Saturday, the Washington National Opera is headed to Nationals Park where they are hosting a streamed performance of  Rossini’s Cinderella. Expect pre-show activities before the family performance begins. (Nationals Park; 5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show; FREE)

Events

8/30 - Start of Normal Schedule Rotation
9/1 - 12th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 8:10 am - 2:15 pm
9/2 - Board of Governors Meeting, 6:00-8:00 pm
9/6 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
9/8 College Night for Seniors & Parents, 6:30 pm (virtual)
9/9 - 11th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 8:10 am - 2:15 pm
9/10 - Convocation, 9:30 - 11:00 am
9/15 - 9th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 8:10 am - 2:15 pm
9/20 - College Night for Juniors & Parents, 6:30 pm (virtual)
9/22 - 10th Grade to Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, 8:10 am - 2:15 pm
9/24 - 26 - 12th Grade to Western MD 4H Education Center
10/11 - Indigenous People Day - NO SCHOOL

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