August 18, 2021 | Abby Hall Choi
Head of School Abby Hall Choi welcomes the community to the 2021-22 school year. She highlights important dates and what to expect as we begin the year.
If you are new to Mustard Seed, welcome! I am Abby Hall Choi, Mustard Seed’s Head of School. I want you to know that this is a school community where we truly care for each other. We saw this so evidently last year as we – together- learned a new way to do school. Parents, students, and teachers, you rose to the challenge! You worked together to keep each other safe and made it possible for us to remain open for in-person learning during unprecedented times. Thank you!
I also want to thank everyone who filled out our recent survey. Your feedback helped us as we considered the best way to safely serve you and your students. I’m going to tell you what that will look like this year.
This year, we will continue to prioritize safety, learning, and connecting. Some things will remain the same as last year, other things will change. I’m attaching the updated COVID Addendum to the Family Handbook. Please take the time to review it. It outlines our procedures and expectations in more detail.
Starting on the first day of school, (Sept 9th for K-8; Sept 13 for PreK), everyone will be on campus five days a week. We are eager to welcome your children to school and be together.
This is all very exciting! I want to take a moment to say a few words about health and safety procedures.
To care for our community, we urge you in consultation with your health care provider, to get vaccinated if appropriate. I am proud to announce that 95% of faculty and staff are vaccinated. As you know, vaccination is a powerful way to limit serious illness from COVID-19.
And we also know that we must continue with our multi-layer approach to mitigating against the spread of COVID-19 germs, especially to protect children and vulnerable populations during this time. In addition to wearing masks,
Based on your feedback from our survey, many of you indicated that you would like some in-person parent events in the fall. We have a few events planned like the Parent Tea, New Parent Social, and Parent Social. We are exploring outdoor options and will keep you posted!
The first day of school is quickly approaching! I want to point out that there are a few opportunities for preschool and new students to visit classrooms and meet their teachers before the first day. For young children, especially, we find that these opportunities help students make a smooth transition to school. Please, make sure that your family travel plans allow time for your unvaccinated children to quarantine before these events.
While preschoolers and new students will have the opportunity to visit campus before their first day of school, our other parent-teacher meetings (Listening Conferences, Welcome Back Night) school meetings will be virtual. We will send more information and reminders next week about our September events!
We come to this year, like we do each year: ready to care for each other. Ready to learn and explore. We know that learning together is full of joy and beauty. Thank you for trusting us with your children.
I look forward to seeing you IN PERSON in the fall! You will see me outside greeting you in the morning. If we haven’t met yet, please introduce yourself.