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Lower School Weekly Update

September 19, 2021

COMING UP THIS WEEK IN LOWER SCHOOL: September 20-24

Monday, September 20
Student Portraits, K – G5: Dress uniform (rescheduled to September 23 due to rain forecast)

Tuesday, September 21
3:00 – 5:30 pm Variety Show Auditions in the Fellowship Hall – sign up for an audition here.

Wednesday, September 22
All-School Late Start

9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins

*Childcare is not available before school begins

Thursday, September 23
Student Portraits, K – G5: Dress uniform (rescheduled from Monday)
3:00 – 5:30 pm Variety Show Auditions in the Fellowship Hall – sign up for an audition here

Friday, September 24: Spirit Day
4:00 – 5:00 pm Lower School Family Fun on the Frontier
All students in K-G5 are invited with their families to get together on the Lower Campus Frontier for games & crafts, facepaint, and ice cream, prior to the Varsity football game at home vs. George Walton Academy.

ATHLETIC TRYOUTS FOR GRADE 5
Winter sports tryouts for Grade 5 teams have been published. Please reach out to the respective coaches for additional information.

SAVE THESE DATES

Thursday, September 30: The Variety Show
The Variety Show is an opportunity for Mustangs in grades K-5 to share their talents and creativity while having fun! If your child is interested in trying out for the Variety Show, please sign up for an audition here.

Friday, October 15: Homecoming 
Fourteen years of Alumni, New Mustang Families, Grandparents, and our entire MV community are invited to celebrate the School’s 50th year by drawing the largest collection of Mustangs in one place, ever. We will recognize past performers and athletes, active service members, and former Homecoming Kings and Queens, while honoring this year’s court and crowning our new King and Queen. Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence. Be there to participate in the festivities, meet up with long-term Mustangs, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.


ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MV Serves: Year of Impact
Year of Impact is a year-long integration of service. Beginning on September 11, our MV Community committed to logging 50,000 hours of selfless service through May 11, 2022. This impactful opportunity will give us the chance to collectively give back while commemorating Mount Vernon’s 50th year. We ask our community to log every hour served, to reach our goal of 50,000 hours this year. Together we give back. #MVImpact

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF LOWER SCHOOL

Lower School teachers know the importance of outdoor play for our healthy bodies, creative minds, and community building. So, we provide outdoor experiences during the school day. These may be mixed-age and unstructured or teacher-led direct instruction. We are so fortunate to have the Frontier, the courtyard, the Lower Campus field, our outdoor classroom, and access to the 40 acres on Upper Campus. We value starting the day with movement in the courtyard, play at recess, outdoor PE, and expeditions off campus. Interacting with nature sparks new learning and aids in physical, sociological, psychological, and social development. We encourage you and your family to get outside! 

One final reminder, get those dress uniforms ready for picture day! 

Many thanks, 

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

Communication Archive

September 12, 2021

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September 12, 2021

COMING UP THIS WEEK IN LOWER SCHOOL: SEPTEMBER 13-17
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Tuesday, September 14
9:30 – 11:30 am ERB Assessment for Grades 4 and 5

Wednesday, September 15
8:10 – 8:30 am PK3 – G1 Chapel
8:30 – 9:30 am MV Cares Parent Meeting via Zoom: Join the Community Development team to learn how, with your help, we can better support our MV community and make a strong impact through appreciation, prayer, and service. (ID: 95415716123 Passcode: YDOD9UoK)

8:45 – 9:15 am G2-G5 Chapel

Thursday, September 16

9:30 – 11:30 am ERB Assessment for Grades 4 and 5

Friday, September 17: Spirit Day

COVID LANDSCAPE

The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, September 10.

Lower School

COVID Positive
0 of 351

Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees
0 of 257

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, September 20: K – G5 Student Portraits

Wednesday, September 22: Late Start
Mount Vernon will implement a late start across all divisions five times this year to allow faculty and staff to participate in cross-divisional professional learning prior to students arriving on campus. On these select days, carpool will begin at 9:10 am and the school day will start at 9:30 am. Childcare will not be available before carpool on either campus. (Remaining four late starts: December 8, January 6, March 23, April 27)

Friday, September 24: Lower School Family Fun from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on the Frontier
All students in K-G5 are invited with their families to enjoy tailgate games & crafts, facepaint, cheering with MS cheerleaders, and eating Atlanta Ice Cream, prior to the varsity football game vs. George Walton Academy.

Thursday, September 30: The Variety Show
The Variety Show is an opportunity for Mustangs in grades K-5 to share their talents and creativity while having fun! If your child is interested in trying out for the Variety Show, please sign up for an audition here.

Friday, October 15: Homecoming
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new Homecoming King and Queen, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
MV Serves: Year of Impact
Year of Impact is a year-long integration of service. Beginning on September 11, our MV Community committed to logging 50,000 hours of selfless service through May 11, 2022. This impactful opportunity will give us the chance to collectively give back while commemorating Mount Vernon’s 50th year. We ask our community to log every hour served, to reach our goal of 50,000 hours this year. Together we give back. #MVImpact

Mustang Athletic Club and MV Arts Alliance
Joining the Mustang Athletic Club and/or the MV Arts Alliance is a great way to support Mount Vernon students outside of the classroom – on the court, track, and field, or on the stage, in the recording and art studios.

  • The Mustang Athletic Club is your guide to all things athletics. Whether you have a student-athlete participating or you’re just a Mustang fan, learn more about supporting MV athletes and joining the Mustang Athletic Club.
  • The MV Arts Alliance provides an opportunity for families to support artists – students, faculty, and staff – while building a community of parents and grandparents at the School. Your membership to the MV Arts Alliance helps celebrate all of the School’s artists from Preschool through Upper School.

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF LOWER SCHOOL
In order to prepare all students to be engaged citizen leaders while blurring the lines between real life and school life, we prioritize engaging MV Experts into our inquiry-based learning experiences. Students learn to ask meaningful questions, listen, and iterate ideas and products based on experts’ feedback. This past week our fifth graders engaged with two MV Experts. A playground designer helped students think through the math and design needed for their projects. Additionally, Clark Taylor taught our fifth graders about set design in Performing Arts with Mrs. Lower. An impressive set of MV Experts walked over from the Upper Campus to interact with our second graders in Maker last week. It was great to see older students teaching young students and strong collaboration skills emerging in Studio (i). We hope you will be a part of our MV Experts and share your passions with our students this year.

Many thanks,

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

September 5, 2021

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September 5, 2021

Dear Lower School Mustangs,

It felt so good to have our families back on campus for Curriculum Morning, seated in tiny chairs meeting other families, and learning more about your child’s Mount Vernon experience in Lower School. We hope you have a better sense of the amazing teams of teachers supporting your child’s growth this year – your homeroom teacher, the connections team, our learning coaches, and PE coaches. Most importantly, like your children, we hope you had fun! 

The fun is just beginning, so please pay careful attention to all that is happening at Mount Vernon in September. Our PlayMaker classes are back for kids, and our Rock the Block Social for adults will have an 80’s theme this year! We would also love to see your whole family cheering on the Mustangs at our Lower School Variety Show as well as any softball, volleyball, football, or cross country event.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-10

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 7
Fall PlayMaker classes begin

Wednesday, September 8
8:10 – 8:30 am PK3-Grade 1 Chapel

8:45 – 9:15 am Grades 2-5 Chapel

Thursday, September 9
8:30 – 9:30 am Parent University: Essential Partners Virtual Zoom
Equipping Mount Vernon to Dialogue Across Difference: Why do conversations get stuck? Why do discussions sometimes leave participants feeling misunderstood and attacked for their perspective? Essential Partners will lead families through an experiential session designed to equip participants with an understanding of how to shift the dynamics of a stuck conversation to support effective communication. At Mount Vernon, dialogue across difference directly advances the work of IDEA by supporting an environment of listening and inquiry to further understanding—where students are partners in cultivating a community that acknowledges and communicates across differences. Thus, they are prepared to effectively engage with complex issues in their future beyond Mount Vernon, whether at a university campus, in the workplace or boardroom, or on the international stage.

Friday, September 10: Spirit Day
6:30 – 9:30 pm Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
Our MV community is ready to socialize! Connect with parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, and alumni (21 and older) to celebrate the School’s 50th year. Join us on campus, dress up in full-on 80’s attire, and relive the neon decade with The Breakfast Club band playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Purchase tickets prior to September 7.

SAVE THESE DATES

Tuesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 16
G4 and G5 learners will be assessed using the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Milestone Assessment. Please read the Educational Review Bureau (ERB) Milestone Assessment information.

Wednesday, September 22: Late Start
Mount Vernon will implement a late start across all divisions five times this year to allow faculty and staff to participate in cross-divisional professional learning prior to students arriving on campus. On these select days, carpool will begin at 9:10 am and the school day will start at 9:30 am. Childcare will not be available before carpool on either campus. (Remaining four late starts: December 8, January 6, March 23, April 27)

Tuesday, September 30: The Variety Show
The Variety Show is an opportunity for Mustangs in grades K-5 to share their talents and creativity while having fun! If your child is interested in trying out for the Variety Show, please sign up for an audition here.

Friday, October 15: Homecoming
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new homecoming King and Queen, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

Mustang Athletic Club and MV Arts Alliance
Joining the Mustang Athletic Club and/or the MV Arts Alliance is a great way to support Mount Vernon students outside of the classroom – on the court, track, and field, or on the stage, in the recording and art studios.

  • The Mustang Athletic Club is your guide to all things athletics. Whether you have a student-athlete participating or you’re just a Mustang fan, learn more about supporting MV athletes and joining the Mustang Athletic Club.
  • The MV Arts Alliance provides an opportunity for families to support artists – students, faculty, and staff – while building a community of parents and grandparents at the School. Your membership to the MV Arts Alliance helps celebrate all of the School’s artists from Preschool through Upper School.

Parent Engagement Opportunities
As a member of the Mount Vernon community – parents and grandparents are automatically a part of the Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN), which works to promote a strong sense of community by encouraging MV families to Learn, Serve, and Give. We provide our families the opportunity to support each other, as well as faculty and staff in an informed, welcoming environment. Our success is grounded in a shared mission, supportive community and strong parent participation. If you haven’t already determined how you would like to share your time and talent with the School, please complete this engagement interest form and you will hear back from Hunter Pierce, Director of Community Impact.

Parent University: Wellness Jumpstart Recap
Recently, our parent community joined together on Zoom to learn more about Wellness at Mount Vernon – how students and families are holistically supported throughout the School. The work and the progress being made in every department is focused on the betterment of our community, developing character, empathy, confidence, and safety, in addition to expanding on the foundation of academic growth.Hear from representatives of Community Development, IDEA, Athletics, Arts, Counseling, and Technology Safety.

We hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day Weekend. Did you know the first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 and continues to be a day dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements of American workers? We are certainly celebrating our teachers and encouraging them to rest from their work tomorrow. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Lee led our Lower School chapel last week and reminded us that even God rested on the seventh day. Ask your child if they can remember what Mrs. Lee said about REST and try her four tips as a family:

Relax
Exercise
Silence
Thankfulness

We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus on Tuesday and hearing about the ways you all rested.

Many thanks,

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 29, 2021

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August 29, 2021

Dear Lower School Mustangs,

During the first two weeks back, our Lower School classrooms have been busy building relationships, creating classroom norms, and learning the higher expectations that a new grade level brings. It is a big adjustment from the pace of summer, but Lower School students have risen to the challenge.

We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our division-wide math inquiry-based-learning initiative. Carrying forth from last spring, homeroom teachers and connectors collaborated on a unit of study in each grade level that would focus on mathematical concepts from the previous year. 

These concepts are investigated through hands-on, inquiry based learning, and integrated content. We have had the balloon play in Kindergarten PE investigating the properties of floating versus sinking. First grade scientists are becoming experts on the principles of insects. Ask a second grader to tell you how paper airplanes are being used to learn about measurement. Be careful when walking down the third grade hallway as marbles are rolling everywhere as students experiment with the height and speed of their course. Fourth and fifth graders are starting the year with geometry. Fourth graders are exploring the complex structures of bridges. Fifth graders took their first walking expedition, engaged with a playground designer external expert, and are building playgrounds with wooden planks. You can check them out, outside of the Science Lab. 

It’s creative and it’s messy; we know. However, it’s fun! We see kids loving school and learning higher level math integrated into PE, science, nature, play, social studies, geography, and real-world experiences. What a great way to start the year! 

COVID Landscape
The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, August 27.

Lower School

COVID Positive

1 of 351

Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees

0 of 257

WEEK OF AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 3

Tuesday, August 31
8:15 – 8:45 am Lower School Curriculum Morning: G4/G5 

Wednesday, September 1
8:10 – 8:30 am PK3-Grade 1 Chapel

8:15 – 8:45 am Lower School Curriculum Morning: G2/G3 

8:45 – 9:15 am. Grades 2-5 Chapel

Thursday, September 2
8:15 – 8:45 am Lower School Curriculum Morning: K/G1 

Friday, September 3
11:30 am Early Dismissal Please note that G2-G5 carpool begins at 11:30, and older students who carpool with a PS-G1 student will be released at 11:15 to join younger siblings. Extended Play will not be available. 

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Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, faculty, staff, and alumni (21 and older) for our 50th year. The Breakfast Club – an 80’s tribute band – will be playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Wear your totally tubular 80’s attire. Purchase your tickets today!

Friday, October 15: Homecoming 
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new homecoming King and Queen and King, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

Please try to join us for Curriculum Morning (the schedule is above) to learn more about your child’s daily experience and the big picture ideas for the year. From 7:45 until 8:15 on the patio near Fellowship Hall, coffee will be served while parents build community. 

We are excited to see you soon!

Many thanks, 

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 22, 2021

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August 22, 2021

Dear Lower School Mustangs,

We didn’t think it was possible to have more fun than the first week of school, but the second week of school was fantastic. We especially enjoyed being back in the Sanctuary for chapel to pray, worship, and learn. In order to spread out, our kindergarteners and first graders are having chapel first and second through fifth graders follow.

The biggest highlight of the week was Dr. Jacobsen’s Convocation on Friday in the Upper Campus gym. It was exciting to make the walk and sit among our Lower Campus friends. We will continue to explore Dr. Jacobsen’s charge for us all year. Considering questions and ideas such as:

  • How might we build bridges between different classes within the Lower School and with other grades between Preschool and Upper School?
  • How might we connect to our local community in moments of service, to share our talents and to learn in real and relevant ways?
  • How might we build connections to students around the world that lead to real collaboration around designing solutions to problems?

We appreciate those of you who were able to join us to hear the message, feel the energy, and be inspired to be a part of a community who is making an impact.

Carpool Tip
Have you noticed afternoon carpool getting quicker? Thanks for working with your student(s) to learn your family’s carpool number. Additionally, when exiting onto Mt. Vernon Highway in the afternoons, please use your turn signal. This will help our officer direct you and keep carpool moving.

WEEK OF AUGUST 23-27

Monday, August 23

8:30 – 9:30 am Parent University: Wellness Jumpstart (via Zoom)
Parents are invited to join a Zoom meetup to learn how Mount Vernon is developing relationships and furthering the School’s mission by getting to know each child and family through work related to Academics [Bo Adams], IDEA [Stacey Lee], Athletics [Brad Dehem], Arts [Matt Neylon], Counseling [Kelli Bynum], Technology Safety and Integration [Katie Cain], and Community Engagement [Anne Katz]
Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 84259200873 / Passcode: 6n82D9QF

Wednesday, August 25

8:10 am PK3-G1 Chapel

8:45 am G2-G5 Chapel
We are excited to be back in the Sanctuary for weekly worship. Please note that we are unable to accommodate parents for chapel at this time. Students are required to wear their Dress Uniform.

Friday, August 27: Spirit Day
4:30 pm All-School BBQ at the 1st Varsity Football Home Game
Join our entire community to kick off the football season with a complimentary BBQ tailgate and special gathering spots for new families, grandparents, and alumni. Admission is free for all Mustangs for this first game. Future home game admission is $7.

Save The Date

Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, faculty, staff, and alumni (21 and older) for our 50th year. The Breakfast Club – an 80’s tribute band – will be playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Wear your totally tubular 80’s attire – more details to come.

Coming Up

Lower School Curriculum Mornings
August 31: G4/G5, 8:15 – 8:45 am
September 1: G2/G3, 8:15 – 8:45 am
September 2: K/G1, 8:15 – 8:45 am

We know that your Lower Schoolers tell you a lot about their brilliant teachers, interactive classrooms, and innovative school, but they may not tell you everything! Curriculum Morning is an opportunity for parents to sit in your child’s seat and experience a glimpse of their day. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from your child’s teacher and learn more about the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that your child will focus on this year. After dropping your child off, please make plans to stay on the days designated above. Parents can gather in the Fellowship Hall from 7:45-8:15 am to make connections and have a cup of coffee. Then, each meeting will begin at 8:15 in your child’s classroom. Following, parents are invited back to the Fellowship Hall to continue the fun!

We are dedicated to reconnecting and staying connected this year. If available, we encourage you to join the virtual Parent University on August 23. We also hope to see you in-person at the varsity football opening game and the Rock the Block Party. We are Mustangs!

Many thanks,

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 15, 2021

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Dear Lower School Mustangs,

The first day in Lower School was amazing! We enjoyed seeing our Kindergarten families in classrooms for the first day dropoff, heard honks from grateful parents, and students running on the courtyard again. Doors opened to the Mount Vernon we all know and love – kids were huddled around tables, high fives could actually make contact, and family-style lunch brought us all back to the values that reflect our School’s mission. On Wednesday, we gathered in the Sanctuary for the first time since March of 2020. Although we were in masks and missed our parent visitors, it felt good to honor long-lasting traditions and welcome everyone to this special year where we will celebrate our School’s 50th birthday.

Our students were given the charge to activate their Mount Vernon Mindsets by making new friends, setting ambitious goals, and playing hard.

COVID Landscape
As communicated in the July 30 COVID announcement, the School has designed a set of thorough and thoughtful COVID protocols and mitigation strategies influenced by, among other things, the interdependence of the following factors: recommendations from public health officials; consulting with experts within the Mount Vernon community; proven effectiveness of multiple layers of mitigation strategies; analysis of COVID positive cases and transmission data at the School; real-time COVID data in counties surrounding the School; strong vaccination rates for age-eligible adults and students (12+); maintaining as many students on campus as possible and preventing extended periods of being sent home; affect on social-emotional health of students and faculty/staff members; and impact on the quality of teaching and learning between teachers and students.

After the first week of school, the following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, August 13.

Lower School

COVID Positive
1 of 350

Direct Exposure
2 of 350

Upper Campus Lower Campus Faculty/Staff
0 of 257
0 of 257
Carpool reminders
  • The first week of school has the longest carpools. Thank you for being patient with us as everyone learns the system.
  • Students will be released once their respective car is in the carpool line. For everyone’s safety, please do not park and walk up to retrieve your student. If you walk to school, please let us know.
  • Great news: Morning carpool courtyard play begins next week! Our Kindergarten – Grade 2 students are welcome to play outside when they arrive at school on Mondays and Thursdays, and our Grade 3 – Grade 5 students may join their friends on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students are called inside by 7:50 to get settled for the day.

WEEK OF AUGUST 16-20

Monday, August 16
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Vaccine Clinic in the Black Box Theatre in the Upper School Building
Mount Vernon is offering a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine clinic, free of charge, administered by Briarcliff Health Mart Pharmacy on Monday August 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Upper School Building for all age-eligible students (12 or older), employees, and parents that would like to participate. In order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine please complete both forms below and bring them to the vaccine clinic. 1) Briarcliff Health Mart Vaccine Immunization Form, and 2) Mount Vernon School Consent, Waiver & Release Form

Wednesday, August 18
8:10 am PK3-G1 Chapel
8:45 am G2-G5 Chapel

We are excited to be back in the Sanctuary for weekly worship. Please note that we are unable to accommodate parents for chapel at this time. Students are required to wear their Dress Uniform.

Friday, August 20
Spirit Day: MV spirit shirt with uniform bottom or jeans

8:45 am Convocation for PK4-Grade 5: Students, parents and faculty/staff are invited to the Upper Campus gym to hear Dr. Jacobsen and Head Prefect Jaden Ward set the tone for the 2021-2022 school year, the School’s 50th.

Save These Dates

Friday, August 27: All-School BBQ at the 1st Varsity Football Home Game
Join our entire community to kick off the football season with a BBQ tailgate and special gathering spots for new families, grandparents, and alumni.

Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Parent Social
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, and alumni during our 50th year. More details coming soon.

Important Lower School Contacts

Eric Cheek, Lower School Executive Assistant | x2000
Angie Bush, Lower Campus Head of Learning and Innovation l x2012
Elisse Hayes, Lower Campus Head of Community and Culture | x2022
Samantha Flowers, Director of Academic Resources l x2007
Anna Stoller, Lower Campus School Nurse | x2010
Stephanie Corbett, Lower Campus Counselor | x2021

We encourage you to ask your child about new friendships that have been cultivated during the first week back. Talk about big goals for academics, athletics, leadership, and service. Finally, find out how your child had fun last week. I have certainly seen the smiles, heard the laughter, and felt the hugs that assure me we are off to a great start!

Many thanks,

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 8, 2021

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August 8, 2021

Dear Lower School Mustangs,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are back and excited to begin this school year looking and feeling like the Mount Vernon that we all know and love.

At Mount Vernon, we start with questions, and we know you have many as a new year is upon us. It was so great to see you all at Lower School Orientation last week, and we hope you all will take advantage of the opportunity to share a little bit about your student and your family with your new teachers through our Lower School Parent-Share Conferences on Monday. We cannot wait to begin the first week of school with your children. As a reminder, please review the School’s COVID Protocols & Mitigation Strategies released last week.

We are excited to return to some of our favorite places and traditions, like the Sanctuary Building for chapel and Fellowship Hall for lunch this week. However, we need some time to help our students learn norms that will promote safety and wellness. We will not be able to include parents and visitors at our large gatherings at this time. We appreciate your patience and understanding for this slow roll out.

WEEK OF AUGUST 9-13

Monday, August 9
Parent-Share Conferences

Tuesday, August 10
First Day of School
Lower School Welcome Assembly

Friday, August 13
Spirit Day

Carpool
Lower School morning carpool begins at 7:30 am. Parents are asked to drop their students off by 7:50, for everyone to be settled in class prior to the start of school at 8:00 am. Students will be released at 3:00 pm for afternoon carpool. While there will be assistance during both morning and afternoon carpools, please take a moment to review and become familiar with carpool details for Kindergarten through grade 5. Carpool numbers for new families will be distributed on the first day of school in your student’s Home Learning folder.

We appreciate your patience as carpool usually takes a bit longer at the beginning of the year. We have new teachers and families learning the system. Additionally, PlayMaker classes have not yet begun. However, our highest priority is getting all children on and off campus safely. Our carpool times always improve after a few weeks!

Kindergarten Families
On the first day of school, Kindergarten families have the option to park and walk their Kindergartner into the School. If your student is ready to go through the carpool line, however, we encourage you to drop off instead. All students should be dropped off in the carpool line beginning Wednesday, August 11. Teachers will be present in the mornings to walk them inside.

Save the Date
Monday, August 16: Vaccine Clinic for 12+
Providing an additional layer of protection within the MV community, the School will offer a vaccine clinic free of charge for students who are 12-years-old, faculty, parents, and grandparents. More details will be shared later this week regarding times, process, and required forms.

Coming Up
Did you know that Mount Vernon is turning 50 this year? Last year, all students mastered the number 6. We learned to be six feet apart through estimations, measurement, and calculations. We learned to count by 6, multiply, and divide by 6. We are excited to leave that number behind and focus on a much bigger number this year! We will be doing a lot to celebrate the School’s birthday, so be on the lookout for fun celebrations coming your way.

Our teachers have been working hard this summer to plan an engaging first week of school for your Lower Schoolers. We will focus on relationship and community building to build your student’s confidence and excitement about returning to school. The Lower School leadership team facilitated robust training this past week to further equip our teachers with the latest research about student development, neuroscience, competency-based learning, and creating a culture of belonging. Meet our newest Lower School faculty.

Important Lower School Contacts
Eric Cheek, Lower School Executive Assistant | x2000
Angie Bush, Lower Campus Head of Learning and Innovation l x2012\
Elisse Hayes, Lower Campus Head of Community and Culture | x2022
Samantha Flowers, Director of Academic Resources l x2007
Anna Stoller, Lower Campus School Nurse | x2010
Stephanie Corbett, Lower Campus Counselor | x2021

We can’t wait to see familiar faces and welcome new ones.

Many thanks,

Molly Hudson
Director of Lower School l x4211

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

Divisional Updates

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Lower School Updates
Middle School Updates
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COVID Contact Information

COVID Information Line: 678.515.4891
COVID Information Email:
[email protected]
COVID eFax Line: 404.591.1441

 

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