Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 22, 2020

Hello UA Parents,

Happy Thursday, everyone. It appears that sweater season has arrived. The cool temperatures outside are a reminder to make sure that students are dressing in layers so that they can be comfortable inside the school and outside when they are playing on the decks.

The pace at Urban Academy is picking up now with many clubs and events coming up and on the horizon. We will be adding an additional section to the weekly update that will include upcoming calendar events (see below). However, it is important to remember that you can check the full school calendar on the website for up-to-date information throughout the year. Additionally, we are attaching an updated 2020-21 School Calendar for your reference. Due to the protocols in place to manage the pandemic, there have been some changes to some of the planned PAX events, but they are working hard to provide new and creative ways to run initiatives – some exciting news on that in the coming weeks. Also, an additional Professional Development Day on April 23 has also been added to the calendar. This will be a day off for students, and a day of focused learning for the UA staff.

Parents of students in Gr. 6-11, you will have access to your child’s Interim Report Card in MySchool as of 4:00 pm today. As you look at the interim report please keep in mind this is not an assessment of a student’s academic achievement, but an assessment of important learning attributes that contribute to a student’s academic success. Take the time to review the report with your child and discuss some goals for the remaining 5 weeks of the first term. If you would like to have a conversation with one of the teachers you will be able to sign up for a parent-teacher Zoom conference through MySchool as of 4 pm this afternoon. Detailed information about accessing the interim reports and conference sign-up procedures were emailed to you yesterday.

There have been lots of questions this week about Halloween. Urban Academy will be celebrating Halloween, with a few changes, to meet the protocols we have in place. Classroom teachers should have communicated the plans for each grade level already. I am looking forward to seeing all the creativity in the costumes next Friday.

Yours in education,
Mr. Slinger

Posted on: October 23, 2020