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June Summer Camp Newsletter

Principal Message

It has been a year like no other. We are excited to begin summer camp with more normalcy than we have had in a year. How do we do this?

We proceed together! 

It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. There are 3 ways Montessori Academy plans to do this:

  1. We will do it TOGETHER
  2. We will do it ONE DAY AT A TIME 
  3. We will do it with the TRUSTwe have built with our families over the years

I’ve witnessed both the challenges and opportunities this school year presents. This inside knowledge and experience have convinced me that we can thrive in the current environment and new normal. I see the courage of the students and the consistent role-modeling around the school of wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and physical distancing. What we hear on the news can make us feel distressed and out of control, but “on the front lines,” I am inspired by the co-operation, the empathy, and the looking out for one other. I have no doubt, that this environment of co-operation will make for unprecedented summer of success and milestones….and I can’t wait to get STARTED!!!

The situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, but we are working under the guidance of our licensing and health partners that will allow the camp to function in a mostly normal state. The passion for summer camp remains strong for our team and I know is in high demand for our parents and our students. We will be continuing our safety and risk protocols that leave nothing to chance to ensure that their health and safety are protected by the measures, policies, and advances in place. The collective experience of our staff and their dedication to their jobs and our families are our insurance to working and moving forward as diligently as possible.

I hope the messaging for the launch will reflect this and give you as much reassurance as possible. Parent feedback will also be vital in this process. Any concerns or experiences you can share are not only appreciated but will strengthen the process of our school.

Warmly,

Kim Brooks

Principal

 

Parents in the Building

Yay!  We are slowly opening our campus!  We have a phased re-opening plan.  Starting on June 3rd, parents registered in our morning care (7:30 am-8:15am) we be able to walk in and drop off your children.  Parents of all students will be able to walk in and pick up your child at any time.  Please ensure that you are wearing a mask as you enter our building.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is considered a form of medication under our licensing.  Due to the many varied ingredients in sunscreen, the potential for cross contamination for students with allergies to certain ingredients increases as we use multiple sunscreens to protect all our students.  As such, our policy surrounding sunscreen is as follows:

Parents must apply sunscreen prior to students arriving at camp.  We will apply secondary applications for students enrolled in our afterschool program and on water days for all campers.  In order to keep all our students safe, please have a labeled spray on or stick form of sunscreen available.

 Summer Camp Needs

 All summer camp students will need the following:  Closed Toed shoes for playground, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen applied before school.  Students enrolled in our afterschool program (3-5:30) will need a labeled bottle of spray on or stick form of sunscreen for an additional application.

Water Days

We will have scheduled water days during the summer.  Water days are fun wet and wild activities (no swimming).  For these days, please check your child’s parent board in class and watch for text reminders.  Students will need a labeled towel, arrive wearing a bathing suit, water shoes (these can be tennis shoes they can get wet), and a bag with a fresh change of clothes and dry shoes.  On water days, we will apply a second layer of sunscreen to all children.  Please ensure you have a labeled spray on or stick from of sunscreen.

  

Happy Summer Camp!

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