Letter from Cathey Goodgame – April 22, 2020

Dear ANCS Families,

I hope each of your families are staying healthy and safe and finding ways to enjoy the time you have together. I know that last part can be a challenge during these times and I’m sure you are all making the absolute best of it!

The addition of live sessions at the middle campus has really been fun and has actually improved our already good attendance just a bit. It seems like the kids are engaged and excited to see their teachers. There are a couple of ways you can help us make this experience even better, mostly in the way of reminders to your middle schooler. Please encourage your child to be ready to be online right on time. This means going to the bathroom or getting water/juice before class starts and having their materials ready so they don’t have to wander around the house with their chromebooks during the session, looking for the right journal or a pencil. Many of them are doing very well with this and will undoubtedly get better as a whole as the days pass. If you notice that they are having trouble accessing a live session, it’s likely they are logging in too early. They won’t be able to get into the session before a teacher is there so if they get an “invalid link” message tell them to try again in a minute or two.

Families of seventh graders – I’m going to spend some time later today, during the Design live sessions, talking to your kids about their Arts selections for next year. Seventh graders get to express their preference between Performing Arts and Visual Arts for 8th grade. I’ll explain the process to them today then I’ll release a form to them on Thursday, again through Design, that needs to be completed by 9:00 pm Monday, April 27. One of the questions will ask them for the name of the parent/guardian with whom they discussed this choice so they should be talking with you sometime over the next few days.

Families of eighth graders – With this constantly changing situation, we are brainstorming ways to make the end of the year as special as possible for our “seniors”. As we finalize more details of how we will celebrate them, we’ll let you know. There is expected to be some time set aside just for them in the afternoon/early evening of Monday, May 18, so please pencil that in on your family calendar. For one part of that celebration, we definitely need your help so please check for an email from me dated Friday, April 17. Thanks in advance for your help with this special surprise for the kids.

Finally, to all, thank you for all of the positive messages, kind words, and well wishes you have shared with and about the teachers and staff for the great job they are doing. I can’t tell you how important that support is, especially now when we don’t have the chance to see your smiling faces at carpool, conferences or games. While we feel great about how things are going with your kids, we also know that information is coming at everyone at an unusual speed and we are here to help you navigate. If you have any questions about how your child is doing in a specific class please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to the teacher(s) for clarification. If you wonder, please ask.

Wishing you well,