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March 23: Campus closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year; remote continuous learning will begin March 23 and continue for the duration of the school year; all upcoming Steward events are currently being evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine which can be made virtual and which cannot. We will provide updates on scheduling decisions as soon as we can.

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General Information Regarding COVID-19

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March 23: Head of School Dan Frank provides a video update on school closure

March 23: Head of School Dan Frank announces school closure for the remainder of 2019-20 school year

March 20: Head of School Dan Frank addresses event rescheduling and cancellations

March 14: Head of School Dan Frank announces school closure and distance learning initiatives

March 12: Head of School Dan Frank introduces social distancing recommendations

March 3: Head of School Dan Frank provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic

February 28: Head of School Dan Frank discusses the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources 

Frequently Asked Questions

Health and Wellness Coordinator Michelle Khalife on coping skills during stressful times

"Coping with Coronavirus" handout

"How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus," via New York Times

"Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus," via Child Mind Institute

"Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus," via NPR

"Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus," via New York Times

"Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety," via American Psychological Association

 

Lower School Information

A Message from Director of Lower School Ingrid Moore

Dear Lower School families,

As we embark on our continuous learning journey together, I want to express my hopes for this time.

  • I hope our children will still feel connected to school and to each other.
  • I hope our children continue to be engaged and excited about learning.
  • I hope our children have opportunities for discovery, experimentation, silliness, and reflection.
  • I hope you don’t worry too much about your child(ren)’s learning. As parents, worry may be our default setting, but please know that your children will recover from this time as well as any missed activity or assignment. Do what you can, and try not to stress yourself or your child(ren) out.

The Lower School teachers miss the kids like crazy, and I do, too! But, we understand that it is necessary at this time to keep our distance. During this time away, all of the teachers will be posting important and engaging content. You may find that you can’t get to everything. That’s ok. Just send your teacher or me an email and let us know how we can be supportive. This is uncharted territory for us all, and we are committed to adjusting as we go to try to get it right. Each of us is always just a call/email/Seesaw post away.

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March 27: Weekly update from the Lower School

March 17: Director of Lower School Ingrid Moore lays out plan for continuous learning

Resources

Seesaw Resources for Parents

Accessing Language Arts and Math Apps on Student iPads

Tips for Seesaw Attendance

 

Middle School Information

A Message from Director of Middle School Susan Atkinson

Dear Middle School families,

I hope you and your families are well and healthy, and that you are adjusting to the “new normal” method of continuous learning. It has been wonderful for the teachers, and for me, to virtually see the smiling faces of your children (with their creative backgrounds). As we jump into the deep end of remote teaching and learning, here are a few items that I have been thinking about.

  • I hope that faculty, students, and parents maintain realistic expectations for continuous learning. This new adventure in learning will evolve for all of us, and it is a great opportunity to model “lifelong learning.” I reminded the teachers last week that we all need to maintain the growth mindset that we want all our students to exhibit.
  • As our continuous learning model evolves, we will be asking for feedback from all constituents — students, parents, and faculty. You will receive a survey on Friday, March 27 so that we can gather feedback regarding the first week of virtual learning.
  • Community is one of the hallmarks of The Steward School, and we are striving to maintain that despite the distance between us. In addition to some “live” classes, please remind your children that advisories will be meeting on Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning Thursday, March 26. Also, stay tuned for other upcoming Middle School “community” events.

Despite our physical distance in the upcoming weeks, we want to make sure we are continuing to partner with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, the Middle School administrators, and me. We are all in this historic event together, and I am confident that we will be a stronger community after it is over. I hope you stay healthy, and please stay in virtual touch!

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March 27: Weekly update from the Middle School

March 22: Director of Middle School Susan Atkinson provides a weekly update during continuous learning

March 17: Director of Middle School Susan Atkinson updates parents regarding continuous learning

March 17: Director of Middle School Susan Atkinson gives students advice regarding continuous learning

Resources

Middle School Daily Attendance Form

Middle School Student Daily Planner

2019-20 Middle School Homework Calendar

 

Upper School Information

A Message from Director of Upper School Adam Seldis

Dear Upper School families,

The purpose of this page is to provide you with all the links you need during this period of continuous online learning.

As we continue through these challenging times, I want to reiterate some of the strategies that families can use at home to make online continuous learning as effective as possible. These were highlighted in my letter to parents on March 17, 2020, but I feel they are worth repeating here:

  • Ask your child questions about learning, upcoming deadlines, and workload;
  • Help your child develop daily routines;
  • Encourage your child to take study breaks and get adequate physical exercise;
  • Be mindful of your child’s wellbeing — speak to them regularly about concerns or challenges;
  • Communicate any concerns to your child’s teacher(s) via email;
  • Choose a learning location that is suitable to be seen by peers and teachers if students are using video tools (Google Meet); and
  • Create opportunities for your child to interact with peers virtually to maintain connections with their school community.

It is at times like this, when we are not allowed to be together, that the power of the Steward community comes to the fore. What’s more, never has the power of the partnership between school and parent been stronger. So, please reach out to your child’s teacher or any member of the Upper School leadership team if we can help in any way. This is uncharted territory for us all, and we are committed to adjusting and improving as we go along.

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March 27: Director of Upper School Adam Seldis shares a video update with students

March 26: Weekly update from the Upper School

March 24: Director of Upper School Adam Seldis shares a video message to the senior class in response to school closure

March 19: Director of College Counseling Heather Jeter addresses college-related concerns for seniors

March 19: Director of College Counseling Heather Jeter addresses college-related concerns for juniors

March 19: Director of College Counseling Heather Jeter addresses college-related concerns for freshman and sophomores

March 17: Director of Upper School Adam Seldis updates parents regarding continuous learning

March 17: Director of Upper School Adam Seldis gives students advice regarding continuous learning

March 15: Director of Upper School Adam Seldis shares a video update on continuous learning

Resources

Upper School Student Daily Planner

Online Learning Guide

 

General Contact Information

The Steward School
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phone: 804-740-3394
fax: 804-740-1464
webmaster@stewardschool.org, or contact admissions@stewardschool.org for inquiries and application questions.

 

 

 

 

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