Middle School Newsletter - March 3, 2021



Articles for Middle School Parents

In the interest of sharing issues and perspectives relevant to the challenges of parenting young adolescents, here are a few articles that you might find helpful.

The Two Types of Independence Growing Tweens Need to Practice

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

Digital self-harm: What to do when kids cyberbully themselves


Recording: Middle School Division Coffee

The recording for the February 25 Virtual Middle School Division Coffee is now available on the 2020-21 Webinars Tile on the Resource Board. This was an open forum discussion.


Course Selection for 2021-2022 (students in eighth grade)

The timeline for current students in eighth grade will follow the Upper School process. The online course selection module will officially open right after spring break. Students and parents will have a chance to learn more about course selection on March 9 (students) and March 10 (parents; see information in Upcoming Events). You are welcome to review the divisional Program Guides, which will be updated soon.


Course Selection for 2020-2021 (students in sixth and seventh grades)

Course selection will take place the week of April 19. I will be sharing complete details that week and will have Q&A sessions with students and with parents. You are welcome to review the divisional Program Guides, which will be updated soon.


Empty Bowls 2021 — Two Days Left!

Don’t miss out on Empty Bowls. Due to the tremendous response to our Empty Bowls kick-off event, we have added more bowls to the website. The 11th annual Empty Bowls event, benefiting DC Central Kitchen, has moved entirely online. Our online auction/sale website closes on Friday at 8 p.m. You can bid on one-of-a-kind items, or purchase bowls for a fixed price and support DC Central Kitchen’s mission to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities.




Middle School Student Auditions for the Upper School Spring Musical

Auditions for the Spring Musical will be held via Google Meet on March 2 and 4, 7-9 p.m. This year, the musical will be a cabaret-style show featuring solos, duets, and small group numbers from various musicals, filmed at home or on campus at a safe social distance. Use this link to sign up for a five-minute audition time slot on either March 2 or 4. You will need to prepare one minute of a musical theatre song, to be sung a capella, and prepare a short dance combination. An instructional video for the dance combination will be sent after you sign up for an audition time. The musical will be recorded and released on May 1.

Rehearsals will be held via Google Meet and may move to in-person rehearsals, should safety guidelines allow. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Davis or Ms. Pramstaller.


Recording: Middle School/Upper School Virtual Learning Center Parent Coffee

The recording for the February 17 Virtual Middle and Upper School Learning Center Coffee is now available on the 2020-21 Webinars Tile on the Resource Board.


Q4 Learning Location Selection

Parents will receive an email on Thursday, March 4, to make the learning location selection for quarter four. The form will be due on or before Monday, March 8.


School Store Update

Restock Alert!


How do I make an exchange or return?

  • Please contact Adrienne Robinson within 30 days of your original purchase.
  • Exchanges may be made for the same item in a different size or for an item of equal value.
  • We are happy to issue a refund for items that did not work for you.
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Upcoming Events

Virtual Upper School Division Coffee: Course Selection Process for Rising Ninth Grade
Wednesday, March 10, 10 a.m.
Google Meet Link
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End of Third Quarter
Wednesday, March 10
Grade reports will be available online on Thursday, March 11, at 4 p.m.


Grades JK-8 Parent Conferences — Grades JK-8 No Classes
Friday, March 12
Please note that the Upper School will still be in session.
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Spring Break
March 13-28


Classes Resume
Monday, March 29