Greetings from Middle School!
I trust that your child enjoyed the summer break – traveling, reading (I hope!), sleeping a bit later – and that she/he returns home this week with a huge smile about the start of the new semester. For me, I spent the holidays in the States with family and friends before heading to Bangkok, Thailand, to represent Nido at a recruitment fair and conference. It was a great opportunity to speak with other teachers and administrators about the many facets of Nido that make it such a special place. Afterwards, my family and I traveled to other parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Spending the day with elephants, exploring the temple complex at Angkor Wat, and swimming in Ha Long Bay...it was a trip of a lifetime and we are all still counting our blessings for being able to share in this adventure together.
Now that I have been back in beautiful Chile for the past couple of weeks, I am excited for classes to resume. From the classroom to the stage to the athletic fields, the Middle School faculty and I are eager to share in the exciting opportunities that mark the second half of the year. We are committed to supporting your children through their middle school journey and helping them build their personalities fully.
An important part of this support is open communication between school and home. So please remember that my door is always open to you, and I welcome a chance to speak with you about any topics on your mind.
Now on to a few logistical items...please read over the below items and let me know if you have any questions:
1. Please remember that school begins at 7:45 am. It is important that middle school students arrive to campus with time to unpack their belongings and get ready for the day. Every day begins with advisory, an important part of the school experience, and it is critical for everyone in the group to be there on time;
2. Just a reminder that all students in Grade 6 are to bring their own iPad on the first day of school. During the first two weeks of the semester, we will be discussing with Grade 6 students how these devices will enhance their learning, as well as the classroom expectations regarding acceptable use. It is important that we schedule time to engage in these essential conversations with students, and this means that they may not be using their iPads fully on the first day back from summer break. We will also be offering opportunities for parents to come together to share and learn about best practices regarding safe use, parental controls, etc., strategies to help your child be a responsible digital citizen. All students in Grade 7 are also to bring their own iPad on the first day of school. If you would like to check the device's suitability for school use (battery, storage, etc.), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time.
3. Regarding the Middle School dress code, we will be reminding students about appropriate attire. It is always helpful when they receive a similar reminder from parents at home. We want to make sure that students dress appropriately for the school environment. Here is some guidance from the MS Handbook: Clothing must be neat, clean, mended, not provocative or obscene in any way; no undergarments shall be displayed, no pants or skirts may be worn below the hip, and all shorts and skirts shall be at least mid-thigh. In particular, bare midriffs, torn jeans or clothes, bathing suits, and T-shirts or clothes with inappropriate logos or messages are not allowed.
3. Middle School sports begin on Monday, February 26, and the Middle School ASA (after-school activities) program begins on Monday, March 5. More information about these offerings will be shared with students in the coming weeks.
4. Please click here for a list of important dates for the second semester. Of course, you should always check the School website, but this document should serve as a helpful guide as you plan out the next few months.
I look forward to our work together.
Middle School Principal