Welcome to Second Semester Message
I am so happy to have our community back together after the holiday break and the unexpected winter weather last week. As we begin the second semester and a new year, it is another opportunity for our students and staff to do amazing things. Over the next few months, The Carmel School will be a hive of activity, and we appreciate your ongoing support.
I wanted to take this opportunity also to review some adjustments to our COVID-19 protocols:
An infected person goes into isolation for 5 days instead of the previous 10. At the end of 5 days, if there are NO symptoms, previous activities can be resumed, but a mask must be worn for 5 days (no exceptions). If at the end of 5 days, symptoms have not abated, then isolate until there are no symptoms and then begin the 5 days of wearing a mask.
Quarantine applies to people in close contact with an infected person but not infected themselves. The CDC now says that if a Moderna or Pfizer vaccination was received within the last 6 months (or J&J within the last 2 months) OR those that have received a booster can skip quarantine if they wear a mask in all settings for 10 days.
People who have not had their vaccinations or have had them longer than 6 months (or 2 for J&J) and have not been boosted are considered the same as those who have not been vaccinated and must quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days after quarantine.
Our priority is keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. I think these new guidelines will also minimize the time students will miss school. If you or your child has to be isolated or quarantined, please follow the 5 days of mask policy upon return, even if you have requested exemption. We continue to follow the other guidelines established by the CDC which include maintaining 3 feet of space between desks in classrooms and wearing a mask while indoors. As always, my door is open, and I am happy to answer any questions.
Happy 2022, GO WILDCATS!
Mrs. Carolyn Williamson
Head of School
Second Quarter/First Semester Report Cards
Parents–this is a friendly reminder that second-quarter report cards have been published on Wildcats Web. Please see yesterday’s email with instructions on viewing your child’s progress. Please contact us if you have any issues.
Middle/Upper School Seasonal Dress Code Reminder
As the cold weather continues, please review the student dress code provided in the handbook to ensure your student’s compliance. As a reminder, any hooded sweatshirts must include the Carmel logo to meet the dress code. Also, heavy coats and flannels may be worn to school but must be stored during the school day.
Boys’ trousers must be navy or khaki-colored, of an appropriate length.
The full dress code is available in the Student Handbook for your child’s division. Please contact Dr. Casper
or Mr. Griggs
with any questions or concerns about the dress code.
Substitute Teachers Needed
Attention parents, guardians, family, and friends! The Carmel School is currently seeking applicants interested in supporting our school as substitute teachers for all grade levels. All candidates must pass a thorough background check and be willing to support the school’s mission. Please contact Scott Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more.
Save the Dates!
Friday, January 14th: School is in session. This was previously a professional development day with no students on campus. This will be a regular school day to make up for the recent snow closing.
Monday, January 17th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
Tuesday, January 18th: Lower School Parents’ Association Meeting (6 PM in the Lower School Commons)
Thursday, January 20th: Class and Club Photos. Strawbridge will be on campus throughout the day to take class and club photos. Middle/Upper School will be on an adjusted bell schedule that day. More information will be coming soon!
Friday, January 21st: Big Hero Six Movie Night, 5:30 PM Lower School Commons
Monday, January 31st-Thursday, February 10th: Socks For Seniors Collection Drive
Friday, February 18th: Professional Development Day (No School)--Weather dependent. This may become a regular school day if we have additional snow days.
Monday, February 21st: President’s Day (No School)
Friday, March 12th: End of Third Quarter
Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th: Annie Jr. Performances. Ticket information is coming soon.
Big Hero Six Movie Night: Friday, January 21st
Socks For Seniors Sock Donation Drive
Annie, Jr. is Coming in March
The Carmel School Drama Department is excited to announce our return to the stage, with a production of Annie, Jr. Members of the Drama Club are still hard at work in rehearsals–preparing for performances on March 25 and 26.
Sports Bulletin: Week of January 10
BMSBB at Guardian 4:00 pm Dismissal 2:15 pm
GVBB at Guardian 5:00 pm Dismissal 2:15 pm
BVBB at Guardian 7:00 pm
Athletic Picture Day 3:30 pm in AC GYM all teams. Wear Uniform
BMSBB ( Team Blue) vs. Grace 4:00 pm Home
GMSBB vs. Grace 5:00 pm Home
GVBB vs. Grace 6:30 pm
BVBB at Church Hill Academy ( Trinity Life Center ) 5:00 pm
BMSBB ( Team Silver) vs. Grace 4:00 pm Home
BJVBB vs. Grace 5:00 pm Home
BVBB vs. Grace 6:30 pm Home
Practice schedule Link: