Back To School Parent Communication

August 28, 2020

Dear Families,

We are excited to be standing on the threshold of another school year!  As we scrub our campuses, mark the floors for appropriate social distancing, and streamline our At-Home Learning efforts, all of us here at NSCS can emphatically say, “We can’t wait for school!”

School provides a healthy rhythm in the week for both children and parents.  It sets the tone for what needs to be accomplished in a day.  Patterns, routines, and expectations are among the healthiest things we can provide our children.  It builds confidence and sets the mind at ease to know that life is somewhat normal and predictable.  And so, whether your child will be joining us from their living room, or from the classroom, we believe that God has called each family who has enrolled their child at North Shore Christian School, and we celebrate every family, be it our returning families or new ones.  All are welcome!

As we prepare to open our school doors, please take time to read through this letter that contains important information, as well as the additional information that can be found by accessing the link below. This link contains  information that you will need for the start of the school year, such as Dress Code Policies, Drop-off/pick-up Procedures, PE T-shirt form and Supply  lists. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yobhch7tt0HAKMnKdzVTMPTvwzdnUk88?usp=sharing

If you have not completed the required Risk Waiver form you may access it by using the following link. https://forms.gle/iwWWukXuX9hY7rEs6

NSCS builds its annual plans, programming, and budget primarily around our enrollment numbers.  We are a tuition-driven school.  That means your commitment is vital to the excellent work that takes place here.  With that said, we did relax our deposit policy for a brief period of time this summer while many families sought to figure out their school plans for the fall.  Our policy clearly indicates that deposits are non-refundable and that enrollment contracts are in full force for the entire school year after July 1st.  Due to the uncertainties of COVID, we extended this deadline to September 1st, so that families who had re-enrolled or recently enrolled could have additional time to solidify their plans for the fall.

What does all this mean?  Come September 1, 2020 your deposit will be non-refundable and you will be obliged to pay the remainder of your child’s tuition for the Academic Year 2020/21*.  We know that COVID-19 makes it extremely difficult to make plans with any measure of guarantee.  With that said, NSCS has committed to the education of your child this year, be it in the classroom or at home, and we have made staffing decisions based upon your child’s enrollment and we are excited to set this partnership in motion during the first week of school beginning on September 21, 2020.  Should you need support around enrollment please reach out to Christine Saia at csaia@nschristian.org.

As way of reminder regarding the use of masks while at school, all students in grades 1 though 8 will be required to wear a mask.  Students in grades Preschool through Kindergarten may wear a mask if you so choose.  We will fully support your decision either way.  All of our faculty and staff will be required to wear masks, as will any adult who enters our buildings.

Students wearing masks must wear either a 3-ply disposable masks, or a fabric mask that is at least two layers.  Reusable masks must be washed daily.  There will be ample mask breaks, and as we safely social distances outside and engage in learning there will be even greater opportunity for mask breaks.

Our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will be selling both child and adult-sized masks with the school logo on them, and we are excited to make these available for purchase in the coming weeks.  Be on the lookout for more information!

Additionally, Mrs. Lowe, our Lead Principal, will be working with our teachers to provide a time prior to the first day of school, for you and your child to visit and see some of the creative ways we are preparing for a school year that includes the reality of COVID.  Our teachers have gotten pretty creative!  I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the ways in which they have sought to keep the classrooms kid friendly, while respecting the Virus. Be on lookout!

Finally, for some of our families the attached Student Supply List may be a new concept.  This year we have made the decision that all students, grades Preschool through 8 will bring in their own student supplies, so that we can limit cross contamination by not having general student supplies in the classroom.  NSCS will be supplying the pencil boxes for each grade, so that school supplies can be easily labeled, stored, and washed and our middle school students can easily tote their supplies from classroom to classroom.  A portion of your child’s Annual Student Fee this year will be used to help alleviate the expense of additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

As we each wind down our summer, might I just say what a joy it has been to be back on our three campuses.  Our faculty and staff are eager…very eager to see your children.  As we have been praying for all our families and our efforts here at school, please continue to pray along with us that God will bless the work of our hands as we continue preparing to receive your children for an exciting year of learning and growing together!

With Love and Thanksgiving,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

 

* Should an extended school closure be mandated due to COVID-19, and NSCS is required to move toward an At-Home Learning model temporarily, special accommodations in regards to the enrollment agreement will be given to those families enrolled in our Early Childhood Education program.