The Leaflet for January 6, 2016
Volume 55, Issue 14January 6, 2016
    
Dear parents,

In response to faculty feedback over the past several years, the technology department has been doing extensive research on alternatives to our current learning management system (LMS), School Loop. Through this process, it has become clear that School Loop does not provide the same quality and quantity of features found in competing systems. With that understanding, the school has committed to select a new Learning Management System that is better suited for the students and faculty at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School.
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New Bell in the Morning
Beginning next Monday, we will start each day with a short bell at 8:00AM to signal the end of morning care and the time that students may begin reporting to their classrooms.  A second bell will ring at 8:15AM, as has been customary, to signal the start of classes.  
Several of our After School Enrichment programs are kicking off new sessions this month - chess, cooking, fun with gadgets, group keyboarding, LEGO robotics, magic, beginning programming...all start new sessions in January.
  
Match Your Annual Fund Gift
Thank you so much for your generous gifts to the Annual Fund. Did you know that many companies offer matching gift programs that increase your contribution to our school? Last year we received over $40,000 in workplace matching gifts. Please click on this link matching gift program to learn if your company offers this opportunity. Thank you for making a difference for our school!  
Hello Parents of the Class of 2017!
I would like to invite you to the Center on January the 14th at 7:30AM to meet regarding the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C., October 3-9. During a short presentation we will cover trip details such as the itinerary, inclusions and cost as well as the registration process. It is important that we register each student now so that hotel, flight and other reservations may be made. There is also a $100 discount for registering prior to January 31st. Paperwork has been sent home with your child that includes trip details. Information can also be found online at www.worldstridesdiscovernow.org.  Meanwhile, if you have questions but are unable to attend please let me know.

Thank you and see you there!
Erin Stacey
  
Common Ground Speaker Series in January
Mental Health Panel: Positive Responses to Our Children's Distress Signals
Thursday, January 14th - 7pm
Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton

Dr. Denise Pope leads a panel discussion about strategies for promoting positive emotional health during adolescence with Stanford physicians Shashank Joshi, M.D. and Neville Golden, M.D. Parents and educators of children of all ages are encouraged to attend this special event. Read more.
  
Save the Date - April 30, 2016
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January Lunch Menu
The January menu from My Green Lunch is now available.  
Sibling Applications Now Being Accepted
The Admissions Office is now accepting applications for the siblings of currently enrolled students.  The assessment process will begin just after the new year and the Admissions team would like to offer current families the first opportunity to select appointment times.  Please apply online today to secure the most convenient time for your family.  
Dr. Bloch's new Ted-Ed video released
Congratulations to middle school science teacher Dr. Len Bloch for having his second Ted-Ed video published this past Monday afternoon. More than 91,000 people have already watched, "How do we know what color dinosaurs were?"!!  Read More...
 
Hooray! Snow Day has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 24th! Come join the fun!
  
Have you downloaded the App?
The Saint Andrew's Episcopal School app includes fast access to campus news, the school directory, our Facebook page, the event calendar, links to My Green Lunch, iVolunteer, SchoolLoop and more!  Friday Reminders and The Leaflet will appear under the Bulletins tab for easy future access.
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