End-of-Year Details and Updates

Linda Johnson

During this year's American Experience program, sixth graders discovered how immigrants have made significant contributions to the diversity of the food we eat today. This is just a "taste" of the students’ Padlet boards, where they demonstrate how food can build community and connect us all.

Dear Families,

I will be hosting my final weekly conversation on TUESDAY, JUNE 2. I hope you will join me virtually at 5:30 p.m. Director of Institutional Research Eric Heilman will be joining us to discuss the COL data and findings that have helped us develop our program this spring. Later next week, you will receive a new survey, which will begin to take the pulse of how families are thinking about various scenarios in the fall. While Tuesday will be the last of my weekly conversations, I will host regular Zoom meetings to keep you abreast of our plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

COL has meant so many shifts for our community, and one of these involves the ritual end-of-year return and retrieval of items for students, whether this is a uniform or library book that Maret needs back, or an art project or lacrosse stick that a student wants at home for the summer. Please read carefully our instructions for this year outlined below.

For students returning to Maret next year, we are going to wait to do returns and retrievals of all belongings until school reopens. If your child has anything they need more immediately, you should contact the appropriate Division Director, and they can arrange for a pick-up. Non-senior students who are leaving Maret should follow this same protocol unless your family is departing the area, and then we can make a different arrangement. For seniors, we will be sharing instructions with you in a separate communication.

For those Middle and Upper School students who would like to donate their textbooks to Maret for other students to reuse, please note that we will be communicating more about this process later in the summer. Students will be receiving notices from the Librarians about books they have checked out, but these are not due until we return to school. Lost and found items will also be kept at school until we return.

In terms of our incredible publications that we distribute at year’s end—the Woodley Oaks Yearbook and Literary and Visual Arts Magazine—there will be two separate protocols. If you have ordered a yearbook, look for an email coming soon asking if you would like to have it mailed to your home; otherwise, your child will be able to pick it up when school reopens. You will also have the option to purchase a yearbook at that time. In terms of the Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, there will be copies at Maret to pick up when school reopens. Both of these publications will be sent home to our seniors.

Another tradition coming up next Thursday, June 4 at 11am is our last all-school event—Closing Ceremony! We look forward to “seeing” all of our students and faculty K-12 at this exciting virtual celebration. As always, this will be a special time to say farewell to our faculty leaving Maret after this school year. We will also be conferring our student and faculty awards, so please have your children dress up in case they are spotlighted! They may also be seen during the final celebratory applause. You will be receiving your Closing Ceremony invitation with a link closer to the event.

I continue to so appreciate all of you for your patience and flexibility.

Take care,

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