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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 12/7-12/11:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

As you know, news reports are sharing that this winter will show increases in COVID 19 infections but that in the Spring there will be a vaccine available. While we look forward to this day as soon as possible, I wanted to share this NY Times link which asks you a few questions about yourself and then approximates where one stands in line in getting the vaccine.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/12/03/opinion/covid-19-vaccine-timeline.html

Wishing you a safe and healthy week.

Best,

Ms. Silberman

Announcement # 1:                   Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, December 10th

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We will be discussing the culmination of Inclusive Schools Week as well as our BSA Spirit Week efforts and our School Clubs. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: December 10, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:   https://tinyurl.com/y3n2g57x
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Announcement # 2:                               December 2020 BSA Caregiver Survey: Panorama Education

BSA is now using Panorama Education to gather important student and caregiver opinions on how we operate remotely. Last week, we sent out our monthly caregiver survey using Panorama Education. To encourage participation in these surveys, all caregivers who participate in the survey each month will have their name placed in a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. At least 25% of caregivers must participate for there to be a drawing. The deadline to complete the survey is December 23, 2020 and the drawing for the gift card will be held on January 4th.

Please search your email inbox and Spam folders for an email from Panorama Education. BSA utilizes Panorama Education due to its highly secure network and analysis capabilities. Each caregiver has received a personalized link to the survey which cannot be shared with multiple caregivers. We encourage all caregivers to search their inboxes for this survey and mark Panorama Education as a “Known Sender” with the email provider. Thank you for your continued dedication to BSA!

 

Announcement # 3:                                Attendance Matters!

Encouraging students to stay engaged and attending school during remote learning can be challenging. It is important to keep in mind that absences can be a sign that a teen is losing interest, struggling with schoolwork, or facing another difficulty.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your child on track:

  • Ask for help when you need it by contacting school support staff and teachers.
  • Check your teen’s attendance on a weekly basis to make sure they’re logging in every day and submitting assignments.
  • Create a schedule that will encourage your teen to maintain daily routines.
  • Identify a quiet place for your teen to participate in class.