Our teachers and staff have been busily preparing for the 2020-21 school year, and are eagerly awaiting the students’ return to campus on August 17! While there are quite a few changes due to the current health climate, a few things are for sure: there will be excellent academics, a vibrant Christian community, lots of fresh air, and continued growth as we stand firm on the foundation of faith we have in Jesus Christ! Whether it’s your first day or your final year, this will be a memorable one! Click the boxes below to make sure you are ready to go on the first day. See you in person soon!

FIRST DAY REMINDERS, GRADES 1-12
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  • Bring your basic school supplies (see specifics in School Supplies box below)
  • Bring a refillable water bottle (or 2!) labeled with your full name
  • Bring your summer reading homework
  • No lunch needed on first day (half-day schedule)
  • Wear a face mask when you get out of your vehicle (and bring at least two extra labeled masks in a clean baggie or container)
  • Go to your designated spots which have been UPDATED: (PK-K to their specific classrooms, Grade 1 to the student center, Grades 2 and 5 to their classrooms, Grades 3-4 to the gym, and Grades 6-12 to their homerooms); teachers and staff will be there to guide the way
  • Complete a Dismissal Clarification Form (for K-5) and turn it in to your teacher on the first day of school.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
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What supplies do students need for the 2020-21 school year? Find your school supply list here!

Early Ed and Lower School: If your child is able to bring in all the supplies, then please send them on Monday. However, if it’s too much to carry, please send them with the basic school supplies on the first half-day (plastic container with lid, pencils, pens, paper, crayons, etc.). Within the first week of school, please send in the rest of the supplies as your child is able to carry them (tissues, wipes, paper towels, etc.). Make sure all supplies are labeled!

Middle and Upper School: Please bring the bulk of your supplies on Tuesday. For the first day of school (Monday the 17th), just make sure you have the basics–a notebook, pen/pencil, water bottle with first and last name, and face masks. Make sure all supplies are labeled!

Note:  If you cannot find the wipes due to high demand, please just keep looking and send them in as soon as you can (and even throughout the year). Thank you!

CLASS LISTS & SCHEDULES
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Student schedules and class lists are now posted in Veracross! We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we make any necessary adjustments. Rest assured, teachers will help students figure out logistics throughout the first week! (Parents of new students: watch your email for an invitation to set up your Veracross account.) Students in grades 6-12 will receive their own Veracross credentials during the first week of school.

ALL ABOUT MASKS
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Our current health safety protocol requires ALL people inside the building to wear a face mask. The guidelines are:

  • Face coverings should fit snugly around the nose and mouth.
  • NEW: Due to increasing concerns about the effectiveness of neck gaiters and bandanas, neither are allowed.
  • Design should be within dress code (ie: not distract, no camouflage, etc).
  • Face shields are not a suitable replacement for face coverings but may be used in addition to one.

Students should have a face mask on when they arrive at school. All students should have at least two extra masks in a Ziploc bag or other container and all should be labeled! Students will have plenty of time outside where masks are not required while social distancing.

And take a few minutes to watch this video and this video with your children before school starts!

LUNCH UPDATES
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  • No lunch on Monday, August 17, as it is a HALF DAY and students in Grades 1-12 will be dismissed at 11:40 AM.
  • Milk service begins on Tuesday, August 18.
  • KIDDOS hot lunch service begins on Monday, September 14 (ordering opens September 1).
  • Full details are on the Lunch Options page of our website.
ZERO PERIOD
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  • There will be NO Zero Period classes on the first half day of school (Monday the 17th).
  • There will be NO Awaken (Upper School worship team) practice this week.
  • There WILL be Zero Period US Band on Tuesday, August 18, and Thursday, August 20.
  • There WILL be Zero Period Soli Deo (US Choir) on Wednesday, August 19, and Friday, August 21.
TRAFFIC FLOW
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We are extending the morning drop-off time and reorganizing traffic flow this year to allow for health screening steps as your child arrives. Please refer to the new Arrival Traffic Flow, Dismissal Traffic Flow, and Parking maps. Also make sure to watch our Arrival and Dismissal videos filmed in the parking lots!

Most importantly, SAFETY FIRST! As our students range from 3 to 18 years old, it is imperative that we work together and realize that our property is a school zone, meaning:

  • Following designated flow of traffic is mandatory
  • Campus speed limit is 10 miles per hour
  • Cell phones may NOT be used while driving or in line
  • Use the designated parking areas correctly
  • Drivers will not exit their car unless the ignition is off and keys are in hand

Refer to the Parent-Student Handbook or full Arrival & Dismissal details.

FORMS & RESOURCES
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Find all the forms and resources you’ll need before the start of school, including:

  • Departmental information
  • Health forms
  • Athletic forms
  • Extended Care details
  • Milk order forms
  • Fees

…and much, much more. Check it out!

HEALTH SERVICES UPDATES
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NEW:  The wellness screening protocol has been revised by the Illinois Department of Public Health. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

One of the most important things to have completed BEFORE the first day of school is all of your health documents. Read CHA’s health requirements and find the accompanying forms on our Health Services page.

For full details on our current health safety measures and protocol, go to the COVID-19 Planning page.

DATES TO REMEMBER
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August 17, 8:30 AM
First Day of School
HALF DAY (1-12), 8:30-11:40 AM
(PK & K: See modified first week schedule in PK-K Handbook)

August 19, 3:30-4:30 PM
Jubilate Preview Day

August 25, 7:00 PM
LS Parent Preview

August 27, 7:00 PM
MS Parent Preview

September 2, 7:00 PM
US Parent Preview

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS
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As the summer is winding down, we hope your reading is ramping up! Students should come prepared with their summer reading homework on the first day of school. Read the details via the link below.

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