August 17 Update from Lisl

Dear Athena Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are finally entering the FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL! Family visits are going so well and it is delightful to see happy children on campus! Tomorrow is the half day schedule to ease in; and Wednesday is the first regular day of school for all children.

Community Commitment:

Now that we are all about to be together, it is time to re-read and recommit to our Community Commitment. It is essential that our entire community follow the guidelines of our Community Commitment before starting school, and ongoing, throughout the school year. It is imperative that everyone in our community be committed to doing their part to keeping everyone safe. Every decision each of us makes affects everyone else in our community and we need to take all of the health and safety guidelines and protocols seriously, to take care of each other and our special community.

Masks for Children:

We have not yet made a final decision, but we are leaning towards requiring all students, ages two and older, to wear masks while at school, when inside the classroom. We are watching the research and listening to our advisors and will make our final decision soon. In the meantime, we are strongly recommending that all families search for child-size masks that are comfortable and well-fitting for your child and bring a few to school, labeled. Try to find patterns or images that your children love! We will incorporate lessons on how to don a mask properly, and why it’s important, as part of our Montessori Practical Life curriculum. Montessori is all about preparing children for life; and for taking care of self, others, and the environment. The children will have lots of support and encouragement in their practice wearing masks.

Covid Zoom Forum:

We encourage you all to join us this Thursday, August 20th, for our first meet and greet/open forum for Covid discussion and Q&A with Sera Bonds, our Covid consultant. She will be hosting this Zoom meeting to give you some helpful information and answer any questions you may have connected to school and behaviors outside of school to protect your family and ours. Possible discussion points will be:

  • How to have playdates safely

  • Extra-curricular classes outside of school

  • What should birthday parties look like

  • Children wearing masks

  • Transparency and communication

Bring your thoughts and questions for a productive discussion as a community.

Here are the details for our first community Covid meeting/open discussion/Q&A, this Thursday, August 20th, 12 pm CST:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 865 4601 4271

Passcode: 840047

Once again, we thank you for putting your trust in us, and in each other, this school year.


In health and gratitude,