At-Home Learning Resources

April 3rd update

Dear Athena Family,

I know this message will not come as a surprise for most of you at this point, but it is still devastating to be making this announcement: Following the lead of the public schools and to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we are going to go ahead and make the decision to keep campus closed for an indefinite period of time, at least until we have more information to make a different decision. In the interest of the health and safety of our Athena community and beyond, we need to stay separated for now so that we can all be back together again as soon as possible. We so miss seeing all of our children and staff and families together on campus.

I am so proud of my teachers and administrative staff for working so hard, and with so much creativity, in their efforts to redesign Montessori education, community, and support for our families in a virtual way. We are committed to continuing to take in your suggestions, feedback, and ideas as to how we can continually improve the experience for your family.

We know that the continued separation from each other and from our school routine can be challenging for your children. Please join us weekly at 8:00 on Wednesdays for our Fireside Chats to receive guidance and coaching on the social and emotional aspects of your child’s development, in addition to experiencing community from your fellow Athena families with members of our leadership team. We will also continue to provide resources for how to talk to your children at this challenging time.

I know that especially for our upcoming graduates, this news is unsettling as your children have been looking forward to end of year plays, projects, field day, and ceremonies. Our plan is to maintain these plans to the best of our ability in a virtual experience, and to join together in person on campus when we can for our traditional Gates of Life ceremonies and just to be together as a family.

Please visit our At-Home Learning page for academic and social/emotional resources; share pics and thoughts in our private Athena community Facebook page; and encourage your children to engage with our guides on our YouTube Channel.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Athena. We are here for you; we are here for each other.

In health and gratitude,

Lisl Friday, Founder

April 2nd Update – Activity Packet

Dear Athena Community,

You can find your activity materials linked below:

March 31st Update

March 29th Update

A video message for Athena Families

March 26th Update – Weekly Activity Packet #1

March 25th Update

Ways To Help In Our Community During This Time:

Here’s how you can help in the community at this time – we will be updating this page as more information is accumulated.

Please follow these accounts to keep up to date:
Facebook
Instagram

We urge you to follow the guidance released by AISD on their Coronavirus update page.

Tips on avoiding colds and flu:
Branch Basic’s guide to avoiding colds and flu

LINKS:
Coronavirus language–from a pediatrician
CDC Travel Notices
Austin Public Health Notice
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Fact Page
World Health Organization (WHO) Fact Page
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Fact Page
NPR: Just for Kids- A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus