From Principal Drummond

Dear Hill Community,

We are excited to wrap up a very busy October this week. As a reminder, we do not wear Halloween costumes to campus at Hill School. Thank you for keeping all costumes, masks, etc. at home this week. We will give more information when the time comes on our book character dress-up day we instead celebrate later in the year.

We also wanted to let you know we will begin transitioning all students into our lunch room beginning this week or early next week. We first want to acknowledge the amazing lunch volunteers who supported our outdoor lunch area so far and made it possible. With colder weather coming and a continued bee/wasp issue that is not getting better, we feel this is the best thing to do while still being safe. Classes will still be spaced apart from each other as they have been to avoid close-contacts between classes. The change will be that rather than being able to skip every other seat, we will now utilize each seat at a table. Plexiglass will still be in place as an added layer of protection. Students will still mask once done eating. We feel very good about this plan, the timing of it, and the need to implement this based on our other safety concerns outside right now. Please know that as with everything this year, we will monitor and adjust as needed throughout the rest of the year.

We wanted to alert you to a community-wide event sponsored by the Austin chapter of Hadassah you are all invited to. This event is open to the full community. They will be hosting a 90 minute, virtual panel discussion with 2 child psychologists and a child psychiatrist. It will be mostly solicited Q&A and really the panelists discussing their thoughts on the questions amongst themselves. It can be COVID related, or not. The event is free but one can make an optional $10 donation. This is intended for ANYONE who works with children–parents, teachers, caregivers, grandparents.

We are also sharing the following notice to parents on Special Education from TEA. It gives updates and some information for families to support understanding of the program.

Have a restful Sunday, Friends!

Principal Drummond