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Dear Parents, 

Happy Friday! It has been such a joy to see all your daughters this week on campus during our State Invocation and Supply Pick-Up Days, as well as our Teacher Meet and Greet Drive-Thru yesterday! Thank you for bringing them! I hope they enjoyed seeing one another and getting to interact with faculty and staff. 

As you know, Monday is the start of the 2020-2021 school year and I wanted to take a moment to provide all of you with an overview of remote learning and the schedule. Included in this e-blast are some wonderful resources for parents to help their students stay on track with remote learning, including an overview of Google Classroom. 

If you have any questions throughout the remote learning process or your daughter encounters any challenges, please do not hesitate to contact me at smccarthy@alvernoheights.org

Now, let’s Zoom into the new year!! 

Best, 
Sara A. McCarthy ‘05, M.Ed.
Assistant Head of School

All parents should be able to access their daughter's ALMA account at alverno.getalma.com. If you have not activated your account, please contact Linda Bass, Registrar, at lbass@alvernoheights.org for assistance. ALMA can be used to track grades, assignments, and attendance.
Your daughter's primary contact with her teachers will be through Google Classroom. Please make sure she has accepted all invitations from teachers. Assignments, Zoom/Google meet codes, and other crucial information will be housed on Google classroom. 
Most school communications will come through e-mail and so your daughter should get in the habit of checking her e-mails throughout the day. Additionally, parents should make sure that Alverno has their correct e-mail address on file. Do you or your daughter need help organizing their Gmail? Alverno recommends checking out this simple daily ABC Countdown Gmail Challenge
Does your daughter have a Zoom account using her school e-mail address? Follow this link to create a Zoom account with her Alverno's e-mail address. Returning students will be able to use their account from the spring but new students should create a Zoom account using their @alvernoheights.org e-mail address. 
 
This will certainly be an unprecedented back-to-school season - for students and parents alike! As parents, we know you are juggling so many responsibilities with fewer support systems in place. And you are trying to manage your own stress and concerns - as well as your kids'.

What does back-to-school look like in this "new normal"? As our students adjust to online learning, how can we best support them and set them up for success? The Institute for Girls' Development wanted to offer a few strategies to help. Check out these tips and recommended resources for Back to School Resources from Institute for Girls' Development!
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