Hampstead Academy Newsletter 08/12/2022

Updated: Aug 13

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." – Henry Ford

Back To School BBQ Friday August 26th 4PM - 6PM We welcome all returning students, parents, & staff to connect as a community at our Back to School BBQ! HA Families will have a chance to connect as a community, meet new and old friends, and see the classrooms! Hampstead Academy will provide veggie burgers, burgers, and hot dogs. We kindly ask those attending please contribute a supply, side dish, or snack of your choosing. Please sign up to bring an item for our Back to School BBQ: SIGN UP HERE

Friendly Reminders Dress Code Update: Please refer to the Dress Code policy on page 10 in the Hampstead Academy 2022-2023 Handbook.

2022-2023 Required Forms are Due Friday August 26th either by post mail, email or in person. Please remember the most recent immunization form must be submitted with your child’s required forms.

Google Chromebook: students grades 1 - 5 please purchase a personal Chromebook found HERE if you have not planned for this purchase we are able to supply older Chromebooks for this year.

2022-2023 Extended Day Forms may be filled out and sent to Extended Day billing will begin September 1st 2022.

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What’s Been Happening at the Academy This Summer? Melinda Labo has begun to settle into her new role as our Head of School. If you want insight as to how she has positively impacted other families and students in her career please take a look HERE and see what those who know her say. “Your school community just hit the jackpot! There is no one quite like Mindy. Her heart of gold, love for education and her students is undeniable!”

Summer Teacher Enrichment and Development All homeroom teachers K - 5 have participated in the PBL 101 Workshop this summer. They have attended an intensive 3 day course learning how to teach through Project Based Learning. Teachers learned how to lead students through PBL instruction as an approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world. Our Lead PBL & STEAM Curriculum Teacher, Ms. Cummings has been busy attending the PBL Coaching Workshop and will mentor and coach our homeroom teachers. She has also been developing the coding, robotics, tech, and engineering programs for this year.

Summer Project Updates Our Pre Kindergarten classrooms have been transformed into new, fresh, bright areas to ignite imagination and inspire inquiring minds. We look forward to our friends laughing, learning, and growing this year! We will continue to create an outdoor space where our PreK friends may learn through play.

We have made a significant investment into our STEM curriculum. Ms. Cummings has implemented a robust coding, robotics, and lego engineering curriculum that will spark student inspiration. All classrooms have been modified to accommodate collaborative learning and a makerspace has been cleared for engineering and project work with Ms. Cummings.

In addition to our PreK remodeled rooms, the STEAM building ramp is being rebuilt and two air conditioning units have been added to the grades 3 & 4 classrooms.

Master Schedule Update Welcoming a new Head of School has also allowed for small changes in the schedule. The Academy has decided to put more focus on the STEM portion of our curriculum. We feel that time is better spent focused on the engineering, coding, & robotics curriculum Ms. Cummings has developed for the academy. The STEM curriculum will replace the previously scheduled Mandarin class for the 2022-2023 academic year. We have also dedicated time for hands-on STEM projects for our PreK classroom and incorporated our Kindergarten friends into Genius Hour. The schedule may be modified but we feel the current schedule allows for full core curriculum & project work, additional special classes, and genius hour.

Important Dates Friday August 26th 4PM-6PM Welcome Back BBQ (for new and returning parents, students, & staff)

Monday August 29th First Day of School (half day for teacher development, dismissal at 11:45AM)

Friday September 2nd 3PM - 4PM Ice Cream Social Meet and Greet with the HA Board Members, Staff, Students, & Parents. We welcome you to pick up your little one(s) and linger for ice cream and time to connect. Part time PreK friends are welcome to come to the academy for ice cream and play!

Monday September 5th No School

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