Dear Kreiva Families,
We are so excited to welcome students back to Kreiva on Tuesday, September 7th. Just a reminder that our school day runs from 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Students may enter the building as of 8:00am and by 8:30am each day. The school is looking fantastic and the staff have been busy working on amazing plans for the Fall. We will be providing further details on Fall programming at Back to School Night on Thursday September 9th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The school year calendar is attached to this email as well as the School Picture flier. School pictures are happening on September 7, the first day of school, so please see details on how to place your order on the attached flier.
Back to School Health and Safety: Our goal is to have a return to school that is as “normal” as possible for students. At this time, we will not be offering a hybrid or remote instruction option unless a student has to quarantine. We have been reviewing current and ongoing guidance as it specifically pertains to our school community in order to make the most sound decisions for a safe return to school.
According to guidance provided by Dr. Benjamin Chan, New Hampshire’s state epidemiologist, on Wednesday, August 11th, if at least 80% of our students are vaccinated, we have more flexibility with masking. You can find the most recent school guidance in the DHHS School Toolkit that you can download and view HERE. Our masking decision will be an all or nothing type decision- all staff and students will either be required to be masked or not required to be masked (unless by choice). We are asking our families to voluntarily share the vaccination status of their student(s) purely to understand if we meet the 80% threshold- this information is confidential and will only be viewed by the school administration. Please complete the Student Vaccination Status Survey no later than Friday, August 20th so that we have time to analyze the data and release our Healthy and Safety plan to Kreiva Families no later than Wednesday, September 1. As of right now, the Manchester area has substantial community transmission which supports masking while in indoor spaces. Again, our goal is to have back to school as normal as possible for all students and if masking allows students to have as normal a school experience as possible, it warrants careful consideration.
Back to School Scheduling and Course Selection
This year for some of our weekly instructional days, we will be moving to a block schedule at Kreiva. Block scheduling provides more time and flexibility for students to be engaged in active learning and deeper exploration of concepts. Students will be participating in activities in their Crew groups for the first week of school and orientation to block scheduling will happen during this time.
Students will choose their enrichment courses during the first week of school. All students at Kreiva will automatically be enrolled in their humanities, science, and math courses based on the needs outlined in their historical coursework. Crew leaders will be working closely with students to provide further understanding of their specific coursework needs and pathways to graduation.
This year we have moved from having 2 teams to 3 teams. The 3 teams are organized by grade bands in order to provide effective instruction and attention to the developmental needs of students in the specific band. The three grade bands teams are grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. We are excited to share more information about the new grade band teams with you at Back to School night.
Back to School Cookout
We hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 28th from Noon-2pm for our annual Back to School gathering and cookout in Pulaski Park. This is a great opportunity to meet classmates and Kreiva staff and learn more about the upcoming year!
Your partner in education,
Jenn Siegfried, Ed.D
Kreiva Academy Head of School