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Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

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Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid

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The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person classroom… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

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Oh The Places We’ll Go… in Middle School

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we have returned to school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  For the first time in 12 years we do not have a child at the elementary school. This transition has been bittersweet. On one hand, it is nice… Continue reading Oh The Places We’ll Go… in Middle School

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Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess

Getting ready for school can be a bear... I woke up this morning, stuffy-nosed and bleary-eyed from the winter cold I probably caught as a result of working at the elementary school for the past week and meandered into the bathroom. I was only the third person this morning to go to use it, and… Continue reading Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess