School Scoop – January 25th, 2022

Posted January 25, 2022

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Dear Brown International Community,

Hope you all are staying warm and safe on this snowy day! While it was cold outside, we had a lot of warmth inside as we hosted our first in-person tour for the choice season. A very small group of prospective parents were allowed to tour the building, and it’s always fun to see the excitement about school from their perspective. It’s also so special to highlight what makes us such a unique community.

You have probably gotten a few emails from DPS asking for you to complete the Your Voice/Tu Voz survey. Please take a few minutes out of your day to complete it for us. Soliciting and acting on feedback is something we take very seriously around here, and the more of you who share, the better idea we have on how we are doing.

Here is the link in case you have missed it in your email:

Thank you for your time and feedback!

Take care,
Jen Woolf

Important Dates:
January 31st, 2022 – 5 PM CSC, special meeting re: Budget
February 8th: Pizzeria Locale Dine and Donate
February 10th: 6 PM PTA
February 18th – 22nd: President’s Day Weekend, return to school on February 23rd

CMAS Information and Dates – 3rd through 5th Families
CMAS is around the corner for our third through fifth graders, and we want to share the specific dates with families so you can plan accordingly. Please do your best to have your students here for all of these sessions, schedule appointments in the afternoon, and plan travel outside of these dates.

Here is the link to the schedule:
Brown International 2022 CMAS schedule

By working together, we can help your child have a positive and successful testing experience. We want students to know that assessments show us what they already know. We’d like all students to not feel fear or worry around testing. When testing begins, please support us by ensuring the following:
1. Students get plenty of rest the night before.
2. Students have breakfast at home or arrive by 8:45 to have breakfast at school.
3. Students arrive on time for school every day, 9:00.

Kiss and Go Lane Procedures
As a reminder, the southbound lane of King Street between 26th and 25th Avenues is a “kiss and go” lane. We ask that parents pull up to the gates by the basketball courts, quickly say goodbye to their students, and then merge back into the traffic lane.
Please do not park or idle in this zone. It creates dangerous congestion along 26th avenue and makes it unsafe for our walkers to cross safely at the crosswalk.
Cars who park in this zone are subject to ticketing from DPS Safety and Security. Thank you for understanding and for collaborating with us to keep our students safe.

Inclement Weather Mornings
As we experienced poor weather this morning, it seems a good time to remind families that due to COVID protocols, we are not offering inside spaces on cold or wet mornings. We do not have enough space to have students inside and safely distanced on these days.
If a student would like breakfast, however, they are welcome to come eat in the cafeteria. And we do make exceptions for students who don’t have appropriate winter clothing.
Doors open at 9:00 am, and on mornings like these, teachers do not take attendance until 9:20.
We do have inside recess on days that are especially cold and icy, as we do have enough room to spread students throughout the building during lunch time.

Delayed Start Times are Returning 
DPS is going back to the model of using delayed starts on some inclement weather days. For all schools, this means that school will start two hours later than normal bell times. Families should leave their homes two hours later than they normally would to get to school, so if you usually leave your home at 8:40, please leave at 10:40.  

For Brown International, that means we will start school at 11:05, rather than 9:05. School will dismiss at the same time of 4:05.

Order At-Home COVID Testing Kits
If you have not already done so, there are free testing kits being sent directly to home. Shipping takes 7-10 days, and you can sign up here: Only one kit per household may be ordered.

New COVID Decision Tree
Attached to today’s School Scoop, you’ll find the updated DPS decision tree regarding how we manage COVID cases and exposure. On a call with Dr. Federico today, he continued to stress vaccination, mask wearing, and staying home if sick as the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
For students who are not able to consistently wear their masks appropriately in class, they do risk having a 10 day quarantine as opposed to a 5 day quarantine.