Parents

2021-2022 Back-to-School Hub

We are excited to once again gather on campus as the Whitefield community, united in our mission to develop in each of our students a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus. On this Back-to-School Hub*, you will find important information about getting your child ready for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

To be directed to information specifically for our new families, please visit the New Families website.

 

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Calendars and All School Events

  • The 2021-2022 calendar highlights include school holidays and breaks.
  • The campus calendar stays up-to-date with all Whitefield events, and you can filter by type of event or division.
  • Open House events for all divisions will take place August 10 and 11. Please see the calendar for more information and specific grade days and times.
  • The first day of school is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Though this is a Thursday, school will open on the late-start schedule, and classes will begin at 9 a.m. Carpool will begin at 8:30 a.m. Traditional uniform, polo and bottom, should be worn.
  • 25th Anniversary Birthday Recognition: All students should wear the 25th anniversary t-shirt on Friday, August 20 (t-shirts will be given to students prior to the event.)
  • The all school back-to-school chapel is on Friday, August 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Athletic Center.
  • Save the date for the fifth annual Great Day of Service, which will be held on Saturday, August 28.
  • Sign up for a New Parent Coffee event. Secure your spot in one of the New Parent Coffees hosted by Head of School Dr. Kevin Bracher. RSVP here

Health and Wellness

  • COVID-19 Information: Returning to Campus Safely Together
    As developments related to the coronavirus are ever-changing and in order to respond with flexibility to recommendations and consultation from health and medical agencies our plans will pivot, as needed, with the changing environment in order to safeguard our students and faculty.
LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID PROTOCOLS HERE
  • All families should review their Magnus Health account to ensure that they have completed the required health forms for 2021-2022. More information is shared on the health services section of the Parent Portal.
  • We are committed to the health and well-being of our students, families, faculty, staff, and community, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Our updated COVID-19 web page will be shared here soon.

Uniforms and Campus Store

  • The Campus Store is the one-stop shop for all your Whitefield gear. With options for in-person shopping or online ordering, the Campus Store is ready to help you show your Pack pride from uniforms to spirit wear to accessories and snacks. The Campus Store is located in Mod100, which is between Brostrand Hall and Founders Hall. To learn more about uniform requirements, in-person shopping hours, or place your online orders, visit whitefieldgear.com.
  • The Whitefield Parent Association's next Used Uniform Sale is Monday, August 9, 2021 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Barnett Gathering Room on the lower level of Founders Hall. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Young.
  • Special note for Middle School and Upper School Dress Code for 2021-22:
    • Between virtual school in spring 2020 and focusing on COVID protocols during the 2020-21 school year, students’ adherence to the dress code was not as strong as in years past. We were proud of the way our students adapted to the norms last school year. However, as we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, please know that we will be more diligent in holding students accountable to aligning with the established dress code. The dress code minimizes distractions and creates a more focused learning environment. Thank you for your support in preparing for the 2021-22 school year by ensuring your child’s attire aligns with the uniform policies. Here are the major areas of focus we would like to see this year:
      • All Students
        • Chapel Attire
          • Correct chapel shoes (black, brown, tan, or navy leather or suede closed toe and heel dress shoes, no sneakers or casual shoes)
          • No sweatshirts, hoodies, athletic team or class-specific outerwear
        • Everyday Uniform
          • Polo shirt each day even when wearing Whitefield outerwear
          • Non-Whitefield outerwear only permitted when outside on freezing days
        •  Gentlemen
          • Must wear Whitefield uniform pants and shorts
          • Belt required each day
          • Tie required on chapel days
          • Hair must be cut above the eyebrows, collar, and tops of ears; only senior gentlemen may have facial hair
        •  Ladies
          • Skirts must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee
          • Uniform skirt, pants, or capris only (pants and capris can be ordered through campus store)
          • Hair accessories must be black, grey, navy, or white
          • Boots are only permissible on non-chapel cold weather days

Campus and Transportation

  • Carpool routes for the 2021-2022 school year can be found on the transportation webpage
  • Interested in the morning Buckhead bus or afternoon Buckhead shuttle? Visit the transportation webpage to learn more and sign up.

Parent Community

  • All parents are expected to read the parent handbook and discuss its contents with their children. Print versions of the handbooks will be made available in early August. 
  • Whitefield parents are integral to the mission of our school, and we offer variety of opportunities for Whitefield parents to learn, grow, and serve together. Parent programs include Men's Fraternity, Mondays with Moms, PackBackers, Arts Alliance, the Whitefield Parent Association, various prayer groups, and more.

Stay Connected

The Whitefield family directory helps our community stay connected. The directory will be printed and made available shortly after the beginning of the school year.

  • In order to insure that your information is correct and up to date, please login to My BackPack where you can view and update your profile (click Settings > My Profile). Please make any updates by Monday, August 9. If you do not know your My BackPack login, please email Fran Banta or Kim Krebs in the business office.

  • We would love to encourage Whitefield families to support your business! Please consider listing your business in the directory. Each business listing is $25. To be listed in the directory, please complete this form and follow payment instructions on the form.

Summer Reading and Academic Readiness

BINGO boards for Lower School summer reading and guidelines for academic readiness will help your child start the 2021-2022 school year with confidence.

Uniforms

All uniforms should be purchased at the Campus Store. To learn more about uniform requirements, reserve a time for in-person shopping, or place your online orders, visit whitefieldgear.com.

 

Supply Lists

Lower School families may choose to purchase supplies from a vendor of their choice based on the lists below OR they may order pre-packaged supplies to be delivered straight to their child’s desk by visiting the school supply packs website (EPI), entering school code WHI037 (3 letters and 3 numbers), and selecting the grade their child is entering. If ordering online, you will need to purchase the NIV Adventure Bible separately if your child does not yet have one.

  • PreK - Supplies for PreK students are furnished in the classroom, including a student Wolfie bag (for use in lieu of a book bag.) PreK Wolfie bags will be distributed in the classroom on the first day of school.
  • Kindergarten- In addition to the supply list, kindergarten students are required to have a Wolfie bag (supplied by Whitefield) for daily use rather than a book bag. If you are beginning your first year at Whitefield, your Wolfie bag will be waiting for you in your classroom on the first day of school. If you are a returning student, you may use your PreK Wolfie bag for kindergarten.
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade

Cub Care

Cub Care exists to support our families who would like to pick up their children between the end of the school day (1 p.m. for PreK, 2 p.m. for kindergarten, 3 p.m. for 1st- through 4th-grade) and 6 p.m. Cub Care enrollment will open late July, and all interested students should enroll online. Information about fees and enrollment can be found on the Cub Care web page.

 

After-School Programs

There are many After-School Programs (ASPs) offered to Lower School students. ASPs vary from the performing arts, to the sciences, to athletic offerings, and they are led by school faculty and well-qualified instructors from the community. You do not have to enroll in Cub Care to take part in ASPs.

 

Sign ups for Fall 2021 ASPs will be available on August 27th. More information will be provided prior to the sign up date.  Be sure to check the After-School Programs web page for more information.

 

Back-to-School Special Events

In light of COVID-19, additional details about these events will be added once available. 

  • Lower School New Parent Welcome (parents only) is Thursday, August 12 from 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. in the Dining Hall of Brostrand Hall. It serves as an opportunity to pose questions and hear from key Lower School staff.

  • Lower School Open House is Tuesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 11 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m and sign up is required. Sign up for your personal 30-minute time slot here
  • The first day of school is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Though this is a Thursday, school will open on the late-start schedule, and classes will begin at 9 a.m. Carpool will begin at 8:30 a.m. Traditional uniform, polo and bottom, should be worn.
  • PreK Popsicle Social (students and parents) is on the Gold Playground on August 12 at 12:30 p.m. 

  • Lower School Meet-the-Teacher Night (parents only) is at 6:30 p.m. on August 24.

 

Summer Reading

Summer reading helps encourage a passion for learning and keep reading comprehension skills sharp. Middle School students should carefully read their assigned novels and bring these books with them on the first day of school.

  • Entering 5th Grade- rising 5th graders should read at least 3 books this summer:
    • R.J. Palacio's Wonder (ISBN: 978-0-375-86902-0)
    • Elisa Carbone's Blood on the River: Jamestown, 1607 by Elisa Carbone (ISBN: 978-0-142-40932-9)
      • We encourage rising 5th graders to read this book last, just prior to the beginning of the school year, so that the book is fresh in their memory for the first unit in reading class.
    • Choose Lauren Baratz-Logsted's I Love You, Michael Collins (ISBN: 978-1-250-15845-1) OR Leland Melvin's Chasing Space, Young Readers Edition (ISBN: 978-0-062-66593-5)
  • Entering 6th Grade- Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793 (ISBN: 978-0-689-84891-9)
  • Entering 7th Grade- Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (ISBN: 978-0-142-40120-0)
  • Entering 8th Grade- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (ISBN: 978-0-06-093546-7)

Uniforms

All uniforms should be purchased at the Campus Store. To learn more about uniform requirements, reserve a time for in-person shopping, or place your online orders, visit whitefieldgear.com.

  • Special note for Middle School and Upper School Dress Code for 2021 - 2022: Between virtual school in spring 2020 and focusing on COVID protocols during the 2020-21 school year, students’ adherence to the dress code was not as strong as in years past. We were proud of the way our students adapted to the norms last school year. However, as we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, please know that we will be more diligent in holding students accountable to aligning with the established dress code. The dress code minimizes distractions and creates a more focused learning environment. Thank you for your support in preparing for the 2021-22 school year by ensuring your child’s attire aligns with the uniform policies. Here are the major areas of focus we would like to see this year:
    • All Students:
      • Chapel Attire:
        • Correct chapel shoes (black, brown, tan, or navy leather or suede closed toe and heel dress shoes, no sneakers or casual shoes)
        • No sweatshirts, hoodies, athletic team or class-specific outerwear
      • Everyday Uniform:
        • Polo shirt each day even when wearing Whitefield outerwear
        • Non-Whitefield outerwear only permitted when outside on freezing days
        • Gentlemen
          • Must wear Whitefield uniform pants and shorts
          • Belt required each day
          • Tie required on chapel days
          • Hair must be cut above the eyebrows, collar, and tops of ears; only senior gentlemen may have facial hair
        • Ladies
          • Skirts must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee
          • Uniform skirt, pants, or capris only (pants can be ordered through campus store)
          • Hair accessories must be black, grey, navy, or white
          • Boots are only permissible on non-chapel cold weather days

Supply Lists

  • All supply lists can be found on the Parent Portal. All school supplies should be purchased before the school year starts, and supplies may be brought school during back-to-school events or on the first day of school.
  • All 7th and 8th graders participate in the Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. Make sure to review the minimum requirements before purchasing your child's computer.
  • In addition to supplies needed for classes, some Middle School students enjoy decorating their lockers. In planning for locker decoration, please note the following dimensions of Middle School lockers:
    • The 5th grade lockers have an inside, side-to-side clearance of 11 11/16”. Due to hooks at the top, the vertical clearance is 32 ¼”. However, for decorating purposes, the height is 33”. The inside front-to-rear clearance or depth is 10 11/16”.
    • The lockers for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are 16 ½” deep, 15” wide, and 35 ½” tall. NOTE: The door opening is only 12” due to a lip around the locker. Therefore, do not use any shelving unit that is wider than 12”. Also, the lockers have hooks on the sides that prohibit shelving units taller than 30”.

 

Textbook Ordering

Parents of 5th through 12th-graders are responsible for purchasing textbooks for their children. The Parent Portal houses textbook lists and more information about how to order books.

 

After-school

  • Middle School athletics practices and competitions take place after school. Contact our coaches with any sport-specific questions.
  • All Middle School students take an arts class during the day. Seventh- and eighth-graders may also participate in marching band as an instrumentalist, color guard member, or drumline member. The marching band practices after school on Fridays. Email Stacy Quiros, band director, with any questions. Other after-school arts opportunities will be communicated throughout the year.
  • After-school study hall is available for all Middle School students not attending sports or fine arts practices or meeting with a teacher. Supervised study hall takes place in the Morris Hall lecture hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Back-to-School Special Events

  • Fifth-Grade Orientation (parents and students) is Tuesday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Program ends at 10:30 a.m. followed by locker setup from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Sixth-Grade Orientation (parents and students) is August 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Program ends at 2:30 p.m. followed by locker setup from 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Seventh-Grade Open House (parents and students) is August 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Drop-in any time to meet teachers and setup lockers. New families and students please arrive early at 8:30 a.m. for an introductory program prior to the Open House.
  • Eighth-Grade Open House (parents and students) is August 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Drop-in any time to meet teachers and setup lockers. New families and students please arrive early at 12:30 p.m. for an introductory program prior to the Open House.
  • The first day of school is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Though this is a Thursday, school will open on the late-start schedule, and classes will begin at 9 a.m. Carpool will begin at 8:30 a.m. Traditional uniform, polo and bottom, should be worn.
  • Middle School Meet the Teacher Night (parents only) is Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Schedules

Registrar Linda Thomas will email all Middle and Upper School parents once student schedules are viewable on the Parent Portal.

  • Students’ schedules will not include their advisor and locker number/combination until Monday, August 9.
  • Students will not have access to their classes in Schoology until Monday, August 9.
  • The daily schedule structure is here, and the class rotation can be found here

Summer Reading

Summer reading encourages a passion for learning, keeps reading comprehension skills sharp, and serves as the starting point for many Upper School classes. Upper School students should carefully read their required books and complete any assignments prior to the first day of school. 

 

Uniforms

All uniforms should be purchased at the Campus Store. To learn more about uniform requirements, in-person shopping hours, or place your online orders, visit whitefieldgear.com.

 

  • Special note for Middle School and Upper School Dress Code for 2021 - 2022: Between virtual school in spring 2020 and focusing on COVID protocols during the 2020-21 school year, students’ adherence to the dress code was not as strong as in years past. We were proud of the way our students adapted to the norms last school year. However, as we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, please know that we will be more diligent in holding students accountable to aligning with the established dress code. The dress code minimizes distractions and creates a more focused learning environment. Thank you for your support in preparing for the 2021-22 school year by ensuring your child’s attire aligns with the uniform policies. Here are the major areas of focus we would like to see this year
    • All Students
      • Chapel Attire
        • Correct chapel shoes (black, brown, tan, or navy leather or suede closed toe and heel dress shoes, no sneakers or casual shoes)
        • No sweatshirts, hoodies, athletic team or class-specific outerwear
      • Everyday Uniform
        • Polo shirt each day even when wearing Whitefield outerwear
        • Non-Whitefield outerwear only permitted when outside on freezing days
        • Gentlemen
          • Must wear Whitefield uniform pants and shorts
          • Belt required each day
          • Tie required on chapel days
          • Hair must be cut above the eyebrows, collar, and tops of ears; only senior gentlemen may have facial hair
        •  Ladies
          • Skirts must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee
          • Uniform skirt, pants, or capris only (pants can be ordered through campus store)
          • Hair accessories must be black, grey, navy, or white
          • Boots are only permissible on non-chapel cold weather days

Supply Lists

  • General school supplies (notebooks, paper, binders, pens, pencils, etc.) should be sufficient for most Upper School classes. Teachers will communicate any additional requirements on the first day of school.
  • All Upper School students participate in the Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. Make sure to review the minimum requirements before purchasing your child's computer.
  • In addition to supplies needed for classes, some Upper School students enjoy decorating their lockers. In planning for locker decoration, please note that Upper School locker dimensions are 13.5" deep, 15" wide, and 35.5" tall. Due to a lip around the front of the locker, the door opening is 12.25" wide, so do not use any shelving unit wider than 12.25". No crates are allowed in the lockers.

Textbook Ordering

Parents of 5th- through 12th-graders are responsible for purchasing textbooks for their children. The Parent Portal houses textbook lists and more information about how to order books.

 

Drug Testing

To support our mission of “bolstering Christian families,” the Board of Trustees and leadership have established a drug testing procedure that focuses on student wellness and partnership with parents. The purpose of the universal drug testing program for 9th through 12th grades is to deter student drug use. We believe a policy that supports early intervention and restoration is an effective tool to support the students of Whitefield Academy as they make important life choices. 

Per the drug testing policy, all rising juniors and seniors will have mandatory drug testing prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. All juniors and seniors must be tested prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year; sign up here. Periodic testing for ALL Upper School students will commence in September 2021 and be conducted monthly through May 2022.

 

After-school

  • Upper School athletics practices and competitions take place after school. Contact our coaches with any sport-specific questions.
  • Upper School students may take fine arts class during the day, and some classes also require after-school practices. Performing arts teachers will communicate after school commitments directly to students and parents.
  • After-school study hall is available for any Upper School students not attending sports or fine arts practices at no additional cost in tuition. Supervised study hall takes place in the Morris Hall Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Back-to-School Special Events

  • Ninth-Grade Orientation (for students) is August 10 from 11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Morris Hall.
  • Ninth-grade Open House (for students and parents) is August 10 from 3 - 4:00 p.m. in Morris Hall. 
  • Tenth-grade Open House (for students and parents) is August 10 from 9 - 11:00 a.m. in Morris Hall.
  • Eleventh-grade Open House (for students and parents) is August 11 from 9 - 11:00 a.m. in Morris Hall.
  • Twelfth-grade Open House (for students and parents) is August 11 from 1 - 3:00 p.m. in Morris Hall. 
  • The first day of school is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Though this is a Thursday, school will open on the late-start schedule, and classes will begin at 9 a.m. Carpool will begin at 8:30 a.m. Traditional uniform, polo and bottom, should be worn.
  • Upper School Meet the Teacher Night (parents only) is on Monday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in Morris Hall. 

Schedules

Registrar Linda Thomas will email all Middle and Upper School parents once student schedules are viewable on Parent Portal.

  • Students’ schedules will not include their advisor and locker number/combination until Monday, August 9.
  • Students will not have access to their classes in Schoology until Monday, August 9.
  • The daily schedule structure is here, and the class rotation schedule can be found here.  

Retreat Info

  • Senior Retreat information is here.
  • Junior Seminar information is here.
  • 9th and 10th Grade Retreat: Berry College BOLD Program. More information will be in the July Principal Newsletter.
Content coming soon...

 

Looking for more information? Know of something that should be included in the Back-to-School Hub? Email the Whitefield communications team.