Thursday, March 12, 2020
Fourth-grade visited Mrs. Margine's kindergarten class to watch a special presentation of their Lower School chapel on being special.

All School News 

No School on Monday, March 16

Following a meeting of Whitefield's leadership team and the task force created to address coronavirus concerns, we have decided to convert Monday, March 16 from a standard school day into a faculty in-service day focused specifically on remote teaching and learning. This means that there will be no school on Monday, March 16. All Lower School after-school programs, including Club Cub, are also cancelled. All athletic practices and the Parent-to-Parent meeting will still take place during their previously scheduled times.
For more information about this decision, click here to view the recent email from Head of School Dr. Bracher.


Parent Prayer Group

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Fridays, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Flora Marbut Conference Room (lower level of Founders Hall Middle School building)
Please join us for Parent Prayer Group as we pray for the needs of our children, the needs of the Whitefield community, and praise God for the great things He has done in and for our community. All are welcome and come as you are! If you have any questions, please contact Byron Johnson.


Parent-to-Parent

Monday, March 16, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Barnett Gathering Room (located on the lower level of Founders Hall Middle School building)
Our Parent-to-Parent program returns this semester with a rollout of an incredible resource for our parent community. Whitefield is excited to share Axis as a resource which includes conversation guides and cultural translators to develop more opportunities of discussion with our students around challenging topics. Please join Head of School Dr. Bracher, Director of Spiritual Life and Director of Diversity Allison Duncanson, and our guidance counseling team to hear how this resource is being used at school for student support in counseling, care, crisis, and instruction and then learn how you can access this resource as a parent.

This rollout will be followed by an optional two-week series of small group sessions for parents of students in the sixth- through ninth-grades to discuss age-specific challenges and hard topics and build community. Traditionally Parent-to-Parent meets in homes within our community; however, in light of health precautions, we recently decided to eliminate home meetings this year and we will host Parent-to-Parent table talk in the Barnet Gathering Room on March 23 and March 30. Please join us!


Deadline Approaching: 2020-2021 WPA Committee Chair Nominations

Nominations for 2020-2021 Whitefield Parent Association Committee Chairs are due tomorrow! Click here to learn more about the committees within WPA and to nominate yourself or another parent that you think may be a good fit.


Men’s Fraternity: Back in Action (with hand sanitizer) Tomorrow!

Fridays, 6-7:25 a.m. in the Barnett Gathering Room (lower level of Founders Hall Middle School building)
Join us tomorrow morning as we jump back into our video series, "Raising our Children for the Kingdom," by Tony Evans. High fives, fist bumps, and “close-talkers" are out. Elbow bumps, hand sanitizer, and “social distancing” are in! Don’t worry if you’ve missed prior episodes; you can jump right in this week! Dr. Evans will teach us the right mix of training, love, grace, and compassion to help us best launch our children into the world.

Men’s Fraternity™ at Whitefield... where real men gather.


PACK Parenting: Spring into Safety - The Dangers of Distracted Driving, Vaping, and Other Parent Dilemmas

Today, March 12, 8-9 a.m. in the Barnett Gathering Room (located on the lower level of Founders Hall Middle School building)
Join Smyrna Police Officer Louis Defense III, Whitefield Chief of Security Mitch Plumb, and our guidance counseling team as they share resources and information on areas that affect the safety of our students. For questions, contact Sherry Campbell.

Upper School News 

Standardized Testing 101

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m. in the Louise Owens Theater (located in Morris Hall Upper School building)
The College Counseling Office invites parents of ninth- through 11th-graders to learn more about standardized testing. The event will be a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from Jed Applerouth, owner of Applerouth Tutoring Services, about the differences between the ACT and SAT and how to determine what test is best suited for your student. Please click here to RSVP for this event. We hope to see you there!


Naviance Training Coffee Chat

Tomorrow, March 13, 8-9 a.m. in the Upper School Conference Room (located in Morris Hall Upper School building)
Parents of ninth- through 11th-grade parents are invited to attend this training session. College Counseling Coordinator Jennifer Peterson will lead parents through an understanding of Naviance, the college research platform we use with our students. Please click here to register for this event. Additionally, if you attended the training in the fall, there is no need to also attend this training as it will cover the same information.


March College Counseling Newsletter

Click here to read the College Counseling Department's March newsletter.


2020 Junior/Senior Prom

Friday, April 3, 8-11 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry Road)
Save the date for Whitefield's 2020 Junior/Senior Prom! Tickets are $60 per person and are available for purchase through this link or by cash or check (made payable to Whitefield Academy) in the Upper School office. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, April 1. All juniors and seniors attending prom will be dismissed from school at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to prepare for prom. Parking at the event is free.

Athletics 

Wednesday's Athletic Results

  • Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Sutton Middle School: L 1-4


2020-2021 Volleyball Interest Form

Parents, if your current fifth- through 11th-grade daughter is interested in playing volleyball next fall, please fill out this form to make sure your daughter is included on our interest list. We will be distributing information regarding tryouts, summer camps, and important dates shortly. Please contact Christy Cella if you have any questions.

Fine Arts News 

Spotlight on the Arts: Almost, Maine is Almost Here!

The cast and crew of Almost, Maine will be performing today through Saturday. This “almost” love story is a little piece of theatre magic. Please come out and support the Fine Arts department this weekend! Showtimes: Today, March 12 at 7 p.m., tomorrow, March 13 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Louise Owens Theater (located in Morris Hall Upper School building)

Welcome to Almost, Maine. A place so far north, it's almost not in the United States. It's almost in Canada. And it's not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn't exist! On a cold, clear night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in this remote, mythical place. The northern lights hover in the sky above. Residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected, often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But bruises heal, and hearts mend - almost - in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

Tickets can be purchased here. Get yours today!

Thursday at Whitefield
Today is a Chapel A day.
2nd Grade Atlanta Zoo Overnight Field trip
PACK Parenting: Spring into Safety 8 AM - 9 AM Barnett Gathering Room
LS Chapel 8:15 AM
MS Chapel 9:15 AM - 10:05 AM Louise Owens Theater
US Chapel 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Louise Owens Theater
Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Mt. Bethel - JV Game 4 PM HOME
Middle School Baseball vs. Walker 4 PM Walker
Middle School Golf vs. St. Francis (MS) - Boys 4 PM North Fulton Golf Course
Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Mount Paran School 5:30 PM Mount Paran School
Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Greater Atlanta Christian School 5:30 PM Greater Atlanta Christian School
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer vs. Mt. Bethel 6 PM HOME CANCELLED
US Drama Production: "Almost, Maine!" 7 PM Louise Owens Theater



Friday at Whitefield

2nd Grade Atlanta Zoo Overnight Field trip
Men's Fraternity 6 AM - 7:30 AM BGR
Naviance Parent Training 8 AM - 9:30 AM US Conference Room
Parent Prayer Group 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mod500 Conference Room
Varsity Baseball vs. Mt. Bethel - @ Harrison Park 4 PM AWAY CANCELLED
US Drama Production: "Almost, Maine!" 7 PM Louise Owens Theater









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