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  Dear HA Families, Our school, much like our City, was quiet today after what was a challenging but strong week: School attendance was 90%, which was a perfect demonstration of your commitment to learning and respect for the prevention measures we were taking. Teachers were amazing in modelling our school creed and driving a joyful, productive school culture. Students were NOT shaking hands but were otherwise striving for academic growth and contributing in alignment with our four Read more...
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  Dear HA Families,   I hope you are safe and well as we continue to grapple with this fall's challenges.   The teachers and entire team at Harlem Academy are committed to 1) partnering with you, 2) delivering a challenging and engaging program, and 3) ensuring that nothing gets in the way of meeting our mission - to drive equity of opportunity for promising students, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world.   So the question today is - Read more...
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  Dear HA Community,   Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. While this is a year unlike any we've seen before, we remain committed to the safety and well-being of your children, and are here to provide academic, social, and emotional support. You and your family may be experiencing a number of conflicting feelings with the beginning of the school year. We at HA are here to support you in this unique and potentially stressful time.    A few tips on providing support to your children: Read more...
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  Dear Families, I can't believe we are almost 3 weeks into our distance learning program.  It's not the trimester any of us would have imagined, but I am so proud of the way our students, teachers, parents, and support team have come together to continue realizing our mission to drive equity of opportunity for promising students, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world.   It certainly is a world that will continue to need an influx of Read more...
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Dear HA Families,   I hope you had a safe, happy Thanksgiving.     Harlem Academy will stay with a fully-remote program until at least January 11. COVID positivity rates continue to be high in the neighborhoods where our students and teachers reside, and we are worried about additional exposure during the holidays.     We hope that a week of fully remote programming in January will allow for any needed post-holiday quarantining and testing so that anyone who wants to learn from school Read more...
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  Dear HA Families,   I hope your family enjoyed a safe, happy holiday season and a successful return to classes. Given the current COVID-19 rates, Harlem Academy will continue fully remote learning for the time being.  We are looking for a 7-day positivity rate to be consistently close to or under 4% citywide and no significant spikes in rates in the neighborhoods near school and from where most of our students and staff travel.  As of January 3, the citywide rate had climbed to 6.7%, Read more...
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  Dear HA Families,   First, thank you for your participation in our family meetings this week. I appreciated your warmth, your encouragement, your suggestions, and also your willingness to share your vulnerabilities in these challenging times.   Thanks also to everyone who filled out the distance learning survey this week. If you haven't had a chance to respond, please do so now (it only takes 5 minutes) or definitely sometime before we close collection at 5 p.m today.    I’ve already Read more...
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  Dear HA Families,   I want to start by saying how proud I am of our teachers, students, and parents for all your resilience, collaboration, hard work, and achievement through the winter trimester.  Essays, poetry, great books, math competitions, science experiments, mindfulness practices, and engaged participation in classes every day... it's really just amazing!   We have to remain vigilant in our pandemic response and will continue with our remote program with most students learning Read more...
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