Welcome to Episcopal Collegiate's weekly eNews, where you will find campus news and announcements. Please select and expand the appropriate section below for your division news!
Flu Vaccine Clinic 2020
The LS flu clinic will be from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm in the LS Hussman Cafeteria on Tuesday, September 29.
The MS/US flu clinic will be from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Auxiliary Gym on Wednesday, September 30.
The flu vaccine is available via injection this year. Click this link for consent form and information statement (please fill out both sides). If possible, please print the form on one sheet of paper, front and back. Forms were sent home in Lower School student backpacks on Thursday. The forms can be filled out electronically and emailed to Nurse Hopkins, or Middle School students can bring their consent form to Mrs. Britt in the Middle School Office. Lower School students can return forms in their backpacks for their homeroom teacher. Upper School athletes can turn their form into Coach Marsh before morning practice until September 25. Questions? Contact Nurse Hopkins.
Social Distancing Guidelines for Wildcat Football
We can't wait to see all of our Wildcat fans on the field tonight for the first home JV & Varsity football games of the season. Please keep in mind our social distancing guidelines while attending so we can keep this season happy, healthy, & continue to play the sports we love!
You're Invited! 2020-2021 Admissions Events
Our admission events calendar has been updated and we can't wait to welcome you virtually to one (or more) of our events! Director of Admission, Mary Jane Briggs & Associate Director of Admission, Mahlon Martin, have specially designed many opportunities for students of all ages to participate in these fun experiences. Do you know someone who would be interested in learning more about Episcopal Collegiate first hand? Please feel free to direct them to our Admission Events page! We can't wait to "meet you!"
Please use the link above to explore & RSVP for admission events. For any other questions please contact Mary Jane Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mahlon Martin at email@example.com.
Submit Your Photos to the Yearbook!
We know this school year is bringing its set of challenges. Because photos of your student will be more difficult to obtain this year with remote-learning and abbreviated sports and extracurricular seasons, we have an online upload service to give you an easy, click and done solution for submitting your child’s photos that will appear in their yearbook.
Follow these simple steps:
- Choose the photo/s you’d like to submit for consideration in the yearbook.
- Click on this link - https://images.jostens.com/
- Upload your photo.
- Fill in your child’s name and enter important information in the description.
THAT’S IT! You are all done. If I have any questions, please contact Julie Fitz via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personalize Your Yearbook!
Click the link below to add names and icons for this year:
A Note from Mrs. Schuhmacher
Our PSL Football team will play Baptist Prep here at Episcopal on Saturday at 9:00 am. We hope you will come and support our youngest football players and cheerleaders at their first home game. Remember, please bring your mask and distance from others while at the game.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Head of Lower School
Community Health Reminder - CALL OFFICE WHEN OUT SICK
In an effort to monitor all health concerns in the Lower School, it is incredibly important that you contact the Lower School Office that morning if your child is missing school due to illness. Even if your child is not experiencing common symptoms related to COVID-19, it is imperative that we keep a record of any and all medical concerns. We appreciate you supporting our efforts to monitor all health situations which help keep our entire community healthy.
Lower School Flu Clinic
The LS Flu Clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 9:30 a, - 1:30 pm in the LS Hussman Cafeteria.
Please click here for all details and papers regarding the flu clinic.
Label, Label, Label
Parents - Please label all water bottles, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. We would like to limit gathering items in our Lost and Found as much as possible.
Super Session Offerings
Wildcat Club has partnered with the Little Rock Zoo to offer a set of LIVE virtual field trips for Episcopal Collegiate students! Participants will have a chance to listen to knowledgable educators, ask their own questions, receive immediate feedback, and experience the excitement of the zoo and its animals from their own personal devices. Students will have encounters with a range of live animals and might even be given behind the scenes experiences rarely seen by visitors. Wildcat Club students have the option of participating in courses on campus or at home. For more information about this exciting opportunity and Wildcat Club's additional offerings, check out our Super Session Directory!
Chapel News from Mother Curtis
In Godly Play, we will be exploring the story of Abraham and Sarah as God calls them to leave their home and travel to a new land. Abraham and Sarah discover that wherever they go God is there and God can do things we imagine are impossible.
In our community chapel, we will be exploring how Abraham became known as the Father of faith or the father of three great monotheist faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Abraham is called a friend to God and rejects idols to worship one God.
You can watch chapel from September 16 with these links:
Counseling News from Mrs. Abbott
We are continuing to focus on the character trait of the month, HOPE. We have been working hard on completing our Hall of Hope, which is filled with personalized candles that represent what we are hopeful for this year and to inspire us even in our darkest days. It has been great to see all the creativity not only with decorating their candles, but ideas of what to be hopeful for. Check back in future Wildcat Weekly's to see the finished product! And don't forget to discuss moments of hope at home!
Wildcat Roundup Update
Hold your horses! Wildcat Roundup has been postponed from this fall to April 1, 2021.
For anyone who is not familiar, Wildcat Roundup is the lower school's festival, typically held in the fall, complete with bounce houses, obstacle courses, climbing walls, DJ, photo booth, cake walk, and more!
Save the date and be ready to saddle up this spring!
Find the LS Calendar here.
A Note from Dr. McCormick
This week, we recognized excellent attitude, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and particular enthusiasm in a given discipline in both our sixth and seventh grades (We do this once each month). Here are the teachers and their candidates for the sixth grade "Top Cat" awards for August, as well as the seventh grade "Seeking the Summit" recognitions.
Some of the comments made by our sixth grade teachers included: "taking ownership of her learning, coming to math lab, good self-advocate, great leadership in group work, fantastic job with vocabulary and class participation, excellent time management and ownership of learning, well-prepared and very helpful to classmates and teacher." Great job, everyone!
Social Studies - Mr. Tamo - Isabella Runyan
Math - Mrs. Linna - Mei Borg
Science - Ms. Butler - Jack Cochran
English - Mrs. Kemp - Emily Stone
Spanish 6 - Mrs. Balcom - William Marks
Seventh grade teachers made these comments in nominating their candidates for August recognition: "asking/answering questions, smiling through the mask, asking for help when necessary, passionate learner, likes to explore, excited about labs, so enthusiastic, so much personality and pure fun, inquisitive and quick-witted, genuine love for learning, loves to learn about math." Congratulations, seventh grade summit seekers!
Social Studies - Clark Blackmon
Science - Vivian Huff
English - Alice McCormick
Math - Will Jones
Head of Middle School
Students in grades 6th-8th participated in our first #winatsocial advisory curriculum. In 6th grade, students discussed navigating situations with friends while respecting family values. 7th graders discussed how we can bounce back from mistakes and identify ways to diffuse a social media post that crosses the line. In 8th grade, students discussed how your reputation on social media may impact future opportunities. If you want ideas on how to continue these conversations at home, please see the links below.
6th Grade Family Discussion
7th Grade Family Discussion
8th Grade Family Discussion
On Tuesday, 7th graders had the opportunity to listen to author Jason Reynolds and Meg Medina during lunch. Jason Reynolds is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has won several awards for his writing contributions. Students read his book, Ghost, over the summer.
Jason discussed writing, finding delectable books, finding purpose, Ambassadorship, and the graphic novel adaptation of Long Way Down. Jason made the analogy of finding good books to brussel sprouts. During Jason’s childhood brussel sprouts were considered to be the worst tasting vegetable, but now that people have discovered how to fry them they are more delectable! Jason says we need to figure out how to set a delectable table of books. Read books that match your interests. Are you interested in MindCraft? Find a book about it! Whatever your interests may be there are books for everyone.
News from the Academic Achievement Center (AAC)
Last week, our sixth graders spent time in advisory learning about executive function skills and the importance of improving these skills in order to find academic success. Executive function skills are like the air traffic control center of our brain, helping us to organize information and plan for upcoming tasks. Students explored areas such as task initiation, sustained attention, impulse control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. We will continue to focus on these areas throughout the year with all middle school students. The article below shares ways you can support growth in these areas at home:
Director of Student Support Services
Make-Up Picture Day
For students who missed picture day or who would like to have their pictures retaken, Winguard will be back on campus on Thursday, October 8. This will occur between 11:00 and 11:30 in the Championship Gym. Students will be called from class. They will need to be in dress uniform. They may change to their regular uniform after the photograph is taken if they prefer.
We will also have an opportunity for students who are working remotely on October 8 for pictures. They are welcome to stop by the Championship Gym from 11:30-1:00 and have their pictures taken. Students should be in dress uniform. We will distribute a separate email with more detailed information soon.
If you did not know, Episcopal’s Boys’ High School Lacrosse Team has been functioning for two years, and the girls’ program has played part of one season before being cancelled by the pandemic. Thus, this is a great time for middle school students to get involved in this fast-paced, exciting game! Our local lacrosse club, called Chaos/Little Rock Lightning, will be offering fall weekend programs for boys and girls. If your child is interested in the girls’ program, please reach out to our own Ms. Sydney Butler, sixth grade science teacher and Episcopal Girls’ Lacrosse Head Coach, for more information, sbutler@Episcopalcollegiate.org. If your son is interested in the boys’ game, please contact Dr. Chuck McCormick, cmccormick@Episcopalcollegiate.org. Parents may also contact Episcopal parent and Chaos /Little Rock Lightning youth team director, Mrs. Lisa Jones, email@example.com, for information for both groups.
As a reminder, our fall break does not fall on Columbus Day this year. Fall break take place Friday, October 16 - Monday, October 19.
Find the MS Calendar here.
A Note from Mr. Urquhart
Dear Upper School Families,
I know that everyone has been watching the arrival of our temporary learning cottages this week and looking forward to being back together on campus soon. In my conversations with students this week, they’ve shared how well their classes are going (but also an eagerness to return to campus). If any of our students need additional support with their classes, please have them reach out to their teachers, their advisor, our Academic Achievement Center, or me. If they need tech support, they can post to our Upper School Student Technology Helpline on Google Chat.
As a reminder, Wingard will be back on campus for picture retakes on Thursday, October 8. Students needing makeup pictures or retakes will be called to the Championship Gymnasium between 11:00 and 11:30. Students working remotely should make an appointment to have their school photos taken that day by visiting this link.
Last week, I mentioned that on October 14, our tenth- and eleventh-grade students will be taking the PSAT, so I wanted to remind you of the practice and preparation materials for mathematics that are available online through the Khan Academy. Last school year, our eleventh-grade students created their Khan Academy accounts, which use results of previous College Board tests to provide customized practice for students, and our current tenth-grade students will be creating their accounts in their math classes in the near future. The free resource offers customized, interactive practice with videos, lessons, and hints along with study and test-taking tips and strategies. Students also have access to eight full-length PSAT practice tests.
A 2017 study showed that preparing for the SAT for 20 hours using these resources is associated with an average score gain of 115 points--that’s nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use this free test prep. If students don’t have 20 hours to practice, don’t worry. Shorter periods of time also correlate with meaningful score gains: six hours of study on Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 90-point increase. There were also 16,000 students from the class of 2017 who used Official SAT Practice improved their scores by more than 200 points.
Students who have lost their log-in information or are having trouble logging on to their Khan Academy account should contact Mrs. Benton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any new student that would like to create an account can use this link to set up an account.
Head of Upper School
CAPS Financial Aid Workshop
The CAPS Financial Aid Workshop will be held virtually this year on Monday, September 28 at 6:00 pm. Click on this flyer for more details.
College Counseling Reminders
Here are the college visits for next week. Please sign up in Scoir at least two days ahead of time to attend. You will find the Google Meet/Zoom link there as well. Remember to check in with your teacher first if you are missing a class.
Also, here are the college visits for next week. Juniors and seniors should sign up in Scoir to attend.
Mon Sep 21, 2020
10:10AM - 11:00AM - Grinnell College
1:30PM - 2:20PM - University of Arkansas
3:45PM - 4:45PM - Hampden-Sydney College
Tue Sep 22, 2020
10:10AM - 11:00AM - Saint Louis University
1:30PM - 2:20PM - Rhodes College
2:40PM - 3:30PM - Texas Christian University
Wed Sep 23, 2020
8:20AM - 9:10AM - University of Miami
1:30PM - 2:20PM - Ouachita Baptist University
3:45PM - 4:45PM - Dartmouth College
Thu Sep 24, 2020
2:40PM - 3:30PM - Southern Methodist University
Fri Sep 25, 2020
8:20AM - 9:10AM - Samford University
10:10AM - 11:00AM - University of San Diego
2:40PM - 3:30PM - Hamilton College
Find the US Calendar here.
Friday, September 18
- Junior High Football vs. Marshall, HOME @5:00 pm
- Varsity Football vs. Marshall, HOME @7:00 pm - Senior Night
Saturday, September 19
- Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country - Bison Cross Country Invitational at Harding University
Monday, September 21
- Boys and Girls Varsity Golf - Conference Tournament
- Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Central Arkansas Christian, @4:00 pm
Tuesday, September 22
- Boys and Girls Varsity Golf - Conference Tournament
- Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis vs. PA, @4:00 pm
- Girls 9th Grade Volleyball vs. Ashdown, AWAY @4:30 pm
- Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Ashdown, AWAY @5:30 pm
- Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Ashdown, AWAY @6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 23
- Boys and Girls Middle School Tennis vs. PA, @4:00 pm
Thursday, September 24
- Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Baptist Prep, @4:00 pm
- Girls 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Mayflower, AWAY @4:30 pm
- Girls 8th Grade Volleyball vs Mayflower, AWAY @5:30 pm
- Girls 9th Grade Volleyball vs. Mayflower, AWAY @6:30 pm
- Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Mayflower, AWAY @7:30 pm
Friday, September 24
- Junior High Football vs. Subiaco, AWAY @5:00 pm
- Varsity Football vs. Subiaco, AWAY @7:00 pm
Find the Wildcat Athletic Calendar here.