Ms. Murphy’s Weekly Announcements: here
Spring Fling is coming up this Friday, 4/21! There will be many incredible items for auction, including Teacher Treats (like crocheting dragons with Ms. Murphy or being Division Director for a day)! Please encourage your parents to attend and bid on the prizes you want to win! Additionally, if you have a Spring Fling t-shirt, please wear it on Friday to show your support for the event.
Arab American Heritage Month
Ms. Woodring read “And When My Sorrow Was Born” by Khalil Gibran. You can find the poem here.
We’re here to announce that our 2nd annual Arts Festival will be on Wednesday, 5/24! There will be performances, visual art, and student-run booths! Look out for emails with more information and sign-ups!
The dress swap will occur on Thursday and Friday of this week! Remember that everyone can take one dress regardless of whether or not they brought one.
Get excited for APICA Night, which will be held on Friday, May 19, from 5:30-8! APICA Night is an annual celebration hosted by APICA that consists of discussions around AAPI topics, lots of great food, and the best music! Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending! You can also sign up to bring food.
National Infertility Awareness Week is one week away! Infertility is a very important and fairly common condition with 1 in 8 couples under age 30 unable to have a child. But, talking about infertility is highly stigmatized in our society and there aren't many healthcare protections to help individuals with infertility to find wellness resources or afford treatment. In the U.S., one cycle of in-vitro fertilization or IVF treatment for infertility can cost up to $30,000 but only 13 states require IVF coverage by insurance. Barriers to treatment are a huge issue and make it difficult for the vast majority of Americans to afford treatment if they need it, thus limiting their options and compromising their reproductive health. Next Monday, April 24 from 10:30-11:00 in the Ethics room, we will be holding an infertility discussion focused on the ethical issues of boundaries to care and the long-term repercussions. Be sure to look around the school for flyers with more information and facts about infertility to start educating yourself about this important discussion. There will also be a QR code on the flyers that you can use to donate to the Our Miracle Child Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which provides grants to families with infertility who don’t have the insurance coverage or financial resources necessary to help them afford treatment. Thank you and remember to get excited for April 24th! (We’ll have a lot of food for this great discussion!).
DEIB Task Force
We will be holding our next open forum on Wednesday, 4/19! It will be an opportunity for discussion and to give feedback on our last panel. It’ll be super fun and lowkey, so please stop by! An email with the location of the forum will be coming soon.
As I look to the remainder of the year, I would like to announce that everyone — students, faculty, and staff — will have a day off on Friday, May 26. We’re also closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. We hope that giving you this notice will enable you to make any childcare arrangements you might need. Please enjoy this time to rest, recharge, and spend quality time with loved ones.
Get excited for the Choral Showcase, which will be on Wednesday, 4/19 at 7:00pm in the theater. Entry is free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there!