Message from Head of School Liz Morrison

Dear Antilles Families,

There is no greater time than now to lean on the strength of our mission – "…Foster a sense of community… and seek to develop the whole child".

This is a time to care about and for one another and I am proud to lead a community that understands, supports, and believes in the value of individual sacrifice for the benefit of the larger society. It seems abundantly clear that social distancing is critical to flattening the curve, reducing the spread of the virus, and helping us get back to "normal" as quickly as possible. I am committed to our doing our part. I am also committed to our continuing to offer a terrific educational experience for our students.

Our distance learning plan was created by a team of faculty and administrators who comprise a distance learning task force that was created to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. I am grateful for the time and care they have put into creating a plan that tries to put the well-being of our students first, keeps them connected to the Antilles community, and keeps their minds alive with wonder and curiosity. For your convenience, we have added a video guide under the "Educational Plan" tab below to help walk you through everything you need to know.

We recognize that learning from home is new for our students, as is teaching from home for our faculty. We are in this together! We will have our school counselors available to you and our students, as well as, all offices. (click here for directory)

It will be very different to not have the proximity, the connections, and the social interactions that define so much of the school experience, but we are also doing all that we can to find other ways to connect and bring Antilles into your home every day. Our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages will give you access to all the latest news, while this online portal is a quick, convenient way to access additional resources, tips, and all of our latest emails.

In the weeks ahead, I also that you be patient as we launch these new distance learning initiatives and that you share feedback with us about what is working well, what is not, what is frustrating, what is fun, and how you and the children are doing. We are well aware that some of our families will have challenges. Please reach out and ask for assistance. We want to help If we can.

There is no question that this is a challenging time for all of us, but also a strangely beautiful moment when we are fully aware that we are part of something larger than ourselves. A time when we are aware that the choices we make can have a significant impact on another human we might not even know. This is yet another opportunity for our students to build resilience, flexibility, and empathy, which are all skills that will serve them well in their adult lives.

Together we can make this happen!

Best,


Liz

Online Learning Resources

Educational Plan

The Antilles School Educational Plan for Sustained Online Learning was emailed out to parents on March 20. This in depth plan details the goals, methods, contacts, and resources that will be used during this time. We are not publishing a link to plan on our website because it includes sensitive information such as the Google Meet links for all classes and office hours.

Please refer to your email for the plan and bookmark it once you visit it. If you did not receive the email, please email news@antilles.vi. Scroll down for a video tutorial walking you through everything you need to know.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR OFF-CAMPUS LEARNING

Due to the need for school to close, classes will be held virtually. This will include both synchronous and asynchronous times for grades 6-12. Early childhood through grade 5 will have learning occur asynchronously with ample communication from school to home.

Goals:

  1. To ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff should a situation necessitate that learning happen at a distance.
  2. To maintain and preserve the essential elements of an Antilles School education in the event of necessary sustained off-campus learning.
  3. To remain connected as an Antilles School community.

All on-line curriculum, including digital classroom materials, task specific clarifications, asynchronous video lessons, synchronous video lessons/discussions/chats, etc., are the exclusive property of Antilles School and its educators. These materials may not be replicated, videoed, altered or shared for any purposes beyond those explicitly stated or reasonably implied within the Antilles approved distance learning framework. These on-line learning resources are intended exclusively for currently enrolled Antilles students. Please be mindful of that screenshots of any kind taken of materials or live classes fall into the category of sharing.

All distance-learning activity is governed by our school disciplinary code and enrollment contract. Additionally, students are expected to:

  1. Conduct themselves on-line in a manner befitting an Antilles student at all times.
  2. Be supportive of their peers.
  3. Use positive and school-appropriate language and content, written or verbal, at all times and in all digital formats.
  4. Monitor the visual fields of their computer cameras, and be dressed appropriately, during all synchronous learning engagements.
  5. Submit original work. If the work of others is used in support of their own, students will properly cite all sources in compliance with our school’s academic integrity policy.

Non-compliance with this code of conduct may result in removal of student/parent access to Antilles on-line learning systems and/or disciplinary/legal action.


Timeline & Schedule

Monday, March 23 | Virtual Faculty Workshops
Tuesday, March 24 | Virtual Faculty Workshops
Wednesday March 25 | Distance Learning Begins for Students

PARENT CONFERENCES
Middle and Uppper School | Conferences for Middle and Upper School families will be held on Tuesday, March 31. They will be conducted virtually, and families will be given the opportunity to sign up through Sign Up Genius starting Friday, March 27. Advisors will provide the Google or Zoom meeting links for families to log onto.

Lower School | ELC and Lower School parent conferences have been rescheduled to April 6. Additional details will be emailed.

TLC, PreK and Kindergarten At A Glance

The ELC and LS are using the Seesaw platform to remain flexible for different family’s schedules and needs. The teachers will post each day’s morning meeting and assignments by 8:30 AM, but families have the option to watch the morning meeting and closing meeting and do the suggested activities any time during that day. Keep in mind, children do best with a structured schedule. They like to know what each day is going to look like and they appreciate consistency.

Please email your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. They will be available every school day from 7:30-3:30.

Lower School (Grades 1-5) At a Glance

The ELC and LS are using the Seesaw platform to remain flexible for different family’s schedules and needs. The teachers will post each day’s morning meeting and assignments by 8:30 AM, but families have the option to watch the morning meeting and do the assignments at any time during that day. Please try to have your child return work to their teachers during the day it is assigned unless otherwise indicated.

Please email your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. They will be available every school day from 7:30-3:30.

Middle and Upper School (Grades 6-12) At A Glance



Class interactions happen in real time following a rotating schedule with students attending class virtually through a Google Meet link or Zoom link posted to the respective Google Classroom page. We will be fully switching to Zoom meetings starting Monday, March 30.

Usually, a class will be a combination of synchronous times and asynchronous times. For example, a teacher may meet with their class for 20 minutes to review work, teach a topic and give instructions for individual work for that lesson. Then, students will leave the meeting to complete work on their own. They can then “turn in” their work through Google Classroom. Students might engage with classroom videos, readings, and assignments during a specified time frame and complete their work at their own pace. Students may use blog posts, discussion boards, shared google docs, and video conferencing to complete group work or engage in peer to peer interactions.

All students and teachers should begin class on time each session and communicate when/if a student experiences technical difficulties.

Who To Contact

General

During school closure, faculty, staff, and administrators may or may not be on campus depending on circumstances. A full list of contacts can be seen on our website at antilles.vi/contact.

Email communication is preferred. Voicemails will be checked regularly whether employees are able to work from campus or not.

If a student will be tardy or absent for a portion of the school day, please contact Lucy Serge for TLC/ELC/LS parents. Email lserge@antilles.vi and share: the student’s full name, the reason for absence, and the anticipated time/date that the student will resume classes.

Attendance

In Middle and Upper School, parents should email Rachel Prewitt at rprewitt@antilles.vi, and share: the student’s full name, reason for absence, and the anticipated time/date that the student will resume classes.

Middle and Upper School students should email their teachers to notify them of the tardy/absence and to coordinate makeup work.

Technology

Our ability to support student tech issues while they’re off campus is limited,
but we’ll do what we can. If a family needs to reach our IT department, they may do so by sending an email to: support@antilles.vi. Please provide as many details as possible when describing the issue. A confirmation email will be sent explaining that a support ticket has been created. The Antilles IT support staff will reply as soon as they are able.

Support from our Counselors

Our School counselors will communicate hours of availability to the students. They will provide schedules that students/families can sign up for designated times and provide open office hours for students and families to utilize. Counselors will also send out resources to families to help with managing being physically separated from the school community.

  • ELC & Lower School: Verian Tuttle, Counselor, vtuttle@antilles.vi, 340-690-3565. Virtual Coffee with a Counselor (Meeting links will be emailed out individually to each grade. Email vtuttle@antilles.vi if you don’t receive one)
    TLC: 3/30 at 2:30-3:30pm & 3/31 at 9-10am
    1. PreK: 3/30 at 1-2pm & 4/2 9-10am
    2. Kindergarten: 3/30 at 9-10am & 4/1 at 1-2pm
    3. Grade 1: 3/31 at 2:30-3:30pm & 4/1 at 9-10am
    4. Grade 2: 3/31 at 1-2pm & 4/2 at 10:30-11:30am
    5. Grade 3: 4/1 at 10:30-11:30am & 4/2 at 1-2pm
    6. Grade 4: 3/30 at 10:30-11:30am & 4/1 at 2:30-3:30pm
    7. Grade 5: 3/31 at 10:30-11:30am & 4/2 at 2:30-3:30pm

  • Upper and Middle School: Erin Salzbrun, Counselor, esalzbrun@antilles.vi, 513-657-8511 (the best way to reach Erin is by text/phone). Virtual meeting links: https://meet.google.com/yjw-xpxe-mru or (US) +1 262-729-3233; 486 687 255#. Erin is online daily from 2:00-3:00PM. “Coffee” with a Counselor schedule every week is as follows:
    1. Grade 6: Mondays & Wednesdays 9-10am
    2. Grades 7 & 8: Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11am
    3. Grades 9 & 10: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am
    4. Grades 11 & 12: Tuesdays & Thursday 10-11am
  • Upper School: Dr. Isabel Borras, iborras@@antilles.vi. Virtual meeting links: https://meet.google.com/gnh-ahvg-ahu or (US) +1 470-735-3270; 381 832 858. Parent office hours from 3:30-4:15PM on Day 1 & Day 6.
    1. April 1st: 11th Grade with Erin Salzbrun & Dr. B (8:30-10:15am)
    2. April 6th: 12th Grade with Erin Salzbrun & Dr. B (10:30-12:15pm)
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Covid-19 Email Updates

Below is a list of all Covid-19 related emails from Antilles School. If you should be receiving these emails and are not, please contact us by clicking this link.


#BetterTogether Update!
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 07/05/2020 12:43P
#BetterTogether Update!
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 07/01/2020 8:45P
Announcing the Alpine Scholars Program!
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/26/2020 8:00A
#BetterTogether $50K Match!
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/17/2020 7:27P
End-of-Year Message from Mrs. Barrows
From Jean Barrows news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/08/2020 7:59P
NOW: Senior Parent Meeting - New Zoom Link
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/04/2020 3:13P
Year-End Events this Week & Zoom Links
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/01/2020 7:07P
Antilles Is #BetterTogether!
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 06/01/2020 12:30P
Message from the Antilles Board of Trustees
From Antilles School Board of Trustees news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/26/2020 8:09P
THIS WEEK: Wednesday & Friday Zooms for ELC & Lower School
From Jean Barrows news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/26/2020 4:58P
Friday Reminders for ELC & Lower School
From Jean Barrows news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/21/2020 10:29A
Message from Mrs. Barrows
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/15/2020 9:00P
Friday Reminders for ELC & Lower School
From Jean Barrows news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/14/2020 6:24P
Family Town Halls | Dates, Times & Zoom Links (All Divisions)
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/11/2020 5:14P
Message from Mrs. Barrows
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/09/2020 9:03A
Friday Reminders for ELC & Lower School
From Jean Barrows news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/07/2020 3:38P
Update from Liz
From Liz Morrison lmorrison@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/05/2020 4:18P
Antilles School Update
From Liz Morrison news@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/03/2020 8:35P
Message from Liz
From Liz Morrison lmorrison@antilles.vi
Sent on 05/01/2020 10:01P
Message from Mrs. Barrows
From Antilles School news@antilles.vi
Sent on 04/24/2020 7:30P
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