RA Emails January-July, 2021

The following information was sent via email to the RA community regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as General RA Communications during the period of January 2021-July 2021. 

If you have not been receiving the below communication emails, please check your email's spam folder or verify that your email address is correct in your Skyward profile.


July 30, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

Summer Greetings!  
Wow! I find myself in a bit of shock as a look at the calendar and see that July’s end is upon us. Yet, the weeks of summer have truly flown by, and as our community continues to wrestle with the stress and trauma brought on by the past year, we push forward with plans and positivity.

There has been no change to our intended opening of school. We are on track to open for entirely on-site teaching on August 18, 2021. The currently approved plans can be found on our website and will be updated as needed or directed. Additionally, you can review approved/submitted plans which are made available to the public. School Reopening Page.

As we have seen in the past week’s guidance from various authorities, in regard to mitigation continues to change. We are purposefully not making changes to our approved Health and Safety plans at this time, as we do not have students on site. Adjustments will likely be needed to the Health and Safety Plan content before the first day of school. Please note below that a Voting Meeting has been added to the school calendar for this purpose. Your input is welcome and this will be a public meeting. You may send comments prior to the meeting to publiccomment@rak12.org

To make the most informed decisions, with all available information, our trustees have requested a voluntary disclosure of vaccination status for those who are eligible. This information is collected anonymously and there is no required expectation to participate in this data collection. However, you may participate if you wish. A link to this survey will be sent to families of students in the approved legal age range of 12+ years old.

All the best for a safe and restful remainder of your summer, 
Dr. Guarino Buli

New Administration Announcements:

In alignment with Renaissance’s continued growth and Strategic Planning, our trustees have provided the authorization and resources for realignment in our staffing. The first steps in making this transition happen have been the hiring of two new administrators who will lead our Elementary and Middle Schools. The new structures will be rolled out to families and students with adjustments and clarifications in the coming weeks and months, as we continue to grow.

The current task at hand is to welcome and introduce our new administrative team! Please see the welcome messages below and join the Board of Trustees and myself in welcoming them to their new roles at our school.

Elementary Principal, Kendra Gruber

Dear Renaissance Academy Families,
My name is Kendra Gruber and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new Elementary School (K-4) Principal at Renaissance Academy. I am honored to have been selected to join this highly esteemed institution, which is known far and wide for its dedication to educational excellence. Over the past eight years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator in alternative education in the Philadelphia School District. I have had the opportunity to serve a large array of students from various backgrounds. Throughout my career, my central mission and vision have been to provide students with a high-quality educational experience that prepares them for secondary and post-secondary success. I believe that through the united commitment to growth, by the students, school staff, families, and community members, every child can reach their full potential. As such, I am eager to officially welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year and I look forward to a successful school year.

Sincerely,
Kendra Gruber

Middle School Principal, Heather Rinker

Dear Renaissance Academy Middle School (5-8) Families:
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are thrilled to welcome you and your children back to our school campus for in-person learning. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Middle School Principal (5-8) at Renaissance Academy. My name is Heather Rinker, and this year marks the beginning of my 15th year here at Renaissance. My first 11 years were spent teaching 7th-12th grade, physical education classes. I was also a part of the middle leadership team for five years as the Upper School Fine Arts’ Lead Teacher. In this role, I was able to see the positive influence and impact I could have in our school while being a part of the leadership team. I have worked over the years on our school’s strategic planning, growth, and accreditation processes which led me to help our school develop the role of an Instructional Coach. For the past three years, I have served as our school’s K-12 Instructional Coach. Coaching is a passion of mine, which is why I am involved in our athletic program, training many of our sports teams. I also am an active member of our Equity and Equality and our Strategic Planning Board Committees. While working on these committees, I was able to see that my own values of creating a safe and inclusive school culture, setting high expectations, and developing a strong rapport with all community members, align with Renaissance’s mission and vision.

I am excited to take on this next chapter in my career as well as see Renaissance grow as a school. It will be a pleasure working with such great families and students to foster new traditions, create a positive climate for learning, and develop a new identity for our 5th-8th grade middle school students!

See you soon! Go, Knights!
Ms. Heather Rinker

High School Principal, Michelle Boyd

Renaissance Academy High School Families, 
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! My name is Michelle Boyd, and I am the High School Principal. As many of you know, I have been a member of the Renaissance Academy staff for quite some time. This year marks the start of my 19th year with RA and I could not be more proud of the progress and growth our school has made throughout my time here!

While I will miss working with my middle school team and students, I am confident that they are in good hands. I am eager to begin focusing my work more specifically on academic programming, college/career readiness, and unique experiences for our high school! I am looking forward to a great year working with outstanding educators, students, and families!

Ms. Michelle Boyd

General Dates and Reminders

  • Be sure to check the online calendar for the latest updates!
  • August 2nd & 3rd - Kindergarten Screening - Welcome New Knights!
  • August 10, 2021 - First Report Day for New Staff
  • August 10th & 11th - Drop/ Add days for Middle School and High School Students
  • August 11, 2021 - Knight School - Orientation for new students grades 1s-12th
  • August 11, 2021 - Parent Presentation - Transitioning Back to School (see below)
  • August 11, 2021 - Board Voting Meeting (Back to School Items) Agenda forthcoming
  • August 12, 2021 - First Report Day for All Staff
  • August 12, 2021 - Board Committee Meetings
  • August 16, 2021 - Re-visit! Come visit the campus before your child’s return - More details to follow!
  • August 18, 2021 - First Day of School grades 1st - 12th
  • August 19, 2021 - Board Monthly Voting Meeting
  • August 26, 2021 - Picture Day grades K-11th (Students may dress up)
  • August 31, 2021 - $1 Dress Down Day
  • September 1, 2021 - Spirit Wear Day
  • September 2, 2021 - Academy Welcome Back Night (K-12) Details to follow
  • September 6 & 7, 2021 - School CLOSED
  • September 13 & 14, 2021 - Senior Class Pictures

Summer Information

You can find updates regarding Summer School, Supplies lists, and Summer work on the Renaissance website. Also, check back for updates throughout the summer. Summer Information Pages.

Uniform Needs

Students will be required to return to regular daily uniforms for onsite learning. Be sure to check your stock and update if your student has transitioned to a new color! Resources and specifics can be found on our website's School Uniform Webpage

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this week's communication (as a reference and reminder):

From July 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • RA Counseling Dept. "Transitioning Back to School" Night (8/11/21)
  • Volunteer Coordinator - Be sure your clearances are up to date

From May 14th, 2021 Email below:

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration

July 23, 2021 at 4:01 PM EDT - News from RA

Summer Greetings!
I hope this message finds you well and cherishing each of the remaining weeks of your student’s summer break! It may be hard to believe, but we will be welcoming you and your family back to our campus in a few short weeks, and the Administration has been working hard to get ready for their return!

Per the last Board of Trustees meeting, we are on track to open for entirely on-site teaching in August. The currently approved plans can be found on our website and will be updated as needed or directed. Additionally, you can review approved/submitted plans which are made available to the public. Covid-19 Information Page.

Due to the continually changing Covid-19 mitigation recommendations you may have seen on the local and national news, the school team updates and reviews the most current information. If adjustments are needed to the Health and Safety Plan content, we will communicate these via public board meetings, during which our Trustees will review and vote on said changes. This nature will be announced via this email system, and links can always be found on the school website, Board Calendar.

All the best for a safe and restful remainder of your summer,  
Dr. Guarino Buli

Board of Trustee Openings:

The Trustees wish to express their thanks to those interested in openings on the Board of Trustees. We had a great response. Unfortunately, at this time, applications are closed.

General Dates and Reminders

Be sure to check the online calendar for the latest updates!

  • July 26th - 29th ESY on campus
  • August 2nd & 3rd - Kindergarten Screening - Welcome New Knights!
  • August 10, 2021 - First Report Day for New Staff
  • August 10th & 11th - Drop/ Add days for Middle School and High School Students
  • August 11, 2021 - Knight School - Orientation for new students grades 1s-12th
  • August 11, 2021 - Parent Presentation - Transitioning Back to School (see below)
  • August 11, 2021 - Board Voting Meeting (Back to School Items) Agenda forthcoming
  • August 12, 2021 - First Report Day for All Staff
  • August 12, 2021 - Board Committee Meetings
  • August 16, 2021 - Re-visit! Come visit the campus before your child’s return - More details to follow!
  • August 18, 2021 - First Day of School grades 1st - 12th
  • August 19, 2021 - Board Monthly Voting Meeting
  • August 31, 2021 - $1 Dress Down Day
  • September 1, 2021 - Spirit Wear Day
  • September 2, 2021 - Academy Welcome Back Night (K-12) Details to follow

From the School Counseling Team:

Transitioning Back to School Night

Please join us for a parent night to help prepare for this coming school year!

It’s hard to believe that a new school year is near! There is always a range of emotions when it comes to change and transitions. We know that this upcoming school year may bring some heightened feelings of anxiety for some, as many of our students have not been in-person learning since March 2020. It’s not just the students that may be starting to stress about the upcoming school year. This is a change for all the adults and families involved. Please remember that we are all still in this together!

That is why the Renaissance Academy Counseling/Support Team is excited and grateful to have Martha Stringer, who is a family support partner with Parent and Family Alliance, join us for a virtual parent presentation on August 11th from 6:30-7:30. Martha will be presenting for approximately 30 minutes and will allow another 30 minutes for discussion time.

The presentation will focus on preparing/helping your child transition back to in person learning while focusing on the anxiety that they may experience.

Virtual Parent Night Presentation - Transitioning Back to School

  • Date: Wednesday, August 11th
  • Time: 6:30-7:30
  • Transitioning Back to School Google Meet Link

Lisa Fleck, MSW
High School Counselor (9th-12th)
lisa.fleck@rak12.org

Summer Information

You can find updates regarding Summer School, Supplies lists, and Summer work on the Renaissance website. Also, check back for updates throughout the summer. 2021 Summer Information Pages on our www.rak12.org.

From the Volunteer Coordinator:

It's with great excitement that I am putting out a call for volunteers! We are looking for some RA parents/guardians to greet our newest Knights at Kindergarten Express on August 2nd and 3rd. If you have a free hour or two on either of those days (Monday 8/2, 8:30 am-3 pm; Tuesday 8/3, 8 am-12 pm), please let me know.

If your volunteer clearances are outdated, this summer would be a great time to get them renewed. Please check our website for more information and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you, and have a great summer!

Kristy Grace, Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone:610-983-4080 x501 
Fax: 610-983-4096 
kristy.grace@rak12.org 

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this week's communication (as a reference and reminder):

From May 14th, 2021 Email below:

  • From the Nurse: Keystone HMO CHIP Health Insurance for Students

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration

July 18th, 2021 at 11:19 AM EDT - 7/15/21 Board Committee Meeting Recording Link

Please see the attached video from the Board Community Meeting, hosted July 15, 2021.  Watch Video Recording of 7/15/21 Meeting (YouTube)


July 8, 2021 at 9:26 PM EDT - Trustee Update

In place of a Public Voting Meeting during July, our Board of Trustees Legislative Committee will be hosting a Community Meeting meeting to share school updates. Join the Committee members on July 15, 2021, via Google Meets for a discussion and Q&A regarding the following topics:

 

  • ESSER and Covid-19 Grants available to our Charter School
  • Summary regarding PDE Funding formal for Charter Schools
  • Summary / Review of the approved Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 School year and any pertinent updates

Your questions are welcome before the meeting by submitting to Publiccomment@rak12.org

What: Board Community Meeting

When: Thursday, July 15, 2021

When: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join: 7/15/21 Board Meeting Video Link expired

 

  • Or dial: ‪(US) +1 650-457-1418‬ PIN: ‪702 901 915‬#

Board of Trustee Openings:

Renaissance Academy Charter School is a fully accredited, tuition-free, award-winning public charter school. Renaissance Academy was incorporated in the fall of 1999 as a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation to establish and operate a non-profit, non-sectarian charter school in the Phoenixville School District in Phoenixville, PA.

Currently, the Renaissance Academy Board of Trustees is looking for community members to join our board. We would welcome your expertise & commitment to one of the most successful charter schools in PA.

The commitment to the Board includes but is not limited to:

  • Attendance at the monthly meeting on the third Thursday of every month from August to June. These begin at 6:30 PM at Renaissance Academy and can last up to 3 hours.
  • Participation in at least one (two is encouraged) Board Subcommittee - these will typically occur after school or via phone conference and last for approximately 1 hour each month.
  • Participation in Student Hearings - typically for violations of school policies. These are scheduled as the need arises. They are typically scheduled quickly - within 5-7 days after the need arises. They can last upwards of 3 hours.
  • Participation at various school events such as graduation, open houses, the selection lottery, and development/fundraising events.
  • Participation in ad hoc meetings/projects as the need arises.
  • Participation in an annual strategic planning retreat. These mainly occur over two days during the Summer break.
  • Participation in required Board/State mandated training.
  • Undergoing a background check.
  • Completing a Statement of Financial Interests from the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
  • Taking Pennsylvania required Oath of Office.
  • Serve a two-year Board term.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the online RA Board of Trustees Application for Service, and email a resume and a cover letter by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Note: Applicants may not have conflicts of interest (ex. Family employed at Renaissance Academy) when applying to the board.

All applications & questions, feel free to reach out to Beth Falcone, VP of Board of Trustees at beth.falcone@rak12.org .


Friday, June 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT

Summer Greetings!

I hope this message finds you well and able to enjoy the sunny, mild weather we have been experiencing.

As we enter the summer months, I encourage all of our families and staff to take some time to unwind and enjoy the slower and hopefully less stressful days. Everyone in our community deserves some time ‘off,’ and I, too, have committed to taking my advice in scheduling some family time in the months ahead!

We also use this time to plan and prepare for the coming school year. Data is updated and rolled forward, schedules are built, and securing staff for the new school year is underway. I wish to express my appreciation for the various committees who are hard at work on this aspect of planning during this time of year.

Per our last Board of Trustees meeting, we are on track to open for entirely on-site teaching in August. The currently approved plans can be found on our Website and will be updated as needed or directed. Additionally, you can review approved/submitted plans which are made available to the public. Covid-19 Information Page. Weekly communications such as this will continue in July if there is new information to share; however, current information can be found on our website.

All the best for a safe and restful summer,
Dr. Guarino Buli

Board of Trustee Openings:

Renaissance Academy Charter School is a fully accredited, tuition-free, award-winning public charter school. Renaissance Academy was incorporated in the fall of 1999 as a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation to establish and operate a non-profit, non-sectarian charter school in the Phoenixville School District in Phoenixville, PA.

Currently, the Renaissance Academy Board of Trustees is looking for community members to join our board. We would welcome your expertise & commitment to one of the most successful charter schools in PA.

The commitment to the Board includes but is not limited to:

  • Attendance at the monthly meeting on the third Thursday of every month from August to June. These begin at 6:30 PM at Renaissance Academy and can last up to 3 hours.
  • Participation in at least one (two is encouraged) Board Subcommittee - these will typically occur after school or via phone conference and last for approximately 1 hour each month.
  • Participation in Student Hearings - typically for violations of school policies. These are scheduled as the need arises. They are typically scheduled quickly - within 5-7 days after the need arises. They can last upwards of 3 hours.
  • Participation at various school events such as graduation, open houses, the selection lottery, and development/fundraising events.
  • Participation in ad hoc meetings/projects as the need arises.
  • Participation in an annual strategic planning retreat. These mainly occur over two days during the Summer break.
  • Participation in required Board/State mandated training.
  • Undergoing a background check.
  • Completing a Statement of Financial Interests from the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
  • Taking Pennsylvania required Oath of Office.
  • Serve a two-year Board term.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the online RA Board of Trustees Application for Service, and email a resume and a cover letter by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Note: Applicants may not have conflicts of interest (ex. Family employed at Renaissance Academy) when applying to the board.

All applications & questions, feel free to reach out to Beth Falcone, VP of Board of Trustees at beth.falcone@rak12.org .

Beth Falcone,
Board of Trustees Vice President

General Dates and Reminders

Be sure to check the online calendar for the latest updates!

  • June 28th - July 1st ESY on campus
  • July 5th - 8th - NO ESY programming
  • July 12th - 15th ESY on campus
  • July 19th - 22nd ESY on campus
  • July 26th - 29th ESY on campus
  • August 2nd & 3rd - Kindergarten Screening - Welcome New Knights!
  • August 10, 2021 - First Report Day for New Staff
  • August 12, 2021 - First Report Day for All Staff
  • August 18, 2021 - First Day of School grades 1st - 12th

School Supply Kits - Deadline June 25, 2021

If hunting school supplies all summer is not your idea of a good time - you have an option! Purchase your child's school supplies and have them sent to the school to use in the Fall. Schoolkidz Kits is the FSO's annual fundraiser that allows parents to purchase their school supply kit all at once. The kits include all colors, items, and quantities of items approved and requested by the Lower School teachers.

SchoolKidz supply kits are available now through June 25th and can be ordered online at www.shopttkits.com . Kits are available for Kindergarten - 6th-grade students using code 24966.

Any questions - check the FSO FB page, or email us directly at fso@rak12.org.

Summer Information

You can find updates regarding Summer School, Supplies lists, and Summer work on the Renaissance website. Also, check back for updates throughout the summer. Summer Information Pages on our www.rak12.org.

Community Opportunity - Safe Sitter® Class

The following is shared on behalf of Tower Health, a Community Partner. Renaissance Academy is not affiliated with this program.

To learn more or to register online, go to the Tower Health's website Safe Sitter Class Page. Please direct all inquiries regarding content or accessibility to the POC listed on their site.

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this week's communication (as a reference and reminder):

From June 4th, 2021 Email below:

  • Emergency Meal Distribution Update

From May 14th, 2021 Email below:

  • From the Nurse: Keystone HMO CHIP Health Insurance for Students

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open 

Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:14 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

Please take some time to enjoy these performances and showcases as they become ‘live.’  Link to the performances can be found in your RA Weekly Email.

  • High School Play ‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’
  • Spring Dance Concert
  • Virtual Art Show
  • Spring Concert Performances
  • You will also be invited to various End of Trimester Awards Assemblies by your students’ teachers, who will communicate access links.

And all are welcome to view the various virtual events in our Summer Knights series to recognize the Senior Class of 2021.

  • June 3rd--Athletics Recognition (7 pm)- A night of celebrating our athletes and their accomplishments!
  • June 4th--Fine Arts Recognition (7 pm)-Take a walk down memory lane with our seniors and all the time they spent developing their talents in the arts!
  • June 7th--Senior Slideshow (7 pm)-This student-produced video is always guaranteed to bring a few tears--have your tissue box ready!
  • June 8th--Senior Awards Knight (7 pm)-This event will highlight and recognize seniors for their accomplishments, achievements, and participation in various clubs, activities, etc.

I hope you have a safe and pleasant weekend and enjoy the many ways to celebrate our students.

All the best,
Dr. Guarino Buli

2021-2022 School Year Parent Survey

As we develop plan for the coming school year we are seeking input from families. Please complete the following short survey for EACH of your students. Thank you!

2021-2022 School Year Survey

End of Year Wrap-up

Please use the following link to sign-up for an END OF YEAR slot. This appointment will be the time to drop off any school issues textbooks or materials. Specifics regarding any items you may be unsure about will come from your child's teacher in the coming weeks.

Pick Up/Drop Off Sign Up link

*NOTE - This link is for K-11th graders. Seniors, see the email from Ms. Boyd for your sign-out process.

End of Year Dates are as follows:

  • Pick Up/ Drop Off for K-11th Grade -Pick Up/Drop Off Sign Up
    • Saturday, June 5th - 8 am-1 pm
    • Monday, June 7th - 4 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Tuesday, June 8th - 4 pm -6:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 9th - 8 am-12 pm
  • Monday, June 7th & Tuesday, June 8th - Regular Class, ONSITE & ONLINE for 1st-7th & 9th - 11th Grade
  • Wednesday, June 9th & Thursday, June 10th - ALL REMOTE - NO students onsite

General Dates and Reminders

Be sure to check the online calendar for the latest updates!

  • June 4th - Spring Concert - Virtual Production
  • June 4th - Eighth Grade Promotion Parade
  • June 4th - Legislative Trustee Committee
  • June 5th - High School Prom
  • June 8th - Kindergarten Graduation Events
  • June 9th - High School Commencement
  • June 10th - Last Day of School for Students
  • June 11th - Last Day of School for Teaching Staff 
  • June 14th - RA Golf Outing
  • June 17th - Board of Trustee Voting Meeting
  • June 22nd - 2nd round Covid-19 Vaccine for those who participated in the first clinic

Emergency Meal Distribution Update

Our last meal distribution will be Friday, June 11, 2021. During the summer months, our community can visit one of the sites listed below to pick up meal kits. If these sites are not located near your home please contact me directly, and I will help you find other resources.

Ginamarie Hoy Ginamarie.Hoy@rak12.org

RA Athletics Update

There will be optional, off-season practices/workouts this summer for some Fall and Winter sports. You must be registered on Family ID to be able to participate in these off-season workouts. After registering, if your child decides they do not want to participate in the sport, you can always go back into Family ID and cancel your registration. Coaches will use the registrations for communication purposes, so we ask that you register if you are interested in participating.

PIAA Physical Form Reminder - all current physical forms will expire on May 31, 2021. All student-athletes will require a new PIAA Physical form dated after June 1, 2021, to participate in athletics during the 2021-22 school year. The PIAA physical form can be found on our RA Knights Athletics Website ("Files & Links" Tab)

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!

Kevin Zvorsky, CAA, Director of Athletics
Kevin.zvorsky@rak12.org

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this week's communication (as a reference and reminder):

From May 21st, 2021 Email below:

  • One to One Communications - Message for current K-11 (Chromebooks)

From May 14th, 2021 Email below:

  • From the Nurse: Keystone HMO CHIP Health Insurance for Students

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open 

 

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:54 PM EDT - Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case

Good Afternoon,

We have just received notice of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case on Campus. The last time on campus with exposure to RA Staff or Students was Thursday, May 20, 2021.

We will not report cases of staff or students if they are remaining in remote learning and have had no contact with our campus but we will continue to report cases of persons who were or were expected to be on campus. We will continue to track all cases for necessary quarantine and mitigation.

It is not believed that there are any ‘Close Contacts’ however if that changes notice will be given. Anyone identified as a Close Contact (per the CDC definition) will be made aware directly. We will continue the process of contact tracing to determine if anyone else may be a close contact. If your student is considered a close contact, you will be made aware and they will be directed to quarantine,

If your child was on campus or may have been exposed to COVID-19, It is recommended that you observe them over the next few days for any of the common symptoms of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please visit the CCHD website for more information and contact your medical provider if you have concerns.

The confirmed positive cases will be reported accordingly to the Chester County Department of Health and sanitation guidelines will be followed by our staff. If you would like more information about our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan or Sanitation protocol those documents can be found on our School Reopening Plan Page.

The staff and faculty at RA are taking every precaution in the interest of staff and students' safety, as informed by the Chester County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. If you have further questions about the safety and precautions that we are taking please contact me.

Thank you for your support in our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thank you and your child for wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, social distancing, and staying home when you do not feel well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Be well,  
Dr. Gina Guarino Buli


Friday, May 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

2021-2022 School Year Parent Survey

As we develop plan for the coming school year we are seeking input from families. Please complete the following short survey for EACH of your students. Thank you!

2021-2022 School Year Survey

End of Year Wrap-up

Please use the following link to sign-up for an END OF YEAR slot. This appointment will be the time to drop off any school issues textbooks or materials. Specifics regarding any items you may be unsure about will come from your child's teacher in the coming weeks.

Pick Up/Drop Off Sign Up link

*NOTE - This link is for K-11th graders. Seniors, see the email from Ms. Boyd for your sign-out process.

End of Year Dates are as follows:

  • Pick Up/ Drop Off for K-11th Grade -Pick Up/Drop Off Sign Up
    • Saturday, June 5th - 8 am-1 pm
    • Monday, June 7th - 4 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Tuesday, June 8th - 4 pm -6:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 9th - 8 am-12 pm
  • Monday, June 7th & Tuesday, June 8th - Regular Class, ONSITE & ONLINE for 1st-7th & 9th - 11th Grade
  • Wednesday, June 9th & Thursday, June 10th - ALL REMOTE - NO students onsite

General Dates and Reminders

Be sure to check the online calendar for the latest updates!

  • May 21st - Senior Class Light up the Knight Event
  • May 27th - Virtual Spring Dance Concert
  • May 28th - Early Dismissal - 11am
  • May 31st - School Closed for Memorial Day
  • June 1st - 4th - Virtual Talent Show! See Below
  • June 1st - Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic for 12+ Schedule
  • June 1st - Curriculum & Achievement Trustee Committee
  • June 2nd High School Play - Virtual Production
  • June 4th - Spring Concert - Virtual Production
  • June 4th - Eighth Grade Promotion Parade
  • June 4th - Legislative Trustee Committee
  • June 5th - High School Prom
  • June 8th - Kindergarten Graduation Events
  • June 9th - High School Commencement
  • June 10th - Last Day of School for Students
  • June 11th - Last Day of School for Teaching Staff

“RA’s Got Talent” Week: June 1- June 4, 2021

Do you have a talent to share?

Let’s kick off June with a K-12 Virtual Talent Show Week. RA's Got Talent Virtual Talent Week 2021 (pdf)

Share your pics on RA’s Facebook Page and hashtag (be sure to add your House Team for points!): #RAVirtualSpiritWeek #RAproud #HS #BB #MP #KF

One to One Communications - Message for current K-11:

By now, all students in our RA community have received a Chromebook device as the COV19 pandemic has forced us into a hybrid learning environment. As we transition into the new school year, there are several updates that need to be communicated as the end-of-year plans have changed to meet the uncertainty of the times.

Each student will be required to keep their Chromebook set up over the Summer vacation.

Parents will need to register their students' Chromebook setup in our One to One Insurance program in order to have all repairs covered over the Summer and throughout the new 2021/2022 school year (registration instructions attached). The due date for registration is June 4th

All existing damages to student Chromebooks (i.e., missing keys, cracked monitors, etc.) will need to be reported as soon as possible through a help desk ticket (instructions for submitting a help desk ticket attached) and the student must be registered under the One to One program in order to have repairs performed before the new school year begins.

When will my student receive a new device?

All new device deployments will be handled at the beginning of the new school year. If your student will be rising to 1st, 5th, or 9th grade, they will receive a new Chromebook.

How will new device deployments work?

The students' old devices will be swapped out with their new devices within the first month of the new school year. They will keep this device setup until one of the following happens:

  • They reach any one of the grades required to receive an upgrade (1st, 5th, and 9th grades).
  • They transfer, withdraw or graduate from Renaissance Academy.

Note: Please note that if your student's Chromebook is damaged while in their care, and you have not registered under our One to One insurance program, you will be held responsible for any costs required for repair. In some cases, this may be very costly so we highly recommend that each parent takes advantage of this program by registering before the start of the next school year. If you are new to RA as of the 2021/2022 school year, please complete the parent orientation before attempting to register. Thank you for your time, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Having Trouble?

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to open a ticket with our help desk and someone will reach out to you promptly.

Opening a Help Desk Ticket:

Send an email message to the following email address with a description of your problem: ITSUPPORT@RAK12.org

Congratulations, Varsity Softball!

Congratulations to our Varsity Softball team. This is our first year in our new league (Bicentennial Athletic League) as well as PIAA. In their first season, the softball team won their Division Championship in the league and finished the regular season as the #2 team in District One.

They have qualified for District playoffs which begin next Tuesday, May 25th. Since we are the higher seed, we will host the game at 3:45 pm at Friendship Field on Tuesday. Please come out to support the team if you can. If they win on Tuesday, they will move onto the District One Championship Game on Thursday.
Congrats again, and good luck next week!

Kevin Zvorsky, CAA, Director of Athletics

Connections through Art - Thank you!

Thank you, all, for your support of the Connections through Art Auction. Ethan Duong was able to meet his goal and sent a $1000 donation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This money will be used to support activities for the children who have been genuinely affected by the isolation caused by the pandemic restrictions. To all the artists, promoters, and auction participants of this event, we send a heartfelt thank you."

Claire Powers, Senior Project Coordinator

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this week's communication (as a reference and reminder):

From May 14th, 2021 Email below:

  • From the School Counselors - May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Spring Dance Performance – May 27th at 5pm, YouTube link will be sent to families
  • From the Nurse: Keystone HMO CHIP Health Insurance for Students
  • Let’s Celebrate the Class of 2021 – College Acceptances

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 12:29 PM EDT - Update Related to COVID Guidelines

Good Morning,

Over the past week, we have seen COVID-19 regulation and guideline changes locally as well as nationally. This is a wonderful sign that our country and state are becoming safer and less at risk due to COVID-19. We have certainly all worked hard to get here! I welcome this positive trend and am confident that this is evidence that we will move forward to fully open schools in the fall.

For the remainder of this school year, an onsite protocol for Renaissance will remain intact. We believe, given the relatively short time left this school year coupled with the fact that most onsite students are not yet eligible to be fully vaccinated, this is the safest, simplest course of action.

Staff will continue to have discretion over mask breaks and may implement outdoor mask breaks per our H&S Plan at this time. While inside the building and on the campus, all students and visitors are expected to keep face coverings in place. We will also continue with our daily screening expectation for the remaining 14 days of on-campus attendance.

For students who participate in summer programs or sports programs on campus, summer mitigation plans have not been solidified. Details regarding plans for the summer will be provided in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and adherence to safety measures throughout the school year.

All the best,
Dr. Guarino Buli


Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:22 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

May Greetings!

As we near the end of the school year and the days get warmer, it is always nice to look forward the ways we celebrate the hard work our students have done all year! At this time of year, many RA Traditions come into play,, and our staff has been doing an outstanding job of keeping those traditions alive and finding creative ways to do so under the current and changing circumstances.

You will begin to see more and more communication from your teacher, principal, and school regarding some of the upcoming events. We have continued to manage and monitor the COVID-19 status in our community regarding how we can safely have these events and react to some of the more recently changing guidelines. Staff will communicate specifics to those involved.

We highlight those events in the General Dates and Reminders,, and you should routinely check the live school events calendar for the most updated information. This calendar is on our website: http://www.rak12.org/calendar.

As we prepare for the conclusion of the school year we will be scheduling times for families to come return supplies, texts books, re-issue Chromebooks and pick up some end of year gifts! Please sign up for a time slot so that we can plan accordingly.

End of Year Dates are as follows:

  • Pick up / Drop off K-11th Grade (sign-up coming soon):
    • Saturday, June 5th - 8 am-1 pm
    • Monday, June 7th - 4pm - 6:30
    • Tuesday, June 8th - 4 pm -6:30
    • Wednesday, June 9th - 8 am-12 pm
  • Monday, June 7th & Tuesday June 8th - Regular Class for 1st-7th & 9th - 11th Grade
  • Wednesday, June 9th & Thursday, June 10th - ALL REMOTE - NO students onsite

General Dates and Reminders

  • May 14th - Teacher Appreciation Event at RA
  • May 20th - Board of Trustee Voting Meeting
  • May 20th - Kindergarten Express for NEW Kindergarten Families
  • May 21st - Senior Class Light up the Knight Event
  • May 27th - Virtual Spring Dance Concert
  • May 28th - Early Dismissal
  • May 31st - School Closed for Memorial Day
  • June 1st - 4th - Virtual Talent Show! See Below

“RA’s Got Talent” Week:  June 1-June 4, 2021

Do you have a talent to share?  Let’s kick off June with a K-12 Virtual Talent Show Week.

Share your pics on RA’s Facebook Page and hashtag (be sure to add your House Team for points!):  #RAVirtualSpiritWeek #RAproud + #HS #BB #MP #KF

  • Tuesday, June 1st - Make some Magic!
    • Share your musical talents or a magic trick you learned.
  • Wednesday, June 2nd - Weird Talents!
    • Share your hidden talents for all to see!
  • Thursday, June 3rd - Tell a Joke OR Terrain Terrific!
    • Tell us your best joke to spread laughter and joy!...or
    • Do you have a Green Thumb? Share your gardening talents or your love of nature!
  • Friday, June 4th - Footloose Friday!
    • Join us for Fabulous Dance Friday. Show us your moves or post a picture of a dance show, yoga, or your fitness flexibility!

We are looking forward to seeing you and your spirit!

Narissa Wescott, Dance Director - Narissa.Wescott@rak12.org
Eileen Keller, Music Direcote - Eileen.Keller@rak12.org
Melissa Laurento, K-4 Guidance Counselor - Melissa.Laurento@rak12.org

Spring Dance Performance

The Dance Department will be having a Spring Dance Concert Virtually this year! The dancers have been working hard in class and learning choreography for the concert. Please join us in watching the concert on May 27th at 5 pm via a YouTube link that will be sent out to all RA families. Thank you for the continued support in the dance department!

Thank you, 
Mrs. Wescott (Dance Director)

From the School Counselors

Please read the attached document; May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The counseling/social work team would love to participate in the suggested activities for the month. Focusing on your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being! Mental Health Awareness Month 2020_2021 (pdf)

From the School Nurse:

Does your child need health insurance?

One great way to learn about Keystone HMO CHIP plans is by visiting their new and improved website: ibx.com/chip. There, you can find what you need to know about...

  • Who is eligible for Keystone HMO CHIP
  • What health benefits are included
  • How to enroll

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns,
Grace Cavanagh, RN, BSN, CSN, M. Ed.

Let’s celebrate the Class of 2021!

  • Class size: 74
  • Number of Applications: 527 applications to 207 colleges
  • Total Scholarship Money offered to the Class of 2021:  $9,973,050

Read the current Class of 2021 College Acceptances (pdf)

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication (as a reference and reminder):

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open 

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT - Weekly Reopening Update

Good Afternoon,

The RA Board of Trustees met for a public voting meeting on May 6, 2021. At this meeting they voted 7 to 3 to maintain the current status for all students. Those who are in onsite options will remain and those that are online will remain; for the rest of the current school year.

A brief outlook for the 2021-2022 School Year was also provided. A summary of that follows.

  • Opening of school, with the first student day, as planned on August 18, 2021
  • Dates in early August will be provided for students/families to visit the school - with the understanding that MANY of our students have never seen the classrooms, spaces, etc. where they would have gone to school this year or will be attending next year.
  • New Student orientation will be planned for families/students who have not had the opportunity to tour the school.
  • We expect to be given the latitude to plan without spacing restrictions and students returning to ‘full’ classrooms
  • Emphasis on hygiene, sanitation, HVAC mitigation will be continued as currently in place at this time.
  • School specific mitigation measures which may exceed state requirements will be discussed and presented to the trustees during summer work-sessions / meetings.

Areas where we are still awaiting guidance from PDE/ DOH:

  • Details of how isolated/quarantined students will depend on periods of time, specific classes, and grade levels
  • Requirement for a new H&S Plan for the school year - this guidance will likely come out in June at the earliest
  • What reporting and contract tracing will look like or to what extent required of schools
  • Will the definition of a Close Contact change?

View the Current Phased Return Schedule for the student to return to onsite school. (on the Reopening Plan Page). As always, the following is contingent on reported cases in the areas where our students live and our ability to bring more students into the school safely. We are continually reviewing the data, guidelines, and our school’s infrastructure as it relates.


Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:07 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

General Dates and Reminders:

  • May 10th - Board of Trustee Legislative Committee Meeting
  • May 10th - Board of Trustee Development Meeting
  • April 12th - FSO Meeting
  • May 13th - Board of Trustee Equity and Equality Committee Meeting
  • May 13th - Board of Trustee Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
  • May 14th - Teacher Appreciation Event at RA
  • May 20th - Board of Trustee Voting Meeting
  • May 20th - Kindergarten Express for NEW Kindergarten Families
  • May 21st - Senior Class Light up the Knight Event
  • May 27th - Virtual Spring Dance Concert
  • May 28th - Early Dismissal
  • May 31st - School Closed for Memorial Day

Spring Dance Performance

The Dance Department will be having a Spring Dance Concert Virtually this year! The dancers have been working hard in class and learning choreography for the concert. Please join us in watching the concert on May 27th at 5 pm via a YouTube link that will be sent out to all RA families. Thank you for the continued support in the dance department!

Thank you,  
Mrs. Wescott, Dance Director

From the School Counselors - Mental Health Awareness Month

Please read the attached document; May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The counseling/social work team would love to participate in the suggested activities for the month. Focusing on your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being! Mental Health Awareness Month 2020_2021 (pdf)

Repeat Information -

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication (as a reference and reminder):

From April 30th Email below:

  • Nurses' Corner: What to do if your student is sick and COVID symptom categories

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT - Phased Return Update

Good Afternoon,

At this time we are not making any substantive changes to our schedule.

As was discussed on the Parent Q&A Call this week our trustees met to discuss current Covid-19 Mitigation and plans for the upcoming school year. They have scheduled a meeting for Thursday, May 6, 2021. This public meeting will include an update and VOTE on the current plan, any and proposed changes.

Board of Trustee - Special Voting Meeting

Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 – 7:30 pm

*Meeting Over 

View the Current Phased Return Schedule for the student to return to onsite school. (on the Reopening Plan Page).  As always, the following is contingent on reported cases in the areas where our students live and our ability to bring more students into the school safely. We are continually reviewing the data, guidelines, and our school’s infrastructure as it relates.

Parent Question & Answer Sessions

As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plan progress.

The sessions are remote, available via Google Meets at the following links and phone numbers:

  • Thursday, May 6th, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • 5/6 Q&A Session Google Meeting over

Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:03 PM EDT- Weekly News From RA

Greetings! 
Another week and another month coming to an end on a windy blustery day!

We proudly announced the US News and World Report Rankings this week on our Social Media accounts. If you have not seen the report you can see the data points and rankings here:

  • # 1 Charter High School in the Commonwealth of PA
  • #20 High School overall in the Commonwealth of PA (of 711)
  • #689 In National Rankings (of 24,000)

I want to take a moment, to officially thank our entire RA Community, past and present, for making recognition such as this possible. While the ranking data points refer to the High School program; Renaissance is truly the sum of many parts. Our foundation in being a K-12 School is paramount and the outcomes, goals, and accomplishments of our high school program are clearly the result of 21 years of hard work in all aspects of running a well-managed, fiscally responsible, high achieving school.

Thank you to our Board of Trustees who give us guidance, and holds us accountable; to our parents and students who we strive to serve well every day, to our staff who executes and carries out the plans, and to our students who do their best in whatever we require, always.

As we move toward the end of a very challenging year we will look back, with tired eyes, and perhaps wonder if we did enough? Or if we did it ‘right’? We may never know the answers to every question, but we will know that we did the best we knew to do and we did not allow ourselves to deviate from the big picture goals: We kept teaching with fidelity, we keep supporting students in creative and thoughtful ways, and we didn’t compromise on providing high-quality education. We are Renaissance and we are glad you are part of our community.

All the best,
Dr. Guarino Buli

General Dates and Reminders

  • April 30th - High School Drive-In Movie Night - POSTPONED due to weather!
  • April 30th - FSO Virtual Paint Night
  • May 3rd - Advanced Placement Exams Begin for High School
  • May 4th - Board of Trustee Curriculum and Assessment Committee
  • May 6th - Parent Q&A - Virtual
  • May 6th - Board of Trustee - Public - Special Voting Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • May 7th - Board of Trustee Legislative Awareness Committee Meeting
  • May 10th - Board of Trustee Development Meeting

Announcement - Board of Trustee Additional Meeting

The RA Board of Trustees will hold a Public Voting Meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2021, to discuss with the anticipation of a vote, regarding the model of instruction for the remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year. There will also be a summary preview of the school plans for the start of the 2021-2022 School Year.

Board of Trustee - Special Voting Meeting 

Thursday, May 6 · 6:30 – 7:30 pm

  • *Meeting Over

Spring Dance Performance

The Dance Department will be having a Spring Dance Concert Virtually this year! The dancers have been working hard in class and learning choreography for the concert. Please join us in watching the concert on May 27th at 5pm via a YouTube link that will be sent out to all RA families. Thank you for the continued support in the dance department!

Thank you,
Mrs. Wescott (Dance Director)

From the School Counselors

Please read the attached document, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The counseling/social work team would love for you to participate in the suggested activities for the month. Focusing on your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being! Mental Health Awareness Month 2020-2021 (pdf)

From the School Nurse:

If you are keeping your child home sick from school and their symptoms fall into either of these categories, please contact the school nurse at 610-983-4080 ext. 127 or nurse@rak12.org for further instructions. In addition, if you or a member of your household has tested positive for Covid-19 and you are keeping your child home to quarantine please contact the school nurse.

COVID Symptom Categories
 Group A:  1 or more symptoms  Group B:  2 or more symptoms
  • Lack of smell or taste (without congestion)
  • Cough (new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) 
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever (100.0 or higher orally and 99.4 or higher temporally)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Chills/shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

If you have a student who is onsite or virtual and has tested positive for Covid-19, please contact the school nurse so we can make academic accommodations for them while they are ill.

As a reminder, please make sure that you are sending your child to school with an additional mask in case their mask gets soiled during the school day.

Repeat Information

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication:

From April 23rd, 2021 Email below:

  • Medical & Health - Immunizations needed for next year

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:


Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT - Weekly Phased Return Update

Please note:

  • 5th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • 6th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • MS & HS Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 19th
  • Spring Athletics - Girls’ Softball - please refer to the school calendar
  • Planned outdoor activities - No change at this time - please refer to the school calendar

Phased Return Table

The current plan for the student to return to onsite school can be found on the School Reopening Plan Page. As always, the plan is contingent on reported cases in the areas where our students live and our ability to bring more students into the school safely. We are continually reviewing the data, guidelines, and our school’s infrastructure as it relates.

Parent Question & Answer Sessions

As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plan progress.

The sessions are remote, available via Google Meets at the following links and phone numbers:

  • Wednesday, April 28th, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • *Meeting Over
  • Thursday, May 6th, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • *Meeting Over

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

General Dates and Reminders

  • April 23rd - Key Club Outdoor Clean-up
  • April 27th - Photo Retake Day
  • April 27th - Open House
  • April 28th - Parent Q&A
  • April 30th - National Decision Day for Class of 2021
  • April 30th - High School Drive-In Movie Night
  • April 30th - FSO Virtual Paint Night
  • May 3rd - Advanced Placement Exams Begin for High School
  • May 4th - Board of Trustee Curriculum and Assessment Committee
  • May 6th - Parent Q&A
  • May 7th - Board of Trustee Legislative Awareness Committee Meeting

Spring Dance Performance

The Dance Department will be having a Spring Dance Concert Virtually this year! The dancers have been working hard in class and learning choreography for the concert. Please join us in watching the concert on May 27th at 5pm via a YouTube link that will be sent out to all RA families. Thank you for the continued support in the dance department!

Thank you,  
Mrs. Wescott (Dance Director)

From the School Nurse:

It is never too soon to start thinking about what is required for next school year:

  • Kindergarten: Immunizations as per the list on rak12.org, physical exam, and dental exam
  • Third grade: Dental exam
  • Sixth grade: Physical exam
  • Seventh grade: Dental exam and the Tdap & Meningitis vaccinations
  • Eleventh grade: Physical exam
  • Twelfth grade: Second dose of the Meningitis vaccination.

All forms can be found by going to rak12.org and clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab. PLEASE remember that the state of Pennsylvania mandates that all immunization documentation MUST be received by the 5th day of school in order for your child to be able to attend.

Repeat Information:

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication:

From April 5th, 2021 Email below:

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:42 PM EDT - Positive COVID Case

Good Evening, 
We have just received notice of a positive COVID-19 case on Campus. The last time on campus with exposure to RA Staff or Students was Thursday April 15, 2021.

We will not report cases of staff or students if they are remaining in remote learning and have had no contact with our campus but we will continue to report cases of persons who were or were expected to be on campus. We will continue to track all cases for necessary quarantine and mitigation.

Close contacts are being contacted at this time, or have already been contacted. Anyone identified as a Close Contact (per the CDC definition) will be made aware directly. We will continue the process of contact tracing to determine if anyone else may be a close contact. If your student is considered a close contact, you will be made aware and they will be directed to quarantine.

If your child was on campus or may have been exposed to COVID-19, It is recommended that you observe them over the next few days for any of the common symptoms of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please visit the CCHD website at www.chesco.org/224/Health for more information and contact your medical provider if you have concerns.

The confirmed positive cases will be reported accordingly to the Chester County Department of Health and sanitation guidelines will be followed by our staff. If you would like more information about our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan or Sanitation protocol those documents can be found on our website. www.rak12.org.

The staff and faculty at RA are taking every precaution in the interest of staff and students' safety, as informed by the Chester County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. If you have further questions about the safety and precautions that we are taking please contact me.

Thank you for your support in our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thank you and your child for wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, social distancing, and staying home when you do not feel well.

Onsite Families are reminded to fill out the Daily COVID Screener (in Skyward) at least one hour prior to the start of the school day, or no later than 7 am.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Be well,  
Dr. Gina Guarino Buli 


Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT - Reopening Plan Weekly Update

Good Afternoon,

The current COVID-19 Rates in both Chester and Montgomery County have been in the Substantial range for multiple weeks. This data requires our mitigation plan to be followed, and, as RA has determined, we will remain at 6ft Distancing. We are not able to achieve that level consistently for the next set of age groups. Therefore it is not safe to bring additional students onsite.

Our community and our trustees have consistently supported our efforts to maintain what we feel has been successful mitigation. I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we have continued to follow our plans.

Be well,  
Dr. Guarino Buli

Please note:

  • 5th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • 6th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • MS & HS Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 19th
  • Spring Athletics - HS Baseball - Return April 22nd
  • Spring Athletics - Girls’ Softball - please refer to the school calendar
  • Planned outdoor activities - No change at this time - please refer to the school calendar

Below is the link to the current plan for the student to return to onsite school. As always, the following is contingent on reported cases in the areas where our students live and our ability to bring more students into the school safely. We are continually reviewing the data, guidelines, and our school’s infrastructure as it relates.

Parent Question & Answer Sessions

As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

The sessions are remote, available via Google Meets at the following links and phone numbers:

  • Wednesday, April 28th, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • *Meeting Over
  • Thursday, May 6th, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • *Meeting Over

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

Good Afternoon:

To provide information and anticipate questions that might arise, last night’s Board of Trustee meeting including a more detailed than a regular update on our school Health and Safety Plans. This update included current status, end-of-year planning, opening anticipation for the next school year, and change points to the Health and Safety Plan. I am attaching a recording of the meeting here for any families that were not able to attend.   

All the best,
Dr. Guarino Buli

General Dates and Reminders:

  • April 19th - Upper School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)
  • April 20th - Upper School Band Fundraiser - RA California Tortilla Flyer & Menu
  • April 27th - Photo Retake Day
  • April 27th - Enrollment Open House
  • April 28th - Parent Q&A
  • April 30th - National Decision Day for Class of 2021
  • May 3rd - Advanced Placement Exams Begin for High School
  • May 6th - Parent Q&A

Senior Project Support

Happy Spring! As we begin to come out of the winter months, we could use some help fixing up the memorial gardens. For my senior project, I have created a plan for the space between the Upper and Lower school. Would you consider helping us?

I am looking for donations of perennial plants that we can use for the gardens. Do you have any perennials from your home garden that you would like to share with the school community? As we beautify the campus, please consider sharing a little piece of your gardens with us. Please complete the attached google form so we can plan for the planting. We are looking for the following perennials to plant during Earth week: hostas, black-eyed Susan, irises, canna lilies, sedum, astilbe(pink), lily of the Nile, snow in summer, and lavender. Collection day is on Wednesday the 21st at 3:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hannah Simon. I can be reached at hsimon@student.rak12.org

Hannah Simon, RA Student

Repeat Information

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication:

From April 9th, 2021 Email below:

  • Pandemic EBT Info
  • From the School Nurse: If your child has received the COVID 19 vaccine
  • Senior Project – CHOP Art Auction-Ends 4/19 8pm
  • RA Band Fundraiser at California Tortilla 4/20
  • Chester County’s “Future of Freedom” student essay contest

From April 5th, 2021 Email below:

  • 2021 Yearbook Information (including picture re-take day, 4/27/21)

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

Good Afternoon,

We have hit yet another milestone in concluding our last trimester SLC of the school year. From hopeful conversations, plans to make the last remaining weeks meaningful to shared relief that the end is near, I know these days are an important time for our staff and students. Thank you to all for putting in the long hours and ensuring that each conversation and plan personally address our students’ needs and success.

In the next several weeks, you will receive updates and information regarding plans for end-of-year closure as well as celebrations. We know this time of year holds a special place in our students’ minds with both the accomplishments they have reached and the opportunities to celebrate. Field trips and parties are not quite the same these days, but our staff has been planning for some equally enjoyable opportunities. We seek some safe yet fun ways to wrap up the year as we look to May and June. Information will come from your child’s teachers or principles as plans are solidified.

Thank you for a successful transition into spring and a solid finish for the remainder of the year.

All the best,
Dr. Guarino Buli

General Dates and Reminders

  • April 12th - Lower School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)
  • April 12th - Board Development Committee Meeting
  • April 13th - SATs Onsite
  • April 13th - Family Q&A Session
  • April 14th - Board HR Committee Meeting
  • April 14th - FSO Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 15th - Board Voting Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 19th - Upper School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)
  • April 20th - Upper School Band Fundraiser
  • April 27th - Photo Retake Day

Pandemic EBT Info

There will be another round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) to households that qualify.

You can do a very important thing to help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible is to make sure that the school database has your correct address. You can verify your current information in Skyward. If the information is not accurate, contact naomi.siedlecki@rak12.org or janet.tuckett@rak12.org

Households will receive money on their EBT cards (or receive EBT cards in the mail) for their Free and Reduced Students only for days that their students were virtual. If your student(s) moved to in-person in school and is eligible, they will only receive funds for the virtual days.

There will be three distributions of funds for Free and Reduced students:

  • The 1st distribution is due late Spring- this covers the months of Sept 2020- Nov 2020
  • The 2nd distribution will be toward the end of June-this covers Dec 2021- Feb 2021
  • The 3rd Distribution will be toward the end of July- this covers March 2021- May 2021

One way to qualify for these EBT Funds is to be approved as Free or Reduced for school meals. If you have received an email or letter from Food Service any time since July 1, 2020, stating that you are classified ‘free or reduced,’ you don’t have to do anything. If you haven’t received anything and think you may qualify, you should fill out a School Meal Application right away. To fill out an application for the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast Program, please go to www.schoolcafe.com. If you don’t already have an account, you will have to set up a new account and fill out the application.

Please remember that your application is determined (either Free, Reduced, or Paid) your students will still be FREE for the rest of THIS school year.

After the distribution starts and you have questions about the EBT Program, you can contact EBT Customer Service at 484-363-2137.

Ginamarie Hoy, Food Service Coordinator at Ginamarie.Hoy@rak12.org

Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

Effective Friday, April 9th, our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather. There will be no meal pick-up on Friday, April 2, 2021.

From the School Nurse:

If your child has received the COVID 19 vaccine, please feel free to send us documentation to add it to their health record.*This optional vaccine is not required.

If your child is attending school on campus and you are calling them out sick for a day, please notify the school nurse at nurse@rak12.org if their symptoms may be COVID related.

As a reminder, students who need medications at school will need to have the appropriate form completed by both the physician and the parent. A parent/guardian must drop off all prescriptions. You MAY NOT put medicines in your student's backpack to bring to school. Forms are available at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab.

Did you know your child can be tested at school for COVID should they display symptoms or are deemed a close contact? Please go to Student Testing for the consent form and directions for creating and printing a QR code for your child.

School Sponsored Events / Activities:

Senior Project Support

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in numerous ways; for the children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) it has limited the time they can spend with family, friends, and other visitors. In these challenging times, these visitors have been the highlight of their stay at the hospital. Through my project, Connections Through Art, I am auctioning one-of-a-kind, extraordinary art pieces created by our own RA students and staff.

All proceeds from this event, taking place from April 5th to April 19th, will implement new activities for the children at CHOP and hopefully let them know that they are not alone. Even if you cannot afford to purchase one of our pieces, all donations will be greatly appreciated by me and CHOP. To either donate or bid on a piece of art, please Visit the Online Auction Site

Thanks to all the artists who contributed, and thank you in advance to those who provide generous support.

Ethan Duong, RA Student 

Music Department Support

Put Tuesday, April 20th on your schedule/calendar!! (4-8 pm)Come on out to California Tortilla in Phoenixville! Enjoy GREAT FOOD, long-lost friends, family, excellent spring weather, and 80's music! (They love their 80's theme at Cal Tort). Dine-in, sit on the patio, or order take-out from 4 pm-8 pm. 25% of the proceeds will go to our US Bands to help defer the cost of our future Band trips! The whole RA community is invited! Use the secret word at the counter to have your purchase benefit the US Band Program. (Music).

Hope to see you!!

Mr.. Jonathan A. Springer, Instrumental Music Teacher, 4-12 
Renaissance Academy Charter School 
jonathan.springer@rak12.org 
610 983 4080 x 266

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

Opportunities for our Students!

On Saturday, April 10, in partnership with Harrisburg University and the HU Storm, we will be hosting a virtual Scholastic Esports Summit.

This event is for students, coaches, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members. We are bringing the entire Esports community together!

Attendees will hear from panelists about coaching, high school and collegiate student experiences, academics, have an opportunity to network with others in the community, and speak with vendors.

This is an excellent career readiness opportunity for our students and a learning opportunity for parents and educators.

Registration is now open and is only $5 per attendee!.

To register or if you have any questions, contact Kammas Kersch at kammask@cciu.org.

Student Contest Opportunity (not RA Sponsored)

Good afternoon,

I’m writing to share some information about The Libertarian Party of Chester County’s “Future of Freedom” student essay contest and to ask that you include information about our contest on any list of opportunities you maintain for your school. The contest is open to all students over 13 who are enrolled in grades 7-12 and who live in Chester County.

To participate in this year’s essay contest, students are asked to submit a brief essay of no more than 500 words, describing a local, state, or national law that “shouldn’t be.” Submissions are due by May 1, 2021. Prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to first, second, and third-place essays, respectively.

The complete contest rules and eligibility can be found on The Libertarian Party of Chester County Website and questions can be directed to me at vicechair@lpchesco.com.

Thank you in advance for your help; we are looking forward to giving back to the Chester County student community.

Jacquelyn Crane, Vice Chair LPCC -vicechair@lpchesco.com

Repeat Information

The following previously shared information was also included in this communication:

From April 5th, 2021 Email below:

  • 2021 Yearbook Information (including picture re-take day, 4/27/21)

From March 19th, 2021 Email below:

  • Fall 2021 Sports Registration Now Open

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:01 PM EDT - Phased Reopening Weekly Update

Good Afternoon,
The following communication is in alignment with the message sent out on Tuesday of this week.

The current COVID-19 Rates in both Chester and Montgomery County have been in the Substantial range for multiple weeks. This data requires our mitigation plan to be followed, and, as RA has determined, we will remain at 6ft Distancing. We are not able to achieve that level consistently for the next set of age groups. Therefore it is not safe to bring additional students onsite.

Our community and our trustees have consistently supported our efforts to maintain what we feel has been successful mitigation. I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we have continued to follow our plans.

Be well,  
Dr. Guarino Buli

Please note:

  • 5th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • 6th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • LS K-4 currently onsite groups - Return April 12th
  • 5th/6th Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 12th
  • SAT Testing - No change at this time - April 13th
  • MS & HS Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 19th
  • Spring Athletics - HS Baseball - Return April 22nd
  • Spring Athletics - Girls’ Softball - please refer to the school calendar
  • Planned outdoor activities - No change at this time - please refer to the school calendar

View Phased Return Schedule Table from the RA Reopening page.

Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we are sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

The sessions are remote, via RA Google Meets Q&A Sessions or by phone: ‪(US) +1 402-685-0091‬ PIN: ‪737 983 624‬#

These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing.

The next session is April 13, 2021, 5:30 pm 

LS Schedule Reminder

As of February 16, 2021, ALL Lower School students follow the Posted K-6th Grade Schedules regardless of their online or onsite placements.


Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:32 AM EDT - Covid-19 Positive Case on Campus

Good Morning,

While we have not resumed onsite learning since the recent Spring Break, we have had multiple reports of positive cases in our community. We will not report cases of staff or students if they are remaining in remote learning and have had no contact with our campus but we will continue to report cases of persons who were or were expected to be on campus. We will continue to track all cases for necessary quarantine and mitigation.

Over the past 24 hours, we received a report of three POSITIVE COVID-19 Cases regarding a person who has been on our campus. Two of the three have not been on campus since prior to the break. One of the three was on campus with exposure to RA Staff or Students yesterday, April 7, 2021.

Close contacts are being contacted at this time. Anyone identified as a Close Contact (per the CDC definition) will be made aware directly. We will continue the process of contract tracing to determine if anyone else may be a close contact. If your student is considered a close contact, you will be made aware and they will be directed to quarantine.

If your child was on campus or may have been exposed to COVID-19, It is recommended that you observe them over the next few days for any of the common symptoms of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please visit Chester County's Health Department Webpage for more information and contact your medical provider if you have concerns.

The confirmed positive cases will be reported accordingly to the Chester County Department of Health and sanitation guidelines will be followed by our staff. For more information about our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan or Sanitation Protocol, see the documents posted on RA's School Reopening Plan Page.

The staff and faculty at RA are taking every precaution in the interest of staff and students' safety, as informed by the Chester County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. If you have further questions about the safety and precautions that we are taking please contact me.

Thank you for your support in our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thank you and your child for wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, social distancing, and staying home when you do not feel well.

Onsite families are reminded to fill out the Daily COVID Screener at least one hour prior to the start of the school day, or no later than 7 am.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Be well,
Dr. Gina Guarino Buli


Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:27 PM EDT - Phased Return Plan Update

Good Afternoon,

Earlier this morning, a communication went to all fifth-grade families. The decision was communicated that the plan to bring 5th grade back on APRIL 12th is on hold at this time. The following bullets are provided to give some specifics, which I hope will answer any additional questions.

This decision was made based on the previously published Health and Safety Plan. The current COVID-19 Rates in both Chester and Montgomery County have been in the Substantial range for multiple weeks. This data requires our mitigation plan to be followed, and, as RA has determined, we will remain at 6ft Distancing. We are not able to achieve that level consistently for the next set of age groups. Therefore it is not safe to bring additional students onsite.

Our community and our trustees have consistently supported our efforts to maintain what we feel has been successful mitigation. I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we have continued to follow our plans.

Be well,
Dr. Guarino Buli

Current Plan- Please Note:

  • 5th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • 6th Grade onsite return - Date TBA
  • LS K-4 currently onsite groups - Return April 12th
  • 5th/6th Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 12th
  • SAT Testing - No change at this time - April 13th
  • MS & HS Matrix Supervision currently onsite - Return April 19th
  • Spring Athletics - No change at this time - please refer to the school calendar
  • Planned outdoor activities - No change at this time - please refer to the school calendar

Visit the School Reopening Page to View the Phased Return Table

Reopening Q & A Sessions

As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

The sessions are remote, via Google Meets

These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing.

The next sessions are as follows:

  • April 7, 2021 5:30 pm
  • April 13, 2021 5:30 pm

1st-6th Grade Schedule Reminder:

As of February 16, 2021, all 1st-6th grade students follow an 8am-3:30pm schedule regardless of their online or onsite placements.


Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 7:54 AM EDT - Welcome Back & a Few Reminders

Good Morning,
 

SLC Sign-ups - Third Trimester

  • Kindergarten SLC Online Sign Up
  • Lower School SLC Online Sign Up
  • Middle School SLC Online Sign Up
  • High School SLC Online Sign Up

Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

Effective Friday, April 9th, our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather.

2020-2021 Yearbook for Sale

Now available: Order RA Yearbook Online

Please note: 

  • For this school year only, there will be ONE yearbook produced for K-12. There will not be separate Lower School or Upper School Yearbooks.
  • Books will be mailed directly to students homes, and the cost of mailing is included in the purchase price of the yearbook.
  • Yearbook Photos - Class photos taken during Materials Pick-up will be used in the year book.
  • If you were not able to attend, there is a photo make-up day, April 27th. Retake Day Letter for Parents.pdf

If your child is not able to enter the building you may submit a photo for use in the yearbook: Photos that are sent in are not guaranteed to be in the yearbook.

Photo criteria:

  • Must be taken with a plain background
  • School appropriate attire must be worn
  • Photo should be taken from the chest up
  • No filters should be used
  • Photo should be 300 dpi or will risk the chance of being blurry
  • Email photo, students full name, grade, and homebase teacher to rayearbook@rak12.org

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:40 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

Weekly News

Good Afternoon,
TGIF - in so many ways! This sure has been an incredibly long week for some of us. While the more pleasant weather is welcome, it sure does produce a distraction for our students who have spent a good part of the past year doing little else than going to school. I hope that your students can continue to fill their days with safe, healthy alternatives to being ‘stuck inside!’

With the excitement of a break upon us, no one can help but be a little antsy. Even if your student may not have an exciting plan, a break from the every day routines is always welcome! A little extra sleep, playtime, or a chance to change scenery is undoubtedly welcome.

I wish you and your student a safe, enjoyable break from school! A bit of rejuvenation to make the last push to the end of the year is just what we need!

COVID Updates:

As reported earlier this week, we had a person on campus with a positive COVID result. I know this can be unnerving, and I appreciate our community’s patience and cooperation in how the school responded. The team debriefs allowed us to question some practices and seek out areas to tighten our mitigation. I am confident that the processes we have in place are reasonable and continue to feel that if everyone does their part, we will continue to see a low or nonexistent level of spread in our school.

As you see, RA has been extremely conservative in our planning and bringing students onsite. We will continue to move in this manner going forward. You may be aware that some local districts are shifting to less space between students, citing the CDC Revised Guidance. The allowance of this tighter spacing is not something that RA plans to enact at this time. While it is difficult to achieve in all spaces, our plan and intention, and goal will remain at a 6ft distance between students whenever possible.

Our plans to bring more students into school are under continuous review, and the local COVID-19 Case numbers will be a factor going forward. The Phased Re-opening plan (View Schedule on School Reopening Page) reflects this. If the numbers in Chester and Montgomery County continue to rise, we will respond accordingly. We will always do our best to communicate any changes to these plans with adequate notice.

I am also happy to share that approximately 70% of our staff have opted to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination. This is a strictly voluntary, self-reported step in keeping our team, students, and communities safer. We appreciate your patience with the scheduling and management of this effort over the past few weeks.

Wishing you a healthy and safe start to spring, 
Dr. Guarino Buli

General Dates and Reminders 

  • March 26th - Virtual LOL Comedy Show
  • March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Break School Closed
  • April 5th - 7th All Remote Classes K-12
  • April 8th & 9Th SLCs
  • April 12th - Lower School Onsite students return (students Already Onsite)
  • April 19th - Upper School Onsite students return (students Already Onsite)
  • April 27th - Photo Retake Day Retake Day Letter for Parents.pdf

Have you made changes to personal information?

Be sure to check your family’s Skyward Account to ensure the most recent phone numbers, emails, and other important information are up to date!

House Shirt Orders Now Open!

The form closes Friday, April 9th, at 5 pm! The next opportunity to order will be the week of Trimester One SLCs (Oct 2021).

Student Cost:

  • t-shirt $10
  • long sleeve shirt $15
  • hooded sweatshirt $20

Billing:

Families who place an order will be billed on the portal and can pay on the portal or mail in a check payable to Renaissance Academy ('House Shirt" written on memo line/envelope). The shirt charge will post to portal accounts after SLCs, and payment is due by April 30th.

Delivery:

Shirts will be available for distribution the second week of March (barring any unforeseen delays).

  • Link to House Shirt Order Form (online) Closed

Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

Effective Friday, April 9th, our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather. There will be no meal pick-up on Friday, April 2, 2021.

From the School Nurse:

If your child has received the COVID 19 vaccine, please feel free to send us documentation to add it to their health record.*This optional vaccine is not required.
If your child is attending school on campus and you are calling them out sick for a day, please notify the school nurse at nurse@rak12.org if their symptoms may be COVID related.

As a reminder, students who need medications at school will need to have the appropriate form completed by both the physician and the parent. A parent/guardian must drop off all prescriptions. You May Not put medicines in your student's backpack to bring to school. Forms are available at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab.

Did you know your child can be tested at school for COVID should they display symptoms or are deemed a close contact? Please go to Student Testing for the consent form and directions for creating and printing a QR code for your child.

Music Department Support

Rapido!!  Please put Tuesday, April 20th on your schedule/calendar!! (4-8 pm)

Come on out to California Tortilla in Phoenixville! Enjoy great food, long-lost friends, family, excellent spring weather, and 80's music! (They love their 80's theme at Cal Tort).

Dine in, sit on the patio or order take-out from 4 pm-8 pm. 25% of the proceeds will go to our US Bands to help defer the cost of our future Band trips! The whole RA community is invited! Use the secret word at the counter to have your purchase benefit the US Band Program. (Music).

    Hope to see you!!  
    Mr. Jonathan A. Springer, Instrumental Music Teacher, 4-12

    Repeat Information

    The following previously shared information was also included in this communication:

    From March 19th, 2021 Email below:


    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT - RA Weekly News

    News From RA

    Please note - Our staff on the CCIU Vaccination Schedule is continuing to receive vaccinations if they choose to participate. At this point, about 50% of our staff is vaccinated. We are grateful to the PDE, CCIU, National Guard, and our state government for making this option available to our team. We expect another large group to participate on March 22nd.

    As way of summary regarding our phased re-opening the following was shared at last night's board meeting.

    • Monday - March 22, 2021 - LS Families K-4 will receive a survey to determine if any students who are currently remote, are seeking to return to campus this school year. The feasibility of these requests will be determined based on the responses and current class configurations.
    • Monday- March 22, 2021 - Middle School Families (Grade 7-8) will receive a survey to determine if any students who are currently remote, are seeking to return to campus this school year. The feasibility of these requests will be determined based on the responses and the educational benefit of making changes to the placements going forward.

    Neither of the above constitutes a decision or confirmation of on site attendance.

    Thank you for your continued patience, positivity, and support of our school during this past year.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    General Dates and Reminders

    • March 23rd - Virtual High School Information Night
    • March 26th - Virtual LOL Comedy Show
    • March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Break School Closed
    • April 5th - 7th ALL REMOTE CLASSES K-12
    • April 8th & 9Th SLCs
    • April 12th - Lower School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)
    • April 19th - Upper School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)

    Have You Made Changes to Personal Information?

    Be sure to check your family’s Skyward Account to ensure the most recent phone numbers, emails, and other important information are up to date!

    SLC Sign-ups - Third Trimester

    • Kindergarten SLC Online Sign Up
    • Lower School SLC Online Sign Up
    • Middle School SLC Online Sign Up
    • High School SLC Online Sign Up

    Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

    Effective Friday, April 9th, our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather.

    2020-2021 Yearbook for Sale

    Now available: Order RA Yearbook Online

    Please note: 

    • For this school year only, there will be ONE yearbook produced for K-12. There will not be separate Lower School or Upper School Yearbooks.
    • Books will be mailed directly to students homes, and the cost of mailing is included in the purchase price of the yearbook.
    • Yearbook Photos - Class photos taken during Materials Pick-up will be used in the year book.
    • If you were not able to attend, there is a photo make-up day, April 27th. Retake Day Letter for Parents.pdf

    If your child is not able to enter the building you may submit a photo for use in the yearbook: Photos that are sent in are not guaranteed to be in the yearbook.

    Photo criteria:

    • Must be taken with a plain background
    • School appropriate attire must be worn
    • Photo should be taken from the chest up
    • No filters should be used
    • Photo should be 300 dpi or will risk the chance of being blurry
    • Email photo, students full name, grade, and homebase teacher to rayearbook@rak12.org

    From the School Nurse:

    If your child is attending school on campus and you are calling them out sick for a day, please notify the school nurse at nurse@rak12.org if their symptoms may be COVID related.

    As a reminder, students who need medications at school will need to have the appropriate form completed by both the physician and the parent. A parent/guardian must drop off all medications. You MAY NOT put medicines in your student's backpack to bring to school. Forms are available at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab.

    Did you know your child can be tested at school for COVID should they display symptoms or are deemed a close contact? Please go to rak12.org and click on COVID 19 resources under the For Parents tab for the consent form and directions for creating and printing a QR code for your child.

    Fall Sports Registration is OPEN!

    To register, please

    • Go to https://rak12.digitalsports.com
    • Go the "More" tab
    • Select "Sports Registration" under Family ID
    • Click on the "Register Now" button
    • Select "Fall 2021 Athletics Registration"
    • Select the sport, complete the required information and submit

    You will receive a confirmation email once you submit your registration

    Although the fall season does not begin until August, many coaches plan to have optional, off-season practices/workouts this spring and/or summer. You must be registered on Family ID to be able to participate in these off-season workouts.

    PIAA Physical Form Reminder - all current physical forms will expire on May 31, 2021. All student-athletes will require a new PIAA Physical form dated after June 1, 2021 to be able to participate in athletics during the 2021-22 school year. The PIAA physical form can be found at https://rak12.digitalsports.com -->"More" tab --> Athlete Forms.

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!

    School Sponsored Events / Activities:

    K-3 Science Fair

    We are very excited to announce the K-3rd Grade Virtual Science Fair! Instead of a project board, students will do a Google Slide Presentation and participate n a 15 minute interview time slot to share their work on the Science Fair Day!

    K-3rd grade students, sign up for the Spring science fair on Saturday, April 17th. Please fill out this google form to register your child by Friday, March 26th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Wheeles at kimberly.wheeles@rak12.org.

    Student Contest Opportunity (not RA Sponsored)

    Good afternoon,
    I’m writing to share some information about The Libertarian Party of Chester County’s “Future of Freedom” student essay contest and to ask that you include information about our contest on any list of opportunities you maintain for your school. The contest is open to all students over 13 who are enrolled in grades 7-12 and who live in Chester County.

    To participate in this year’s essay contest, students are asked to submit a brief essay of no more than 500 words, describing a local, state, or national law that “shouldn’t be.” Submissions are due by May 1, 2021. Prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to first, second, and third place essays, respectively.

    The full contest rules and eligibility can be found at https://lpchesco.com/contests/, and questions can be directed to me at vicechair@lpchesco.com.

    Thank you in advance for your help; we are looking forward to giving back to the Chester County student community.

    Jacquelyn Crane, Vice Chair LPCC
    vicechair@lpchesco.com


    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:02pm EDT - State Testing Update (PSSAs & Keystones)

    The question of how and when to administer state assessments (PSSAs and Keystone Exams) has been on the minds of the administration and many of our teachers. As with all of the school planning for the last year, our approach has been to design plans for what we know and adjust for new information as it is received.

    What we now know is that the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on February 22, 2021, that will allow school entities to delay the federally-required assessments until the fall.

    While testing this spring according to our original plan and calendar would have been preferable, that would still require testing in the fall when more students return to campus. Therefore, PSSA and Keystone testing for Renaissance Academy students will take place in September. Fourth through ninth grade students will take the PSSA of their previous academic year. Students regardless of grade level, who completed Algebra I or Biology in the 2020-2021 school year will take the corresponding Keystone Exam. Students who are in 11th grade in the 2021-2022 school year will take the Literature Keystone Exam to fulfill that requirement from the previous academic year.

    Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education approved Pennsylvania’s request to waive the federal requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. While this has no bearing on this year’s assessments, it did have an impact on students who were scheduled to take a Keystone Exam last spring. Students who passed a Keystone trigger course (Algebra I, Biology, ELA10) in the 2019-2020 school year, will automatically receive a Proficient score for the respective Keystone Exam.

    With so many changes to the state assessments necessitated by the pandemic, we are even more grateful to have the resources and opportunity to administer our own local assessments (MAPs in grades 1-8 and CDTs in various Upper School math, ELA, and science classes) three times a year. These diagnostic tools provide rich, valuable, and current data that is used to make informed decisions regarding the educational program, lesson planning, and individual goal setting - all of which are important to achieving our mission of preparing your child for success.

    Anticipated PSSA Testing Dates

    • August 30 - September: 4th - 9th grade ELA
    • September 2 & 3: 4th - 9th grade Math
    • September 8 & 9: 5th and 9th grade Science and makeup tests
    • September 10, 15, & 17: make up tests

    Anticipated Keystone Exams Dates

    • September 13 & 14: Literature (11th grade)
    • September 20 & 21: Algebra I and makeup tests
    • September 22 & 23: Biology and makeup tests
    • September 27 - 29: make up tests

    For more information on state testing, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Assessment and Accountability page. For questions regarding PSSAs and Keystone Exams at Renaissance Academy, please contact David Cosme at david.cosme@rak12.org.

    Regards,
    David Cosme Jr., Director of Student Achievement


    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:14 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    News From RA

    While I expressed some of my anticipation of this ‘anniversary’ last week,, today is certainly conjuring some unsettling thoughts. You do not need to look far to see the comparisons, social media ‘memories’, or everyday reminders of all that our community has been through in the past twelve months.

    A year ago today, I announced our Two-week closure….. Later, a mandated closure and then extended long beyond two weeks. In a stark juxtaposition today, March 12, 2021, our first staff members are scheduled to receive the PDE/CCIU provided doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. By the end of next week, RA will have received sixty-two doses through this program, and we are grateful!

    This Monday, March 15, 2021, we will have approximately 200 staff and students back on our campus. It has been a slow climb, but we are safely and proudly getting there! Earlier this week, I announced the plan that will complete our elementary school return phases. Again, progress. I am truly grateful for the team of staff, faculty and teachers who have played important roles in this planning and execution. AND I am equally appreciative of the staff, faculty and teachers who have not stepped back on campus but continue to provide a comprehensive educational culture of support to our online students.

    I am well aware that there continue to be questions and concerns about ‘what comes next?’. I am working to put together a fact sheet that I hope will provide some answers and context to the growing questions.

    Please note - our staff on the CCIU Vaccination Schedule will be getting their doses in the next week. We have been fortunate to get appointments with minimal disruption to the school day and instruction. However, we are sensitive to the fact that many of us may experience side effects that prevent us from being on campus or fully meet our job responsibilities. Please be aware that scheduling of the vaccines and potential side-effects may result in some teacher absences. This inconvenience is for the greater good, and we are excited to be included in this round of vaccinations.

    Thank you for your continued patience, positivity, and support of our school during this past year.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    General Dates and Reminders

     

    • March 18th - Board Monthly Voting Meeting
    • March 23rd - Virtual High School Information Night
    • March 26th - Virtual LOL Comedy Show
    • March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Break School Closed
    • April 5th - 7th  - All Students = Remote Classes
    • April 8th & 9Th SLCs
    • April 12th - Lower School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)
    • April 19th - Upper School ONSITE students return (students ALREADY onsite)

    Have you made changes to personal information?

    Be sure to check your family’s Skyward Account to ensure the most recent phone numbers, emails and other important information are up to date!

    SLC Sign-ups - Third Trimester

    Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

    Effective Friday, April 9th, our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather.

    From the School Nurse:

    If your child is attending school on campus and you are calling them out sick for a day, please notify the school nurse at nurse@rak12.org if their symptoms may be COVID related.

    As a reminder, students who need medications at school will need to have the appropriate form completed by both the physician and the parent. A parent/guardian must drop off all prescriptions. You may not put medicines in your student's backpack to bring to school. Forms are available at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab.

    Did you know your child can be tested at school for COVID should they display symptoms or are deemed a close contact? Please go to rak12.org and click on COVID 19 resources under the For Parents tab for the consent form and directions for creating and printing a QR code for your child.

    Phased Return Table:

    This is the same as shared earlier this week.  View Phased Return Schedule Chart

    Reopening Plan Q&A Sessions

    As a reminder, I will continue to host live Q&A sessions as I am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

    The Sessions are Remote, via Google Meets

    These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing.

    The Upcoming Sessions:

    March 23, 2021 5:30 pm and April 7, 2021 5:30 pm


    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:42 AM EST - Phased Return Plan Update

    Good Morning,

    This is the weekly update regarding our phased return of students. Rather than sending it on Friday this week, I am sending it early. I am doing this for two reasons, one, there are some changes, and I want to share this sooner than later, and two, I fear with the early dismissal, our afternoons will be busy, and I don’t want parents to miss this message. Please see below!

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car. Transportation assignments can take up to ten days.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to some teachers and staff’s return to campus, you will receive a notification.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    View Updated Phased Return Plan Chart

    Q & A Sessions

    As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we are sure that there will continue to be questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

    The sessions are remote, via Google Meets

    These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing.

    The upcoming sessions: March 23, 2021 5:30 pm and April 7, 2021 5:30 pm


    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3:56 PM EST - Weekly News & Phased Return Plan

    News From RA

    Windy, March Greetings!
    As we reach the first anniversary of our initial mandated closures, I am sure the sense of trepidation is a reality for many of us. It has undoubtedly been a year of unforeseen stress, worry, and massive demands. I know that everyone in our community has been faced with burdens of small and great magnitude. We will never forget what has transpired, replace the time lost or recover from the wide-spread losses of life. For many of us, change in our lives has occurred, and profound loss has been sustained. These impacts will remain. Please know that your school community remains healthy and ready to support all of our members.

    I hope that as spring begins to show some signs of new life, we too can see some normalcy in the future. I also know that there is still a long road ahead as we navigate the ever-changing rules and seek a balance between regulations and safety. The recently changed/rescinded PA orders have, again, had an impact on our planning and conversations. While we will NOT be relenting on our mitigation plans, which we believe ARE keeping us safe, we are looking at the newly afforded flexibility to evaluate where changes can safely be made. These decision may affect schedules in the coming weeks, and if your child’s grade is affected we will communicate as soon as possible.

    ‘Teacher/Educator’ specific vaccine offerings will include Renaissance Staff, which is very good news. You likely heard about this effort announced Wednesday. You can read more about that on the Dept. of ED, COVID Vaccine Page

    Over the coming weekend, the CCIU will notify me which staff who are officially eligible to receive their vaccines. We believe vaccination will begin to take place relatively quickly over the next two weeks. The school does NOT choose when our school’s allotment is offered. Staff is encouraged to take the appointments whenever they are submitted. Please be aware that scheduling of the vaccines and potential side-effects may result in some teacher absences. This inconvenience is for the greater good, and we are excited to be included in this round of vaccinations.

    Thank you for your continued patience, positivity, and support of our school during this past year.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    General Dates and Reminders

     

    • March 8th - 3:30pm Board Development Committee
    • March 8th - 4:00pm Board Curriculum & Achievement Committee
    • March 9th - 5:30-6:30 Family Q&A Session Q&A Meeting Link
    • March 11th - 5:30pm Board Equality and Equity Committee
    • March 11th - 7:00pm Board Strategic Planning Committee
    • March 12th - Early Dismissal
    • March 18th - Board Monthly Voting Meeting
    • March 23rd - Virtual High School Information Night Virtual HS Night Meeting Link 
    • March 26th - Virtual LOL Comedy Show
    • March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Break School Closed
    • April 27th - Picture Re-Takes for ALL Students who did not come in February! Retake Day Letter for Parents.pdf

    Attention Emergency Meal Participants:

    Effective Friday, April 9th our pick-up window will change to 9:00 am to 11:00. We are changing the pickup window because of the increasing temperatures of the Springtime weather.

    From the School Nurse:

    If your child is attending school on campus and you are calling them out sick for a day, please notify the school nurse at nurse@rak12.org if their symptoms may be COVID related.

    Follow up emails went out this week for students in Kindergarten, 6th grade and 11th grade who have not submitted their State Mandated Physical Exam Form. Please check your emails if you are uncertain of what you need to do.

    As a reminder, students who need medications at school will need to have the appropriate form completed by both the physician and the parent. All medications must be dropped off by the parent. You MAY NOT put medications in your student's backpack to bring to school. Forms are available at rak12.org by clicking on Medical & Health under the For Parents tab

    Did you know your child can be tested at school for COVID should they display symptoms or are deemed a close contact? Please go to rak12.org and click on COVID 19 resources under the For Parents tab for the consent form and directions for creating and printing a QR code for your child.

    Senior Project Support-Thank You:

    Mayowa Latona (RA ‘22) would like to thank everyone who donated towards the Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Friday February 26th. We were able to raise over a hundred dollars towards children with cancer. All your donations will be going to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Once again, thank you for all your contributions.

    Phased Return Plan - March 9, 2021

    The Phased Plan Info is Below (In place of a 2nd email this week): 

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next several week’s plans.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car. Transportation assignments can take up to ten days.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with honest, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    View Current Phased Return Plan

    ALL classes, K-12 will be remote April 5th - April 16th following Spring Break

    As stated above we are reviewing the effects of the recently removed travel restrictions. If the plan to hold ONLY full remote classes after the break is changed, the decision will be communicated no later than March 12th.

     

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school: 

    For those attending onsite

    • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. PLEASE do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop. 
    • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit! Please complete one hour before the start of the school day. 
    • A cold meal will be provided for ALL students at NO cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.

    For those remaining online

    • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.
    • The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for ALL students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return. 

    Reopening Q&A Sessions:

    As a reminder, I will continue to host live Q&A sessions as I am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.  The sessions are remote, via Google Meets

    These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing. Next Session: March 9, 2021 5:30pm-6:30pm

    Reminder

    Beginning February 16, 2021, ALL Lower School students will follow the below schedule regardless of their online or onsite placements. 

    Grades 1-2

    • 8:00-8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30-9:10 Morning Meeting
    • 9:10-10:20 ELA
    • 10:25-10:40 Snack/Bathroom Break
    • 10:40-11:20 Science/Social Studies
    • 11:25-11:45 Movement Break
    • 11:50-12:55 Math
    • 1:00-1:30 Lunch
    • 1:35-1:55 Recess
    • 2:05-2:45 Fine Arts 
    • 2:50-3:20 ELA centers
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal  

    Grades 3-4

    • 8:00-8:20 - Arrival
    • 8:25-9:55 Block 1
    • 10:00-10:20 Recess
    • 10:25-11:05 Fine Arts
    • 11:15-12:35 Block 2
    • 12:40-1:10 Lunch
    • 1:15-2:35 Block 3 
    • 2:40-3:15 Afternoon Meeting (to replace Morning Meeting)
    • 3:15-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal 

    Grades 5-6

    • 8:00 - 8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30 - 10:00 Block 1
    • 10:05 - 11:35  Block 2
    • 11:35-11:55  Recess
    • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
    • 12:35 - 1:15 MTSS/Afternoon Meeting
    • 1:20 - 2:00 Fine Arts 
    • 2:05 - 3:20  Block 3
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    General Dates and Reminders

    Senior Project Support!

    From Mayowa Latona, Class of 2022,
    On Friday, February 26th, during Materials Pick-up, Mayowa Latona will hold a lemonade stand to raise awareness for childhood cancer outside the Upper School Main Entrance from 9 am to 4 pm. The lemonade will cost $2.00 per juice box. All proceeds go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where families receive research and outreach support. Please stop by and support this great cause. If you have any questions, please contact Mayowa at mlatona@student.rak12.org Thank you!

    Repeat Information:

    Also included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the February 12th News Email below: Black History Month Contest
    • From the February 5th Email below: Moving? Change of Address Info
    • From the January 8th Email below: Spring Sports Registration Now Open

     


    Friday, February 27, 2021 at 4:35 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    General Dates and Reminders

    *ALL classes, K-12 will be remote APRIL 5th - APRIL 16th following Spring Break*

    Senior Project Support!

    From Mayowa Latona, Class of 2022,
    On Friday, February 26th, during Materials Pick-up, Mayowa Latona will hold a lemonade stand to raise awareness for childhood cancer outside the Upper School Main Entrance from 9 am to 4 pm. The lemonade will cost $2.00 per juice box. All proceeds go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where families receive research and outreach support. Please stop by and support this great cause. If you have any questions, please contact Mayowa at mlatona@student.rak12.org Thank you!

    Repeat Information:

    Also included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the February 12th News Email below: Black History Month Contest
    • From the February 5th Email below: Moving? Change of Address Info
    • From the January 8th Email below: Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    Friday, February 27, 2021 at 4:41 PM EST - Weekly Phased Return Plan

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next several week’s plans.

    View Phased Return Schedule on RA's School Reopening Page.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with honest, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    ALL classes, K-12 will be remote April 5th - April 16th following Spring Break

     

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school: 

    For those attending onsite

    • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. PLEASE do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop. 
    • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit! Please complete one hour before the start of the school day. 
    • A cold meal will be provided for ALL students at NO cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.

    For those remaining online

    • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.
    • The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for ALL students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return. 

    Reopening Q&A Sessions:

    As a reminder, I will continue to host live Q&A sessions as I am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.  The sessions are remote, via Google Meets

    These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing. Next Sessions: March 2, 2021 11:30am-12:30pm & March 9, 2021 5:30pm-6:30pm

    Reminder

    Beginning February 16, 2021, ALL Lower School students will follow the below schedule regardless of their online or onsite placements. 

    Grades 1-2

    • 8:00-8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30-9:10 Morning Meeting
    • 9:10-10:20 ELA
    • 10:25-10:40 Snack/Bathroom Break
    • 10:40-11:20 Science/Social Studies
    • 11:25-11:45 Movement Break
    • 11:50-12:55 Math
    • 1:00-1:30 Lunch
    • 1:35-1:55 Recess
    • 2:05-2:45 Fine Arts 
    • 2:50-3:20 ELA centers
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal  

    Grades 3-4

    • 8:00-8:20 - Arrival
    • 8:25-9:55 Block 1
    • 10:00-10:20 Recess
    • 10:25-11:05 Fine Arts
    • 11:15-12:35 Block 2
    • 12:40-1:10 Lunch
    • 1:15-2:35 Block 3 
    • 2:40-3:15 Afternoon Meeting (to replace Morning Meeting)
    • 3:15-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal 

    Grades 5-6

    • 8:00 - 8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30 - 10:00 Block 1
    • 10:05 - 11:35  Block 2
    • 11:35-11:55  Recess
    • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
    • 12:35 - 1:15 MTSS/Afternoon Meeting
    • 1:20 - 2:00 Fine Arts 
    • 2:05 - 3:20  Block 3
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    General Dates and Reminders

    Senior Project Support!

    From Mayowa Latona, Class of 2022,
    On Friday, February 26th, during Materials Pick-up, Mayowa Latona will hold a lemonade stand to raise awareness for childhood cancer outside the Upper School Main Entrance from 9 am to 4 pm. The lemonade will cost $2.00 per juice box. All proceeds go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where families receive research and outreach support. Please stop by and support this great cause. If you have any questions, please contact Mayowa at mlatona@student.rak12.org Thank you!

    Repeat Information:

    Also included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the February 12th News Email below: Black History Month Contest
    • From the February 5th Email below: Moving? Change of Address Info
    • From the January 8th Email below: Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:03 PM EST - Weekly Phased Return Plan

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next several week’s plans.

    View Phased Return Schedule on RA's School Reopening Page.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with honest, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli


    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:24 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    General Dates and Reminders

     

    Black History Month (BHM) Contest!

    Flocabulary is welcoming student submissions for their second-ever Black History Month Rap Contest! The Official rules, a step-by-step submission guide, a scoring rubric, and more can be found below.

    Read the official rules below. The contest entry form can be found at Flocabulary's Black History Month Contest Page. Submissions are due by February 28, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

    1. Click the 'Sign-in" link to watch the video to learn more about the contest and what it requires. (Students can also watch the video by clicking on the link for the entry form)
    2. Choose a historical figure to write about and do the research!
    3. Once your research is complete, write your rap! Consider performing or recording your final song.

    Parent Resources (links are in Dr. Guarino Buli's email):

    • Mental Health First Aid - Training
    • The Sanctuary Model
    • Magellan Behavioral Health My Life
    • Chester County Mobile Crisis

    Repeat Information:

    Included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the February 5th Email below:  Moving? Change of Address Info
    • From the January 8th Email below:  Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM EST - Weekly Phased Return Plan

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest. Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward.

    Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next several week’s plans. Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.  If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.  

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with honest, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback. 

    Best. Dr. Guarino Buli

    ALL classes, K-12 will be remote April 5th - April 16th following Spring Break

     

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school: 

    For those attending onsite

    • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. PLEASE do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop. 
    • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit! Please complete one hour before the start of the school day. 
    • A cold meal will be provided for ALL students at NO cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.  

    For those remaining online

    • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.
    • The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for ALL students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return.
    • You will receive an updated schedule at least ten days before the change of your student.   

    Health and Safety Update From the School Nurse

    Please see the attached YouTube video, which reviews Health and Safety Protocols while your child attends Renaissance Academy.  Topic includes COVID screening, Medications at school, 5 pm, and proper use and care of Face Masks.  Nurse Cavanagh's YouTube Health & Safety Video

    Reopening Q&A Sessions:

    As a reminder, I will continue to host live Q&A sessions as I am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.  The sessions are remote, via Google Meets

    These sessions are open to the school community and recorded for later viewing. All School: February 17th, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

    Reminder

    Beginning February 16, 2021, ALL Lower School students will follow the below schedule regardless of their online or onsite placements. 

    Grades 1-2

    • 8:00-8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30-9:10 Morning Meeting
    • 9:10-10:20 ELA
    • 10:25-10:40 Snack/Bathroom Break
    • 10:40-11:20 Science/Social Studies
    • 11:25-11:45 Movement Break
    • 11:50-12:55 Math
    • 1:00-1:30 Lunch
    • 1:35-1:55 Recess
    • 2:05-2:45 Fine Arts 
    • 2:50-3:20 ELA centers
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal  

    Grades 3-4

    • 8:00-8:20 - Arrival
    • 8:25-9:55 Block 1
    • 10:00-10:20 Recess
    • 10:25-11:05 Fine Arts
    • 11:15-12:35 Block 2
    • 12:40-1:10 Lunch
    • 1:15-2:35 Block 3 
    • 2:40-3:15 Afternoon Meeting (to replace Morning Meeting)
    • 3:15-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal 

    Grades 5-6

    • 8:00 - 8:25 Arrival
    • 8:30 - 10:00 Block 1
    • 10:05 - 11:35  Block 2
    • 11:35-11:55  Recess
    • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
    • 12:35 - 1:15 MTSS/Afternoon Meeting
    • 1:20 - 2:00 Fine Arts 
    • 2:05 - 3:20  Block 3
    • 3:20-3:30 Pack Up and Dismissal

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM EST - Materials Pick-up and School Pictures:

    Greetings:

    The Third Trimester Materials Pick-up will take place on Friday, February 26th & Saturday, February 27th. Below you will see the link to sign-up for a time slot on these days. Please select a slot for your family. Each student does NOT need a slot.

    While on campus for these pick-up days we will also conduct School Pictures. Pictures for your student(s) will be in the same time frame that you scheduled to be on campus. Pictures will be available for your purchase and will be used for the 2020-2021 School Year Books. The photos you purchase will be mailed to you, they will not be delivered to the school.

    All Health and Safety Plan Guidelines will be followed during this event. Masks may be removed by the student for the photo ONLY. Please follow the photographers’ instructions regarding when it is safe to remove your mask. Parents may enter the photo area with their students but will be directed to a spot to stand away from the photographer.

    Steps for successful Pick-up and Photography

    1.  Park in the Main Lot on Fillmore Street
    2. Enter the US Main Entrance, where you and all in your group will be screened (Door U1)
    3. Proceed to pick up each students’ materials
      • Grades 1st - 6th - Home Base Classrooms
      • Grades 7th - 12th - Staging areas
      • Kindergarten - Dance Room & Drama Room
    4. When done picking up all materials proceed to the Upper School Gymnasium (stage side entrance)
    5. Each student will be photographed
    6. Exit the Gymnasium (parking lot side)
    7. Exit the school via outside stairs leading to the parking lot (Door U2)

    Sign-up Link for BOTH Pictures & Material Pick-up - Closed

    RA Picture Day Flyer 2020-2021.pdf

    Seniors Pictures

    Senior Class retakes will happen Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM. You must register for a time slot by emailing Mr. Smith, Before February 24th. Harold.Smith@rak12.org


    February 5, 2021 - Phased Re-Opening Plan

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next week’s anticipated plans below.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with honest, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli


    February 5, 2021 at 3:58 PM - Weekly News

    All School Message:

     

    Good Afternoon,  
    Thank you for your patience, support and flexibility this week. The weather was an added obstacle to the already complex situation. As always, our number one priority is our students, staff, and community safety. I understand that weather events are unpredictable and dealing with school transportation during these times can be very confusing. I am including a reference regarding inclement weather and how our school is affected. Weather.pdf

    The onsite week did end on a better note as we were able to bring another group of students to our campus. Both our high school small group and our kindergarten onsite group were able to attend for the half-day yesterday. Again it was nice to see this progression.

    I also want to add, that while we are naturally happy to be bringing more students in if their families feel this is best, we will continue to maintain the online effort and level of care for our students who remain at home. It is, and has always been our goal to provide what all of our students need and deserve!

    Have a safe weekend, 
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    General Dates and Reminders: 

    • February 8th - Family online event “Parenting During a Pandemic.”
    • February 9th - Parent Q&A
    • February 10th - FSO Meeting
    • February 11th - Equality and Equity Committee Meeting
    • February 11th - Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
    • February 15th - School Closed - President’s Day
    • February 17th - Parent Q&A
    • February 18th - Monthly Public Board Meeting

    From the School Counselors

    Depression: What Should I be Looking for and When Should I Worry More?

    As we prepare for the winter, please keep in mind that this season in particular may be a little more challenging for some. With the projections of continued isolation due to the pandemic, the cold weather ahead, and the shortened daylight hours, some people including children may begin to experience sadness or symptoms of depression.

    Young people may have a difficult time coping as it is. Because of this it may be difficult to know whether what your child is experiencing is a normal reaction to a difficult situation or if it is something more. “Normal” could look a lot different for everyone right now. A few things you may want to pay particularly close to is if your child is expressing/showing more frustration and anger, losing motivation or not enjoying activities/things they typically enjoy and are isolating from family/friends. Trust your instincts; if something inside you tells you something doesn’t seem right, then remember it never hurts to reach out to your family doctor or other professional.

    As discussed on the HelpGuide website, some signs of depression may include: sadness, irritability, frequent crying, withdrawal, loss of interest in activities, poor school performance, changes in eating and sleeping habits, feeling worthless, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of death or suicide

    The counseling department has prepared this resource and other resources for you and your loved ones to look over so you can be aware of some of the warning signs of depression and when to seek help. Please check out our Counseling Department Webpages; more specifically the parent and community resource pages for more information on this and other topics.

    Resources:

    Please feel free to reach out to us if you have question and/or concerns,

    • Lisa Fleck (9-12th grade counselor), lisa.fleck@rak12.org)
    • Rachel Murtach (5th-8th grade school counselor), rachel.murtach@rak12.org
    • Melissa Laurento (K-4th grade school counselor), melissa.laurento@rak12.org
    • Jen Illig (school social worker), jennifer.illig@rak12.org

    If you have recently Moved or are Planning to Move...

    Even if you do not intend to use busing we must report all students Change of Address to the districts and for state reporting.

    Please complete the Change of Address Form **One Per Each of Your Students

    Questions? Please contact Naomi Siedlecki, Transportation Liaison at naomi.siedlecki@rak12.org.

    Thank you.
    Ms. Naomi Siedlecki, Enrollment/Student Recruitment Coordinator &
    Transportation Liaison

    Repeat Information

    Included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the January 15th (2:48pm) Email below:
      • Counselors' Update - Parenting in the Pandemic
    • From the January 8th Email below:
      • Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    February 2, 2021 at 11:56 AM EST - COVID Status Update

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope this email finds you well. As we now have students on our campus we will be reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 as they may pertain to our staff and students. We will not report cases of staff or students if they are remaining in remote learning and have had no contact with our campus. We will continue to track all cases for necessary quarantine and mitigation.

    Today we received a report of a Positive COVID-19 Case regarding someone who has been on our campus. The last time present on campus was January 28, 2021. If anyone in our school community is a close-contact (as defined by the DOH) those persons have been contacted directly, given guidance, and directed to quarantine.

    RA reports confirmed positive cases to the Chester County Department of Health and guidelines of our Health and Safety plan are followed.

    If you would like more information about our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan or Sanitation protocol that information can be found in our School Reopening Plan - Phased Opening Version Three (pdf) and COVID-19 Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Policy (pdf)

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well and stay safe!  
    Dr. Guarino Buli


    January 29, 2021 at 4:06 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    All School Message:

    Good Afternoon,

    As noted in previous weeks’ communications, we will make determinations on a routine basis going forward as we seek to bring more students onto our campus. This information will come on Friday afternoons, as that is when we are most likely to have received the most updated reports from both Chester and Montgomery County. Each Friday’s announcement will be for the 10-day projection forward. This timeline means, today, likely after 3:30 pm, I will send the update for students returning on February 8, 2021.

    We hope that as we move forward, we will increase the number of students on campus each week incrementally. We plan to continue in the ORDER reflected in the original phased-return schedule while going at a slower pace than initially planned. Onsite attendance will be Monday-Thursday. Remote programs continue for ALL students on Fridays.

    Also of note, once students begin attending onsite, the building will be physically CLOSED on Fridays. All staff will be required to telecommute so that our facilities team can fully implement the recommended Covid-19 sanitation protocols. Please do not attempt to come to the buildings on Fridays.

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school:

    • For those attending onsite:
      • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. PLEASE do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop.
      • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day* for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit! *Please complete one hour before the start of the school day.
      • A cold meal will be provided for ALL students at no cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.
    • For those remaining online
      • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.

        The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for ALL students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return. You will receive an updated schedule at least ten days before the change if your student.

    Health and Safety Update From the School Nurse

    Please see the below YouTube video, which reviews Health and Safety Protocols while your child attends Renaissance Academy. Topic includes COVID screening, Medications at school, 5 pm, and proper use and care of Face Masks.

    If you have recently Moved or Plan to Move

    Even if you do not intend to use busing we must report all students Change of Address to the districts and for state reporting.

    Please complete the Change of Address packet, one per student located on our Change of Address page.

    Questions? Please contact Naomi Siedlecki, at naomi.siedlecki@rak12.org

    Thank you.
    Ms. Naomi Siedlecki, Enrollment/Student Recruitment Coordinator/Transportation Liaison

    General Dates and Reminders

    • February 1st - Spirit Wear Day - Show your school pride… and turn on that camera!
    • February 4th - Early Dismissal (11am) for ALL Students
    • February 8th - Family online event “Parenting During a Pandemic.”
    • February 11th - Monthly Public Board Meeting

    Repeat Information

    Included in this communication for your reference:

    • From the January 15th (2:48pm) Email below:
      • Spring Elementary Choir Information
      • Counselors' Update - Parenting in the Pandemic
    • From the January 8th Email below:
      • Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    January 29, 2021 at 3:54 PM EST - Weekly Phased Return Update

    Good Afternoon,

    This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next week’s anticipated plans.

    You will notice that we do not plan to bring any NEW groups in on February 8, 2021. We have determined that there is a need to ensure all proper protocol is in place and that some adjustments are needed internally. With the largest group, being Kindergarten, beginning this Monday I wish to give our staff a full cycle to process these changes and demonstrate proficiency in the safety expectations.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus, and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with hones, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Live Reopening Q & A Sessions

    As a reminder, I will continue to host live Q&A sessions as I am sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress.

    The next is:

    • February 2nd - 5:30-6:30 PM 

    January 29, 2021 at 12:01 PM EST - COVID Testing Program - For Onsite Attendance!

    I have some exciting news for our families that will have students attending school on campus in the coming weeks and months. If your child is continuing their learning from home virtually they will NOT be included in this program.

    Our school will be partnering with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and their Project ACE-IT program to do COVID-19 rapid antigen testing. This program will allow us to be proactive in determining if someone may be positive for COVID-19. We will be able to utilize these tests when a student or staff member in the building is having symptoms or has been determined to be a Close Contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    These tests are being performed on a purely voluntary basis. Your participation in this program is not mandatory. Also, please keep in mind that our participation in this project will have no impact on our Health and Safety Plan which we will continue to follow.

    We will be utilizing the BinaxNOW Test, an antigen test that gives rapid results in 15 minutes. Tests are administered with a nasal swab (to the shallow front of the nostrils only) by a nurse trained to use this test. If you choose to allow your child to participate, a school nurse will contact you before administering a test to confirm your child's consent. More information pertaining to testing is attached with the consent form. We will also perform the tests weekly for our staff members, who are interested in participating, as an additional mitigation tool to keep our staff and students healthy and safe.

    If you would like your child to participate you will be required to complete the following steps.

    1. You must complete the Student Consent Form for COVID-19 ACE-IT Program (pdf) and return it to me either by scanning it and emailing it back to nurse@rak12.org or by returning it to school with your child and having them turn it into the school nurse. We MUST be in possession of this consent form in order to perform the test. You will not have to complete the form each time your child is tested.
    2. You must create a QR code for your child that you can print and submit to the nurse's office. We cannot perform the test without this QR code.
      • Steps to create a QR code are as follows:
        • Go to PA Rapid Test Website (or enter the URS: https://register.pennrapidtest.org/ into your web browser) The app is not compatible with Internet Explorer but should work on most other web browsers.
        • Follow instructions to create a personalized QR code.
          • Take a screengrab of the QR code and store it in your device; or, cut/paste the screengrab onto a Word .doc, and print it out.
          • You may create as many personalized QR codes as you wish – each time you create a new one, you’ll enter your demographic data; but each time you use that QR code in the app at a testing event, your demographic data will pre-populate.

    If you choose not to consent at this time, you are able to opt in at a later date. We are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in this program and help our school community stay healthy and safe.

    All the best,
    Grace Cavanah, CSN 


    January 27, 2021 at 7:33 PM EST - COVID-19 Campus Status Update 1/27/2021

    Good Evening,

    I hope this email finds you well. As we now have students on our campus we will be reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 as they may pertain to our staff and students. We will not report cases of staff or students if they are remaining in remote learning and have had no contact with our campus. We will continue to track all cases for necessary quarantine and mitigation.

    Today we received a report of a POSITIVE COVID-19 Case regarding someone who has been on our campus. The last time present on campus was January 21, 2021. The person was not in a role of interaction with students on campus. If anyone in our school community is found to be a close-contact (as defined by the DOH) those persons will be contacted directly, made aware, and directed to quarantine.

    The confirmed positive case will be reported accordingly to the Chester County Department of Health and guidelines will be followed by our staff.

    If you would like more information about our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan or Sanitation protocol those documents can be found on our website.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli


    January 22, 2021 at 3:45 PM EST - Phased Reopening Update

    Good Afternoon - This is the weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next week’s anticipated plans below.

    Please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    If your child’s schedule or teacher will be changing due to the return to campus of some teachers and staff, you will receive a notification.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus, and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with hones, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Reopening Schedule (Updated 1/22/21)
    Student Group   Attendance Status  Return Date
    Lower School
    Matrix Identified Group 
    Confirmed via phone calls
    & written letter - Complete
    January 19, 2021
    Middle School
    Matrix Identified Group 
    Confirmed via phone call & written letter  January 25, 2021
    High School
    Matrix Identified Group
    AND 
    Kindergarten Onsite Opted
    Confirmed via phone call with letter pending  February 1, 2021
    1st Grade Onsite Opted   Confirmed via phone call with letter pending February 8, 2021*
    *Pending prior 2-week  successful rollout
    and absence of
    unforeseen obstacles

    Return Plans Question & Answer Sessions

    As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we are sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress. The next two are:

    • January 26th 5pm-5:45pm Meeting (Kindergarten Specific)
    • January 27th 11:30-12:15pm Meeting

    January 22, 2021 at 3:15 PM EST - Weekly News

    All School Message:

    Good Afternoon - TGIF as we head into a cold and chilly weekend!

    As you may have seen via Social Media or heard during our recent board meeting, we successfully had some Lower School Children back on campus this week.

    I want to take a moment to share my immense gratitude and pride for the excellent job done to begin this mission and safely bring our students back to school. Many staff members were involved and jumped in to support! Additionally, thank you to our families who worked to get their students to the building, participated in our required screenings, and were patient with all new learning curves! I am hopeful for more days of students returning as we move forward.

    As noted in previous weeks’ communications, we will make determinations on a routine basis going forward as we seek to bring more students onto our campus. This information will come on Friday afternoons, as that is when we are most likely to have received the most updated reports from both Chester and Montgomery County. Each Friday’s announcement will be for the 10-day projection forward. This timeline means, today, likely after 3:30 pm, I will send the update for students returning on February 1, 2021.

    We hope that as we move forward, we will increase the number of students on campus each week incrementally. We plan to continue in the order reflected in the original phased-return schedule while going at a slower pace than initially planned. Onsite attendance will be Monday-Thursday. Remote programs continue for All students on Fridays.

    Also of note, once students begin attending onsite, the building will be physically Closed on Fridays. All staff will be required to telecommute so that our facilities team can fully implement the recommended Covid-19 sanitation protocols. Please do not attempt to come to the buildings on Fridays.

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school:

    For those attending onsite:

    • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. Please do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop.
    • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit! Please Complete ONE HOUR before the start of the school day.
    • A cold meal will be provided for All students at no cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.

    For those remaining online:

    • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.
    • The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for all students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return. You will receive an updated schedule at least ten days before the change if your student.

    Health and Safety Update From the School Nurse

    Please see the attached YouTube video, which reviews Health and Safety Protocols while your child attends Renaissance Academy. Topic includes COVID screening, Medications at school, 5 pm, and proper use and care of Face Masks.

    General Dates and Reminders

     

    • January 25th - Start of National School Choice Week - Be on the lookout for PBIS Announcements and Celebrations!
    • January 26th - Kindergarten Parent Q&A - 5pm 1/26
    • January 27th - General Parent Q&A - 11:30 am 1/27
    • January 27th - NSCW - Wear Yellow (see details below)
    • February 1st - Spirit Wear Day - Show your school pride… and turn on that camera!
    • February 8th - Family online event “Parenting During a Pandemic.”

    School Choice Week 2021

    What do the Blue, Green, Purple, and Orange Houses have in common? We all support YELLOW!

    Yellow is the color of #SchoolChoiceWeek!

    House Challenge on Wednesday, January 27th:

    • Have your student wear yellow clothing or accessories to support #SchoolChoiceWeek!
    • Once you see the challenge posted on Facebook the morning of 1/27, upload your student's "yellow" picture in the comments.
    • If your student is On-Campus, we will be sure to celebrate their Yellow and post some photos!
    • Be sure to identify your student's House by hashtag to earn a House point:
      • #BB (Barr-Bergstrom, purple)
      • #HS (Hope-Stephens, blue)
      • #MP (McGunnigle-Petrecca, green)
      • #KF (Kaplan-Finkenaur, orange)

    Lands End Free Logo

    January 28 - February 3, 2021
    Code: CLASS PIN: 2910

    Repeat Information:

    From the January 15th (2:48pm) Email below:

    From the January 8th Email below:

    • Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    January 15, 2021 at 3:51 PM EST - Weekly Phased Return Plan

    Good Afternoon - This is the soon-to-be weekly Friday update regarding our phased return of students. I will aim to send this update shortly after 3:30 each week and before the end of the business day at the latest.

    Each Friday, we will send notice of the anticipated group for Monday, ten days forward. Whenever possible, we will give projections beyond that if we can. Today we are publishing the next three week’s anticipated plans below. Additional grades may be added, but will follow the ORDER of our original proposed schedules.

    As noted in the email earlier this afternoon, please await confirmation/communication from your home district regarding transportation. Until that service is confirmed for your student, they will need to arrive by car.

    We look forward to having our students back on our campus, and thank you for your support and cooperation. It is always my goal to communicate with hones, helpful information. I welcome your questions and feedback.

    Best.
    Dr. Guarino Buli 

    Reopening Schedule (Updated 1/15/21)
    Student Group   Attendance Status  Return Date
    Lower School
    Matrix* Identified Group 
    Confirmed via phone calls
    & written letter
    January 19, 2021
    Middle School
    Matrix* Identified Group 
    Confirmed via phone call
    with letter pending
     January 25, 2021
    High School
    Matrix* Identified Group
    AND 
    Kindergarten Onsite Opted
    Confirmed via phone call with letter pending  February 1, 2021**
    **Pending prior 2-week  successful rollout
    and absence of
    unforeseen obstacles

    *Matrix noted above per approval of Board of Trustees 11/13/2020

    Return Plans Question & Answer Sessions

    As a reminder, Dr. Guarino Buli will continue to host live Q&A sessions as we are sure we will continue to have questions and curiosities regarding our plans’ progress. The next two are:

    • January 20th 5pm-5:45pm
    • January 27th 11:30-12:15pm

    January 15, 2021 at 2:48 PM EST - Weekly News

    All School Message

    Good Afternoon - This has certainly been a busy week here at school. I am happy to share some updates and plans as we continue to manage and plan for the next several months.

    I have a few updates and a few reminders, which I hope you will find helpful.

    In response to the PDE Updated Guidelines (January 7) and the slight downward local trend we have seen in Covid-19 positivity rates, we have made some adjustments to our plans. This week contact was made with Lower School Families of the students formerly identified on the Matrix, which had been approved by our Trustees in November. This identified group of students has been given the clearance to return to school for onsite support, beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. This group includes a small number of students, and we are pleased to be moving forward.

    As noted in previous weeks’ communications, we will make determinations on a routine basis going forward as we seek to bring more students onto our campus. This information will come on Friday afternoons, as that is when we are most likely to have received the most updated reports from both Chester and Montgomery County. Each Friday’s announcement will be for the 10-day projection forward. This timeline means, today, likely after 3:30 pm, I will send the update for students returning on January 25th.

    We hope that as we move forward, we will be able to incrementally increase the number of students on campus each week. We plan to continue in the ORDER reflected in the original phased-return schedule while going at a slower pace than initially planned. Onsite attendance will be Monday-Thursday. Remote programs continue for ALL students on Fridays.

    Also of note, once students begin attending onsite, the building will be physically Closed on Fridays. All staff will be required to telecommute so that our facilities team can fully implement the recommended Covid-19 sanitation protocols. Please do not attempt to come to the buildings on Fridays.

    Notes as we begin to phase students back to school:

     

    For those attending onsite:

    • Students in need of transportation may see a lag-time as districts rework their routes. PLEASE do not assume your child has transportation until you have received confirmation with a pick-up time and bus stop.
    • A parent /guardian must complete the COVID-19 Screener in Skyward each day for your child. Please be sure to test this feature and begin using it daily to build that habit!
    • A cold meal will be provided for ALL students at NO cost. This offering will be a pre-packaged meal. Students may bring their food as well.

    For those remaining online:

    • You may see a change in some of your children’s teachers if that teacher returns onsite. This change will not pertain to everyone, and you will be notified of the difference if your child is impacted.
    • The daily schedule will be phased back to the full-day school schedule for ALL students (8 am-3:30 pm) as the grade levels return. You will receive an updated schedule at least ten days before the change if your student is impacted.

    General Dates and Reminders

    • January 18th - School Closed - Dr. Martin Luther King Day Observed
    • January 19th - First Group - Return to School *See message above
    • January 21st - Board of Trustee Meeting
    • January 25th - Start of National School Choice Week
    • February 8th - Family online event “Parenting During a Pandemic.”

    Presidential Inauguration:

    As we are aware next week, our county will witness the Inauguration of our 46th President. Every such occurrence of a president taking office is a historical event worth noting. This year we will experience this uniquely given the Pandemic restrictions on the event and our virtual learning environment. I am confident that in some of your student's classes, this event, political process, and the ceremony itself will be the topic of discussion.

    The administration is also well aware of the threats of violence regarding this day, as reported publicly by the FBI. Out of caution for our students, we will not allow live-streams of the Inauguration to be shown during classes on this day. Recordings may be viewed after the event if fitting with the curriculum and lessons. If your family wishes to have your students absent from class at some point to view the swearing-in ceremony or other components of the day, please send notice, and it will be coded as an educational excused absence.

    Elementary Choir:

     

    Attention All New and Returning Elementary Choir members! Please see the attached choir form by clicking on the link below. The form explains how to enroll your child in the Lower School Spring Choir Program for grades 3-6. Page 1 is the information, choir rehearsal times, and how we will learn our music in the virtual meets/ choir google classroom. The second page is the choir rehearsal schedule, as we will meet every other Thursday during their independent fine art block by grade level.

    From the Counselors

    Guardian/Parent Night: Parenting During the Pandemic - February 8th at 6:00 PM

    We all know that this pandemic has not been easy for adults nor children. We have all experienced some type of loss with the pandemic. Those losses may look different from one another, but no matter what, they are a loss. For example, some may have had financial losses, the loss of a loved one, a loss of “normalcy,” loss of a home, loss of social interactions, etc. This pandemic has been traumatic, and with trauma comes a range of negative feelings for many.

    Please join us on February 8th for a presentation hosted by Sean Halloran, Ph.D. from Barnstone Art For Kids. The presentation will focus on the pandemic, effects of trauma, and how to help your child through it. The presentation will begin at 6:00 PM and will be approximately run from 6-7:30 PM. An extra ½ hour will be added to provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

    Please join us via Google Meets meet.google.com/jym-tvty-stn. This link can be found on our school calendar, as well.

    If you have any questions, please contact one of the school counselors or our social worker.

    Sincerely,

    • Lisa Fleck (9th-12th grade school counselor), lisa.fleck@rak12.org
    • Rachel Murtagh (5th-8th grade school counselor), rachel.murtagh@rak12.org
    • Melissa Laurento (K-4th grade school counselor), melissa.laurento@rak12.org
    • Jen Illig (school social worker), jennifer.illig@rak.12.org

    Repeat Information:

    From the January 8th Email below:

    • Spring Sports Registration Now Open

    January 8, 2021 at 4:07 PM EST - Weekly News & Development

    All School Message:

    As there have been many emails this week, I am not sure what more I can share! I thank everyone for SLC participation and wish you a safe weekend. See below for some general school announcements.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Thank you to all that participated in the Lower School and High School RA Winter Competitions. Congratulations to the following winners!!!!

    • Lower School:
      • Landon Wheeles: Gingerbread House
      • Carter and Isabel Arobone: Lights
      • Abby Chestnet: Ugly Sweater
    • High School
      • Michael Henzes: Gingerbread House
      • Julianna Buli: Lights
      • Stella Menzies: Ugly Sweater

    General Dates and Reminders

    • January 18th - School Closed - Dr. Martin Luther King Day Observed
    • January 21st - Board of Trustee Meeting
    • January 25th - Start of National School Choice Week

    From the School Counselors:

    We hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break with their families! As we head into the winter months, we realize this may bring some continued uncertainty or unease feelings. We hope to continue to provide valuable resources to help guide you in creating a positive atmosphere amidst everything that is happening.

    To kick off our first note of the year, we want to share our Counseling Department page, which can be found under "Contact Us" on the RA website. Here you will find a few pages of parent resources and a newly added student page. We’d like to highlight our "Community Resources - Where to Look for Help" page. An invaluable tool found on this page is your County Crisis Line. These lines are available 24-7 and can provide in-home or telephone crisis assessments and referrals to keep you and your family members safe during a mental health crisis or event. For your reference. Please see your county’s information below:

    • Chester County: Valley Creek Crisis Center - 610-918-2100
    • Montgomery County: Access Services - 1-855-634-4673
    • Bucks County Crisis - 215-345-2273
    • Berks County: Service Access Management 1-877-236-4600
    • Delaware County Crisis Service - 1-855-889-7827
    • Philadelphia County: Suicide and Crisis Center (215)-686-4420
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
    • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 or visit the Crisis Text Line website for more information

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support or resources! We are always here to help and thought this resource list would be valuable during times we may not be available.

    Upcoming Event: Parenting During the Pandemic - 2/8 6:00-7:30
     via Google Meets - Please join us for a presentation hosted by Sean Halloran, Ph.D. from Barnstone Art For Kids. The presentation will focus on the pandemic, the effects of trauma, and how to help your child through it.

    From the FSO

    • The first FSO meeting of 2021 will be on January 13, 2020, at 6:30 pm! Find the link to the virtual meeting on the RA FSO page.
    • Like our FSO Facebook page! Find us on Facebook. You can find the meeting agenda, minutes, and recordings here as well as news and updates!
    • Help our FSO (Family & School Organization) by Scanning your Boxtops to the app throughout the year. RA FSO Box Tops page

    From the Athletic Department:

    2021 Spring Sports Registration:  
    Renaissance Academy will continue to use the family ID for our online sports registration. For a student-athlete to be eligible to play a sport, they must register on Family ID for their specific sport as well as have a completed PIAA physical form (dated after June 1, 2020).

    Spring Sports Registration is OPEN.

    To register, please go to:

    • RA Athletics Website
    • Go to the "More" tab
    • Select "Sports Registration" under Family ID
    • Click on the "Register Now" button
    • Select "Spring 2021 Athletics Registration"
    • Select the sport, complete the required information and submit
    • You will receive a confirmation email once you submit your registration

    Registration must be completed before any preseason practices/workouts.

    All teams’ schedules, tryouts, and practice information can be located on our RA Athletic Website.

    Section 6 of the PIAA physical form must be completed by a physician before practice the first practices on March 8, 2021. This form can be found on our athletic website under the "More" tab, "Athlete Forms",

    Please feel free to reach out to kevin.zvorsky@rak12.org if you have any questions.

    Land’s End Uniform Sale:

     

    School families can get 40% OFF January 8-15, 2021!.  
    CODE: RENEW - PIN: 7319

    Development Weekly News

    Counseling Department 2021 Campaign

    In October, we launched an "Adopt a Family for the Holidays" campaign. We were able to raise over $7,000.00 for our families in need this holiday season. This money was used for meals and gifts. Renaissance greatly appreciates and mindfully stewards every dollar received. Because of support from our Renaissance community, we have made an impact on our community.

    We are renewing our request for your support for our Counseling Department at the beginning of 2021. Your support will help continue the excellent work that our Counseling Department has provided to our students and community. The Counseling Department would use new funds generated to purchase new IPads that will introduce healthy coping strategies in their live offices and remote learning due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They will also provide additional links, online strategy, and tools for healthy coping mechanisms and stress relievers that students could access.

    Your support would be much appreciated and help us to support our students’ health and well being.

    You can donate and give online.  Go directly to our campaign page to make an Online Donation to RA. (Donation Allocation - End of Year-Counseling Dept.)

    All funds generated from this allocation will go to the counseling department and this campaign. 

    Help Out the FSO:

    • Coming up in the next is the FSOs Chipotle Fundraiser. Be on the lookout for information regarding this dining event.
    • Box Tops for Education

    Upcoming RA Fundraisers

    In upcoming weeks, be on the lookout for these upcoming fundraisers:

    • Renaissance Academy Face Mask Fundraiser
    • Annual Golf Outing 2021

    Ongoing Fundraisers:

    Donating Directly to Renaissance

    You can always choose to donate directly to RA by check, cash, and credit card. Please send donations directly to the school mailing address to my attention:

    Renaissance Academy Charter School
    413 Fairview Street
    Phoenixville, PA 19460
    Attn: Denise Kozuch-Harakal

    or make an Online Donation to RA

    As Renaissance Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all or part of your contribution is tax-deductible. *If donations are to a particular group, sports team, or club, please note your donation.

    Employer Matching Gift Program

    Please be sure to check to see if your company or organization has a donation match. You may be able to double your donation to Renaissance Academy through your employer.

    Recurring Gifts

    Signing up for a recurring gift is a great way to help Renaissance Academy by providing steady, reliable funding for students and faculty through a monthly, quarterly, or annual contribution to the school. Simply choose annual gifts on the donation page and determine how to distribute your donation over the next twelve months.

    Donations, Sponsorships, and Volunteer Opportunities for Events

    Any questions, problems, or concerns for development, please email: denise.kozuch-harakal@rak12.org or call her at 610-983-4080 x409. Call her mobile at 610-428-4072.

    Thank you for supporting the Students, Teachers, Staff, and Development with their fundraising efforts.

    May you and yours be safe, be well, and stay healthy!
    Denise Kozuch-Harakal, Ashley Pufko, and The RA Development Committee


    January 7, 2021 at 8:36 PM EST - Evening Updates

    Good Evening,

    First and foremost, thank you to the families who participated in a successful Second Trimester SLCs today. Ordinarily, I would be announcing over the intercom at this time of the evening to thank you and wish you a safe ride home. The exhausted teachers would be heading out the door to prepare and rest up for the next day of meetings. In this case, separated by miles of distance and internet, I can only hope everyone is safely at home and done with their long day by now!

    While I believed the last few days of emails from me would have provided enough Covid-19 updates to last us a week or so, I should have known better. By noon today, we were once again supplied with ‘updated guidance’ and recommendations from PDE and the PA Department of Health. I hope that our families have also seen or heard about this press conference. At the very least, I gained a better understanding of what the school leaders in our communities (as I have listened to this at many School Board meetings in our county!) mean when they say ‘the rules keep changing!’ The ever-changing guidance indicates that we are ALL learning along the way, and even the Public Health Officials are continually re-evaluating their recommendations.

    Here are the Updated PDE Guidelines as they were delivered to schools and the public earlier today. Our Pandemic Team, Administration, and Trustees will be evaluating the new guidelines in light of our school’s ability to meet the mitigation and safety standards (which have not changed) as well as the boundaries of the Attestation Agreement to which we committed. I am sure we will begin issuing revisions and plans in light of these changes in the coming days. As always, your patience and understanding are appreciated.

    I am also providing the review document prepared by Grace Cavanah, Certified School Nurse. This document is about the note in last night’s email regarding questions and confusion about how the county and state health departments derived Covid-19 rates and percentages. We hope this is helpful to understand the terms and their meanings further. Guidance on Positivity and Incidence Rates.pdf


    January 6, 2021 at 9:55 PM EST - News & Updates

    This communication has relevant information for all of our families. I will often try to separate information for certain groups to keep the information flow at a minimum. Because the following announcements affect a large sector of our school, the messages are shared with everyone. I hope that transparency will help to streamline the information and avoid any misunderstandings.

    Best, 
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Staffing Updates and Changes:

    For a variety of reasons, we are making necessary staffing changes. Changes in a position related to a reorganization are noted below and likely the by-product of COVID-19 safety considerations. In certain cases, elementary students will experience some teacher changes as we work to safely distance the students intended to be on campus. In other cases, we are not yet ready to announce teacher assignments as parental choices for onsite vs. remote learning are in flux.

    The following staff members are new to our school and will take the following roles if they are replacing a current staff member that is noted. If they are a new staff member in a newly created position, that is noted as well. While your child may not interact with all of these staff members, you may encounter their name, and I wish to give you context. Join me in welcoming the following:

    • New Role - Support Staff, Margaret Cavanagh
    • New Role - Support Staff, Emily Keefe
    • New Role - Support Staff, Dynita Maddox
    • New Role - Support Staff, Tina Lynch
    • New Role - Temporary Second Grade Teacher /Kindergarten Support, Jessandra Blankenbiller
    • New Staff: Alyssa Fell, Replacing current Second Grade Teacher, Dawn Wales
    • New Staff: Maketa Jolly, Replacing current Special Education Supervisor, Sarah Pilacik

    Pending departure with positions under recruitment - To be hired.

    • Replacing current Kindergarten Aide, Diane Yeomans - Temporary Kindergarten Teacher
    • Replacing Sean Gensert, Middle School Science

    In light of the plan to bring students on site, several of our Kindergarten Aides will be assuming teaching roles. This will allow smaller groups of students to meet in our classrooms physically. All staff in teaching roles are PA certified and positioned to lead their class of students. Precise class lists and teacher assignments will be provided to those impacted once all placements have been determined. Thank you for your patience as we work to manage this very complex situation.

    Q&A Sessions Regarding Re-opening:

    I will begin hosting live sessions to answer questions or provide clarity on the information previously provided. I hope to schedule sessions in the evenings and day time so that flexibility can be provided.

    • Sessions will not be for ‘announcements’ but will recap or explain already provided information.
    • Sessions will not follow a presentation format but will provide a free-form platform for questions.
    • Sessions are intended to be recorded for sharing with the community who may not be able to attend
    • From time to time, other Administrators, staff, health services may also attend sessions.

    If there is continued interest, I will add sessions going forward.

    • January 13, 12:00-12:45 pm  1/13/21 Meeting
    • January 20, 5:00- 5:45 pm 1/20/21 Meeting
    • January 27, 11:30-12:15 pm 1/27/21 Meeting

    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Facebook Inquiry:

    This afternoon we received a question on our Facebook Page regarding the data being reviewed in the decision-making process regarding re-opening. I want to address the existence of the question here, rather than on Facebook, as I know all of our families and community will not have access to that medium.

    The question related to how the COVID-19 Community Transmission percentages are calculated. I am noting here several resources that the school and most schools are using to review and verify this information. The information is publicly available. I want to reiterate that my admin team nor I are trained statisticians or public health officials. We do not generate the reports or the data; we rely on those experts to provide that information for our guidance purposes.

    We look specifically at the positivity rate numbers on a routine basis by the County Health Departments. This is the percentage rate of positive COVID-19 Tests among those who were tested. This information is provided on a 7-day rolling average. This is the same measure used by our neighboring districts and PDE to determine if a county is in the Substantial range of transmission. As Renaissance is made up of multiple counties and many districts, we choose to ALSO look at the school districts. As noted in our Health and Safety Plan, we will continue to make decisions based on both the county and district level data. We feel a responsibility given the nature of our mixed enrollment and the likelihood of cross-district contact when children attend our school.

    I have also asked Mrs. Cavanagh, our School Certified Nurse, to help create some ‘easy to use’ guides/ cheat sheets on this topic, and we will share those with you as well.

    For additional resources on this topic, please see below:

    Thank you for your continued support in our efforts to provide a world-class education to your children. Wishing you safety and health,

    Dr. Guarino Buli


    January 6, 2021 at 10:32 AM EST - Reopening Update

    Parents and Guardians:

    Good morning. As indicated in our phased re-opening plan, a scheduled return to school for several grade levels begins Wednesday, January 13, 2021. This communication comes as the commitment to communicate our return status by Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

    After continued consideration and a thorough review of our current data, I regret to inform you that we cannot move forward with this plan. We will continue to follow the guidance provided and remain remote-learning at this time.

    The administration based this decision on PDE and the PA Secretary of Health’s consistent recommendations, which stipulate schools remain in remote learning during a period of ‘Substaional Community Transmission.’ Both Chester County and Montgomery Counties have been in the substantial range for multiple weeks, ranging in the 10+% transmission rates. We are pleased to note that these rates have been steady and have ceased to climb upward in recent weeks. We remain hopeful that we will see these numbers begin to fall with everyone’s commitment to mitigation and safety.

    A review of district data shows that our greatest sending three districts are showing transmission levels much higher than the counties as a whole:

    • Springford Area School District 31.00%
    • Norristown Area School District 31.4 %
    • Phoenixville Area School District 27.43%

    (Data as of Jan. 4, 2021)

    Most importantly, your child remains a high priority for support and intervention. While we cannot have them on campus, we have already begun to implement changes and increased effectiveness, as you have seen since the start of the second Trimester. These efforts included schedule changes, increased support hours with teachers, and the recent hire of multiple additional staff members to provide greater oversight for our students.

    Additionally, with your permission, we will expect your child to return to campus at the earliest possible date as circumstances allow. The students will follow the phased return schedule as previously shared, and the dates will be updated per the above.

    Going forward, beginning on January 15, 2021, we will review data as provided and make determinations each Friday, preceding the ten days for a grade level return. This notice will allow a full 10-day window during which you can plan for your child’s return. In this scenario, we will communicate notice by Friday, January 15th, to return on January 25th, we will communicate notice by Friday, January 22nd, for the return on February 1st, and so on.

    Later today, I will be sending an email that includes staffing updates and changes which may affect your student. Among these will be the announcement of several newly hired staff members who will provide support in the remote settings and manage and maintain safe numbers of students once back on campus. We are fortunate to have secured these roles and are committed to leveraging our resources to better our students’ outcomes.

    I will also be sending a list of upcoming Q&A Sessions, during which I welcome your attendance. I am well aware that the information overload can be dizzying, and I hope that making myself available for a live discussion will help everyone in the effort to understand and make the best decisions for their family.

    Thank you for your continued understanding, support, and partnership.

    In Health and Wellness,
    Dr. Gina Guarino Buli


    January 3, 2021 at 5:02 PM EST - RA Weekly News

    All School Message: 

    Happy New Year! Welcome Back to all of our families, students, and staff. I look forward to kicking off the new year with all of you as we continue learning, growing, and celebrating one another’s accomplishments.

    Classes will resume remotely on January 4, 2021, per your student’s schedule. Don’t forget; this week will be our Second Trimester Virtual SLCs. All students attend via Google Meets with their parents or guardian. If you still need to sign up, please use the links below.

    As we continue to plan and work for a safe return to onsite school, please keep checking emails for updates. For families of students in grades K, 1st & 3rd, we will send an official update of the return plans no later than January 6, 2021. As a reminder, we will continue remote instruction while most of our sending districts (both Montgomery and Chester County) are noted to be in a substantial transmission rate of Covid-19.

    Be well,
    Dr. Guarino Buli

    Re-Opening /COVID Planning:

    The information has continued to change and develop over the past several months regarding schools and COVID-19.  View the RA COVID-19 Info & Resource Pages for all School Updates.

    In Summary:

    • The current plan includes returning to on-site school for K, 1st & 3rd of families who have elected this option.
    • This plan DEPENDS on the move out of ‘Substainational’ Transmission for key sending districts.
    • Phased Return to School Schedule

    *NOTE: Whenever possible, notice will be provided One Week before a cohort’s return date if that date will NOT be kept.*

    Version Three of our Health and Safety Plan has been approved, signed, and submitted to PDE: Health and Safety Plan V3.

    Attestation Document, required by PDE, regarding compliance with COVID Mitigation efforts. Attestation Ensuring Mitigation Efforts pdf

    General Dates and Reminders

    • January 4th - School Re-opens - Remote Instruction
    • January 6th - Notice of re-open plans updated
    • January 7th & 8th - Virtual SLCs
    • January 13th - The anticipated onsite start day for Opt-in K, 1st & 3rd Graders
    • January 18th - School Closed - Dr. Martin Luther King Day Observed
    • January 21st - Board of Trustee Meeting

    SLC Sign-up Links:

    From the FSO

    The first FSO meeting of 2021 will be on January 13, 2020, at 6:30 pm! Find the link to the virtual meeting on our RA FSO Page.

    Like our FSO Facebook page! Find us on Facebook. You can find the meeting agenda, minutes, and recordings here as well as news and updates!

    Box Tops for Education

    • Help our FSO (Family & School Organization) by scanning your Boxtops to the app throughout the year.
    • Boxtops for Education is now available on the Box Tops for Education app on iOS and Android mobile phones. Download the app to scan your boxtops today. *Shopping for Groceries online? You can still submit your box tops via email to receipts@boxtops4education.com.
    • Some specials are going on right now on the BoxTops for Education Website.

    Winter Sports Update:

    Varsity Girls Basketball: The season has been CANCELED due to a lack of participants. Any girls that were interested in playing may play for their home district if they would like. If you plan to play for your home district, you must complete the form on Family ID titled "Participation in Athletics in your Home District.”  Family ID Website 

    Varsity Coed Bowling: The season has been CANCELED due to a lack of participants. Any family that registered for bowling should have received an email regarding this. We hope to have enough interest to continue bowling next winter.

    Varsity/JV Boys Basketball:  At this time, Varsity/JV Boys basketballs are still planning on starting in January. You can find the schedules for both on our RA Athletic Website.

    If any changes to these seasons occur, those that registered on Family ID will be notified immediately.

    Science Fair

    Update - Science Fair Deadline is extended. If your child wants to participate, please see the information below and contact Kimberly Wheeles with questions!

    Hello, Future Scientists (And Guardians)! 
    We were disappointed last year when the Regional Science Fair was canceled due to the pandemic. I'm SO excited to share that the Regional Science Fair is back this year, as well as the Renaissance Academy Science Fair! Things will be a little different, but the love of science will still shine through our students.

    This year, All science fairs will be Virtual! The students will be creating their boards through Google Slides, will have 5 minutes interview slots with the judges, and will still have the opportunity to move onto the Chester County Regional Research Science Fair. They have also adopted this format. No more stress with creating those big science fair boards! Students will now be able to show their technology knowledge by creating through Google Slides!

    Please Visit RA's Science Fair Page for information, resources, and deadlines if your child is interested.

    Regionals offer a lot of scholarship opportunities, as well as a great experience to be able to see what students from all over the county are creating. What better chance to grow?! I look forward to seeing what our Amazing body of RA students makes!


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