June 30, 2023
Dear Students and Parents,
I hope that you are already enjoying a good and restful summer. I also hope you are happy to turn your thoughts toward fall and our return to school. The teachers and I are looking forward to seeing you again—or meeting you for the first time—and, following the past couple of years, to a return to as close to normal a school year as possible.
As opening day approaches, please watch for another letter with more information about the fall, including weekly and seminar schedules.
We will begin the year with our traditional three-day Orientation at Camp Hi-Rock. Click here for more information about that.
Please recall that we are in session Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The school building will be open at 7:45 a.m. each day.
Look for a letter from our soccer coach later in the summer about the season. We plan for a full season of 10-12 games.
We look forward to welcoming you—or welcoming you back—to a great school year in September. For now, please read below for a wealth of back-to-school information.
Current calendar information for 2023-2024 is posted on our website calendar, here, or click on the “Calendar” tab in the upper right corner of our home page, berkshirewaldorf.com. Check your email and the website calendar for up-to-date information.
Back-to-school information, including this letter, may be found under the “Current Families” tab in the upper left corner of our home page, berkshirewaldorf.com, or at this link.
- Student Supply List. Required items for the start of school and every day after that. Students may keep supplies in their lockers or cubbies at the school so they are available when needed.
- Student & Parent Handbook. This document contains lots of information for all members of our school community. If 2023-2024 is your first year at our school, please read to ensure a smooth transition.
- Transportation. Students who ride the BRTA to and from Great Barrington (the route number is 21) and other towns, may find the schedule here. The TriTown Connector is a new service for Egremont, Great Barrington, and Stockbridge. One-way trips range from $2 (resident, within one town) to $5 (non-resident, between towns). More information here.
All forms are now completed online via this link. Please complete prior to our return to school.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES AND EVENTS
Thurs., Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. School Cleaning and set-up for fall. Join our community as we prepare our school building for the fall. This is a great opportunity to meet new families and help us prepare for the year ahead. We provide cleaning supplies, but feel free to bring your favorites.
Friday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. Back-to-school pot-luck supper at the school to welcome new families and get reacquainted. Please plan for at least one member of each family to attend and bring a dish to share. Please park on Main Street and walk to the school—our lot is small and will not hold us all!
Wed., Sept. 6. First day of school. Academic half day. Students should arrive at school no later than 8:15 a.m. in assembly dress—see the Handbook for details. Please note: This is a school day and students will have a first seminar class; they should be prepared for this with required books and school supplies. Students will have time at school to change out of assembly dress before heading to Camp Hi-Rock.
Wed., Sept. 6 through Fri., Sept. 8. Orientation at Camp Hi-Rock. We will leave for Camp Hi-Rock at 1 p.m. on September 6, following a lunch break after morning classes. Packing list, required camp form, and other information regarding Orientation is posted online. Please note: There is a $150 per student fee for Orientation.
Sun., Sept. 17 through Fri., Sept. 22. Senior Class trip to Hermit Island, Maine, to study tide-pool zoology. Information available via email and on our website soon.
Please note: Enrollment contracts for 2023-2024 should already be set up and signed within the TADS system. All contracts have been sent via e-mail through TADS. Please contact Patrick White, Business Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions about your contract.
Please call or email if you have questions about this letter or anything else, and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Stephen Sagarin, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Faculty Chair
REQUIRED: Student Information Form
Please fill out this required form by August 15th, 2022.
2022 – 2023 Calendar & Events
Calendar & Events: Updates will continue during the course of the year.
REQUIRED: Books, Supplies, and Email
All students must ensure their school email account is functioning prior to the first day of school. Please log in as soon as possible after August 23. Returning students’ school email addresses are unchanged. New students, please set up your school email account via the directions on the Setting Up Your Email Account page. Request help by emailing email@example.com.
Hi-Rock Orientation Information and Forms
Camp Hi-Rock Orientation 2023 will take place September 6-8; all students are required to attend.
Hermit Island Information and Forms for Seniors
The annual Hermit Island week-long camping trip will take place September 17-22, 2023. More information to be posted soon, in the meantime, see last year’s information below, much of which will be the same for this year.
Hermit Island September 2023
Sports Information and Forms
We are members of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
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