All Severn families are invited to be part of the 6th annual Multicultural/International Dinner on Saturday, February 1 at 5:00 pm in McCleary Student Center, Bauer Dining Hall on the Teel Campus. In celebration of our Severn Community and our diverse backgrounds and cultures, this evening offers us time and space to enjoy each other’s company by sharing foods and music. Students, parents, teachers, and families are all welcome! Be a part of the fun and help put together this year's celebration - it's a great way to get to know other Severn parents and families. Let us know if you are interested in performing at the end of dinner (dance, music, poetry).
Severn starts school at 10:00 a.m. on Teel Campus (please see the school calendar). Proctoring begins at 8 a.m. in the supervised Study Hall for those families who need to drop off their child(ren) earlier. Middle Schoolers and Upper Schoolers report to Bauer Dining Hall. There is no charge for this service. Sixth graders are dismissed at 3:30 pm on 2-hour delayed openings.
Join us for one or both of our Mini Makers: Make and Take Series designed to inspire creativity and collaborative investigation. Guided by Severn School Prekindergarten teachers, parents and children will engage in problem-solving activities while making new friends.
We understand that as students blossom throughout the year, parents of students attending half-day become interested in having their children attend full-day. .Enrollment options for preschool students include: 5 half days, 5 full days, 3 half days, 3 full days, with students in the 3-day program attending school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
To support our teachers and parents in increasing students’ time and experiences and to appropriately staff our classrooms, we have three effective dates for contracts to be amended during the 2019-2020 school year: October 11, February 7, and April 9.
If you wish to explore enrollment options to extend half days to full days, please contact Director of Instructional Programs Sherri Hoyt at 410-647-7701 extension 2025. After talking with Sherri Hoyt, parents will be directed to contact Cliff Clorety in our Lower School Business Office (410-647-7701 extension 2061) prior to each effective date. Mr. Clorety will provide you with the tuition increase associated with increasing your child’s time.
The AAMC bloodmobile will be parked on Severn’s campus for blood donations. All members of the Severn community are welcome to donate, including students 16 years and older, faculty, staff and parents. To schedule a donation appointment, click on this link (TBC) Walk-in appointments are encouraged as well; however, scheduled appointments will be given first priority. Any student who wishes to donate must bring a signed parent consent form with them to the donation appointment.
Interested Severn parents are invited to join us in Koch Alumni Room with FCD prevention specialist, Glenn Hall, for a discussion around issues related to substance use prevention. (This event is in addition to the mandatory event on February 11th for freshman families.) The format for this parent education event be will a presentation, but will also be highly interactive. Mr. G will address such topics as:
Current drug and substance use trends for teens (Do you know what a Juul looks like? You should.)
new drivers (and underage substance use),
teen stress levels,
limit setting and monitoring of teen behavior,
peer pressure and social norms,
how to model and promote healthy choice making,
and substance use trends on the college scene.
All parents are encouraged to attend, and freshman families are welcome to come to both events, as content and mission for the two meetings are different.
What better way to spend a cold winter morning than sharing time with fellow Admiral parents? We will focus on spring events, such as sports, the auction, graduations, arts performances and more! Looking forward to seeing you!
This is a mandatory event for all freshman students and at least one parent. During the weeks of February 3rd and February 10th, Severn will once again bring representatives from the non-profit group Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) to speak with Upper School students. FCD is one of the nation’s leading school-based substance abuse prevention organizations. US students will have the opportunity to meet with FCD speakers in grade-level assemblies and small group discussions. FCD Prevention Specialists will work intensely with students in the freshman and junior classes. Sophomore and seniors will have grade level assemblies, and 8th graders will also receive two grade-level sessions. Severn is looking forward to the education FCD will provide for our community during the upcoming visit. Further, substance abuse prevention must be an ongoing effort in which adults at home and at school model responsible behaviors and engage in meaningful conversations about the topic.
Format for the evening: At 7 pm, parents will gather in Price Auditorium for opening remarks from members of Severn’s administration and FCD Prevention Specialist, Glenn Hall, while students gather in small groups with upperclassmen facilitators. At 7:30, parents will join students the small groups in classrooms in Creeden Hall for dialogue around substance use and prevention. At 8:30, parents will return to Price for a wrap up led by Glenn Hall while students debrief with facilitators. At 8:45, students join parents in Price for closing remarks. Students and adults will be in mixed groups, kids and adults from the same family will not be a group with each other. These conversations promise to open communication, address questions, and provide a common ground for all Severn families in our shared mission to keep our children safe. Questions: Contact Upper School Counselor, Ms. Sam Straub at email@example.com x2242.
After winter break, look for more info about FCD programming, as well as a registration link for this event.
Join fellow Severn parents as we plan and work on upcoming events, and get involved in your school community! All are welcome to join and share ideas and talents, along with questions and opportunities. Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. We look forward to seeing you!
PARKING: If the lot fills, please park diagonally along the front of the building.
Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. The Brooklyn-based writer and educator has been teaching spoken word workshops all over the world since 2000 visiting over 50 countries. February 24, Severn middle school students have the incredible opportunity to learn how to compose and perform spoken word poetry with Taylor who will visit 6, 7th and 8th grade English classes throughout the day. Class time will involve composition, recitation, feedback and revision opportunities. Students may even play some poetic improvisation games. Ultimately, this collaboration will culminate with a performance in the front of the entire student body. His style is hysterically funny, often sentimental and accessible to young adolescents. Aspiring writers in the Admirals’ Pen Literary magazine elective will be invited to have an intimate lunch with him. This will foster the opportunity to ask questions and delve deeper into his experiences in order to learn how to be more articulate writers and presenters in our community.
The Lower School, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County School Health Services, will conduct a Vision and Hearing Screening on Friday, February 28. Grades to be screened include Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, first grade, any students who are new to Anne Arundel County, and any other students whose parents request it (in writing, no later than February 27).
You may also request (in writing, no later than February 27) that your child not be screened if he/she is in the group to be screened.
You may send any such written requests via e-mail or hard copy to Lower School Nurse Sheila Given (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2-3 parent volunteers are needed to assist with this screening. Help is needed in escorting students to and from the screening room. The screening will be held in the morning, beginning at 8:30am. If you are available to help, or if you have questions about volunteering, please contact Sheila Given, Lower School Nurse (email@example.com). Thank you!