Friday Letter

December 18, 2020

Dear Tunbridge Families, 

My process for writing a Friday letter typically includes reading Friday letters from a coinciding week in years past.  Usually, that gets me thinking about what we have done that was similar or different then I capture what is currently happening.  Not such a good idea today-- reading last year’s letter made me teary, both happy and sad tears.  It is hard thinking about all that isn’t the same, but I want to celebrate what we’ve been able to accomplish even while we are far away from each other.

For example, Passport Day looks very different.  We haven’t invited you to a presentation and students aren’t traveling from room to room to learn from one another but students are still engaged in growing their knowledge of other cultures and they are preparing slide shows of their learning for other classes to view.  Ask your child to share the slide with you.  I know that you have likely heard them talking with classmates about what to include on it.

December Friday Socials are a blast!  Today classes played Winter Scattergories, always a favorite.  And while we were not able to make a mess in the cafeteria, we did find a way to bring cookie baking to students through video and will host decorating via Zoom on Wednesday (see link below). 

We missed Winter Celebration but given the time you’ll have with your child and knowing what talents they have I encourage you to encourage them to put on a Winter Celebration.  And if you are able, record it and email it to me. 

When I ended the last letter of 2019, it closed with this:

As 2019 comes to an end, we want to offer thanks for all the support and feedback that we receive from our families.  We hope that you and your family have a tremendously terrific winter break.  There is much to look forward to in 2020 and we are thrilled to know we will share those times with you.

None of us could have foreseen what 2020 would bring us.  What is absolutely the same this year from last is that your support, feedback, and compassion for our entire school community family are immensely appreciated!  2021 will probably continue to challenge us.  We learn and grow from challenges.  Our partnership and support will allow us to continue to be flexible and successful as our students engage in their learning.  I will always be thrilled to be a part of this school community and making new memories with you all, even from a distance! 

Charter Application and Lottery
Our application process for the 2021-22 school year is now active.  We ask you to support our work in spreading the word about our school.  Invite your friends and family to attend a virtual open house or to check out the website. If you have a child ready for prekindergarten (they will be 4 by September 1st), be sure to complete an application as soon as possible. The applications are found and completed online  and are due by February 3, 2021, at 3:30 pm. The lottery will take place VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 9:00 am.  Our current families are the best form of advertisement there is - so thank you for helping us grow the school!

A Message from our Operator
Our principals, teachers and counselors from The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge Public Charter School have many systems in place to stay connected to parents, grandparents, and students to support them in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. ABI has launched a new fall fundraiser, the ABI Schools Virtual Learning Family Support Fund. This new fundraiser will help  the ABI Schools — The Belair-Edison School and Tunbridge Public Charter School — to support families with the necessary technology, school supplies, tutoring, and other needs that arise in the virtual learning setting. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated! While we all wish to be safely back together in our vibrant school buildings soon, we are committed to helping our students to be as successful as possible while at home. As always, if you or a family you know from our schools is in need of support, please reach out to your school principal or ABI Executive Director, Will McKenna.

Have a tremendously, terrific safe and healthy winter break,

Sheila Adams                                                                  Vanessa Stone
Principal                                                                          Director of Climate and Culture

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

  • December 21st – December 23rd Progress Reports Available
  • December 21st – Out of Uniform Day (Pajama Day)
  • December 22nd – Out of Uniform Day (Backwards/ Mix It Up )
  • December 23rd – Out of Uniform Day – Holiday/Celebration Dress Up Day
  • Virtual Learning Ends Early-Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Adams and Ms. Stone                 
  • December 24th – January 1st ~ Winter Holiday-School Closed



Sheila Adams

Vanessa Stone
Director of Climate and Culture