HSD MEMO: FIRST DAY OF WONDER

TO: ALL WONDER MEMBERS
MEMO: FIRST DAY OF WONDER
DATE: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Thank you all for joining us last night! A big thank you to our staff, parents, and the returning high school students (Junior Helpers) who helped us serve our Wonder families! So many new and returning faces! We greatly appreciate your commitment and enthusiasm for Wonder’s music, arts, and enrichment program. We hope you were encouraged by the vision of Wonder at this year’s Family Orientation and understand more the expectations we have for all students, parents, and staff. Quite a bit of information was covered (and some we missed – which we’ve included as highlights in this memo below) so please feel free to ask us any questions during the weekly classes.

Please read this memo in its entirety, as it contains important information about the season.


IMPORTANT OR MISSED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Memos: Memos are usually sent every Wednesday. Please read the memos. Though this one is longer, we will do our best to keep them short and sweet. If you stop receiving an email notification, please let us know.
  • First Day of Wonder: Tuesday, September 26th
  • First Day Arrival: As usual, please arrive on time to begin class at the listed start time. New families are welcome to come 30 minutes earlier than your first class start time in order to get settled and to find your first class.
  • Upon Arrival: ALL students will sign themselves in at the check-in table (grownups can help their littles) in the foyer of the Community Center (CC – west building), ENTERING the north side of the building on the first level near the front of the building. Please DO NOT enter the building from any other entrance.
  • Upon Departure: Student pickup is in the foyer, not outside. Only students with prior permission can leave the premises on their own.
  • Registration: Please plan to complete your registration payment during your arrival time if you’ve not done so. Receipts will be emailed upon request. For families who selected the Monthly Payment Option, future payments will be charged to the debit or credit card on file automatically on 15th of every month through May.
  • Schedule Changes (Corrections)
    • Final schedule change requests can be made until noon on Thursday 9/14.
    • We will place orders for materials on Thursday early afternoon in order for them to arrive on-time.
    • Please note: Little Movers and Shakers, Discovery, Recorder 1, Weaving, Drawing and Watercolor are full.
    • Open Gym and non-enrichment classes can be added up until the 2nd week of classes.
  • Dress Code: SEE HIGHLIGHTED EXPECTATIONS NOTES BELOW
  • 1st Wonder Family Assembly: Assemblies are a time for students, parents, and staff to focus on character, build relationships, have fun, and discuss important information. They are required for every student that is on-campus. They are scheduled in the gym during the first 15-20 minutes before lunch, though the first assembly is longer. You can expect 20ish minutes of the following:
    • Prayer & Announcements, Acknowledgements, Character Lessons, Sharing (show & tell), Games, Guest Speaker (occasionally) & more
  • Student Photos: Students who did not take a photo can do so on October 24th. Most will be completed during lunch. There is no assigned order, though we will prioritize babies, toddlers, and students with no afternoon classes. You can arrive at your normal times and we will schedule a few additional days if we’re unable to finish.
  • Helping Hands: We plan to update the Helping Hands page by next Friday with your final weekly placement since we still need to followup with a few more families. Please review the Helping Hands page for expectations. If you do not see your Helping Hands placement on the schedule please respond to this memo and be prepared to be given an assignment upon arrival on the first day of classes. Reply to this memo if you see a mistake or if you are able to fill additional assignment needs (indicated by gray fields under the assignment, as well.
  • Family Spaces: Families are welcome to stay on the premises throughout the day. If inside, families are asked to say in one of the non-enrichment classes and not roam the buildings or stay in the hallways. Parents MUST accompany unregistered children at all times.
  • Nursery for Families: After lunch, parents of small children may use the Playroom while waiting for their students participating in a class. Parents MUST accompany children in the Playroom at all times. The Playroom staff is only responsible for children of Guides or other Wonder Helpers currently working.
  • Wonder Attendance Line: 303-900-3284
  • Contact Method:
    • You can reply to memos (preferred method when applicable; instructions detailed below)
    • Wonder website contact form
    • Email hello@letswonder.org
    • Call 303-900-3187 if a phone conversation is best

EXPECTATIONS

If you have not yet done so, please take this time to review the Wonder Way (member expectations), as we depend on every member to uphold the vision and standards set in place.

Regarding the Dress Code. Everyone’s definition of modesty may vary, and that is okay, however, during your time at Wonder and Wonder hosted events, we expect participants (males, females, young people, and grownups) to follow the dress code according to the Wonder Way. Often times, an emphasis is placed on women to uphold modesty, and although some details may apply to a particular gender based on what’s culturally worn in society, our intention is to have expectations void of partiality. Please note the following highlights:

  • Changing Clothes: Students will not typically have time to change throughout the day, so please dress in comfortable, but not frumpy attire, that allows for free movement.
  • Attire to Avoid: Please refrain from inappropriate attire, such as anything that may resemble cross-dressing.
  • Follow the 4Bs: To keep it simple – No Backs, Bellies, Busts, or Butts
  • Bottoms: Shorts, skirts (and dresses) should be at mid-thigh length or longer (below the finger tips when arms are straight down) and should not be too tight
  • Leggings: Leggings should be worn with shorts, a skirt, or with a dress, but not alone (this does not apply to babies and toddlers)

ATTENDANCE

Wonder programs depend on every participant to be prepared, present, and on-time during each class, rehearsal, concert, and event. Please give prior notice of any schedule conflicts by calling the Wonder Attendance Line (303-900-3284), in advance, and following the prompt when leaving a message. This applies to all participants who are unable to attend a class or required event, will arrive late, or will leave early. All absences which are not notified in advance will be marked as unexcused. Thank you for your cooperation.

CLASS NOTES

  • Please be sure to SHOW the Class Notes to your child every week (even if they are absent)
  • Class Notes are mainly posted for students to reference when practicing.  You can expect to have Class Notes for your child during most weeks if they are in a performance class. Other classes will usually have Class Notes posted less frequently.
  • Class Notes can be printed. To print, click on the Memo Title to view the View PDF & Print link above the selected memo. You can save paper by selecting the option to print 2-pages on one page, double sided.
  • In every case, if your child has a Class Note posted for the week, the class name will be listed as shown below:

Class Notes for this week are available for students in the following classes: ALL Classes

THE WONDER SCRIPTURE

God, You have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared your wonders. Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come. – Psalms 71:17-18


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • 2023-2024 Wonder HSD Calendar: Please view the updated calendar for general calendar dates and start and end times. We are still adding dates to the calendar as they are approved by the varying facilities.
  • First Day of Wonder Homeschool Day Classes: Tuesday, September 26th from 10:00am-5:00pm at CCPC (according to individual schedule)
  • No Regular Class (October 3rd):  No class on Tuesday, October 3rd. Classes resume on October 10th.
  • Student & Staff Photos (Rescheduled): Starting the 3rd week of classes

HOMEWORK BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF WONDER (NEW FAMILIES)

To make sure you have access to the proper areas of the Dashboard, have read/reviewed the sections on the Wonder Way (expectations page), and know how to reply to memos, please test the comment feature by answering ALL of the following questions. If you do not see the comments section at the bottom of this memo because you are on the main Dashboard page, click the memo title to view the single memo first.

  1. Who’s the smallest member of our Team? Hint: Not a person.
  2. What is the attendance line number?
  3. What is the Technology Policy?
  4. What is the Concert Black and Concert Wonder uniform?
  5. When is the Year of Wonder event and Theater Show?
  6. What is the Heart of Wonder?
  7. We understand and agree to honor and adhere to the Wonder Way? Yes OR No

Please note: Unless you have a question you will NOT receive a confirmation or reply to your comment.221

HOMEWORK BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF WONDER (RETURNING FAMILIES)

  1. What is the attendance line number?
  2. What is the Technology Policy?
  3. When is the Year of Wonder event, Family Day, Theater Show?
  4. My family has reviewed the Wonder Way. Yes OR No. If no, please go do so and reply YES before commenting.
  5. We understand and agree to honor and adhere to the Wonder Way? Yes OR No

We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of Wonder. Please let us know in the comments section if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Let’s wonder!

The Wonder Team

Wonder

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