COVID-19 Updates from the Head of School

Notes from the Head of School #31

May 6, 2022

Hello, TNS Community.

Thank you so much for all of your contributions and thoughtful cards and gifts to our faculty and staff during this “Teacher Appreciation Week!” We’ve had special lunches, Sonic drinks, snacks and drinks in break rooms, gift cards, and special raffle drawings each day. I am personally grateful for the outpouring of care and support for our teachers and staff, who contribute to the successful operations of The New School!

With so much information coming home at this time of year, I’ll aim to keep my messages brief in the coming weeks. I plan to send a final summary message at the close of the school year, with a reflection on our goals, some updates on hiring, and some highlights of planning for the coming year.
The two primary messages I want to share this week are:

  • Please remember that extended day care is provided by University of Arkansas students, and many of them are leaving the area this weekend. Mary sent a message to ECE, and I’m following up here with a similar message to K-8 families, because we will experience staffing challenges at all levels in the afternoon. We will combine classes as needed. That said, if your family doesn’t rely on extended day for child care and you can limit your use of this service in these final two weeks, it will help ease the pressure on staffing.
  • I hear over and over from families of younger children that they wish they knew more about the upper school experience. This past weekend our music ensembles performed their final concert at George’s Majestic Lounge, and the caliber of performance was spectacular, which is remarkable for a school of our size. The families who attended got a glimpse of our upper school. I can’t encourage you strongly enough to consider attending our Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 20th at 6:00pm. You will hear remarks from each graduate, and see for yourself what a “TNS Graduate” looks like! NOTE: We will not have K-8 Extended Day that day (May 20th). If this presents a hardship for your family, please contact Halee Smith.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, followed by the calmest possible final two and a half weeks of the 2021-22 school year!

Warm Regards,


COVID-19 By the Numbers 

Current COVID Positive Cases

  • Students: 1
  • Adults: 0

Calendar - Upcoming Dates to Remember!

Note that the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Calendars are available on our website, and there is one change (Fall Break dates) for 2022-23.  A DRAFT 2023-24 Calendar is also now posted.

May 13, 2022:          Last day of school for Class of 2022

May 19, 2022:          Senior-Faculty Dinner (Class of 2022 and their Parents, Upper

                                 School Team)

May 20, 2022:          Class of 2022 Commencement, 6:00pm (Cougar Walk at 10:00am!)

                                 No K-8 Extended Day or Activities

May 25, 2022:          Last Day of School for 2021-22 School Year, Regular Dismissal

May 27, 2022:          Head of School Holiday for Faculty & Staff, TNS Closed

May 30, 2022:          Memorial Day, TNS Closed