Welcome New Families!
We are glad to have you with us! We know that starting a new school can be overwhelming so we have bundled some resources together all on this one page to make the transition easier. If you have any questions about this, or anything else on the website or Family Portal, please contact Jan Abernathy, director of marketing and communications.
Download our Welcome to The Elisabeth Morrow School guide to upcoming events to help you get acclimated to your new school including orientations, welcome parties and more!
Log In Information
Before you can access all of the information available to you as an EMS family, you will need to gain access to the Family Portal. Your username plus a generic password will be sent to you after your enrollment is processed so that you can begin completing your child's health forms. If you are enrolling at the start of the school year, this information will be sent to you over the summer. The Family Portal is not only where you will find out important information about what is going on in school, but it's also where you will access information about your child's classroom and school performance (including progress reports). If you have not received your log in within three weeks of the start of the school year or have questions about how to log in please contact Jan Abernathy.
Transportation Reimbursement Forms
Some of you may be eligible for reimbursement for transportation to school through your local school district. To apply for reimbursement for the 2017-2018 school year, you must download this form, complete it, and return it to Gloria Hall in Chilton House for processing and forwarding to your local district as soon as possible.
Not all districts provide monetary aid in lieu of transportation. If you have any questions concerning your family’s eligibility, please call your local Board of Education. Please contact Jan Abernathy if you have questions about this form.
Our school uses Magnus Health, which can be reached without an additional log in once you have signed into the Family Portal. Please note that there can be specific health requirements if you child is new to the U.S. and these must be fulfilled before your child enters school. Please contact Jeanne Walsh, the nurse for the threes through fourth grade or Gem Gates, the nurse for fifth through eighth grade, for more information about this requirement as soon after your child enrolls as possible.
Our weekly newsletter is the quickest way to find out what's going on right now! Back issues are also available. It is password protected so you can access it in the Family Portal.
Our school has slightly different dress codes for all divisions, and these can be found here.
These can vary slightly from year to year. The school supplies list for 2017-2018 can be found here.
Middle School Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) Program
Beginning in fifth grade, our middle school students bring their own laptops to use in school each day.
Please complete our online form to indicate whether or not you will be providing your child’s laptop.
The laptops serve as a vital tool to augment the curriculum and help students integrate technology into their academic lives ethically and effectively. From the writing and research in homeroom classes to world language software, students benefit from having laptops at their fingertips each day. Beyond these examples, we have identified the following critical goals for the 1:1 laptop program:
- Teachers and students will have immediate access to tools that further enrich and enhance learning.
- Teachers will have the ability to further differentiate their instructional practices.
- Students will continue developing the skills necessary to thrive in our increasingly digital world.
The program will continue as a “Bring Your Own Laptop” (BYOL) program where each student uses his or her own personal laptop. We have found great success with the BYOL model. Students’ sense of ownership is evident every day as they take very good care of and are able to customize their own laptops. We ask that families provide a current, though not necessarily new, laptop. While we do not have specific requirements for the types of laptops that are brought in there are a few essential things to note. Since this is an essential tool for use everyday, it is imperative that it be in good working order. It must be able to connect to a current wireless network. It also must have a standard USB port or an adapter that allows for a USB cable or device to be plugged in. If you are providing a laptop that has a USB-C port, you will need to provide an adaptor to standard USB as students may need to plug in items like USB flash drives. If a family is unable to provide a laptop, EMS is prepared to provide that child with one. The provided laptops are already owned by EMS and repurposed for use in this program.
Get Social with Us!
Following us on social media is the easiest way to get a glimpse at what is going on in all areas of the school before your child's first day. Look for us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Back to School Information 2017-2018
We thought you might find it useful to review some of the information, (such as school start and end times and lunch program contacts) that we released to families at the beginning of this school year.
Want to get involved after your child starts school? Complete this form!