“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
Maya Angelou

About Us

COVID-19 Considerations (from Jessa Depew, Owner)

Since both my husband and I have medical backgrounds (Jim is both a Plastic and General Surgeon, and I am a Pulmonary Clinical Pharmacist), we are taking extra health safety precautions and are following the current guidelines & recommendations very closely to keep both families and teachers as safe as possible. 

On a personal note, I will have 2 children at the school, and I’m also pregnant with a little girl arriving in the Fall.  As a mother, wife, and daughter, I want to keep the risk of transmission as low as possible for everyone.  

I would encourage you to come by and see the school, how we’ve designed the classrooms, and we can further address any concerns.  Please contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 tour before June 15th, or a time on June 12th-13th to attend our Open House (by appointment only).

 
Here are some of things we will implement:
 
  • You’ll see we have smaller tables in the classrooms to separate children where possible
  • We’ve opted to use silicone mats instead of rugs because they can be easily cleaned daily with bleach/alcohol
  • Temperatures will be checked on every person that enters the building daily
  • Any parents entering the building when school starts will need to wear a mask, and we’re asking that parents don’t enter the classroom so we can limit who is in the classroom
  • Vendors will be asked to wear masks or face shields and we’ll hold activities with vendors outside where appropriate
  • We have a teacher on staff that was a pediatric emergency room nurse in France before moving to the US in late 2019 that will help us to implement daily preventative measures
  • We’re asking teachers and families to alert us if they have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, and self-quarantine for 14  days before returning to school
  • You’ll notice we have cameras in every room to monitor who enters should the need arise for contact-tracing

Because children are learning multiple foreign languages, it’s not realistic to ask our teachers to wear masks with the children, but they will have clear face shields on in the mornings when parents are in the building.  Social distancing with children of this age is impossible, but we have sinks in 6 rooms for frequent hand washing with the goal of adding sinks to the final rooms before August, and hand sanitizer throughout the building.  We’re currently looking into fogging the classrooms/playground every evening with a food safe disinfectant, and teachers will be cleaning rooms frequently throughout the day as well.

 
These plans are fluid and will modified as required by regulatory bodies and shared best practices.
 
Returning to school is a risk, and you have to make the decision that is best for your family.  We hope you’ll trust us to do everything we can to balance safety with the need for your children to return to school and a normal routine.
 
 
Mantra
 

The Quad is full of Heart.  Making connections with people of different backgrounds is exactly what you’ll see the teachers and students do every day.  How will we help you raise tolerant (and brilliant!) International Citizens that have endless curiosity about the world they live in?  For starters, they’ll see how normal it is for people to look different, speak multiple languages, and have different traditions.

We’re creating a community that is welcoming and inclusive.  Students will love all of the events to celebrate what makes us unique and figure out along the way that what we’re celebrating isn’t so different after all.

Come and join us!