Hello, TESG Families,
As we approach the first day of school, we want to update everyone on our facilities. Due to construction delays at our permanent site, we will start school on August 20 in the Church on 68 building. This building has plenty of room for our classes, and their staff is excited to host us as we begin our school year. We expect to be in this temporary facility through the end of September.
We know that you will have many questions about this temporary relocation. We will address some of them in this message. We will also host a family information night at our temporary site on Monday, August 13 from 5:00-7:00 pm. This will be a meet and chat style gathering, not a formal presentation, so you can stop by at any point during those hours. Our teachers will not be at this event, as we will also be holding an Open House on Sunday, August 19 from 5:00-6:00 pm. If you need help coordinating transportation to these events, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you there!
Where is the temporary site located?
The Church on 68 building is located at 300 NC Hwy 68 S, Greensboro, NC 27409. The building is near the intersection of Hwy 68 and I-40, just south from where I-73/Bryan Blvd. meets Hwy 68.
Why did you pick this building?
We looked at many, many locations as we prepared contingency plans in case our building renovations were not completed on time. We balanced location with how ready the spaces were to become a school and how well they fit our particular needs. In the end, this building was perfectly set up to receive us and will be a wonderful alternative as we await moving into our permanent location.
Will there be additional transportation to this temporary site?
We will offer a shuttle bus to help transport students between Downtown Greensboro and the new site. This bus will run between the school building on Church Street and the school on Hwy 68. This bus will also be used to transport students participating in Art in the Afternoons at CVA or other after school activities Downtown directly to the Greensboro Cultural Center. If you would like to use this service instead of driving or walking, please sign up here.
If you have already signed up for bus service, there is no need to fill out a new form. Our existing bus plans and stops will remain, though the times may change as the service provider adjusts the routes for the temporary site. These new times will be announced as soon as we have them. The current routes and sign up form for regular bus service can be found here.
What will lunch be like at the temporary site?
Our lunch plans with Deep Roots Market and Mellow Mushroom remain the same. If you would like to apply for free or reduced lunch, you can access that form here. If you plan to order lunches, keep an eye out for the lunch order form coming soon.
Will before and after school care still be available?
Our before school care will still be available. It runs daily from 7:30-8:00 each morning. If you need to register for before school care, please do so here.
Our after school on-site care in partnership with CTG (Drama Time) will continue as planned. The program will occur at our temporary site and families will need to plan to pick their children up there by 6:00pm. If you would like to learn more about all our after school options, please do so here.
For students participating in the Art in the Afternoon program at CVA, our afternoon shuttle bus will transport students back to Downtown Greensboro each afternoon and drop them off at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Families can pick students up at CVA as usual.
For students participating in after school programs at the YMCA or City Rec Centers served by our bus routes, nothing will change. Our regular after school buses will continue to serve those locations as planned.
What safety measures are in place at the temporary site?
The same protocols in place at all schools will be in place at the temporary site. This includes locked exterior doors (except for the monitored front entrance) and background check entrance procedures for visitors and volunteers through the Ident-a-Kid system. We have also developed a new set of emergency plans (e.g. fire, tornado, active threat) pertaining to the temporary site. Teachers will be trained on these procedures, and we will conduct drills with students as we would at any site.
There is no playground at the temporary site. Where will kids have recess?
We will hold recess in the gymnasium. Students can play basketball, use other play equipment, or just run around and burn off steam during recess in this large, air conditioned space with easy access to water and restrooms.
What about field trips? What happens with all the community partnerships downtown?
This is the one disappointing thing about the temporary relocation. All of our Downtown community partners are still excited to work with us and will be ready to welcome our students on walking field trips when we arrive at our permanent building. In the meantime, we will focus on experiences and project-based learning in the classroom and invite some of our community friends to our new site for enrichment opportunities. In addition, Out of the Garden, a local non-profit that distributes fresh food to area schools, is housed in an adjoining warehouse and is excited to create service-learning opportunities with our students.
Starting a new school is an adventure, and we thank you for going on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see everyone at our family meeting, at open house, and on the first day of school. Our teachers have been working hard planning the first weeks of school, and we are all excited to build community with our students, dive into academics, and bring this vision for experiential education and hands-on learning to life.
Melissa Bocci and Heather Moore
Our Permanent Location
Our school is more than our building. Experiential education requires us to expand the idea of “classroom” and make spaces for teaching and learning in the community. Downtown Greensboro, 301 S. Church Street, in particular, is the ideal location for our school. The building, itself, holds a rich history of Greensboro and in its more recent past provided access and services for its residents. Dorothy Bardolph, the building’s namesake, was a formidable presence in Greensboro. She was a professor at Women’s College (UNCG) and Bennett College (from which she retired after 21 years). She was a long-time city council member and mayor pro tem, as well as an unapologetic advocate for racial justice and economic access. The history of place is just as important to us as the future of place and we will be infusing this into the archives of the school for student learning. The area is rich with resources our students can access as they do project-based learning, work with experts-in-residence, preform service, and participate in internships. Best of all, we can walk with students to a variety of museums, galleries, businesses, parks, theaters, community organizations, and universities. We can use public transportation and the Amrtrak system to facilitate travel to areas beyond our immediate neighborhood.
To make this expanded classroom possible, our school nurtures relationships with local museums, universities, community organizations, and businesses. We look forward to partnering with Elsewhere Living Museum, Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Center for Visual Arts, Triad Stage, GreenHill, and the International Civil Rights Museum–just a few among a growing list of folks who have expressed interest in developing programming with us.
Our school also serves as an intellectual and experiential hub for educational researchers, future and current teachers, and interested community members who want to learn more about our practices and how to implement them in other spaces. Downtown Greensboro is a central location for the colleges and universities in the region, allowing educators a local place to research and practice experiential education.
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