New Family Information

Welcome, New Families!

We're thrilled that you're joining the Dunham community. To facilitate your transition into a new school and keep you informed over the summer, we've created this web page just for you. We also know that you may have additional questions not addressed on this page. Please feel free to contact the admissions office or your division office. We're here to help and look forward to having you with us in August.
Admissions
225-767-7097 ext. 324
Email
Lower School
225-767-7097 ext. 310
Email
Middle School
225-767-7097 ext. 331
Email
Upper School
225-767-7097 ext. 311
Email

Important Note:

We fully envision beginning school in face-to-face mode in August. Any updates to back-to-school dates or procedures will be noted on this page and communicated to you over the summer via email.

Parent-School Communication

You will receive letters and email communications from your child's division head and teachers. Please make sure to let your division office know if any of your contact information, including your preferred email address, changes during the school year. Important announcements, parent resources, and links will also be posted to the Parent Portal on our website and in the Daily Spirit, our e-newsletter. If you are not receiving the Daily Spirit, please contact Christen Blanchard to be added to the email distribution list.

Phone numbers and email addresses for school divisions and key departments can be found here. Teacher email addresses can be found here by division.

We also invite you to follow us on our social media sites:

School Calendar

A link to the school calendar can be found on the top right of menu bar on our website. While the default setting will display all school events, you may search events to display by division or department. You also have the option to adjust the calendar settings from monthly to daily view.

Middle & Upper School Course Schedules

Core courses for the 2020-21 school year will be scheduled during the summer as the division heads review student files. Students in grades 6-12 also have elective courses that are scheduled according to student preferences. Middle School elective selections must be made by submitting the online forms below. Please note that the deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, July 1.

6th grade elective request form
7th grade elective request form
8th grade elective request form 

Upper School elective course descriptions are noted below. New students will receive a communication from Upper School Director Amanda McIlwain regarding course selection. If you do not receive an email from her or have additional questions about the course selection process, please contact Mrs. McIlwain.

9-12th grade elective descriptions

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

All new and returning K-12 students will have summer reading assignments, and all new and returning 6th-12th grade students will have summer math work to complete prior to the start of school. Although new fifth grade students are not required to complete summer math assignments, they are encouraged to review math facts and math concepts from the previous school year. Please select the links below to view assignments. 

Summer Reading
Summer Math

Middle & Upper School Summer Tech Training

All students entering Middle and Upper School should plan to attend technology training prior to the first day of school. During this training, students will review the acceptable use policy and explore the basics of the MacBook and Google Drive. Training sessions are tentatively planned for Friday, July 31, and Tuesday, August 4, from 9:00-10:30 am. The links to sign up for Tech Training will be sent to new families over the summer. Those who do not sign up for summer training will be required to stay after school on the first day of school to complete their training. Students will not receive a MacBook until the training is completed.

Student Health Packets

Thanks to a partnership with Ochsner Medical Center, we have a full-time nurse on staff who oversees our health and wellness program. In compliance with current government HIPPA regulations, student medical records and medications are stored securely in the nurse's office. In addition, in compliance with Louisiana state law, all medications, including over-the-counter items such as Tylenol and Advil, must have a doctor's signature to be administered at school.

All new students are required to submit their immunization records along with the forms found in the health packet below prior to the start of school.

2020-2021 Student Health Packet

Please note that students who do not take prescription medication do not have to submit the State of Louisiana Medication Order and the Prescription Medication Authorization forms. However, if medication is prescribed during the school year, these authorization forms must be submitted at that time.

When completed, health forms and immunization records should be sent to the student's division office via email or in a sealed envelope. If you have any questions, please contact your child's division office or our school nurse, Connie Jenkins.

Middle & Upper School Athletics

Required Athletic Forms

Middle and Upper School students who plan to participate in team sports next year must turn in the required athletic forms. Upper School athletes must submit both the Upper School LHSAA Packet (first-time participates only) and the Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required). Middle School athletes are only required to turn in the completed Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required). If you have any questions about Dunham Athletics, please contact Athletic Director Neil Weiner.

Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet

Upper School LHSAA Athletic Packet (first-time Upper School participants only)

Middle School Athletics

Our Middle School program focuses on installing the techniques and strategies for each sport that will be used at the Upper School level, all the while trying to point our young people to Christ. Our teams participate in different leagues, and most of the competitions take place on weeknights. Middle School students may sign up for fall teams here. Please note that all participants must be cleared by a medical professional and submit the If you have questions, please email Middle School Athletic Director Matt Smith.

2020-2021 Middle School Sports Offerings
(FALL) Cross-Country - Boys & Girls
(FALL) Swimming - Boys & Girls
(FALL) Softball - Girls
(FALL) Football - Boys
(WINTER) Basketball - Boys & Girls
(WINTER) Soccer - Boys & Girls
(WINTER) Wrestling - Boys
(SPRING) Volleyball - Girls
(SPRING) Tennis - Boys & Girls
(SPRING) Track & Field - Boys & Girls

Upper School Athletics

All of our Upper School teams are sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). Every student-athlete will be registered with the LHSAA and must be eligible to participate in competition. There are several rules involving eligibility including academics and residency. If you have any questions regarding eligibility rules or about Upper School athletics, please contact Athletic Director Neil Weiner. To sign up for a team, please email the head coach listed below for each sport. Please note that all participants must be cleared by a medical professional and submit the

2020-2021 Upper School Sports Offerings
(FALL) Cross-Country - Boys & Girls; Coach Aaron Nasers
(FALL) Swimming - Boys & Girls; Coach Hilary Morris
(FALL) Volleyball - Girls; Coach Donna Pixley
(FALL) Football - Boys; Coach Neil Weiner
(WINTER) Basketball - Boys & Girls; Coach Jonathan Pixley (boys); Coach Chad Myers (girls)
(WINTER) Soccer - Boys & Girls; Coach Angie Mitchell (girls); Coach Paul Fletcher (boys)
(WINTER) Wrestling - Boys; Coach Randy Leindecker
(SPRING) Softball - Girls; Coach Jordyn Colomb
(SPRING) Baseball - Boys; Coach Sham Gabehart
(SPRING) Golf - Boys & Girls; Coach Mitch McIlwain (boys); Coach Joey Thibodeaux (girls)
(SPRING) Tennis - Boys & Girls; Coach Chad Myers
(SPRING) Track & Field - Boys & Girls; Coach Tim Jorgensen

Dress Code & Uniforms

All Dunham students wear uniforms purchased through Lands' End. There are also a few approved items available in our Tiger Rags Spirit Store. Each division has guidelines for regular "daily dress" as well as required chapel or "formal dress" (daily dress only for PK3 and PK4 students). For more information about division dress codes and uniforms, please select the appropriate link below.

PK3/PK4 Dress Code
K-4th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code
5th-8th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code
9th-12th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code

The Dunham Parents Association's Used Uniform Sale will held on Saturday, June 20, from 9:00-11:00 am in the Middle School Gym. Tiger Rags will be open June 8-11 and July 20-23, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm, for students who would like to drop in to try on uniforms prior to purchasing them.

Summer Programs

We have consulted with medical professionals and health experts to prepare our facilities and establish protocols to safely operate our summer camps and academic prep classes, which will begin on June 8. Please take a moment to review our summer schedule for day camps, enrichment camps, and academic prep courses. Participating in one or more of our camps over the summer can be a great way for new students to acclimate to their new school. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah Myers.

Aftercare/Enrichment

Aftercare runs from 3:15-6:00 pm* each day school is in session and is available on a daily or drop-in basis. Our Aftercare Program serves children in PreK-4th grade who are kept busy and entertained through indoor and outdoor play and educational activities led by our CPR-trained staff.  Our Study Hall Program serves children in grades 5-8 with an extended period of time for homework or study. A variety of after school enrichment classes are offered each year. Students who are enrolled in Aftercare or Study Hall may sign up for enrichments and will be escorted to and from class by our staff. For more information, please visit our Aftercare & Enrichment page. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah Myers.

*Aftercare begins at 2:00 pm daily for PreK and kindergarten students and at 3:30 pm for grades 5-8.

Back-to-School Information

Lower and Middle School Back-to-School Packets will be emailed to you and posted under "Related Links" on the Parent Portal in July. Please make sure you have reviewed the information and submitted any necessary forms prior to the start of school. Upper School does not have an online packet; however, please make sure you have reviewed the US supply list that will also be posted on the Parent Portal in July. If you have any questions, please contact your division office. Update: The Lower School Back-to-School Packet is now posted on the Parent Portal. The Middle School packet will be posted mid-July.

Mark your calendars for these important dates back-to-school dates. Please note that these dates are tentative based on our ability to gather safely in August. Any updates to the information below will be noted on this page and communicated to you via email over the summer.

New Family Breakfast and Student Orientation
(for new families in grades 2-12 only)

Wednesday, August 5
New Family Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 am
New Student Orientation, 8:45-10:00 am

PreK/Kindergarten/1st Grade School Visits
August 6, 7, and 10
The times for these classroom visits will be posted over the summer.

First Day of School  
Thursday, August 6 (2nd-12th grade)  
Tuesday, August 11 (PK3-1st Grade; half-day)

PreK/Kindergarten/1st Grade Parent Coffee
Friday, August 14; 8:30-9:30 am

Back-to-School Nights (parents only)  
Middle School: Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-8:00 pm
Upper School: Thursday, August 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
Lower School: Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:00 pm (2nd-4th grade parents only)

Back-to-School Parties

Back-to-School parties for grades K-9 typically take place in late July and early August. More information will be sent to you during the summer.

See You Soon!

We can't wait to welcome you!

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