Happy Thanksgiving, seniors and families! I know that communication is a challenge at the best of times, but this is especially true now.

To that end, my co-adviser, Ms. Kate Plows, and I are working on a number of communications projects.

WEBSITE | We are launching a standalone website, havenyearbook.com, immediately following Thanksgiving break. We will be using this site as a central hub for all yearbook-related information. We have been working hard, but we are not yet ready for the site to be live. You will be able to access this next week and thereafter for forms, ordering information, deadlines, and more.

COMMUNICATION CHANNELS | We manually checked each of the “Class of…” Google Classroom pages this weekend and are in the process of inviting any students who are not already enrolled in these groups. In addition to Dr. Hilden’s email blast, we have created our own parent and student email lists for each grade level.

BABY PICTURE ADS: These are now due. We have ads for approximately 160 seniors. If you would like to still participate in this opportunity, please submit your form this weekend. We cannot accept electronic payments due to the way activities funds are organized at the school level. You can still submit a check payable to SHHS ACTIVITIES – YEARBOOK through the mail to the high school ($45). Please mail your payment to the attention of KATE PLOWS. We never want financial limitations to preclude someone from participation. If you are experiencing financial hardship, PLEASE contact me (tduffy@wssd.org) or Kate Plows (kplows@wssd.org).

SENIOR PORTRAITS: at this point, we still have a number of seniors who have not yet scheduled their first sitting. We will be contacting those families individually after the holiday. The original deadline to select your yearbook pose (which does NOT require you to purchase anything) is December 4. Obviously, in light of the complicated nature of getting everyone photographed this year, December 4th isn’t going to work. This deadline WILL BE ADJUSTED and communicated to families.

SENIOR PORTRAIT RETAKES: Now that our last date has passed (11/18), we will be adding a new portrait date between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. I will communicate this date to families as soon as I have it in hand. Seniors can sign up for RETAKES and/or their FIRST SITTING on this date.

UNPHOTOGRAPHED SENIORS: Seniors who are not photographed through Prestige/Lifetouch will be contacted by Ms. Plows for a possible sitting at school in our studio.

OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS: if you have elected to use an alternative professional photographer, we will need official written permission/release from that individual/company in order to comply with copyright laws. Email Ms. Plows (kplows@wssd.org) if you have questions about that process.

YEARBOOK ORDERING: All yearbook orders are processed through Jostens.com. You can pre-order your yearbook any time between now and the end of the school year. Payments for yearbooks are not accepted by the school in any form.

We will be in touch again soon with more information as it evolves! Thank you for your patience and for working with us to help us create a memorable record and keepsake for this senior class and for the rest of the community. We hope you have had a restful and peaceful holiday!

Tabatha Duffy