White Birch Center has made the difficult yet, correct, decision to cancel this year’s Kentucky Derby Party. Although we would like nothing more than to have this unique and fun event this year, especially after the trying year we have all experienced, it just simply is not the right thing to do at this time. Planning and preparation for an event such as this takes months. We began planning in January, when it looked as though there was hope that by May 1st, we would be able to hold an in person event. Unfortunately, with COVID numbers trending the way that they are and the recent guidance from Dr. Chan stating to avoid gathering in large groups, it is evident that we are not where we thought we might be by this time. We appreciate all who have purchased tickets and signed up as sponsors. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will be issuing full refunds over the next week.
We now shift our focus to NH Gives 2021. NH Gives is an online day of giving for state of NH Non-Profit organizations and will be occurring on June 8, 2021. Please stay tuned for more information on this day of giving and how you can support White Birch Center with your very own NH Gives Fundraiser!
We apologize for the inconvenience of cancelling this event and we greatly appreciate your continued support of our organization. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!
White Birch Center Administration
White Birch Center will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
White Birch Center will be closing early on Thursday, December 31st at 3:00pm and will be closed on Friday, January 1st. We will re-open on Monday January 4th!
White Birch Center will be closed Thursday, December 24th & Friday, December 25th. We will re-open on Monday, December 28th.
October 21, 2020
Dear White Birch Center Families,
This has been a truly unprecedented time in our country, in our state, in our towns, and at White Birch. We are all living through a difficult time and that brings with it challenges, adjustments, stress, and exhaustion.
Everyone is tired and stressed. A lot has been asked of us, whether it be in our jobs, our families, our relationships, or all those combined, and that takes a toll.
For the entire week of Thanksgiving, November 23rd through the 27th, White Birch Center will be closed, and tuition will not be charged to families. This break will provide some relief for our staff and give them a change to recharge their batteries. When we surveyed families about this possible plan, the responses we received were very positive. We genuinely appreciate your understanding and support.
In addition to this information, we want to update you on a rapidly changing school district decision matrix from SAU 24. If Henniker Community School goes partially or fully remote, White Birch Center will need to adapt. Our Remote Learning Program will become active and our hours will adjust to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff, as well as adhere to the necessary protocols and procedures. The change in hours will be as follows:
- The Remote Learning Program, which will be housed out of the upstairs space within the White Birch Center building. Drop offs can begin as early as 7:30AM and pickups can happen no later than 4PM, Monday through Friday.
- The Early Learning Program will begin at 8:00AM and run until 4PM, Monday through Friday.
As of October 21, 2020, there are now 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Henniker. We feel it may be only a matter of time before Henniker Community School makes some sort of change to partial or remote learning. With that in mind, we want to be prudent and make sure you are aware that any changes are likely to happen quickly and we want you to know what our plans are. We understand that these changes may influence your workday and schedule. Thus, if you are looking to make a change to your child’s scheduled enrollment, please reach out to a Program Director to make the necessary changes.
Finally, we want to thank you. Your cooperation, understanding and patience during this pandemic has been incredibly appreciated. Even if you do not agree with every point in our plan or policies, I hope you will know that we care deeply about the children and families we serve, and that we will continue to work hard to do what is best for them. Thank you for your continued support. We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with you for your children’s education.
Director of Children’s Programs