Back to School Information -- LOWER SCHOOL

Christy Zawadzkas
Please read this message from Christy with information on upcoming events and introductions of new faculty joining the DVFriends Lower School team.
All School
Lower School Only 
August 10 6:00 - 7:30 pm New Families Orientation (register with Sandy Powell)
August 15 2:30 - 3:30 pm Lower School Playdate for all enrolled Lower School Families (RSVP to Christy Zawadzkas)
NEW DATE: August 25 10:00 - 11:00 am Lower School Playdate for all enrolled Lower School Families (RSVP to Christy Zawadzkas)
August 24 5:45 - 7:00 pm BIPOC Families Dinner (RSVP to Ryan Glover Harrison)
August 24 7:00 - 8:00 pm New Families Ice Cream Social (RSVP here:
September 1 5:00 - 6:00 pm Lower School Meet the Teacher
September 1 4:00 - 5:00 pm Adoption Affinity group Ice Cream Social (RSVP to Ryan Glover Harrison)
September 1 6:00 - 8:00 pm All Community Barbecue (Info and RSVP form below)
September 6 8:30 am - 3:00 pm First Day of School for Lower School (grades 1-5)
September 29 6:30-8:30 pm Back to School Night for Parents & Guardians
Important forms and actions you need to complete before your Lower School student returns to school on September 6, 2022
Families, please carefully review the updated Student/Family Handbook for 2022-23. Then, please sign and return the agreement form to Christy Zawadzkas. You can return the form in-person, by mail, or send an electronic version of your signed copy by email (a clear photo of the signed agreement is sufficient). We must have signed agreements in hand by the first day of school for Lower School on September 6, 2022.
Question? Please contact Christy Zawadzkas, Lower School Director.
There is no official summer reading for lower school students, however, reading alone or with family members is encouraged.
Lower School students receive an account to Learning Ally where they can access audio for reading materials. New students will receive an email from DVFriends with their Learning Ally account information from Tracy Seggern, Academic Systems Coordinator and Registrar, once they are enrolled and added to the system. Returning students, your login information is the same as last year. 
Questions about Learning Ally or your account access, please contact Scott Davis, Technology Director
Please send your student to school with a backpack, headphones, and a reusable water bottle. Everything else will be provided by DVFriends.

Please log in to the PowerSchool Student Information System Parent Portal and update the Student Demographics information located at the bottom left of the Navigation menu. Review and make any needed changes to your family's addresses, phone numbers (if you would like to receive text message alerts from DVFriends, you must list a cell phone number), email addresses, and emergency contacts. You must provide an emergency contact who is not a parent/guardian. 


New families, you will receive an email from Tracy Seggern with information about how to log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal once you have been entered by the school into the system.

Guide to updating Demographic Information in PowerSchool


Update Communication Preferences  -- IMPORTANT for email and text alerts from the school

In addition to updating your demographic information in PowerSchool, you can choose your preferred methods and points of communication in Swift K12 -- our school communication system.  Swift is linked through PowerSchool. See the guide to updating Swift K12 preferences below.

Guide to updating Communication Preferences in SwiftK12


Questions? Please contact Tracy Seggern, Academic Systems Coordinator and Registrar.

DVFriends needs your student’s completed physical and immunizations form before they return to campus. Magnus Health sent out a welcome email to new families as they enroll and are entered into the system. Returning families can use their existing login to access and upload completed forms. For your convenience, we have included a link to the physical and immunizations form below. Please upload to Magnus when completed or send by email to Chris Bedard, School Nurse. Please do not send paper forms to school. Health forms are due by August 15, 2022. 

Download the Student Physical and Immunizations form


Questions about student health information and Magnus forms, please contact Chris Bedard, School Nurse. 

DVFriends offers a community directory as a PDF file. Your student/family information will be included in this directory unless you opt-out by choosing the “opt-out” button when you update your contact information for communications in PowerSchool. The information published will include:

  • Student(s) name(s) by grade
  • Address
  • Parent/Guardian(s) Name(s)
  • Parent/Guardian(s) home email address(es)
  • Parent/Guardian(s) cell phone number(s)

The deadline to update your contact information and to opt-out of publishing your family’s information in the Directory is September 9, 20221. The Directory will be published the first week of school as a PDF file. It is not posted publicly.

Guide to Opting-Out of the School Directory


Questions? Contact Tracy Seggern, Academic Systems Coordinator and Registrar.

DVFriends partners with Brock as our food service provider, offering a number of options for daily student lunches. Families can add funds to their account online or they will be able to send in cash with their student to be added to their account. (Note, Brock will not be able to make change, but they can add any change amount to a student’s online account.) Families will be able to preorder lunches or students will be able to purchase food without preordering it beforehand. New families will receive individual emails with instructions for establishing their student's account and the student ID and verification codes that they will need to complete this process. Returning families can access their payment account at and preorder lunch at To encourage families to make use of the online payment option rather than sending cash or checks with students, there will be no processing fees for payment by credit card or ACH.  

Questions? Please contact Tracy Seggern, Academic Systems Coordinator and Registrar.

We're looking forward to another great school year at DVFriends! Please join us for this favorite end-of-summer tradition. For families just joining us, this is an outdoor barbecue that is free to attend for DVFriends students and their families. Meet your student's advisor, collect important back-to-school information, and then dig into a tasty barbecue dinner!

NOTE: Please bring chairs or blankets for seating.


Questions? Please contact Kelly Knox, Alumni and Community Relations Coordinator.

2022-23 Lower School Schedule

We like to include extended family members in certain school communications and invitations to events. Even if you have filled out this form before, please provide updated information about your students’ grandparents and special friends. 


Questions? Please contact Kelly Knox, Alumni and Community Relations Coordinator.