As I meet more and more BASIS Independent McLean families at information events and at my popular Coffee Meetings, it is clear by questions asked about our program that we are shaping an engaged, thoughtful parent community. In the sixth installment of my FAQ series, I answer some back to school questions.

What about BOSS, school supplies, and bus stops?

For those of you starting to emerge from the fog of summer vacations and beach weekends, I’m hearing a steady hum of “Back to School” questions. You can expect a very detailed email with everything you need to know from our director of communications Bernardine Connelly in the next week or so, but I wanted to give you a quick update to tide you over.


BOSS. We’ve decided to push BOSS (BASIS Organization Skills for Success) content into the first week of school so that all students have the same access to that content.

Bus Stops. Our director of operations, Laurie Trautner, can answer your questions. Email her at with your questions and she will get back to you in a snap.

Course Schedules. Course schedules will be available for pick up the week before school starts. And for those in grades 6 and above, please make sure you’ve submitted your choice of electives and languages (where applicable). Contact Director of Academic Programs, Jason Moore at, with questions.

Enrichment Night is planned for Wednesday, September 1. Sign up for clubs, sports, and extra curricular activities.

Back to School Night is tentatively planned for Tuesday, September 13.

School Supplies. Outside of a writing utensil and paper, no specific supplies will be required until all teachers distribute their syllabi and explain their timelines to the students. But if you are super eager to get a jump start on school supplies before the aisles at Target and Staples empty out, stock up on the usual things: loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, pens, pencils, white board markers. 

If you have any other questions for me both as a BASIS.ed parent and as our Director of Community Relations, please feel free to e-mail me or leave them in the comments, otherwise I hope you'll attend one of my upcoming Coffee Meetings and we can talk through your questions in person.

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