Dear Saint Edward’s School Community:
Our first day of school will mark precisely 150 days since we had all of our students, faculty, and professional staff on our beautiful campus. The 2020-2021 school year will be my first as your head of school, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to get to know all of you. For those of you who are new to Saint Edward’s this year, I am going to let you in on a little secret, I am 54 years old and was anxious when I started on my first day at our school. It is a normal feeling. It is a risk to try something new, but this is how we grow as individuals. I will also let you know that I have met some of the nicest people here who will help you get acquainted with your new surroundings. If you are a new student, faculty, family, or professional staff member, we are in this together!
Like you, we have adjusted how we go about everyday business. I am proud of how everyone adapted during the move to online learning in the spring. Students and adults alike have shown they have the skills needed to persevere in the face of a significant challenge. I am also incredibly proud of our faculty, professional staff, and Leadership Team for their planning during the summer, knowing full well we needed to remain flexible as things seemingly changed day-to-day. They all did what was asked of them with smiles on their faces (you can still see smiles through face masks!)
To our students, this school year is going to be memorable. Why? The easy answer would be because of the pandemic. I prefer a different answer. I promise you that Saint Edward’s School is going to be a community filled with laughter, dedication, passion, and learning. My philosophy is simple; I value every individual who comes on our campus. I believe you all hold tremendous worth, and I believe in your growth and potential as students and citizens. Each of you is the reason we come to work every day. I cannot wait to get the chance to meet you all and see you in action. Your positive energy is what this campus has missed for five months and is desperately needed.
To our parents and guardians, you also matter. Without your support and partnership in this journey, we will never reach our full potential. This year, like each year before it, will have its unique challenges. Together we will overcome them, and we will do so because we have the same goal in mind, to help your children grow into exceptional, well adjusted, and happy young adults. We want them to succeed as much as you do. I also look forward to getting to know you and learning about you and your family.
One truth that these past 150 days have reminded us is that it is critically important for children to be in school and emotionally and socially engaged with their friends and teachers. All of us at Saint Edward’s School look forward to seeing everyone back on our campus on August 20th, even if we are six feet apart and wearing masks.
For those students and families who have opted to begin the year online, we also promise to engage you and help you grow as individuals. You will be active members of our community, and we look forward to having you back on campus someday soon.
In closing, I want you to know that we are ready for this re-opening. With social distancing, the use of masks, and keeping our classrooms clean, we will provide a safe learning community for all. We are also flexible and can adapt to any situation quickly. Everything we do will be centered on excellence and being the best in class.
Be well, and Go, Pirates!