From Dr. Monahan: Spirit Week starts on Tuesday, September 28 and will culminate at the end of the week with the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, October 1 and our Homecoming Gala on Saturday, October 2.
Happening Now (as of 9/14): Nominations for the Homecoming Court: The nomination process has closed, and all nominees have been notified and have been given instructions for participating as a nominee. Nominees who choose to participate will be voted on next week (9/20-24). Only seniors are eligible to win King and Queen. The Royal Court will be announced on Friday, September 24, they will participate in the half-time show on October 1 and start the Gala on October 2.
Happening Soon: Spirit Days Details: so you can plan your outfits. Playlist suggestions - DJ Bodega wants to know what you want to hear! Google form coming soon. Homecoming Committee Meeting: Thursday Sept 16 at lunch in RM 604.
Homecoming Gala Dance: The theme is Classic Hoco--think classic cars on display with black and white decor all under the tents. Cocktail attire requested. Be ready for the red carpet! Tickets are $10 per person. Red carpet event starts at 8:30 p.m., and the dancing starts at 9 p.m. Be on the lookout for more details in your email inbox soon.
Habitat for Humanity of Indian River County has graciously given us a number of volunteer work days for our students and some adults to provide "sweat equity" for future homeowners. We meet on the following Saturdays: 9/25, 10/16, 12/11, 1/15. 2/12, 3/12 and 4/16 from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students will earn 4 1/2 hours towards their community service graduation requirement. Students must be sixteen years or older and will need to sign a waiver. We are limited to ten students and two adults each Saturday. This is a great experience to do good in our community--to give someone "a hand up and not a hand out," as Habitat puts it. Contact Father John Barrett to sign up at email@example.com. (Parents, you may sign up too and come along with your volunteering student.) - Father Barrett
Inspired by the sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci, Studio 9-12 explored the process of creating their own inventions from two disparate objects. They created lists of mechanical items, household items and anything else they felt might be relevant before exploring combinations from each list. The results are wacky, inventive, and sometimes even useful! Take a look (click on the headline to see more)...
Check out this week's editions of the Middle and Lower School newsletters!
- LS Newsletter Thursday 9/16: Check out how the LS celebrated 'Dot Day', JK engineers, second grade mental math, and more! - View From the Middle Wednesday 9/15: MS English students take a virtual field trip, a new MS Bible study opportunity, and more!
*Archives for all SES publications can be accessed by logging into mySTEDS and visiting the Pirate Publications resource board tile.
Parent/teacher conferences will be held on October 7-8 this year, and they will be virtual. Signups will begin Wednesday, September 29, and close on Tuesday, October 5 at noon. Please look for details regarding signup and attendance directions in next week's eNews. *Please be advised that parents are not required to sign up for every teacher and every class.
To help you get to know and learn a little more about some of the new faces on campus, each week over the next few months we will feature a new member of our School community in our New Faculty/Staff Spotlight series. We are kicking off this series with new LS Head Louise Dunn!
Dr. Dunn, an educator for 20 years, comes to us from University School of Jackson in Tennessee, where she served as Lower School Director since 2017. She believes that as a school leader she must always strive to be up to date and current regarding educational research and trends. Her favorite saying is 'Carpe Diem.' We are thrilled to have Dr. Dunn join our SES family!
Ohana Means Family: Join old friends and make new ones at the Pirate Family Luau, then stay to cheer on the Pirate football team! All Pirate family and friends are invited to attend. Purchase meal and raffle tickets here: http://ow.ly/SoOC50FL9n3
Luau: The Parents Association needs YOU! Sign up now to help with the Pirate Family Luau raffle, ticket sales, set up, clean up and more. The event is October 1 on campus. Share your time and talents with the School! This is a great opportunity for students to knock out some volunteer hours as well.
Spirit Shirt Distribution: Pre-ordered spirit shirts will be distributed during Homecoming week.
Tonight's home game against Eagle's View is sure to be memorable. Pirate Football is having a great season thus far, and tonight is the first night that the cheerleading team will be performing for our hometown crowd. SES students, faculty and staff are admitted for free, but all others are asked to use this link to purchase tickets in advance.
Dignity Food Truck and Kona Ice will be parked behind the bleachers for hungry and thirsty spectators. Go Pirates!
The senior class (and chaperones and some parents!) were up bright and early on Sunday morning to complete the annual parking spot painting tradition. The morning started with a nice breeze and ended with a celebratory Kona ice for all to cool off after a few hours of hard work. Each design reflects the personality of the student, and some, like Kiran Arain's Koi pond, are true works of art. Thanks to Dr. Monahan, Mr. MacMullan and Mrs. Padgett for giving up their Sunday mornings to make this fun tradition a cherished memory for the Class of 2022. Click here for a brief album of highlights. All of these photos can be downloaded.
See You at the Pole (SYATP) is a time to gather around the flagpole of the school and to pray for the needs of the school, the community, the nation and the world. This gathering will take place on Wednesday September 22 before school, beginning at 7:25 a.m. just off our front circle at the flagpole. SYATP has been a time of prayer taking place on campuses for over two decades as led by students. If you have any questions, reach out to Father John Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Hispanic American Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is an opportunity to celebrate the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. At SES the MS/US Library has a special Hispanic Heritage book display and a digital book display on the library lobby TV. Also check out the bulletin board outside the Pirate Cove School Store featuring Latin/Hispanic authors. All of the featured books are available for check out in the Peter B. Benedict Library. Visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.
The sixth graders have gotten their instruments and have begun learning how to hold them using a good posture and hand position. To create the correct embouchure, brass players say the word "Mom" and then blow air through the tightened lips. For single reed instruments, like the clarinet and saxophone, students put their teeth on top of the mouthpiece and curve the bottom lip back a little to put the muscle of the lip on the reed. We hope you enjoy this video of sixth graders demonstrating proper hand position and good embouchures.
*The music in the video is from senior Louis DeSchouwer and the Upper School Music Tech class. #PiratePride
Students in Kelly Fykes' English 12H class are reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. To help launch a class discussion of what is beauty, students were asked to find a picture of a beautiful person. Then they were asked to find beautiful eyes, a beautiful nose, a beautiful smile, etc. They compared the original picture to their creations and explored how their reactions to each might be different, followed by a discussion about the standard of beauty in society.
In the week of September 13-17, the nurse's office had 6 confirmed positive cases. Please use this document as a reference if you receive a call that your child may have been exposed to a positive individual. Please continue to monitor your family for symptoms as the numbers continue to increase in our county. With a little bit of teamwork and concern for others, our community can continue to be together on campus.
Pirate parents and faculty, FLIK wants to help your student celebrate! Chef Diego has made it easy for Pirates to share snacks to celebrate birthdays and other milestones. Because COVID restrictions prevent parents from coming into classrooms, FLIK is now offering CELEBRATIONS, an online ordering system for cookies, cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. The process is easy: simply login to mySTEDS and go to the Dining Services tile on the Resources tab, Click MENUS, and you'll see a CELEBRATIONS button, which will connect you to the online ordering form. Payment will be deducted from your existing mykidsspending account -- so simple and efficient! Ordering may begin SEPTEMBER 20.
Please contact your child's teacher in advance to confirm the date and time. This is available to all divisions as well as faculty and staff. Contact Chef Diego for additional questions.
Starting September 20, FLIK is going to make at least one night a week just a little easier on the family chef. With sports and other afternoon activities in high gear, who doesn't have at least one weeknight of last minute panic for what to put on the dinner table before homework and bedtime? Now, a nutritious meal on the night of your choice is as easy as afternoon pick up. FLIK will have a table set up at the front loop in front of the library, so your Pirate can grab dinner as they get in the car in the afternoon. The staff will deliver to LS classrooms so younger students can bring dinner to the car.
Inspired by the works of contemporary Italian artist Marcello Barenghi, students in Mrs. Link's Honors Studio class staged photos of their own fast food still life and used them to guide a realistic drawing. Background tone and the use of colored pencils were optional additions to the work. *click headline to view student work.
Middle and Upper School counselor Amy Bowles is already a familiar face to our students on campus, so we thought it was a good time to introduce her to parents. She's new to Vero Beach, so don't hesitate to share your favorite restaurants and activities in our beautiful town. Check out this video to learn more about her philosophy and her role on the Wellness Team.
MS/US librarian Stephany Cooksey shared some amazing resources from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. We hope you'll use these these resources to aid in family discussions about the attacks and their aftermath.
- 9/11 Primer: Resources that have been curated by the Museum’s staff
- Anniversary in the Schools webinar: In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this program is available on-demand and is supplemented by a live chat with the Museum staff, who will be available to answer questions in real-time on September 10 & 11, 2021.
The Admissions Office is looking for a few good people to serve as Student Ambassadors. Students will be selected based on their skills: leadership capabilities, professionalism and maturity level, dependability, and a desire to promote Saint Edward’s School in a positive manner. The job description includes: attending training, assisting with at least 2 campus activities (graduation, tours, trunk show, etc.), sitting on student panels, sending hand written notes to prospective students, creating social media content, and hosting perspective students. Participation in this program is a great way to enhance your communication skills, gain valuable volunteer experience and build your resume for college. Please complete the entire application carefully and thoroughly in order to be considered for a Student Ambassador position. If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs. MacMullan at email@example.com or 772-492-2366. Admissions Student Ambassador Team Application Link
Little Medical School programs are always a big hit, and this fall's offering is no exception! In Sports Medicine, students will have fun exploring the world of athletic medicine while learning the science behind how their bodies work. They will learn skills like how to diagnose and treat common sports injuries (such as sprains and strains), even how to perform Tommy John surgery (just like a real doctor)! Classes start 9/21, so register today!
Grades 1 – 5 on Tuesdays beginning 9/21 through 10/26 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
In Advanced English for International students, Mrs. Fykes taught the students about the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. While many of the students were familiar with September 11, they admitted that they definitely learned new information and facts. As a culmination of the lesson, the students were paired up with a faculty or staff member for a one on one interview. The students asked questions about the adults' memories or connections with September 11. Then, each student will report their findings back to the class. In addition, to making the learning more personal, it also gave the international students the opportunity to meet some new people on campus.
Although 2020 and the beginning of 2021 presented its challenges, students in the Spanish program worked diligently in their upper-level courses and language opportunities, and as a result, several students were recognized nationally. Sra. Heard and the Spanish teachers are very proud of these successes and look forward to students’ involvement this year across all divisions in 2021-2022! Check out the numerous awards and recognition in AP Spanish Language, Spanish Honor Society and more! Click here to read the entire story.
Saint Edward's School has a number of new faces this year, and we thought it would be fun to introduce a few before we are all together on campus for the Pirate Luau on October 1. Dean of Students for grades 6-10 Emori Keyer is a familiar presence during carpool near the fountain, and she's deeply committed to helping our students navigate the rules of the School, while having some fun and bonding time among the classes. Ready to learn more? Click here to meet Mrs. Keyer.
The Class of 2022 officially took their places as leaders of the school on August 27 during the Senior Commissioning ceremony. The class is one of the largest in recent memory, with seven new students joining as seniors. These 58 Pirates have much to look forward to this year as well as a busy schedule of meetings with the College Counseling team, as they prepare to finish their college applications. Click for a brief album of highlights (these photos are downloadable).
We are still planning on Sunday, September 12 to paint senior parking spots. All designs must be submitted by the end of day Tuesday, September 7 for review and approval. See the link on this page.
Painting will take place from 8 am -12 pm on Sunday weather permitting. The Kona Ice truck will visit us at 11 am to help cool us off. We will provide basic paint supplies, but if you want special colors, rollers, very large, or very small brushes, etc. please plan on bringing those. Painting does end at 12 pm (this allows time to dry before typical afternoon rain) so plan your design accordingly.
Volunteers will be blacking over the current senior spots this week, weather permitting, after school. Please move your car by 3 pm. Thanks! - Dr. Monahan
--- The athletic department is looking for middle school basketball and soccer coaches! If you have some experience coaching, want to get involved in athletics or might be interested in helping in any capacity please reach out to Athletic Director Greg Zugravegzugrave@steds.org.
--- Calling all lower and middle school runners! On Saturday evening September 18 come join us for the Pirates in the Park 2 Miler race at Riverside Park sponsored by the Running Zone. Parents, siblings. uncles, aunts, anyone can run, but we are trying to build a team of runners to take home the prize for most student participation! Sign ups can be found here.
Junior kindergarten classes learned all about germs and the importance of handwashing. Students were excited to see how glitter representing germs spread easily to things they touched. After observing how easily germs spread, each student carefully washed their germs away with lots of soap and water! We are staying healthier and clean in junior kindergarten by washing those germs away!
Rainy days can still be fun when you get to jump rope with Dr. Dunn! LS P.E. classes would not be deterred by the rain last week. They made lemonade out of lemons by moving under cover to jump rope. Dr. Dunn joined in, channeling her second-grade self to turn the rope with the rhythm of a seasoned pro!
Want to see more LS fun? Check out the latest edition of the LS Newsletter, which is being published weekly on Thursdays to LS families. The MS is also a busy place, so check out this week's View From the Middle as well (published weekly to MS families on Wednesdays). Archives for all SES publications can be accessed by logging into mySTEDS and visiting the Pirate Publications resource board tile.
Parents, please be advised that "Back to School" nights are now going to be videos posted on your student's teacher bulletin boards starting September 9. You may login to mySTEDS at your leisure to learn more about your Pirate's daily life on campus, as well as teacher expectations and curriculum goals. As always, if you have a specific question or issue to discuss with your student's teachers, please don't hesitate to reach out via email or phone call. Please contact the appropriate division head if you need assistance with accessing the bulletin boards.
LS parents: Live Webex presentations for homeroom teachers start at 6 pm. Stay tuned for Webex link and additional information from the Lower School. "Specials" teachers will offer pre-taped videos on their class bulletin boards.
MS/US parents: all teachers will have videos available to view on their class bulletin boards on September 9.
PA President Melissa Buza welcomed the three division heads to this month's virtual PA General Meeting this week. Please click on the link below to learn the latest news from the Parents Association, as well as hear from LS Head Louise Dunn, MS Head Keira Murphy and US Head Jack MacMullan. Remember you can always go to the PA Resource tile in mySTEDS to access the latest news, and, of course, that big green volunteer button! https://youtu.be/0sGe9VosqvQ
A group of upper school students created a praise band this year, and their first performance was held today during Chapel. Laurel Logemann, Addison Logemann, Noah Hernandez, Zach Walsh, and Louis De Schouwer shared their talents, love of music and love of the Lord with students and teachers. Congratulations on a joyful performance!
We also are looking forward to everyone's favorite story under the sea. Mr. Baker's technical theatre crew is already hatching genius ideas for special effects so we can all feel like we're a part of Ariel's world.
You Can't Take it With You will be offered as a live stream to the general audience. Watch the eNews for more information on how to purchase tickets.
Seventh and eighth-grade Studio classes are exploring techniques, quirks, and themes in Art History this year. To begin this process, we talked about creating Still Life as a practice and discussed famous examples of Still Life painting. Students practiced drawing Still Life in class before setting up their own at home. They took photos of typical Still Life with their own personal twist by adding a quirky or unexpected element. They referenced the photos to make their final drawings. We hope you enjoy the work! - Mrs. Link, MS/US Art
Eighth grade student Quinn Roberts has many talents, but here's one you might not expect: he is an expert Lego builder! He was recently interviewed at a Lego conference about his build replication of the HMS Victory with a complete interior. Check this out!
Seventh and eighth grade choir students are able to audition for Florida State Honors Choir and Florida All-State Honors Choir. These choirs are an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the country's best choir directors and make music at an amazing level. Students who are interested in applying need to return their form to Dr. Baron by September 8, 2021. You can ask Dr. Baron for the form, or print it from the Middle School Concert Choir bulletin board page. For any questions contact Dr. Baron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-492-2217.
There will be no school on Monday, September 6. Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, and we'll look forward to seeing everyone back on campus Tuesday, September 7. Click here to learn more about the history of Labor Day in the US.
When is the last time you logged into mySTEDS? If you're not sure, then do it today! There's tons of valuable information in mySTEDS, from your student's progress to upcoming events. We know that sometimes "school stuff" is managed by one parent, but if you haven't used the platform in a while (or ever), please just take a moment to log in, because recent security changes will cause accounts that have not been logged into within the last 365 days to will be disabled and disabled users will have to contact the School to be reactivated. Need help? Contact Moniek Holloway during school hours.
Middle School scientists are using three types of microscopes (digital, binocular, and compound) to observe protists and animals found in water from the pond on campus. *Please click on the headline for more photographs.
One of the biggest anxieties of sixth grade is figuring out the locker. In order to make it a bit more fun, students in Mrs. Fykes' homeroom participated in the locker challenge. Maclean Kahler created a tournament bracket, and the competition began. Students practiced opening their lockers during study hall all week in order to prepare for the challenge. On Friday they went head to head to see who could open their locker the fastest. Bragging rights go to Maclean Kahler who took first place overall. Nevin Waddell and Robert Williams came in second and third, losing by mere seconds. Overall, it was a fun experience for all and a great way for these students to get comfortable with their lockers! *eNews: click headline for more photos.
The AP Studio is an intense, in-depth and highly skilled course. Students taking AP 2D, 3D or Drawing are building portfolios for college credit, but the freedom that comes from designing your own art investigation from scratch is well worth the work. To prepare for this year, every student in AP art is required to complete five pieces of technical work over the summer, and this year, they really delivered. Check out a sample of their work here! *eNews: click headline for more photos.
In an effort to maintain a healthy campus, all Parent Orientations will be virtual and have been moved to September 9.
LS parents: Live Webex presentations for homeroom teachers start at 6 pm. Stay tuned for Webex link and additional information from the Lower School. "Specials" teachers will offer pre-taped videos on their class bulletin boards.
MS/US parents: all teachers will have videos available to view on their class bulletin boards on September 9.
SENIOR YEARBOOK DEADLINES: To reserve a spot in the yearbook for your senior ad, submit payment by Friday, September 3. We also ask that parents submit a senior portrait as well as a baby photo by Friday, September 17. Seniors are responsible for their senior quotes, which are also due Friday, September 17. The yearbook staff will tell seniors the specific requirement for the senior quotes shortly. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
New spirit shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts are starting to appear in the store! Stop by for the full in-person shopping experience, 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or shop the highlights online and have your order sent home with your student. Either way, shop early and often for best selection! *eNews: click headline for more photos.
Parents and seniors, please be advised that the parking lot painting day may be moved to later in the month. Weather has made it difficult to get enough days of drying time to re-blacktop the surface. Further information will be shared as it become available.
Beginning Monday 8/30, US students may only park in purchased and registered parking spots. If you have not already done so, please purchase and register for parking via the links on the US Student Bulletin Board. Then stop by Dr. Monahan's room to select your spot and pick up your pass and sticker. And remember, no phone use while driving, be extra careful when backing out, stick to the speed limit in the parking lot and watch carefully for kids stepping out from between cars. Be safe!
Jolly Rogers Adventures just wrapped up an amazing summer camp season and is now looking to the fall! There's an incredible lineup of fall programs this year for grades PreK-5, including STEAM, arts, athletics, and academic offerings - there's something for everyone!
Registration is OPEN and spots fill fast, so don't delay - register today! To learn more, check out the fall catalog and register, visit: www.steds.org/afterschool
After learning about the 7Cs, or 7 skills necessary for success in the 21st Century, MS English students collaborated to produce a plot diagram for their summer reading novel. Their peers did not necessarily have the same ideas as them, so students learned that each individual brings a unique perspective to completing a task.
Please visit Athletics on steds.org for the most up-to-date information on game schedules, stats and directions, and visit the Athletics resource board tile in mySTEDS for downloads and forms and additional information about MS and US sports. If you have any questions, please contact Grayson Miller in the Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org or 492-2341).
Many congratulations to the following Middle School students for being cast in either "You Can't Take It With You" or "Little Mermaid".
Those cast in this fall's production of "You Can't Take It With You" include: Ivy Engel (6) and Alex Mira (7).
Those cast in the Spring 2022 production of "Little Mermaid" are: Valentina Henriquez (7), Isabella Peter (7), Findlay Beckwith (8), Charles Suleman (6), Jackson Colontrelle (7), Piper McCollom (7), Ivy Engel (6), Halle Grella (7), and Alex Mira (7).
The Admission Department is happy to share that enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is both hearty and robust. With just over 620 students, each division is abuzz with activity, learning and excitement for all that lies ahead in the coming year. The playground is alive with the happy shouts of children, the entire sixth grade got all of their lockers to work by this morning, and the seniors are already filling out college applications in anticipation of a very busy fall.
After three days of assessing the traffic patterns during carpool, we have identified some small changes that will instantly make everyone’s morning and afternoon run a little more smoothly. Please note:
Those families who have students in the Middle or Upper school may drop off all their children at the fountain. Faculty members will be on duty in the walkway to monitor students walking to the Lower School. Of course, families may still wish to drop off their Lower School students at the Lower School. Please note that families may choose to drop all their students at the Lower School. Our goal is to make the morning carpool a one-stop journey for all families.
Consider having your child ride the bus. You can access the schedule and routes by clicking here.
Please proceed beyond the fountain for drop off, even if it means waiting for other children in front of you to gather their belongings.
Consider having your student’s backpack and lunch at their feet for the ride to school, rather than the trunk. Coming around to unload the back of the car is causing delays, and students often forget to close the trunk.
Please do not allow your children to exit the vehicle in any other area than the library loop. It is risky and dangerous for all of us.
We will be honoring a grace period in the mornings until Wednesday, August 25th, but to ameliorate the morning angst, consider leaving the house even 5 minutes earlier. It will make a difference!
Thank you in advance for your compliance with these changes. With MS sports starting next week and senior privileges on the horizon, along with these improvements, the morning and afternoon carpool will soon be efficient and routine.
On Friday, August 27, the Class of 2022 will officially be commissioned as leaders of the school. The ceremony will take place in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at 2:45 pm. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend this cherished rite of passage for our students, and we request that you respect the indoor mask directive. There will be time for family photos outside after the event after the seniors have their class photo taken in the theatre. A few notes:
Appropriate dress attire is required for the students. They can bring their clothes with them and there will be time to change. Jackets, full-length pants and ties for the boys, and appropriate dresses for the girls are expected.
The event will be available on Facebook live on the Saint Edward's School page.
There are no assigned seats for family members, but we do ask that you are aware of distancing protocols with other families. Please have at least one seat between you and other Pirate families.
...when the McGee family hosts an ice cream social in the senior patio to celebrate the last first week of high school for the Class of 2022. Students gathered together to end their week in the sweetest way, and we're so grateful to the McGees for making it happen. *click headline for additional photos.
We're happy to announce that Pirate Athletics is once again partnering with the Dignity Food Truck to provide food and drinks during home football games. Just download the app, order from the bleachers, and you'll receive a text when it's ready. In addition, Kona Ice will be in attendance for sweet, cool treats between quarters. Please have cash at hand for shaved ice.
Tonight's game is a "white out" so don't put away your summer whites just yet. We look forward to cheering on our Pirates in style, and with full bellies!
This past June, junior Thomas Baker, sophomore Owen Miller, and math teacher Chad Miller traveled with a group of 12 from Vero Beach Boy Scout Troop 567 to Philmont High Adventure camp in Northeast New Mexico. The 9 scouts and 3 leaders spent 12 days hiking and camping in the backcountry. In the photo, the three Pirates together after the climb (involving a brief hail storm) to Mt. Phillips with an elevation of 11,736 feet. After carrying up to 50 pounds daily and hiking over 50 total miles, the group grew together and created many wonderful memories.
Check it out, Pirate sports fans: On game days we are amping up our school spirit! Starting this fall, athletic events at SES will feature an enhanced audio experience with pre-game and time-out music and announcements that's sure to fire up our teams and fans! #PiratePride
Middle School students will receive a Google form to fill out if they wish to play a fall sport. Playing a sport is not mandatory. However, the form needs to be completed by Friday if the student wishes to participate on Monday. Remember, all student-athletes must have their physical forms in prior to practicing.
The School Counselor for grades 6-12, Amy Bowles, has created a referral form for use by our students, teachers and parents. If you know of anyone who may benefit from support from the school counselor, please fill out this form. It goes directly to Ms. Bowles. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
On campus shopping hours (with mask): Aug 12: 9:00-12:00, 1:30-3:00 Aug 13: 1:00-3:00 Aug 16-17: 8:00-12:00, 12:30-4:00 Shopping online is still an option! Orders will be available for same day pickup at the front gate, or sent home with a student once school begins. Shop online now for belts, backpacks and everything back to school! *Due to a production delay, many new items are not in stock yet, so check back often for updates.
Freshman year is when college-bound students have to seriously look at their future and what it will take to reach their dreams. Why would a parent invest in high school? Why would they not? Learn More: http://ow.ly/iNqy50Fs20h
Pirate Families: Full lunch service is back for the 2021-22 school year, and it’s better than ever! Fabulous Food Stations Wednesday Food Cart Pizza Fridays Specialty Theme Days and MORE! Log into mySTEDS and visit the Food Service resource board tile to learn more!
The SES Theatre Department is excited to announce auditions for both the Fall and Spring productions on Thursday and Friday, August 19 and 20, 2021 at 3:30-5:30 pm. There are a very limited number of roles available in the Fall Play, “You Can’t Take it With You”, replacing actors who were not able to continue with the project. All roles are available for the Spring Musical, “The Little Mermaid”. Nothing needs to be prepared for the Fall Play; you will be asked to read from the script. Please prepare “Part of Your World” or “Kiss the Girl” if you are interested in “The Little Mermaid”. You will be asked to do some movement and read from the script.
Rehearsals for “You Can’t Take it With You” will start immediately in August and the play performs in October. Rehearsals for “The Little Mermaid” will begin with limited calls in November and resume full-time when we return to school in January. The show performs February 11 and 12.
Please contact Mrs. Baker with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new head of lower school, Dr. Louise Dunn, officially takes over the LS reins as of July. We are so excited to have Louise on campus! If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Dunn, check out this announcement letter from Dr. Hirstein, and stay tuned for more opportunities to get to know our new LS head. Louise Dunn is replacing Barbara Mohler, who recently retired after 39 years of service to Saint Edward's School. We are excited to welcome Dr. Dunn to our Pirate community!
The Library is hosting a summer reading challenge for the MS & US divisions. Check out this year's Summer Reading Challenge for Grades 6-12! - Read three (3) books from the applicable list and post a FlipGrid for each title. - Everyone who completes the challenge will receive pizza and ice cream to celebrate their commitment to reading!
Digital books for both lists available for checkout on our MackinVia. Students should log in to the MS/US Library resource board tile with their school credentials to check out eBooks (*MackinVia un/pw available on Library tile). All Summer Reading Challenge links are accessible on the MS/US Library resource board tile and on the Summer Reading and Work resource board tiles in MySteds.
Congratulations to Quen Voyles for being honored with the NBOA Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes "the invaluable contributions made by independent school business, finance and operations staff... (who) distinguish themselves every day and make exceptional contributions to their schools and the independent school community." This is a well-deserved award for Mr. Voyles, who has selflessly served our School community for over 22 years. Bravo, Quen! #PiratePride
The incline challenge proved to be very difficult, but we know FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning, so our campers never gave up and worked hard to improve their robots. Rohan was the first to complete this challenge!
In our Cardboard Creations camp, they had the perfect cure for rainy day blues…a cardboard carnival! Creativity, imagination, and engineering came together with some amazing results. Check out the fun!
Graphic Design campers learned the basics of digital design on web platforms like Canva, Pixlr, and Adobe, and eventually were challenged to create ads for local businesses. Check out the handiwork of these amazing and talented campers!
In Robotics camp this week, students designed, built, coded, and improved their own Lego race car. Competition was fierce, but Caden ultimately won the race car challenge! Congratulations, Caden! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org/
Campers are turning old plastic bags into beautiful new fabrics that can be used to make a variety of fashionable and functional items. This week campers created animal designs. By the end of this class, each participant will have the skills to become a young entrepreneur! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org/
Kindergarteners experienced a Spanish lesson like no other when they were literally immersed in videos of their hand-drawn 'casas'. Through the magic of green screen technology, students were able to 'skidoo' Blue's Clues style into their drawings and use their new Spanish vocabulary to show us around! LS Spanish teacher Martha Berrio and Kelly Fykes shared these amazing projects with us - take a look! Mrs. Given's class and Mrs. Puttick's class
In Robotics camp this week, students built and programmed their own Pull-Bot using Lego WeDo 2.0 kits. After many battles, Caden Nelson finally emerged victorious and won the Pull-Bot competition! Congratulations, Caden!
In Robotics camp this week, students built and programmed their own bot using Lego WeDo 2.0 kits. In the Ping Pong Challenge, Liam Petrulak emerged victorious! Congratulations, Liam! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org/
Day Camp at SES is an opportunity for campers to have a more traditional day camp experience: outside sports & games, arts and crafts, all the fun you can have off the river! Learn more and register: https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
Zayna Shaikh was recently honored with the Congressional Medal of Merit. One student from each of the high schools in Florida’s 8th Congressional District was honored at a ceremony this month. These distinguished students were nominated by their schools in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, commitment to their communities, and civic involvement. Congrats, Zayna! #PiratePride
Our after-school and summer programs have a new name: Jolly Roger Adventures! Director Morgan Smith '07 is bringing great energy and new ideas to our summer and after-school programs, check out all of the amazing things happening at SES this summer! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org/
Pre-K and Kindergarten campers will get their wiggles out as they learn jazz, hip hop, pre-ballet, and creative dance. Two sessions of ballet for campers grades 1-5 will be offered this summer as well! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
Come and discover the magic that happens behind the scenes in our Waxlax Theatre! In Tech Theatre Camp students will explore the world of technical theatre and prop creation! Each day will introduce a new area of the tech theatre world, from lighting on the catwalk to soundboards in the booth and construction in the shop. Each student will also work throughout the week to design and cast a one-of-a-kind latex mask, as well as create silicone molds and pour plastic castings. https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
Part of the Lower School's week-long celebration of retiring head of LS Barbara Mohler included the unveiling of a beautiful tribute in the form of a personalized 'pillar' in the LS courtyard. Mrs. Alvarez-Roger and her art students created beautiful tiles that represent things that are special to Mrs. Mohler, then the tiles were decoratively mounted on one of the courtyard pillars. On Thursday the entire LS joined Mrs. Mohler in the courtyard to reveal the pillar and honor Mrs. Mohler. Below is the dedication read by fifth graders: "The fifth-grade class dedicates this work of art in your honor. The starfish symbolize each of us and the imprints you have left in our hearts. Thank you for making a difference in our lives. The tiles tell a story of your life. Examples include the importance of God, family, your 39 years at Saint Edward's, your favorite places, foods and we even included a roller skate. Thank you for your guidance and teaching us that "Love is the Only Answer."
Spanish teacher Liliana Arias Giron led students in singing a version of the song "Vivir la Vida" (Live Your Life) with the lyrics personalized for Mrs. Mohler. Click READ MORE in the eNews to see more photos and read the song lyrics.
To see how the LS made Mrs. Mohler's last week extra special, take a peek at this highlights video of Barbara's last week at the LS.
Summer reading lists for grades 1-12 and summer work for all divisions can be found on the Summer Reading and Work resource board tile in mySteds. Visit this resource for information on books required for summer reading, summer work assignments and information on the library's Summer Reading Challenge.
If you have textbooks that you no longer need and don't plan to sell, please consider donating MS and US textbooks to the School. Please contact Jill Zoltak for details. For those parents that want to get started on purchasing textbooks for next school year, please refer to newly released 2021-22 MS/US Textbook List. This year MS and US families can choose where to purchase their textbooks (see list for details).
The Upper School Lost & Found has been temporarily relocated to the Athletics Building until the end of the school year. If you have misplaced any items, please come see Mrs. Miller before Wednesday, May 26. On Wednesday, all remaining US Lost and Found items will be disposed of /given to charity.
All Middle School students should start cleaning out their school locker and their PE locker. Lost and Found items will be disposed of the week after school ends.
Lower School Lost and Found items will be disposed of after June 1. Please call 492-2110 if you have any questions about LS Lost and Found items.
Reduce your anxiety this summer as you find and develop an essay topic that showcases who you are, which is arguably one of the most important factors of a successful college essay. For the SES students, college counselors take care during the junior and senior years to prepare you well for this task, but this “College Essay Writing Workshop” offers you the structure and time-on-task for an intensive jumpstart. This course will give each student guidance in developing the voice for their college essay. Register and learn more: https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
In our continuing series of student podcasts, senior Gailyn Lee discusses stage management: My podcast is about stage management. Stage management is one of the areas of theater most people know little about, if they know anything about it at all. As someone who has been a stage manager since seventh grade, and will continue with the career through college and beyond, this is something that is very important to me, and the podcast was created with the goal of telling people a little more about this area of theater.
Mr. Baker says, "One of my favorite parts of this is that Gailyn actually used recorded sound from a Tech day during last year’s production of Diary of Anne Frank to help her 'set the stage' for this thoughtful and informative podcast!"
In our final clip from the spring Twilight Instrumental Concert, students perform Syncopated Clock, a lively and fun bookend to a lovely evening concert. Watch in the coming weeks for a highlight reel of Tuesday night's Twilight Jazz and Art Show. These students will have you tapping your toes in no time! Click to view Syncopated Clock.
In their culminating project of the year, each seventh-grader embodied a well-known figure from history. Students chose imminent individuals from all sectors, including politics, art, music, science and fashion. They were visited by inquisitive teachers, mentors and students, who wanted to know all of the details of their lives. Click here for a wonderful Night of the Notables photo album of these dedicated students of history.
Join us for a learning adventure, where your child will extend their knowledge and skills through play, storytime, and group activities. Developed by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and seasoned educator, each week features a different theme! https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
The Library is hosting a summer reading challenge for the MS & US divisions. Check out this year's Summer Reading Challenge for Grades 6-12: - Read three (3) books from the applicable list and post a FlipGrid for each title. - Everyone who completes the challenge will receive pizza and ice cream to celebrate their commitment to reading!
The publication is created by members of the Social Justice Club, and it represents a year's worth of work in writing, design and thoughtful consideration of the pressing issues of the day. Congratulations to the editors in chief, Zayna Shaikh (president) and Cristina Pines, who lead the entire club from the first bit of ink on the page. Other club members and contributors include: Farzaan Naeem, Jensen Manelski, Grace Haller, Maeve Reicher, Mei Bao-He, Imani Williams, Luna Rivera, Skye Corbin, Catherine Caldwell and Sam Borkovic (co-sponsor). *Click READ MORE in the eNews to read the full story.
Over the last two weeks, upper school students were honored by the faculty (both current and former), alumni and prestigious universities for their hard work and dedication. The grades were separated for the first time to accommodate distancing protocols and so parents could safely attend in person. Last week, the freshman and sophomore students were honored, and this week, the juniors and seniors took their turn. The ceremony culminated with the most prestigious award given by the School: the Peter B. Benedict Scholarship. This is given to one junior every year in honor of his or her scholarship and character. This year's winner was Alexa Soderman, who has been a Saint Edward's student since sixth grade.
Director of College Counseling Michele Sternberg says of Alexa, “It is no surprise that our top student-athlete in the junior class is also a wonderful leader and role model for her younger teammates. She works hard at everything she does and excels.” Alexa sent an email to Dr. Hirstein and others, writing, "I truly would not be who I am today, both personally and academically, if it weren't for Saint Edwards. I couldn't imagine a better school to be graduating from by the end of next year. I will represent this honor well in the coming year."
We are so happy to share that MS/US teacher Scott Mohr is now Dr. Mohr. Last weekend he celebrated earning his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Parents, please take a look at the photo below. If you're missing anything from your kitchen there's a good chance it's waiting for you under the stairs in Oglethorpe. These items were used during Teacher Appreciation Week, and they're ready to return home. If you see something that belongs in your kitchen please come to Oglethorpe to pick up. Thank you!
The Termidor family shared the following information regarding BT's funeral arrangements this weekend. The wake will be Saturday, May 22 from 5-7 pm at The Community Church. The funeral will be Sunday, May 23 at 1 pm, also at The Community Church (1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, Florida).
This is the ideal way to concentrate your efforts and refine your strategies with daily practice on all sections (especially if you are taking the July ACT or the August SAT!) Learn more and register: https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
The final video in our Spotlight on Sixth Grade series features Rikki Bischoff, a Saint Edward’s School alumnae and history teacher. She has a passion for bringing history to life for our students, and she is a dedicated proponent of interdisciplinary learning. Check out Rikki's video on interdisciplinary learning to learn more about her approach.
The Child Mind Institute is a leading organization in child and adolescent psychology support and research. This article provides a timely resource for parents about talking to your child about racism and violence. There are seven guidelines to follow when you have these conversations: 1. Validate their feelings 2. Talk about it, even with young children 3. Be clear, direct, and factual 4. Encourage questions and it's ok if you don't know the answer 5. Be calm and acknowledge your own emotions 6. Rely on your support system of other parents and educators at school 7. Keep the conversation open
This week's Technical Theatre podcast highlights junior Mei Bao-He. She says, "My podcast takes a dive into an infamous court case that occurred in Great Britain during the late 1990s. Sally Clark, the defendant, was wrongly convicted of murdering her two children through the use of incorrectly calculated statistical evidence. In my podcast, I discuss the many flaws associated with this case, including purposefully withheld evidence and the misuse of statistics in court. Near the end, I talk about the aftermath of her case and how we can work to prevent these false convictions from being made in the first place. The quote I use by Thurgood Marshall sums up my intent with this podcast: 'Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.'"
Mr. Baker adds, "Mei did a wonderful job putting the listener into the world of a legal system gone awry. She found interesting and subtle ways to weave sound effects and other voices into the production to give it more gravitas. Mei was meticulous in her work, going back for re-take after re-take to get exactly what she wanted and that effort really paid off!" Click to listen.
Today's Spotlight on Sixth series video features our own Mr. Science: Karl Leonhardt is a name that you will hear often if you have a middle school student. His classroom is like a happy zoo -- there are species of critters living in the lab that your child will interact with, just by virtue of being in the lab. In this video Mr. Leonhardt fills us in on middle school science and his summer prep program.
In our continuing series of podcasts created by the technical theatre class, sophomore Thomas Baker explores the Indian River Lagoon. Thomas says, "This podcast dives into the specifics of keeping the environment healthy, along with going into detail about the inner workings of the Lagoon. I was also privileged to interview Dr. Edie Widder, who is the head of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association or ‘ORCA’ for short. She was able to educate the listener on what you can do to help better the lagoon and discussed some of the problems the Lagoon is facing." Mr. Baker adds, "Thomas was incredibly passionate about this project, and that energy really drove him through from beginning to end. Thomas and I had a lot of fun working together doing field recordings (gathering bird and water sounds on campus) and of course during the phone interview with Dr. Widder, which proved to be a real challenge to record!" Click here to listen
Only in the Lower School can Henry Ford hang out with Althea Gibson. Fourth graders studied highly acclaimed Americans this spring, and the project culminated with the annual Living Museum. The students worked hard to embody their subjects, as seen here in this video highlight.
This dynamic genealogy class will be hands-on and differentiated, allowing students and their parents/grandparents to explore their own families and the historical events that impacted each generation. Let’s build your family tree! Learn more and register: https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
In this fourth installment of the Upper School Twilight Concert, our Pirate musicians had a little fun with an upbeat number that had toes tapping in the hallways. Click to watch the video produced by Mr. Baker.
Senior Lucy Kleinschmidt recently completed her two-year residency as a member of the Palm Beach Opera Studio Performance Track. Lucy was selected as one of only ten students throughout Florida for membership into this talented group. In her final performance, Lucy and the other Young Artists performed a variety of art songs, and scenes from beloved operas. Lucy sang a beautiful performance of Robert Schumann’s Widmung and was given the honor of ending the entire recital with a duet performance of the Papageno/Papagena Duet from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Congratulations, Lucy, on all your hard work and accomplishments the past two years as a member of the Palm Beach Opera Studio!
Contemporary Artist Ai Weiwei is changing the way the world thinks about the function of art. As a Chinese expatriate, Ai has tackled issues all over the world. From speaking out about disastrous government policies that lead to the deaths of children, to resisting wrongful arrest, to questioning the value of important monuments and artifacts, Ai is as outspoken as he is humanitarian. His heartbreaking film “Human Flow” follows the stories of those who have been made refugees by poverty and war.
One of his most famous art pieces is a Neolithic vase onto which he has painted a Coca-Cola logo in bright, silver paint. This move represents a larger questioning of unique objects and how the artifacts of ancient times can be made new or changed by our current societies.
The 9th-12th studio played with these ideas by creating clay vessels and adding a contemporary twist. The twist might be a logo, a sculpture, or a glazed addition. We hope you enjoy the results.
Did you know the Benedict Library offers both fiction and non-fiction eBooks for the entire school community? Two digital library platforms, easily accessed through the Library tile in mySTEDS, are available 24/7. GALE eBooks contain more than 400 titles including picture books, leveled readers, novel overviews, author/work analyses and various topic encyclopedias. These are excellent supplements for coursework as well as personal pleasure reading. In addition, our MackinVia platform offers the current Sunshine State and Teen Reads books, numerous fiction books of all levels and many non-fiction titles. After logging into mySteds, go to the Library Resource Board tile and look for the Remote Reading Resources column, then select the image for the resource you desire. Once on the applicable site, enter the credentials listed for each on the library page. Have a question? Contact Stephany Cooksey, Head Librarian at email@example.com.
The next video in our Spotlight on Sixth Grade series features Fine Arts Department Chair Pete Hengen, who teaches instrumental music. Walk into his studio on any day and you might hear anything from the theme from Harry Potter to jazz favorites that will have you tapping your toes. Hear more about his approach to teaching music and how learning music influences other academic areas: Pete Hengen talks about instrumental music
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Shambo Schwibner Group, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
On April 30, 2021, Saint Edward’s lost a beloved student in a tragic accident in an event that is traditionally a happy rite of passage for our senior class. Bidensky “BT” Termidor changed the Upper School for the better in the two years that he was a Pirate. His joyful spirit brought friend groups together in new ways, and his indomitable passion for athletics proved contagious for his teammates, his opponents, and especially his fans. His smile lit up a room.
He created bonds with his peers, his teachers, and his mentors that will forever be held close to our hearts. BT made a commitment to himself and his future when he arrived at Saint Edward’s School. He was going to be the first male to attend college in his family, and every day he applied devoted effort to achieving that goal, which he did, when he committed to The University of North Florida on an academic scholarship. Because BT was raised in a family of deep faith, one of the things he loved best at Saint Edward’s School was Assembly and Chapel, when several times a week, upper school students gather together to celebrate classmate achievements, play games, learn about colleges and universities, and pray together.
The entire Saint Edward’s School and Vero Beach community is deeply mourning this soul who touched so many. Our hope is that, while we hold BT within our hearts, we share his spirit of grace, faith, determination and laughter with all we encounter.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, The Battista Family, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Vero Insurance, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Mrs. Given's and Mrs. Puttick's classes had some unexpected, eight legged "friends" attending their play picnic during their bug study unit this week. With help from Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Mohler, students blended art and science by creating a film of their "horror" at the army of ants that invaded their afternoon repast. Click here to view the video.
Sometimes, taking a break from the study grind to get centered is the key to a successful final exam season. The US library has a number of posters with QR codes that offer simple, quick meditation exercises that help students and teachers calm the mind and body so they can make the most of these last weeks of school. Parents, if you're feeling the stress of "crunch time" with your student, use the QR code and find your Zen.
Parents and students in grades 4-12, please mark your calendars for May 25, which has been changed to a half-day for all divisions (grades 4-12) so MS and US students have extra study time prior to finals. *The last day for PK, JK and K is Friday, 5/21, and the last day for grades 1-3 is Monday, 5/24.
SES boys varsity soccer coach Esteban Rosano has led our soccer team to two district championships and inspired our student-athletes to reach that next level! This summer, Coach Rosano will host PIRATE SOCCER CAMP where campers will learn soccer skills with a focus on fitness, speed training, small side games and much more! Don't miss out on this chance to work with this exceptional coach! *Open to boys and girls* Learn more and register: https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org
We have been notified by Lake Highland Prep they only allow 75 spectators for away teams because of their COVID-19 protocols. They have been following this protocol all year and are continuing for our Lacrosse game on Friday night.
As a result, the tickets that we will be allocated will be used for family members of Saint Edward's Varsity Lacrosse players only. Any spectator that shows up without a ticket (which will be done electronically) will be turned away by their security team.
Saint Edward's School has paid for the game to be live-streamed by Brevard Sports Network. We are told the game will be streamed on their Facebook account (FB Live):
The seniors and their first grade buddies gathered on Mersky Field Wednesday to start their Easter fun off in style. The seniors cheered their Pirate pals on as they scrambled to collect 20 eggs each in record time. Afterwards, the students were able to gather together to check out their treats and treasures and enjoy a little afternoon break in the sunshine together. The seniors and their buddies will meet one more time for a farewell lunch before the end of the school year. Click to view an album of highlights.
Upper school choral students got to perform for family in another twilight concert in the Lower School. The balcony made for delightful acoustics as the students performed selections from pop, musical theatre, jazz and operatic selections. Click for a brief album of highlights.
During the Pirate Ball auction this year, the Logemann family won the coveted Dress-Down Days for each of their three children's classes, which happen to be in each of three School divisions (LS, MS, US). Division administration decided to extend this gracious gift this year as an All-School Dress Down Day! Woo hoo! Thursday, April 29 is the date. Please refer to your specific division for dress-down day guidelines.
During the months of April and May, students in 8-12 grades will have an advocacy or advisory lesson on substance prevention. One of the best practices for helping adolescents make healthy choices is to teach them about the developing teenage brain (video here) and to encourage delayed use. The National Institute of Drug Abuse recently published new research that found the teenage brain more prone to marijuana addiction than previously thought (article link here). We also know from our work with the Freedom from Chemical Dependency organization that when schools and parents have clear expectations about substance use and talk openly about it with students, students are more likely to delay use and not engage in high-risk behaviors. If you would like to learn more about how to talk with your child or the efforts we are taking at school, please reach out to our counseling team: Mrs. Borkovic (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Mahovetz (email@example.com).
This week our video Spotlight Series features two people that need no introduction: Maggie and Jeremy Baker aka the dynamic duo who oversee the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. Mrs. Baker teaches theatre with Ms. Yvonne, and Mr. Baker teaches technical theatre, set building and video production. Watch the Baker's Spotlight on Sixth Grade video to learn more about the middle school theater experience.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Bailey Family Foundation , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L., for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Adam Grant, a prominent author and professor at the University of Pennslyvania, recently published an article about "languishing" which is living in a middle ground between depression and well-being. A sense of just "meh". People can become stagnate in life, especially during a pandemic where so many of our typical engagements are limited. When we can name our experiences and feelings, we equip ourselves with the language to understand what's really happening. This is a terrific video summary. Researchers have noticed that people who are in a prolonged state of languishing tend to move into a mental health crisis. If you - or someone you know - seem to be in this place, reach out for help. Your school counselors are here to support you but it could also be another trusted adult or a friend to just have space to talk. So how do you move out of this state of languish? Grant proposes that we find our flow, give ourselves an uninterrupted block of time to be in a space where we can do something we enjoy like listening to music, going for a drive, being outside, exercising, reading a book, etc.
To revitalize their interactions with The Giver, seventh-graders learned how to create BookSnaps for each section of the book. BookSnaps are a way of digitally annotating and sharing excerpts from a book. Once they identified an excerpt that resonated with the essential questions or key themes of the novel, students took a picture of that page and uploaded the image to Google Slides. They then added text to explain their personal connection to the quote and inserted an emoji to reflect the emotions the words elicited in them. Follow this link to view a sample of their BookSnaps.
Bas-relief sculpture is a kind of shallow 3-D sculpture. Bas-relief has been used throughout history to decorate buildings and columns and is a favorite artwork for commemorating victories and historical scenes. Because the sculpture is like a drawing but with depth and real shadow, it is highly versatile and can be used in many different ways and places. The sixth-grade experimented with some bas-relief sculptures of their own by creating a clay backing and building their chosen designs from the surface using additive and subtractive sculptural techniques.
Happy #EarthDay! If your child is excited for Earth Day they will love this summer's all-new @CampInvention activity, SolarBot: Explore sustainable energy like solar power and build custom habitats! Join us 7/26- 30. Register using SUM30to save $30. invent.org/mylocalcamp
Attention Senior Parents: the Freedom from Chemical Dependency organization is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. about how to help your child transition from high school to college. You can read more information about the webinar and register here.
Nearly a year after former Head of School Mike Mersky learned the field would be named in his honor, the entire school gathered together in March 2021 to formally celebrate the dedication. Senior Lucy Kleinschmidt sang the National Anthem, Father Barrett offered prayers and Dr. Hirstein noted, "Mike has long recognized the importance and value of sports and the critical role athletics plays in education. We all remember the friends we made and the life lessons learned by being on a team. He spent countless hours here cheering for our student-athletes, committing to the mission of Saint Edward’s School which focuses on the whole child." Numerous trustees, both current and former, joined in the celebration, and close personal friend Jack MacMullan, Sr. traveled to be with Mr. Mersky for the memorable day. Congratulations, Mr. Mersky. You and Mrs. Mersky will always be Pirates!
Today we shine the spotlight on newly appointed Athletic Director Greg Zugrave. Mr. Zugrave is currently an upper school history teacher and basketball and cross country coach, but starting July 1 he takes over the reins of the athletic department, with assistance from Jeremy Gillan and Grayson Miller. Listen to Mr. Zugave as he shares our philosophy on middle school athletics.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Premier Estate Properties, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, The Tremml Family, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Eighth graders were excited to circle the tables for a historical Harkness session. Students were assigned various characters from the Progressive movement and had to describe how they individually improved society--including political, economic, environmental and social conditions.
First graders learned the 'pinch pot' clay sculpture technique in art when they created these adorable fish clay sculptures. This creative and colorful school of fish is on display in the Lower School, but you can take a peek by clicking READ MORE to see more photos!
Kindergarten has been enjoying studying many kinds of six-legged creatures. This week students were able to observe hundreds of praying mantis babies emerge from their egg cases! The students then released them in one of our campus green spaces. Many students used twigs or their fingers to get an up-close and personal look at these stealthy predators!
Mr. Leonhardt's science students have been very busy lately! Seventh graders are learning about invertebrates and recently completed an invertebrate identification lab. They identified both preserved and live specimens and which group they fit into (Mollusk, Porifera, Cnidarian, Echinoderm, Worms, or Arthropods), and they described the characteristics used for identification. This was followed by a squid dissection lab. Hands-on learning at its best! Please click on READ MORE to see more photos.
For the second time, the Soles4Souls shoe drive event was a big success. Families from our community donated over 300 pairs of shoes of all sizes for those in need. Thanks to junior Jake Damiani for leading the charge!
On 4/15/21, the varsity boys lacrosse team faced off against The Benjamin School for the Class 1A District 8 Finals, held on the Michael J. Mersky Field. Trailing the first quarter, the Pirates made a brilliant comeback in the second quarter to pull ahead of the Buccaneers. Never wavering in their determination on the field, the Pirate team overcame their opponents, winning 17-10 and claiming the Class 1A District 8 title as champions. The Pirates will now move on to the Regional Semi-Finals tournament.
On the field stats for the Pirate team include 19 ground balls and 15 face-off wins.
Highlights for the Pirates: Danny Richmond - 1 goal, 4 assists; Ford Norris - 4 goals; Drew Sternberg - 3 goals, 1 assist; Riker Pratt - 2 goals, 2 assists; Oscar Lindenthal - 3 goals; Ricky Savage - 3 goals; Brennan Wolfe - 1 goal; Reed Sternberg - 1 assist; and Liam Murphy (goalie) 7 saves on 17 shots on goal.
Model UN sponsor Terry Mitchell honored the students with a pinning ceremony, which highlights their years of hard work and dedication to the organization. They completed the celebration with cake in Mr. Mitchell's room later in the day. Students pictured include: Maeve Reicher (10th) Katie Croom (12), Zayna Shaikh (12), George Sowles (12), Cameron Katz (12), John Sarbak (12), Ben Evans (11), Christopher Powell (12) and Farzaan Naeem (12).
To build empathy for the plight of the teenage protagonist of The Cay who goes blind and becomes dependent on his castaway companion, sixth-grade students carried out a number of activities blindfolded. Students collaborated as blind Phillip and his kind companion, Timothy did in the novel. Finally, students processed this blindness experience through writing a poem or journaling. Check out these photos of students collaborating . *Please click on the headline for more photos.
The next Spotlight on Sixth Grade series video features Dr. Anthony Baron. Dr. Baron shares his love of choral music with our middle school students. His repertoire for sixth graders includes a spectrum of styles, from sacred music to Disney favorites. Learn more about middle school choral music in this video of Dr. Baron.
Our summer camp mascot Jolly was thrilled to meet service dog in training Vista on campus today! Word is that Vista is very interested in attending Water Camp this summer (not surprising since he is a Lab)! Summer camp registration is open, so make sure you visit https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org/ asap so you don't miss out on a minute of SES summer fun!
Students were challenged to design and create a dimensional mask that could cover the whole face. The mask was to be made using inspiration from at least one animal mixed with another element. This other element might be a second animal, a cultural design, or a social/environmental statement. Each mask has been made by hand from scratch and from the base up. Students experimented with Bristol Board scoring and cutting techniques, made practice patterns and templates to follow and attached each piece of their masks together using found materials as well as paint to add their reference element to the mask. We hope you enjoy this unique and complex work. *Please click READ MORE for more photos.
Congratulations to our IRRSEF State Science Fair winners! It was an unprecedented year when completing scientific research and being able to present projects at the state fair was especially challenging, so these results are even more rewarding! Below are the names of students in our region who placed and special awards:
Oscar Lindenthal, Earth & Environmental Sciences: A Novel Model of Microplastics Pollution for Terrestrial Environments for Drosophila melanogaster - Fourth Place
Mei Bao-He, Chemistry: Measuring the Effect of Titanium (IV) Oxide Surface Modification on Hydrogen Production in a 5% Citric Acid-Water Aqueous Solution Reacting with Magnesium - Honorable Mention
Ivy Yang, Chemistry: Measuring the Effect of Titanium (IV) Oxide Surface Modification on Hydrogen Production in a 5% Citric Acid-Water Aqueous Solution Reacting with Magnesium - Honorable Mention
Sienna Mallon, Physics & Astronomy: Battery Affects Heat Energy Absorbed - Fourth Place Noah Hernandez, Physics & Astronomy: The Effect of Current and Voltage on the Strength of an Electromagnet - Honorable Mention
Conor Powell, Physics & Astronomy: Stop. Drop. Rebound. A Study Into the Relationship Between the Drop and Rebound Height of a Ball - Honorable Mention
Lily Strauss, Animal Sciences - Special Award from the Florida Association of Science Supervisors
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Michael J. Curley, CFA – Morgan Stanley, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Moorings Realty Sales Co., for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
From the Community Service Club: We are holding an MS/US book drive April 12-23 for the Vero Beach Boys and Girls Club. We are asking students and staff to donate school-appropriate books of all genres, from nonfiction to fantasy! We are planning to deliver boxes to each of the homerooms; students will drop off their books to be donated in the boxes in their respective homerooms, and on Friday 4/23, the Community Service Club will collect these boxes and deliver the books to the Boys and Girls Club. To incentivize donation, we are hosting a competition between homerooms to see who can donate the most books. The homeroom that wins will receive a treat (ex: donuts for breakfast one morning), courtesy of freshman Grace Haller, who suggested this idea. We are so excited to include the Middle School, as it is a great introduction for our eighth graders to the Community Service Club in high school! Thank you so much for your support and participation, and if you have any questions please contact Kira Manelski or Father Barrett.
Sophomore Imani Williams was invited to attend the "Equity in Action: Moving to Re-Envision 2025" spring showcase in March. The event is part of a large-scale initiative to shine a light on underrepresented community members in our area. She says, "When learning that Indian River County was still under a desegregation order in the public schools, I was deeply surprised. Considering I’m a student, one might think I would realize this, but because I go to a private school I wasn’t aware. Additionally, because I attend a mostly white school that when thinking about other bigger public high schools like Vero or Sebastian, I expected somewhere filled with so many students of color that there would not be this problem. I wanted to learn more about the steps that were going to be taken to diversify the schools. "Crossover Mission was invited to participate in the Equity meeting and as a member of the Crossover youth advocate group I was elected to join the Crossover delegation. We all met at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center to hear a presentation by the head of the Equity program Dr. Taylor-Long. "In one of the breakout sessions out of the four, I was really impressed by the African American Student Council. One of the things that I was impressed with was their commitment to build a new program after seeing the need in their school for African American voices. These students had their own mentor to help guide them, and this encouraged me to find my own mentor at Saint Edward’s. I also connected with the head of this student council to collaborate to start an African American Alliance club at Saint Edward." Great job, Imani!
The 2021 Saint Edward's Ocean Bowl team placed 3rd in the Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted virtually by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. This is only the second year that SES has competed in the competition, and the team did a phenomenal job of preparing and outstanding work during the competition. They competed against 10 other teams from 7 other schools in our regional division, which covers the east coast of Florida from Brevard County south to Monroe County. The team earned 220 points in the first round consisting of 80 questions and two team challenge questions, 56 points in the first elimination round consisting of 20 questions and two team challenge questions and 48 points in the Final Four round also consisting of 20 questions and two team challenge questions. Congratulations to team members Ross Sams, Jake Damiani, Karis Crookshank, Haley Andrews and William Munz and team coach Meghan Buckley. #PiratePride
It's April and that means you save 30% off ALL APPAREL* all month long! Simply add items to your cart and then enter the code 30off in the discount box at checkout. Shop now for best selection...and don't forget to specify student name and grade for delivery! Click this link to start saving now!
The sixth grade planned architectural forms and buildings using the drafting method of two-point perspective. This method, along with one-point perspective, was most famously used in the Renaissance to create realistic scenes using measurable systems. Our sixth graders took this method and got creative with it. You can view their work here.
We have so many ways for kids to have fun this summer in Vero Beach! Our location on the Indian River Lagoon is unique and certainly sets us apart, but there's SO much more! There are so many different kinds of camps offered throughout the summer: Water Camp, day camps, enrichment camps, academic camps, lunch and extended day options - there is truly something for everyone! Visit https://www.jollyrogeradventures.org to learn more and register!
Parents, if your child is over the age of 16, he or she is now eligible for the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. Click here to make an appointment. In addition, Dr. Baker informed Nurse Gollery-Kain that infectious disease specialist Dr. Laurie Welton is taking first come, first served appointments for vaccinations next Wednesday. Call (772) 299-7009 to make an appointment.
While studying about the Renaissance in Florence, the seventh graders learned how Brunelleschi's dome is supported by holding up a giant beach ball and replicating the uniqueness of how the dome stays in place. They also channeled their inner Michelangelo and sculpted a replica of a human eye out of a bar of soap. Students learned that architecture and the arts are just a few of the achievements that flourished in Florence, Italy, during this time period.
Before reading The Giver, seventh-grade English students explored would-be utopian communities in the U.S. They then worked in groups to select five core values that would underpin their own utopia and designed a utopian community based on these values. Follow this link to view the maps of the utopian communities that they created.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Spallone Family Dentistry & Associates , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Vatland Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
From Kerryane Monahan (co-director of US student activities): The seniors put together some fabulous theme days for Spirit Week. COVID might have stolen Homecoming from the school in the fall, but students brought their school spirit into the Spring version this week! In addition to fun dress-up days (Country Day, Decades Day, Beach vs Grove and Pirate Pride Day), we had the first grade/senior buddies Easter egg hunt, and an upper school Easter egg hunt hosted by the freshmen class. Spirit Week culminates in an afternoon cookout prior to the boys LAX game on Friday April 1 with Dr. Hirstein manning the grill and serving up some pre-game snacks! Check out this album of Spirit Week highlights.
From Dr. Bao: The Chinese Language Program in the World Language Department came up with a new way to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival while under pandemic conditions this year. In addition to having a COVID-friendly Chinese New Year lunch from a local Chinese restaurant on February 10 and a brief Lion Dance campus parade on February 11, each class prepared and presented unique performances. All the students had great fun! The two fifth grade classes, class K and class N performed two folk dances. The one shown in the condensed video is called Chun tian zai na li (Where is Spring?). Chinese 1 class presented Chinese jump rope, a robust and energetic fun fitness group game. Chinese 2H students performed a beautiful song, ting wo shuo xie xie ni (Listen to Me Say Thank You). Chinese 3H competed in an intense chopstick-using race (a potential best participant was absent on the race day, so competition was tight with the winning spot up for grabs!). Chinese 4H and Chinese 5H classes did a beautiful play, qi xi jie de lai li (the original Chinese Valentine's Day) to portray how Chinese Valentine's Day came into being. Here is the condensed video of the performances. For more detailed performances, especially the marvelous narrator of the play who was not portrayed in the short video, check out the entire video. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Baker, and Mrs. Jennings for the video help and technical support!
Last Sunday Jessie Liddell, creator of the MS Video club, took a trip down to The Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Jessie was invited to work as a production assistant on a Page Turner Adventures video. The company is currently creating a series of literacy-based videos for national release this summer. Jessie can be seen working with SES Theatre Instructors Jeremy and Maggie Baker who are also involved with the production. Great work Jessie! *Please click on the headline for more photos.
Last year, for the first time, Mr. Baker's Tech Theater students submitted podcasts to National Public Radio as part of a contest to amplify the voices of teenagers in America. The project was such a success that Mr. Baker is doing it again with his students. We will be releasing a podcast each week starting now, and each will have a summary by the student producer.
This week we kick off with junior Grant Pitcher's take on Dungeons & Dragons. Mr. Baker notes that "Grant really went the extra mile with his podcast, doing foley sound effects work all over campus to create the ambiance of an enormous battle with swords and shields and arrows flying by your ear! His attention to the design and editing of his piece also makes it a stand out."
"My podcast is about the Tabletop Roleplaying game called Dungeons and Dragons. In my podcast, I start with a brief explanation of the game. I also explain my experiences and background with the game, and I interview a couple of my friends about how they started to play the game. To finish I give a concise history of the game and its use in pop culture. The main point of my podcast is to persuade the listener to become interested in Dungeons and Dragons. I enjoy playing the game, so I figured it would be an easy, fun and entertaining subject to do a podcast about." - Grant Pitcher Click to listen.
After learning about basic units of measurement, students worked in pairs (masks on) as they mastered measuring in third grade. Each pair had a meter stick, a yardstick and a ruler, and they were tasked with measuring everything in sight in feet, yards and meters: the length of the door, the room, a long desk. Nothing was safe from these measuring minions!
The final seventh and eighth grade studio class for the 2020-21 school year presents their take on Observational Pencil trees with Zentangles/Patterns. Students observed trees from life drawings to mimic the form and shape. They worked on texture and shading to make their trees realistic. Afterward, they added illustrative additions to the backgrounds inspired by street art, scenes and patterns. We hope you enjoy the results!
Under the leadership of MS Science Teacher Karl Leonhardt, the Kenya tutoring program welcomed eighth grade interns. These interns started in March with great success. *Please click on the headline for more photos.
Saint Edward's Middle and Upper Schools will have their third and final Late Start Day of the year on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Late Start Days allow the entire faculty of a division of the school (Middle School and/or Upper School) to meet and discuss professional development issues. Faculty members will be in meetings between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Classes will not begin until 9:00 a.m. on that day. If you typically drop off your child in the morning, please refrain from doing so until 8:45 a.m. If your child typically rides the bus in the morning, the buses will run on their normal schedule. Students on campus before 8:45 a.m. should plan to work quietly until the school day begins.
*Late Start Days only apply to the Middle School and Upper School. Lower School is on a normal schedule.
At the end of every ME Project, the presenter and their family are invited up to the front of the Waxlax Center to have a picture taken to celebrate the accomplishment. Here are the photos from this last week.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Dato Construction , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Rehmann, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
The freshmen English classes had their first foray into formal speechmaking with the Annual Persuasive Speech. Each of the 52 students was tasked with crafting an argument to win over their classmates on issues they were passionate about. From "Why Milk is Overrated" to "Why School Should Start at 9 am", the students showed their diversity, skill in research, and unique perspectives in their persuasions. Unfortunately, the continuing concern of COVID-19 prohibited the traditional semi-finalist round, but the English department would like to acknowledge the would-be semi-finalists: Stone Colgan and Jessica Jiang.
The three finalists are:
The finalist will be chosen based on their scores from the first round to be revealed in April.
March 29-April 1 is SPIRIT WEEK at the Upper School, sort of like a Homecoming Week but in the Spring (and ending with a LAX game instead of a football game)! The first two days of the week each grade has a theme within the theme, and the second two days the theme is the same for all US grades. On Thursday, April 1, Dr. Hirstein will be cooking burgers and hotdogs starting around 3 p.m. for anyone who’d like an afternoon snack (while supplies last) before the boy's varsity LAX game at 4 p.m., so come enjoy the cookout and stay for the game!
Fifth graders in the Lower School have been quietly preparing to make the leap to Middle School over the last few weeks. Mrs. Murphy spends time with them on tours, in chats and introducing them to some of the teachers who will become important leaders in their middle school lives. We understand that parents have their own questions about the biggest transition since kindergarten, so we created a series of videos that take the guesswork out of sixth grade and, we hope, help everyone feel just a little more confident about the days ahead.
This week we kick off this video series with Mrs. Murphy's introduction to the Middle School video, and over the next month we'll release a video a week that highlights everything from interdisciplinary learning to athletics. Feel free to share these videos with friends who may be interested in the middle school experience, and, as always, if you have any questions, we're just a phone call or email away.
From MS Head of School Keira Murphy: During this time of year, I spend time with our current fifth-grade students to help them understand the similarities and differences between the Lower School and Middle School. I firmly believe that if we can answer most of the questions students have prior to starting Middle School, the transition will go much more smoothly. This year we have created an opportunity for families entering Middle School to learn more about our unique program: our Spotlight on Sixth Grade video series will introduce you to different elements of the Middle School experience. We are launching that series today by sharing the Spotlight on Sixth Grade Introduction video, and we will share a new video each week as we roll out the series.
As you prepare to send your child to Middle School, know that we are excited to welcome them. We look forward to working with you to make these years the best possible. We are educators who love coming to school every day to work with Middle School students, to help educate them and watch them spread their wings.
Sunday afternoon proved to be a perfect day for sophomore Thomas Baker to honor those who helped him achieve his goal to become an Eagle Scout. Father John Barrett perform the invocation and benediction. He is a prior scout and had three scout children of his own. He wore his old uniform! Thomas received the honors and then bestowed parent pens, grandparent pens and mentor pens to adults who helped him along the way. Ms. Buckley was given a mentor pen in honor of all the assistance she provided for his Eagle project. In attendance were other teachers from Saint Edward's: Mrs. Rogers, Mr. Miller and Mr. MacMullan.
Eighth graders tapped into their creative muses recently when they made clever memes using Membean words. Savannah Brown and Adterria Holloway's submission was voted as the class favorite, and their names were submitted with their meme to the national Membean contest.
This month, we are acknowledging a few BIG moments. Last week was the start of the last quarter of the 2020-2021 semester and this week is the 1-year anniversary since the pandemic forced schools to move to a virtual format. If you are feeling some BIG emotions, you are not alone. As projects, tests and quizzes continue to move closer, try to pay close attention to the thoughts you are having. Are they positive? Are they negative? Are they based on facts? Watch this video to learn more about identifying and reframing your thoughts to help you move forward.
Even though Snap Map had many of our families in the Keys or on the slopes for Spring Break, some of our juniors took the time to visit college campuses. Schools included UNC, UVA, Auburn, the University of South Carolina, Duke and many others.
The sixth grade has an exciting update! They've been hard at work glazing their clay coil mugs, and the results have just come out of the kiln. Glazed clay pieces require two firings. Firing clay is the process of superheating it turn it solid. Clay pieces go through a bisque fire to become hard, and a second fire called a glaze fire to melt the painted liquid glass to the surface of the pottery. These sweet little pieces are all finished. Enjoy! *Please click on the headline for more photos.
Students were challenged to create a functional mug that incorporated a three-dimensional face onto the surface of the mug. They could choose an animal face, a human face, or a made-up character of their own. Dimension and texture were keywords for this project. Face Jugs are thought to have originated in Edgefield, South Carolina. When enslaved plantation workers were finished with creating the functional vessels for the day, they took to creating these whimsical, expressive face jugs to pass the time. We hoped to follow in the footsteps of this creative, human, and hopeful practice by making some updated versions of our own. We hope you enjoy our work! *Please click on the headline for more photos.
Shop online at the Pirate Cove Store and save 20% on all your apparel purchases using code 20off. Simply add items to your cart and then enter the code 20off in the discount box at checkout. Shop now for best selection...and don't forget to specify student name and grade for delivery! Click this link to start saving now!
March is Women's History Month, and SES has joined the nation in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. In addition to the usual interdisciplinary integration of lessons about women in our classes, the library curated a selection of books and created a powerful display that exhibits women's influence across the decades, the Women's Activism Club created a special bulletin board commemorating WHM near the bookstore, and the Social Justice club is hosting a Women's History Month Family Feud during assembly on Monday, March 31. Visit https://womenshistorymonth.gov/ to learn more about women's role in American History.
Upper school students recently entertained family at a twilight concert in the Lower School, and we will be releasing videos of the selections periodically. For now, click here to watch and listen to their performance of "Joy."
TODAY IS THE DAY! The Pirate Ball auction begins March 19! Auction items will be available to be viewed IN PERSON at SES beginning Monday, March 22, so stop by and take a peek at all of the amazing items available this year. The items are on the second floor of Oglethorpe Hall (administration building). You'll find many of them in the hallway. Some items are in Kathy Savage's office, and high-end jewelry can be found in the Development Suite. The Featured Auction Items are limited to a 24-hour bidding window, so make sure you are ready to bid on your favorite items on their featured day! To learn more and register to bid, visit:
We are excited to announce that our after-school and summer programs (formerly known as Beyond the Bell and External Studies programs) are taking on a new name: Jolly Roger Adventures!
With the new name comes new leadership as well: Morgan Smith '07 has been an integral part of our external studies programs, bringing great energy and new ideas. Now she is bringing that enthusiasm to all of our summer and after-school programs as our new Director of Auxiliary Programs. We are thrilled to have Morgan in this new role at Saint Edward's School!
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, John's Island Real Estate Company, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Mimi & Stuart Hirstein, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Six jittery third graders mustered up their confidence and recited poems for their lower school classmates this morning in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. Parents and other family members watched on Facebook Live as Belle Wengler, Christian Peter, Henry Logemann, Lucy Lynch, Savannah Shambo and Trip Hegedus entertained everyone with their talented takes on some childhood favorites.
During advocacy this week, juniors and seniors participated in Career Day, which featured a number of SES alumni and other friends of the School from around the country. The panelists were professionals in a wide variety of fields, including architecture, construction engineering, finance, journalism, law, medicine and more. They discussed their career paths and educational background, and they shared a typical day in the life of someone in their profession. Students selected careers that most interested them and had the opportunity to ask questions and gain invaluable insight into potential future career paths.
While the initial smell is a bit off-putting, students in Mr. Leonhardt's seventh grade science class are excited to dissect owl pellets. Several students commented that it is "really cool" to find the bones of animals, mainly rodents, that the owl had eaten. The ultimate goal is to reconstruct the bones to figure out what animal had been the owl's last meal. *Please click on the headline for more photos.
To build their toolbox of literary special effects, sixth grade English students learned about idioms. These literary devices can be confusing because their figurative meaning differs from the literal meaning; writers use them to create visual imagery. Follow the link below to view a selection of student illustrations of the literal versus the figurative meaning of idioms: Idiom illustrations
The Soles4Souls Shoe Drive is back, so take advantage of those spring cleaning moments and gather your slightly loved shoes and donate! What is worn to you could be a life-changing gift to someone who does not have access to proper foot protection, and the process is easy. The Damiani boys are leading the charge again, and they're happy to answer any questions that students or faculty may have. The drive begins Monday, March 15 and closes on March 31. Boxes are located all over campus and are easy to find. Let's see if we can create the only mountain in Florida with our generosity.
Enjoy the time off! We look forward to seeing everyone back aboard the Pirate Ship on Monday, March 15. Don't forget to set your clocks for Daylight Saving Time: 'spring forward' an hour on Sunday, March 14!
Parental controls are the names for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child/teen can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online. The site called Internet Matters has put together simple step-by-step guides for everything and anything your student could be using and are broken up into the following categories: Smartphones, Entertainment & Search Engines, Broadband & Mobile Networks, Social Media, and Gaming Consoles (see an example video here). Please contact Ms. Mahovetz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (772) 492-2215 with any questions.
On Saturday morning, over 100 people joined Ms. Wanda to celebrate taking the keys and cutting the ribbon on her new home. It was a joyful and emotional moment that was full of gratitude and community. Thank you to the PIPs and other parents, who provided delicious refreshments, and to all of the volunteers who helped Ms. Wanda achieve her dream. Click here to see the story covered by Brenda Ahearn of Vero News and 32963.
We're thrilled to announce that we are now offering a new after-school program! Stephany Cooksey, Head Librarian, is offering Electric Wearables! Grades 3 - 6 can learn to create their very own "smart" fabric wearables! (Think shoes that light up when you walk, light-up holiday stuffies, or facemasks with blinking LEDs.)
Please keep in mind that we’re capping registrations at 12 STUDENTS per class, so you’ll want to enroll early to lock in your child’s spot!
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Fessler Petersen Wealth Management Group , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Fykes Building Corporation, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Third grade teacher and head football coach Rich Schofield joyfully announced the arrival of our newest Pirate, baby girl Gianna Greer, this week. Everyone is happy, healthy and (we're guessing) just a bit sleep-deprived. Let's hear it for the newest member of the Class of 2039!
Weeks of planning and preparation paid off when 10 lower school students hosted their lemonade stand last week! The young entrepreneurs clad in hand-painted aprons, raised $293.26, proving hard work does pay off! All profits are being donated to our sister school in Kenya, The Phildan School, to help build their first library. Well done Pirates!!
This year has required creativity at every level, especially in the Fine Arts Department. When the Bakers took Annie viral, it opened up the possibilities to new ways to allow our students to perform safely. Enter Mr. Hengen's idea to hold a twilight concert and art show in the Lower School this week. The light and music were absolutely beautiful as the concert band performed a number of selections while parents watched from the upper balcony, surrounded by student artwork. For senior Cristina Pines, who had an opening solo, it was a symbolic moment. She said, "To be able to have our last performance in the place where it all started was pretty emotional for many of us." Click here for a video of "Blue", one of the selections from Tuesday's concert.
Join us from home and help us celebrate Saint Edward's School! Due to Covid-19 we are unable to host this year's annual gala. While we are terribly disappointed, we know this is the right decision for the safety of our school community. The annual Pirate Ball is the School's largest single fundraising event that generates necessary funds for our operating budget, and we hope you will participate from the comfort of your home.
How You Can Help • Make a donation to support Saint Edward's School's students, faculty and programs. • Purchase a raffle ticket (suggested donation of $100) for a chance to win a $5,000 first prize or a $1,000 second prize. • Register to take part in the virtual auction.
The auction begins March 19 and ends March 26. Featured items will be available on specific days for only 24 hours. Check in daily! Advanced registration is required to bid.
Senior Zayna Shaikh represented the Class of 2021 with a bouquet presentation to Mr. Mitchell when he returned to campus this week after almost a year of livestream instruction. It's great to have you back, Mr. Mitchell -- the US campus just wasn't the same without you!
The Crow’s Nest celebrated their last official deadline this week in true “cookie monster” fashion! The innumerable moving parts that make up a 240-page book spanning three divisions, comprised of approximately 550 students and 135 employees, are beyond comprehension. Coupled with the unique set of challenges that COVID-19 brought to the School, its events and photographs, you have a formidable task. “But make no mistake—our yearbook staff rose to the challenge, and I could not be more proud of the book that was created,” said yearbook adviser Shelby Fontana. Indeed, the staff’s collective efforts are worthy of a pause for a chocolate chip cookie celebration! Stay tuned for forthcoming details about the senior video, yearbook reveal and dedication, as well as the book’s distribution.
As a culminating World Without Fish activity, sixth grade English students created an online version of a sustainable seafood menu for a local restaurant. Their ability to synthesize the information they gained by reading the book, coupled with their creativity, led to great proposed menus. Check out a sample of their creations: Sustainable Seafood Menus
Tonight is the night to watch the boys varsity soccer team in the final four on their journey to state competition! Game time is 6pm and every fan must use this link to purchase tickets. There will be fever checks at the gate and we ask that all fans remain masked during the game. The Super Fan club wants everyone in white and silver to cheer on this amazing team!
This week, eleven SES students paired up with local veterans to conduct oral history interviews. Students had been trained over two sessions by our Teens Listen program, and we worked in partnership with the Veterans Council of Indian River County to give students this opportunity. This was a fantastic way to build skills like listening, eye contact and reflection and to build intergenerational connections. One student summed it up perfectly, saying, "I'm excited to know that I can talk to people I have never met in a way that is comfortable." Another student learned the importance of work ethic and discipline in conversation with a veteran. And, in a more humorous moment, a student explained, "I now know that the Air Force has the best food of all the branches in the military." You just never know what will come out of a good interview.
By March 2, second-trimester report cards for Lower School students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade five will be available online. To view report cards, log into your mySTEDS account (www.steds.org). Select your child’s name from the upper left corner (if you only have one child their name and picture will be visible). On the Progress tab of your child’s record, on the Performance tile, click the “Report Cards” link. Then click on the desired report, which will open in a new window as a pdf.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Citrus, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Dental Partners & Dental Buddies of Vero Beach , for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Creating a process journal is the practice of using two pages of a sketchbook, also known as a spread, to explore the techniques, thoughts, and meaning behind a given concept, art form, or idea. Process journals include a combination of text and different kinds of media flowing together to create this unique art form. In this process journal, the Honors Studio explored Black Artists, their background, and their artmaking techniques. Students chose an artist they wanted to focus on, researched their art and their background, and used several different materials to create an artwork that explores that artist in their sketchbook. These pieces tend to feel playful, lively, and celebratory. We hope you enjoy the results!
The Parents Association's biggest fundraiser ends on Sunday! With so many amazing vendors to explore, do yourself a favor and block off some "me" time this weekend to take a deep dive and shop guilt-free, because your purchases will support all of the amazing programs that make our Pirate's Saint Edward's School education so extraordinary. Better yet, grab a couple of pals and your laptops and shop together! This weekend is your last chance to find unique Trunk Show treasures for an entire year. Don't miss out!
To conclude our Black History Month celebration, upper school students participated in a homeroom trivia game designed by students who attended national and regional diversity conferences this year. The interactive game offered homerooms a chance to play as a team and learn some fun facts about prominent historical and current Black figures in our society. The top three homerooms were Dr. Baron (11th grade), Dr. Hurley (9th grade), and Mr. Chundi/Mr. Mitchell (12th grade). Congratulations to the winners!
During advocacy on Monday, 3/15, immediately after Spring Break, all juniors and seniors will be participating in a Career Day event. A number of SES alumni from around the country who are involved in a variety of professional backgrounds will visit our classrooms virtually. The alumni will discuss their career paths, their educational background and a day in the life of someone in their profession and will engage in a conversation with those students about the chosen career field. Juniors and seniors will choose the industry that most interests them and will be given the opportunity to ask lots of questions of the alumni. We will share pictures and an update after the event!
Have you heard of the Jerusalema Dance Challenge that went viral last year? It's a line dance to the gospel-influenced house song "Jerusalema" by South African DJ and producer Master KG featuring Nomcebo on vocals. Groups of people the world over participated in the challenge that started in Africa and spread to places like Vietnam, Austria and Jerusalem itself. Even the Irish and Swiss Police force, Domincan nuns in Spain and, more recently, our own Saint Edwards School students, faculty and staff participated. In Africa, as with other parts of the world, ceremonial dance tells a story. More than mere entertainment, it recounts history, conveys emotion, celebrates rites of passage, and helps to unify communities. The dance steps seen in the Jerusalema Dance Challenge come from dances typically done at South African weddings. It all began in February 2020, when a group of friends in Angola filmed themselves performing the line dance to the Jerusalema song, and it went viral, giving the song worldwide popularity. Thank you, Mrs. Omawale, for sharing your idea, and to the entire cast and crew for creating a joyful bookend to Black History Month.
The sixth grade is branching out in the clay-making process with unique and creative coil mugs! Students learned the techniques of slipping, scoring, and smoothing coils to make a functional mug or cup and were invited to put their own creative twists on the pieces.
Local entrepreneur Lange Sykes, (also a former SES middle school student!) discusses his experiences launching his company Riomar Shoes. Mr. Sykes explains the process of being a founder of a growing national brand, and operating a global business. Students will be challenged to assist Riomar Shoes with real-time business problems and will report back their solutions to Mr. Sykes in the coming weeks. This partnership is an example of how Saint Edward's students learn beyond the classroom and experience personal mentorship from our own SES alumni and community leaders.
The seventh and eighth grades conducted research on various periods of Design in Art History. They researched influences, background, principles of design, artworks and artists that related to their time period and presented their findings to the class. They also created “Flow Cubes” in the style of their Art History time period. The Flow Cubes must be designed flat but viewed in three dimensions, so students had to plan their designs accordingly. Days of research, experimentation, synthesis and revision are needed to make compelling Presentations and Flow Cubes.
The Task: Create a clay cup or mug that exemplifies/relates to a particular architectural style. Some examples of potential art periods to explore are: The caves of Lascaux | Mesopotamia | Egyptian| Greek | Etruscan | Roman | Byzantine | Romanesque | Gothic | Renaissance | Baroque | Art Nouveau | Bauhaus | Modernist | etc…
Students looked into their chosen period in art history, noted the themes, styles, motifs, function and design principles, and used this information while building their cups/mugs.
Ash Wednesday marks the end of the season of Epiphany and the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian church calendar. The Ash Wednesday service is an invitation for followers of Jesus Christ to enter into a forty-day period of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, fasting, and prayer as a means of preparing for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. The season reminds us of our need to seek forgiveness in a genuine and heartfelt way both with others and with God. One moves through this process of repentance knowing that it is granted through the Lord, whose sacrificial love grants pardon. During the Ash Wednesday service, ashes are imposed in the sign of the cross on one’s forehead. The ashes remind us of our mortality and the cross is a reminder of the hope one has through Jesus’ redeeming death. The forty days of Lent remind us of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, where he withstood the temptations and prepared for his own ministry, giving us hope that we can withstand our own temptations as we move toward the joy of Easter. This year Father Barrett held three short services on campus for faculty and students. The ashes were imposed in a safe manner, observing Covid protocols.
In Mrs. Buckley's anatomy class, students dissected sheep brains as part of the nervous system unit that they are currently working on. They had to use numbered pins to positively identify 22 anatomical structures or areas on the sheep brain.
Black History Month is also celebrated in Jamaica in February, along with Reggae Month. Last Saturday would have been Bob Marley's 76th birthday. The legendary Jamaican-born singer-songwriter and musician pioneered reggae music and made it globally beloved. His music and his lyrics were brilliant as they gave voice to marginalized people, including Rastafarians. It identified oppressors and agitated for social change, while also allowing listeners to, "forget their troubles and dance." Today we listened to "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. In it he borrows from a speech by noted orator Marcus Garvey, whose views on uniting people of African descent were a strong influence on Rastafarian principles. This was his last song on his final album. He died in 1981 in Miami due to complications from a rare form of skin cancer.
I’m thrilled to announce that we are now offering a new after-school program! Stephany Cooksey, Head Librarian at Saint Edward's, is offering Electric Wearables! Grades 3 - 6 can learn to create their very own "smart" fabric wearables! (Think shoes that light up when you walk, light-up holiday stuffies, or facemasks with blinking LEDs.)
Please keep in mind that we’re capping registrations at 12 STUDENTS per class, so you’ll want to enroll early to lock in your child’s spot!
Lift Every Voice and Sing, otherwise known as the Black National Anthem, was originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) then set to music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. This post-reconstruction song is about Black perseverance and persistence through the struggle of slavery and the attempt of our country to rebuild equality for all. The song was first performed by 500 school children to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1900, in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Johnsons were raised. The song eventually made its way to the Harlem arts scene where it became a symbol for Black communities and is still performed today. You can listen to this version by Kirk Franklin, which was shared with middle and upper school students during chapel last week. (*click the headline or READ MORE in the eNews to learn more).
Nurse Gollery-Kain came up with a fun, heartfelt activity for our SES community, and the results were truly inspiring! Students, faculty and staff were asked to share something that they love about being part of SES. Nurse Gollery-Kain shared the following sentiment on her paper heart: "It is the combination of an excellent staff to work with, great support from leadership and talented students who continually amaze me in the classroom, sports and outside school." As the heart-shaped messages poured in, it became very clear that there are a lot of things to love about SES! The messages have been posted on bulletin boards outside the clinic and in the Fine Arts building. Check out the photos to see a sampling of how SES "shows the love."
Mrs. Hudson's science students studied a spectrum of topics related to Thursday's Mars landing. They built and tested rocket models, conducted landing tests and used their problem-solving skills to design and run Knex Perseverance Rovers. Check out this highlights video that proves science is fun and challenging!
It's been a busy week for our lower school students, who spread random acts of kindness throughout campus. Mrs. Spadaro and Mr. Schofield's classes teamed up to deliver goodies throughout the Lower School all week. Nurse Damiani said, "I just wanted to say that I have enjoyed so much seeing the kids come around with this basket of goodies to choose from. I love seeing the students' eyes light up when they come in the door. They are so excited to be giving this small token of kindness. They are learning the importance of giving and how good it makes them feel to give."
MS and US progress reports will be available online Friday, February 19. To access report cards in mySTEDS, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link.
On Thursday Ms. Louise Kennedy, former English teacher at Saint Edward's School and current executive director of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, visited the Genealogy Research course to discuss an upcoming opportunity to interview local veterans. The Genealogy students will pair up with a veteran and interview them about their experiences. Those interviews will then be archived. Not only is interviewing a great skill for our students to learn, it's also a wonderful community service for Vero Beach.
The atmosphere was sweet as sugar on Tuesday when seniors trekked down to the lower school courtyard to share the love with the Valentine buddies. Thank you to Dr. Monahan, Mr. Zugrave, Mrs. Scales and Mrs. Kulczycki for making it happen! Click here for an album of highlights.
The 2021 Summer Camp staff and volunteer application is ready! Saint Edward’s School has cherished offering a variety of summer programs for children and young people. Beyond the quality of our programs, the foundation of each camp is offering a caring and supportive environment for individuals to develop meaningful relationships and continued whole-child education outside of the traditional school setting. Applications for staff (16+ years old) and volunteers (14+ years old) - spots are filling quickly so get your application in ASAP!
After a morning of downpours, the sun came out just in time for the US Jazz Band to gather in front of the fountain for an afternoon concert. It was a great opportunity for the band to be able to perform for the community safely. At the same time, the Super Fan Club sold King Cakes to raise money for new signage in the student section of the US Gym. Chef Diego also served up some chicken and waffles and crabcakes from his food cart. It was so successful that there's already chatter about making it an annual picnic celebration!
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Barker Air Conditioning & Heating, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Start your shopping engines, Pirates, because the 29th Annual Trunk Show starts February 20. Since we're virtual this year, the Trunk Show will continue through February 28th, which means you have a full week to shop from the comfort of your couch, your backyard, and even the beach! Don't let a pandemic stop you from finding and purchasing your favorite treasures here.
We had a very entertaining visit from Pirate Jeff & his buddy Jon Sternberg this week, and they were more than happy to share news about the Trunk Show raffle as well. Watch the video by clicking here.
A portion of every item sold goes back to supporting educational programming for your Pirate, so have fun, support the School, and shop to your heart's content!
Don't forget to enter our special SES Trunk Show code: SES2021. Let the vendor know you want your purchase to support Saint Edward's School!
Saint Edward’s School Pirates Boys Varsity Basketball team made a huge comeback with their first district title in 22 years. The boys were down at the start of the second half against the Covenant Christian Lions who stretched their lead to 40-25 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter. Ready to fight, the Pirates scored seven points at the end of the third quarter, with a score then at 40-32. Determined and relentless, they scored an additional 23 points in the fourth quarter for an epic 56-51 victory.
As many of you know, Head of the Lower School Barbara Mohler is retiring after 39 years at Saint Edward’s School. We are creating a book of memories and invite you to share your memories, stories, and best wishes. We know Barbara will be touched. We have a deadline of Feb 22, so please don’t delay. Send your memories or comments to email@example.com. Thank you for your help in making her celebration THE BEST IT CAN BE!
The varsity boys soccer team hosted the Class 2A District 8 Finals on 2/10/21, against Jupiter Christian School. A charging game until the end, the Pirates downed the Eagles on the field, winning the championship game 2-1. This win helped the Pirate team secure their spot for the Class 2A Region 2 Quarterfinals. Scoring a goal each for their team were Reed Sternberg and Drew Sternberg. A solid defense on the field also helped propel the Pirates to victory.
Ash Wednesday marks the end of the season of Epiphany and the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian church calendar. Father Barrett will be offering three short services on campus to faculty and students on Wednesday 2/17. The ashes will be imposed in a safe manner, observing Covid protocols.
7:15-7:40 am Library Quiet Room
1:05-1:22 pm Lobby of Waxlax or Auditorium
3:00-3:30 pm Library Quiet Room
Learn more about Ash Wednesday from Father Barrett (click read more in the eNews to learn more).
The Chinese Language learners in the Middle and Upper Schools held a COVID-friendly, campus-wide parade during break to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. Chinese 4 Honors and Chinese 5 Honors students led the parade with a traditional lion dance, followed by World Language Department Chair Mrs. Heard dressed in a chaoxian zu ethnic traditional costume (normally worn by the people in the north of China, close to Korea). Chinese Teacher Dr. Bao, wore her Qipao, a classical Chinese women's dress. The students carried colorful lanterns, waved ribbons and twirled umbrellas as they proceded along the corridors of the School from the Fine Arts Building through the Lower and Middle Schools. As part of this year's festival celebrations, students enjoyed a Chinese Spring Festival lunch from a local restaurant (special thanks to Mr.MacMullan and Mrs. Murphy!).
This month the upper school advocacy is incorporating healthy relationships topics into our seminars. While the juniors are working with our college counseling team on planning for next fall, the other grades are discussing how to establish trust in a relationship, what unhealthy dynamics can happen in relationships and, for seniors, how to navigate relationships in the college landscape. Cultures of Dignity is an organization we partner with for lower and middle school programming. They are offering a free webinar for parents on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm (sign-up here). Even if your child is not in the Upper School, this webinar will give you an opportunity to explore more about boundaries and how to advocate for yourself. You can read more about Cultures of Dignity here.
Although February is designated as Black History Month and provides us with an explicit opportunity on the calendar to celebrate prominent Black figures in our history, families can incorporate this type of learning and discussion every day at home. In doing so, we can reinforce the values, global perspective and critical thinking skills of these lessons. Researchers know that even our youngest students recognize race and are aware of our differences. Giving children the language and tools to have compassionate conversations and expand their cultural competency will enable them to thrive in middle school where discussions get more complex. Finally, upper school students are preparing for life beyond SES after graduation so it’s important to ensure they are ready to have civil discourse in the college and professional setting. Here are some suggestions for each division: (*click headline or READ MORE to learn more)
In celebration of the many accomplishments of Black artists in America, seventh and eighth grade classes examined the portraits of Kehinde Wiley and used them as inspiration for their own creations. (*click the headline in the eNews to learn more and see more examples!)
This year we are opening up the Kenya Mentoring/Tutoring Program to eighth graders to allow them to assist and gain experience with upper school students who have been involved in the program for up to four years. The program is currently offered as an upper school club governed by elected students, with Mr. Leonhardt as the staff coordinator. Cristina Pines and Amira Hussamy are the current presidents and will introduce volunteers to the program prior to their taking on the role of assistants. (*click headline or READ MORE to learn more)
The MS Video Club is in full swing! Members Jessie Liddel, Zach Walsh, Marlo Wilkerson, Conor Powell and Max Plotkin are busy preparing an MS "Moving Up" video. The student-generated idea is designed to give our rising sixth grade students and new SES students a little inside information on what the Middle School is all about. So far the students have recorded mini-interviews with Ms. Wengler, Mr. Mohr and Mr. Rogers, with many more to follow. Other sections in the video are slated to cover class schedules, a virtual campus and building tour, lockers, computers and the A.L.L, afterschool activities and even a section on "comfort spaces''!
The PIPs (Parents in Prayer) group decorated all the lockers in the whole school last night with “Jesus Loves You” lollipops. A special Valentine treat with an extra special message! (*please click on the headline for more photos.)
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you,Danielle and Jim Malloy, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Ms. Wanda got the exciting news this week that, after three years of hard work, her home dedication is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 27. We are all welcome to attend and celebrate with her as she gets the keys to her first home.
Her new address is: 1260 11th Court SW Vero Beach, FL 32962
We are expecting a sizable crowd, so please don't block neighbors' driveways when parking, and maybe bring a few tissues, because this is guaranteed to be a very special moment for a Pirate who has always given so much to us. Congratulations, Wanda. We can't wait to see your new digs!
To better understand the courtroom scene in To Kill A Mockingbird, eighth grade students reached out to local attorneys and SES parents, Kiernan Moylan and Tiffany Starr. Mr. Moylan and Ms. Starr answered a variety of questions about jury selection, lying under oath, capital offenses, the appeals process and what inspired them to become lawyers. Mr. Moylan and Ms. Starr are also eighth grade parents and were an invaluable resource as they met with all four English classes over WebEx. (*please click on the headline for more photographs.)
To build their background knowledge prior to reading Red Scarf Girl, seventh grade English students went on a gallery walk, visiting various posters and photos illustrating the Cultural Revolution in China. Students studied the pictures in silence, recording what they observed and any questions they had. After the silent "I notice, I wonder" session, they discussed their thoughts as a class. They also studied an article outlining the events which took place and participated in a Harkness discussion. Finally, after viewing a documentary about this tumultuous period in Chinese history, the seventh graders were ready to immerse themselves in Red Scarf Girl. (*please click on the headline for more photos.)
Our Pirate scientists didn't let the challenges of COVID distract them from competing in the 2020-2021 Science Fair. Science Department Chair Dr. Kerryane Monahan says, "Saint Edward’s swept the Senior state bids for the first time in our history. We took the lone ISEF bid, plus Best in Show in both Junior and Senior Divisions! As in the past, we did very well in special awards and categories. Kudos to the students and Mr. Rogers and Dr. LP for serving as great mentors."
In addition to achieving Best In Show, junior Oscar Lindenthal was the sole INTEL bid winner in the county. Late Tuesday he was also invited to do a poster presentation at the Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium. Only one other Saint Edward's student has achieved this level of recognition. Dr. Monahan says, "Oscar's project is truly novel and potentially a game-changer for pollution research."
Students in Rikki Bischoff's seventh grade classes "traveled" to Mexico to visit ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins with VR Googles. In addition, students traveled to Peru to see Machu Picchu. This experience allowed the students to view what they have been studying in class up close. Student Jimmy Collins said, "It is very impressive that our school has these devices. The VR Googles make it seem like you are there in person. It's much better than just reading about these places."
The students in Mrs. Bischoff's History 6-2 class had the opportunity to participate in a Skype call with Italy. The students asked and answered questions about how their country and area were responding to the COVID pandemic. The Italians shared that their area has been divided into zones and categorized depending on percentages of COVID spread. Their area was a red zone over Christmas, and no one was allowed to leave the house. Our students were surprised to hear that when the Italians leave their homes they have to have a paper to show to the police where they live and what the purpose of their errand is. They aren't allowed to travel freely from neighborhood to neighborhood like we are. It was a great conversation, where both sets of students had the opportunity to reflect on how this pandemic is affecting all of us around the globe.
Bathrobes, walkers and canes, oh my! These were the most popular accessories when our kindergarten Pirates celebrated the 100th day of school dressed as centenarians. They paraded through the halls, channeling beloved grandparents and famous elders as Mrs. Mohler trailed the procession with a musical accompaniment that made the parade even more festive! Thank you to Mrs. Given and Mrs. Puttick for helping your students celebrate 100 days in style.
In Mrs. Bischoff's sixth grade History classes, students learned about the role of an embassy and then worked on formal letter writing skills with Mrs. Fykes to compose a letter to send to their assigned country's embassy asking for information about their particular country. Letters will be mailed this week and then the students will be eagerly awaiting a response.
The Project: Sixth grade was tasked with building a fully 3-dimensional animal or creature out of clay. The creature could be anything of their choosing, mythical or otherwise, and we focused on the form and texture as we built. Along the way, students discovered how to wedge, slip, score and hollow clay to aid in the building process. The finished creatures will be painted with multicolored acrylics.
It's February and time to start thinking about the 29th Annual Trunk Show! Check out this month's Parents Association Meeting video: President Vanessa Orzechowski delivers all the details on this important (and fun!) school fundraiser.
For an hour last Monday, sixth grade English students attended college when they participated in a virtual presentation by Dr. Jim Masterson, professor and research scientist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Dr. Masterson complemented students’ reading of World Without Fish by outlining current issues in the commercial fishing industry and explaining the role aquaculture can play in preserving fish species and feeding a growing population. Their engagement was reflected in the constant stream of questions in the Webex chat. *Please click on the headline for more photos.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Vero Marketing, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
The Task: To create a piece of art in response to the theme of Space, The Space Program, Outer Space and/or the Florida Space Coast. Chosen pieces of this show will be exhibited at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Saturday, April 24. Admission is free, and all are welcome! *Check out STUDIO 9-12 Space Art,HONORS Space Art, and click the headline or READ MORE to see AP Space Art!
MS Parents: During the 2019-2020 school year, the Middle School received a generous grant that allowed us to purchase 20 Virtual Reality Headsets. Virtual Reality allows the students to immerse themselves in experiences that they typically wouldn’t have the opportunity to do during a regular school day. They can go on guided expeditions to the pyramids of Giza, soar over the Great Wall of China and even observe models of plants and animal cells up close. Due to COVID, we had not yet used these devices this year. However, we are excited to announce that we have been given permission by Mrs. Murphy and our school nurse, Mrs. Gollery-Kain, to use the VR headsets with the MS students. We will be taking some extra precautions to ensure the safety of your children. Each headset will be cleaned by the child before and after usage with a disinfectant wipe. In addition, a teacher will wipe down all the headsets at the end of the day. Only one class per day will be permitted to use the headsets to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination from multiple individuals using the same headset. Students will remain masked and socially-distanced while using the VR headset. I know that Mrs. Bischoff is really looking forward to guiding her students on expeditions to China, Greece and beyond. Students who are learning from home will be given an alternative activity. If you DO NOT want your child participating in VR lessons/activities due to concerns about COVID, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. We look forward to kicking off some VR lessons in the next few weeks.
Starting February 10, FLIK will have a food cart set up near the senior patio for students and faculty who are on the run. Each Wednesday will feature a new item, and all are easy to eat on the fly. This week, the cart will launch with a hot dog bar with all the fixings, and hungry bellies can look forward to Cuban sandwiches and meatball subs to finish February. All orders will be deducted from your student's mykidsspending account. Bon Appetit!
Since 1976, the month of February has been designated as Black History Month to honor the achievements of and significant role Black people have had throughout our history. February was chosen because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History annually designates a theme. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity which allows us to explore the complexity of family origin stories, the evolution of family culture across the world and the family’s link from past to present. During Black History Month, each division will devote time to this tradition through classroom lessons, chapel services, assemblies, advisory and more. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks as we publish discussions you can have at home to complement the activities at school.
Academic technology coordinators Kelly Fykes and Shaun Hurley, are visiting 6-8 grade homerooms in February to talk about digital footprints and how to ensure that the students are creating a positive digital footprint. Please click here to view the handout for families that reinforces what they discussed with the students.
Kids and teens do better in school when parents get involved, and attending our virtual parent-teacher conferences is one way to help your child succeed. A parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to:
discuss your child's progress
share your child's strengths and needs
work with the teacher to help your child do well in school
Kids Health offers some simple tips for before, during, and after parent-teacher conferences this week. This submission is from your School Counselor, Ms. Mahovetz. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to arrange support for your family - email@example.com or (772) 492-2215.
If COVID were signed up for parent conferences this week, the teacher would give a "needs improvement." Since our return to school after the holiday, families have become too relaxed about communicating infections in the household. There is no shame from a positive diagnosis, and your quick communication to the School could make a dramatic difference in our ability to #worktogether2btogether.Nurse Gollery-Kain's and Nurse Damiani's voicemails go to their email, so calls can be made at any time during the week - day or night.
Our continued commitment to the protocols will see us through until we can all be more protected from this virus, and it's imperative that we remain committed to caring for each other. If you have any questions please contact Nurse Gollery-Kain or Nurse Damiani. Thank you.
Summer is closer than you think! The summer camp team is hard at work transforming the SES campus into a summertime destination for fun, learning, and friendships. When you start planning your summer, think SES Summer Camp! Pending the ever-changing COVID protocols, we're hoping to launch the catalog and registration links by early March. Mark your calendars now, because Summer, 2021 will be a blast!
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Ryan A. Jones & Associates, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
In English 12H students are currently reading Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is famous for many reasons, but one of them is for his incredible insults. Students analyzed the play to look for insults. Then, students were asked to channel their inner Shakespeare and create some insults of their own. The results were outstanding.
Lower school students had an "Arctic blast" this week, despite our enviable latitude! Our pre-primary and primary grades had so much fun learning about polar bears, penguins, snowy owls and freezing cold weather as they honed their writing and speaking skills. First grade students are practicing their poetry recitations while pre-kindergarten students got to see how they measure up to an emperor penguin. Look closely and you may see the chill winds being chased away by pink and red construction paper as the courtyard is transformed from a freezing tundra to the epicenter of love as Valentine's Day approaches!
Sixth-graders brought life to Ancient Egypt this week when they displayed their end-of-unit projects for the MS and US students to enjoy. The models included hand-made jewelry, detailed sculptures, 3-D models and detailed descriptions of daily life in Ancient Egypt. Click here for an album of highlights.
Black History Month 2021 Theme: The Black Family. Ziggy Marley, son of legendary Bob Marley, has a lovely new children's album called More Family Time. It was written during the initial stages of the pandemic, while in quarantine with his family. Though it was released last September, it connects beautifully with the 2021 Black History Month theme: The Black Family. The songs on the album are joyful and positive with educational themes that highlight the importance of manners, exercise, nature appreciation and cherishing children. (*click headline or READ MORE to learn more.)
Pirate parents and faculty, FLIK wants to help your student celebrate! Chef Diego has made it easy for Pirates to share snacks to celebrate birthdays and other milestones. Because COVID restrictions prevent parents from coming into classrooms, FLIK is now offering "Celebrations", an online ordering system for cookies, cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. The process is easy: simply go to the Dining Services tile on the Resources tab and click on "menus". You'll see a button called "Celebrations", which will connect you to the online ordering form. Payment will be deducted from your existing mykidsspending account -- so simple and efficient. Please contact your child's teacher in advance to confirm the date and time. This is open to all divisions as well as faculty and staff. Contact Chef Diego for additional questions.
Starting today, save 30% on ALL outerwear for youth, men and women when you shop online with promo code 30off. Visit the Pirate Cove Store online, add items to your cart, and then enter the code in the discount box at checkout. Shop now for best selection...and don't forget to specify student name and grade for delivery!
From the PIPS Group: Parents In Prayer and Service (PIPS) meets every Friday morning from 8:15-9:00 a.m. We would love for you to join us! Our mission is to support every member of the Saint Edward's School community through prayer and service. If you would like us to pray for you or someone you love, or you would like more information about PIPS, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. SES families can visit our new PIPS Resource Board tile for more information as well!
We are pleased to announce that Greg Zugrave has been selected to be the next director of athletics at Saint Edward’s School. Greg will succeed Jeff Lamscha, who announced his decision to step down from this role after 12 years and focus on his teaching responsibilities at Saint Edward’s. Jeremy Gillan has been promoted to assistant athletic director. Jeremy will continue in his role as head athletic trainer as well. Congratulations, Greg and Jeremy! Click here to read the full announcement letter from the Head of School. #PiratePride
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, New Vision Eye Center, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Hey veteran shoppers, it's that time of year again! The 29th Annual Trunk Show will be VIRTUAL this year: Shoppers will now have the opportunity to "couch-shop" at their leisure because the show has been extended to the entire week of February 20 - 28. Follow @steds.trunkshow.verobeach for always-updated announcements and photos of the unique treasures that are favorites in our community. Mark your calendars, because it's going to be a very memorable year for the Trunk Show!
2021 SES TRUNK SHOW: February 20-28 Be prepared to SHOP ALL WEEK!
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While reading The Old Man and the Sea, seventh grade English students reflected on Ernest Hemingway's pioneering writing style and, in particular, his "Iceberg Theory." They learned how, rather than overtly describing the protagonists' emotions, Hemingway used figurative language, including biblical allusions, to create powerful images in the readers' minds. We were so lucky that we were able to have Father Barrett come into class to teach us about the biblical allusions in The Old Man and the Sea and point out the multi-layered connections between Christian stories and events and symbolism in the novella. Thank you for sharing your theological insights, Father Barrett!
Last week sixth graders kicked off their GEP (Global Expedition Projects) with the Wheel of Doom randomly assigning them their countries. The GEP is a semester-long, cross-curricular project where students engage in in-depth research about a country. They complete a variety of activities such as writing a letter to their country's embassy, creating a virtual tour of the country, designing a website to showcase their work, making a Choose Your Own Adventure about the flora and fauna of the country and much more. This project is a hallmark of the sixth grade. It culminates with a presentation at the end of the year.
We are happy to announce that Louise Dunn has been named Head of Lower School effective July 2021, replacing Barbara Mohler who announced her intention this fall to retire after 39 years of devoted service to Saint Edward’s School. Click here to read Dr. Hirstein's letter to the community. Welcome, Dr. Dunn!
As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this Monday, January 18, we'd like to share this message from Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, who in this video shares a message of community and love, and reflects on Dr. King and Abraham Lincoln's beliefs that we must choose community.
Dr. King said, "Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives." If you'd like to read more about Dr. King's ideas about 'Beloved Community', click here to learn more.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
From Barbara Mohler, Head of Lower School: Grandparents play an important role in your child’s life, and we want to honor that connection. Unfortunately, due to protocols put in place this school year, it has been necessary to alter or cancel some important events. Lower School Grandparents Day is one of those events. In lieu of our traditional Grandparents Day, the Lower School is changing our usual half day from Thursday, February 25 to Friday, February 26. (*please click the headline or READ MORE to learn more)
We are very excited to welcome Lane Ashcroft '15 to our faculty this semester. She is teaching sixth and seventh grade Spanish and she is also a seventh grade advisor. Ms. Ashcroft is a second-generation Pirate, following in her mom's footsteps as a student at Saint Edward's School, and she is a recent graduate of Rollins College. Most recently she has been working in our Lower School. Ms. Ashcroft speaks fluent French as a second language, she was born in Japan, and she loves to cook and be with children. Welcome, Ms. Ashcroft!
Mid-term progress reports for fourth and fifth grade students are now available online. A progress report is not written for every student. The first progress report is written for all new students and for other students whose teachers wish to communicate with their parents at this time.
To access progress reports, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link > then click on 4th/5th T2 Progress Report.
This week's chilly temperatures have us looking forward to the sunny, carefree days of summer, and it's closer than you think! The summer camp team is hard at work to transform the SES campus into a summertime destination for fun, learning, and friendships, starting in early June. Pending the ever-changing COVID protocols, we're hoping to launch the catalogue and registration links by early March. Mark your calendars now, because Summer, 2021 will be a blast!
Come out to watch our very own Cavanaugh Corrie (8) perform in Over the Tavern. The show starts January 13 and runs through January 24, 2021. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.verobeachtheatreguild.com/.
Cavanaugh plays Rudy, the youngest of the Pazinski bunch, a smart, wise-cracking kid who's starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When he goes up against Sister Clarissa, played by Anne Talbot, and announces that instead of being confirmed, he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, you'll have to come see what happens next!
Every year, eighth grade students create a cumulative project that includes a speech and visual aids. This project, called the ME Project, is intended for eighth grade students to appreciate the growth they have made in Middle School in four distinct areas of their life: Physical, Academic, Social and Spiritual. Students begin this process now and will present throughout the Spring. View from the Middle will highlight the ME Projects when the students start to present. If you are a parent of an eighth grade student, click here for more information and the planning sheet that will need your signature.
During this time of distancing, family-friendly digital escape rooms can be a fun and safe way to interact with one another. Here are some creative, free options for your family to enjoy:
Trials of Wisdom was created by the Sydney Opera House and takes place inside the famed venue. When the game begins, you are taken into the maze of backstage rooms underneath the opera house and you need to solve puzzles and riddles to move to the next room. There is a password that has to be figured out in each room. Many of the puzzles and riddles incorporate classical music references.
*Created by a public youth librarian, this series of escape rooms, all of which are free and can be accessed on the library's site are played using Google Forms. Topics include space, national parks, ancient Egypt, the polar regions and mythology. Suggested age ranges are included in the descriptions and each includes a series of clues and puzzles that can be completed by an individual or a group working together.
*Harry Potter fans can head to this free Hogwarts Digital Escape Room. The challenge begins on the first night students arrive at Hogwarts after the great feast. Clues are given, and players then need to answer questions and riddles, which are accompanied by photos, to move to the next part of the escape room. The problems do not center only on Harry Potter knowledge, so anyone can participate. You can play this game as an individual, or as a group, and you can also compete against friends.
Imani Williams '23 and her family take philanthropy seriously and are always looking for ways to volunteer and raise money in their community. This family truly embodies the SES giving spirit! Thanks to fellow Pirate Kati Fini for snapping and sharing this quick pic of the Williams family in action. #PiratePride
Fifth graders learn how to use Tinekrcad software to design and print their 3D designs. Students are beginning this unit by learning how to make and print keychains. Next, they will be given a "challenge" to plan, create, design and print a 3D object to help our school community. Students in grades three to five are currently learning how to use the 3D software and 3D printer. *Shared by Amber Mullins
A new year is synonymous with new beginnings, so sixth and seventh grade English students were challenged to come up with one word - preferably a verb - on which to focus in 2021. After reflecting on their experiences over the past year, they collaborated on a Google slideshow to present their focus word and their motivation for choosing that word.
Follow the links to discover where your children's introspection took them.
Morgan Smith '07 introduced her new puppy-in-training, Vista, to campus. Like his predecessor Guilia, he will spend about a year growing up and learning new skills before going into service dog training. Fingers crossed that we'll be seeing him many more times this spring!
Sixth grade students started the new semester by learning about musical theater choreography. Ms. Miller led groups of students in learning the choreographed steps to a theater dance number. #HowSESLearns
The Honors Studio was tasked with creating their own artwork in the style of a practicing artist. Students practiced artists' styles in the format of a process page where they tried out the style before creating their unique artwork. Some students merged two styles together, and some chose a more personal approach where they created something meaningful to them but in another artist’s style. This project requires visual research to explore different methods of art-making.
It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already here! Did you know that 40 to 45 percent of American adults have at least one resolution per year? But by January 25, about 20% have abandoned them! Obviously, this year was quite different, but usually about 1 million people come to NYC to watch the ball drop! Another fun fact about New Year’s is that a common tradition is to eat black-eyed peas and other legumes, because they symbolize prosperity.
We are so thankful for our 2020-21 Corporate Partners. Thank you, GHO Homes, for supporting Saint Edward's School! We appreciate all you do. Check out all of our Corporate Partners and to learn more:Saint Edward's School Corporate Partners
Pirates, after a lovely holiday, it's time to get back to business with maintaining our vigilance with our COVID protocols. Our school nurses are here to remind us of the rules, and the importance of continuing to follow the tenets of #worktogether2btogether so we can continue our successful on-campus learning. Click to view a video outlining the updated CDC protocols as well as some important reminders.
The Feast Day of the Epiphany took place on Wednesday the 6th of January. This is a day in the church calendar that remembers the Bible story in the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12 when the three Wise Men or Magi traveled from the East to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem to find and pay homage to the Christ child. The story tells us that the three sages, thought to be astrologers, followed a star that led them to the baby Jesus, where they worshipped him and placed their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh before him. The word epiphany is from the Greek meaning to reveal. It is the Christian belief that this story was revealing to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people) that Jesus was divine and not just human. It is helpful to remember the way the word epiphany is used in English classes to describe an event in a story that suddenly reveals a truth or insight. Epiphany takes place twelve days after Christmas. The twelve days take into account the time it took the Wise Men to reach Bethlehem. The season of Epiphany leads up to Ash Wednesday, which leads into the season of Lent. - Father John Barrett
MS and US report cards will be available online Friday 1/8 after 4 p.m. To access report cards in mySTEDS, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link.
Pirates who arrive at school from the north side may not have noticed that our landscaping team created a fun and pretty homage to Saint Edward's. German Sabanilla and his colleagues created a clever "SE" in blue flowers in the planter under the marquee. Check it out while you wait for the light to turn green! Thank you, landscaping team for adding even more beauty to our campus.
Time to sign up for conferences!! Parent/Teacher Conferences will be virtual and held January 28-29. Sign-ups begin Wednesday, January 20 and close at noon Tuesday, January 26. Please be advised that parents are not required to sign up for every teacher and every class. When deciding about which teachers you need to plan a conference with, please refer to your student's most recent report card, and use them as an indicator for the need to schedule a conference. Also please note that the time slots in the LS division differ from those available for the MS & US. Please look at the weekly eNews or View from the Middle which will include details regarding signup and attendance directions. Please refer to the instructions so that you will be prepared for successful parent-teacher conference meetings this semester.
Our hearts swell with #PiratePride when we see former Pirates shine on the public stage! This photo was snapped of Dr. Geeta Nayyar '96 when she appeared as a COVID subject matter specialist on CNN recently. Way to go, Geeta!
Do you think that without pizza, Friday feels like just another Monday? We do too, so FLIK is delivering a perfect solution. Starting on January 4, students, faculty and staff can pre-pay for Pizza Friday for the entire semester. Options include one or two slices, plus a drink and a treat. Pizza lovers can use this link to pre-order for the entire spring semester. For those of you who are less devoted to this Friday tradition, you can still use your regular lunch account for less consistent pizza lunch purchases. Click for all of the purchasing details, and don't miss another opportunity to make Friday feel like Friday should. Bon appétit!
The beginning of a new year gives us a chance to make changes in our lives. They can be tiny or large changes, but what matters is that they are important to you. It is easy to say, "I'm going to get more sleep," or "I'm going to stop procrastinating on assignments," but does that really work? When creating a goal, there are a variety of questions you should ask yourself as they relate to specific parts of the acronym SMART:
Specific. What exactly do you want to do? Who else might be involved? Where will this take place? Why do I want to accomplish this?
Measurable. How will you know if you've reached your goal?
Attainable. Do I have the resources I need to make this happen? Is this possible?
Relevant. Why is this goal important to you? Can I commit to this goal?
Time-bound. When is the deadline? When exactly do you want your goal to be met?
Current third-grade teacher and assistant varsity football coach Rich Schofield has been named the football program's new head coach for the 2021-22 football season. Coach Mark Gowin, who led the varsity football team to a winning season that was full of pandemic-related challenges, is retiring at the end of this school year. Gowin states that “Rich is more than ready. He is an excellent football coach and can take the program to the next level.” Athletic Director Jeff Lamscha is equally bullish on Schofield, adding “Coach Schofield is the perfect choice to succeed Mark Gowin as the new head football coach. He works very hard on and off the field, he is a great communicator, relates well to the players and is a great teacher and mentor. Rich is more than ready to take this next step, and I have full confidence he will do an outstanding job.” Congratulations to our new head coach Rich Schofield! Learn More
A special reminder to our families regarding children returning to school after Winter Break: The School does not require you to quarantine if you have been traveling. However, there are some requests our School must ask of all parents.
First, most importantly, is for you to keep your student home if they have any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Please keep your student home if they have been tested for COVID-19, and you are awaiting results. Please keep your student home if you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result of a direct family member, or they have had had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please consult with your school nurse: Mrs. Damiani for lower school students and Mrs. Gollery-Kain for middle and upper school students.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing back on the Pirate Ship Monday, January 4!