Today's wise words are from pastor and author Brian McLaren. These words come from his book titled Finding Our Way Again, The Return of the Ancient Practices (page 14):
Spiritual practices are actions within our power that help us narrow the gap. They help us become someone weighty, someone worthy of a name and reputation, someone who makes survival worthwhile by turning life’s manure into fertilizer. They’re about surviving your twenties or forties or eighties and not becoming a jerk in the process. About not letting what happens to us deform us or destroy us. About realizing that what we earn or accumulate means nothing compared to what we become and who we are. As such, spiritual practices are pretty earthy, and they’re not strictly about spirituality as it is often defined; they’re about humanity. Which brings us to the second reason they’re important – aliveness. Spiritual practices could be called life practices or humane practices, because they help us practice being alive, and humanely so. They develop not just character but also aliveness, alertness, wakefulness, and humanity.
It's time for some spring cleaning! As part of our school initiative to gather supplies for Ms. Kennedy's visit to Kenya, the Middle School will be collecting any old SES articles of clothing (shirts, shorts, hats, etc.). Please bring in any old SES gear to your homeroom teachers before March 7th. Any little bit helps!
Mrs. Stephenson announced this week that Pirates will now be able to share Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and other G-Suite assets beyond the four walls of the school. This is useful in all sorts of ways - a collaboration with subject specialists and experts, submitting documents that are too big to attach to email, even sharing with family. There are endless ways to digitally collaborate using this platform. The Technology User Agreement has been updated accordingly.
The Chinese International Students from Mrs. Fykes Advanced English class shared their first-hand knowledge of Chinese culture, schools, government and economic systems with the seventh graders. Mrs. Wengler's and Mrs. Durand's seventh-grade students are preparing to read Red Scarf Girl, a memoir of the Chinese cultural revolution, written by Ji-li Jiang, so what better way to learn about China than by learning from our own resident experts? Highlights of the presentations included practicing morning exercises, a choreographed routine designed to get students moving that are done school-wide in China, hearing about the students' favorite Chinese delicacies such as hot pot and Dongpo pork and learning about the tremendous urbanization in areas of China. It was also a great opportunity for the Chinese students to showcase their knowledge and hone their public speaking skills.
Pirate Community, please take note of this information regarding the ongoing Head Search process: This week, the Head of School search committee, led by Wendy Porter, selected Carney Sandoe & Associates, one of the leading independent school search firms in the country. This selection officially kicks off the process for securing a new Head of School.
There are a number of important steps that will begin immediately. We have already created a dynamic landing page on steds.org that will have continual updates on the search status. Please keep an eye on the site often. Please note the important calendar items for parents next week noted in the calendar section of the Enews.
From Pamela Mejia, World Language teacher: This year we are going to embark on our fifth annual Middle School Multicultural Day to celebrate all of the wonderful differences that make our student body who they really are. As part of this special day, which will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, we would like to invite you to be an active part of the event. [click HEADLINE to read the full story]
The annual Saint Edward’s Upper School Book Day is scheduled for April 4, 2019. This day is intended as an Upper School student conference in the spirit of our school’s Liberal Arts tradition and with the purpose of creating empathy and a platform for respectful debate. Many of our students have not had the opportunity to participate in a conference format and this event will bring this possibility to fruition. The inspiration for this event comes from The Horace Mann School of New York, which hosts student conferences annually, and from the Nigerian author Chimananda Ngozi Adichie, who said, “When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.” Based on that inspiration and the success of last year’s conference, this year’s “Choice. Change.” student conference is a culmination of shared ideas and a list of potential topics created over the course of this school year by a diverse group of volunteers, students and teachers. Our students have expressed a strong interest in exploring and discussing topics such as environmental awareness, personal responsibility and transformation, or stories of overcoming obstacles and assimilation.