Joy, Great Numbers, Athletic Awards, Winterim, Break, and more
Joy, Great Numbers, Athletic Awards, Winterim, Break, and more

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

So Many Reasons for Joy!

We have so many reasons for joy and gratitude this week:
  • The snow melted and the sun came to visit.
  • The 4-county COVID case rate dipped below .5% for the first time since November. (.47% as of yesteday!)
  • Many of our faculty and staff are getting their first round of vaccines.
  • We have been able to ease some of our COVID protocols. This week we made our first Sonic run of the year, hosted a few mixed (boarding/day) weekend activities, and began allowing boarding students to visit each other's residential houses.
  • We have a full week of prospective students visiting campus.
  • It's Spirit Week, and campus was full of "tacky tourists" yesterday.
We are grateful to our facilities crew for all of their work to clear our paths and roadways during the storms. They continue to clean up the many fallen trees and branches. We are also grateful for the team spirit that inspires our staff to cover for one another as colleagues dash out to vaccine appointments. Mostly, though, we are grateful to YOU for your patience and understanding during this most unusual year. 
We kicked off this year saying "We're in this together!" And, indeed, we have been and continue to be. Keep your masks on and fingers crossed (and washed) as we strive for continued recovery of our lives together.

Winter Athletic Awards

During tomorrow's J-Block (12:45-1:30 p.m.), we will be celebrating our Winter athletic teams. Athletes have been asked to be in formal dress (as defined in our Student Handbook) and will gather in Wood-Alligood Gymnasium at 12:40 p.m. Parents and others may view the ceremony through the J-Block link

Weekend Activities

Day 8th and 9th Graders May Remain on Campus Friday Evening

With active case numbers in the region continuing to fall, we are experimenting with allowing some day students to remain on campus for Friday evening activities. This Friday, it will be the turn of day students in grades 8 and 9. Students must check-in, may not be in student residences, and must leave campus by 9 p.m. This Friday's activities will take place in Owen Student Union and Wood-Alligood Gymnasium.

Winterim Begins on Monday

Winterim begins on Monday. Students who are not participating in the overnight Winterims will have two courses a day based on the choices they made. View this year's Winterim schedule and course offerings. Day parents, please encourage your child to be dressed appropriately for their activity. Many of the Winterim programs are outdoors and involve significant walking or hiking. There are no class assignments due the week of Winterim.

Spring Break and Return

Friday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. - Sunday, March 14

Boarding students may remain on campus over spring break. Students who leave MUST return to campus on Sunday, March 14, Noon-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, we will resume with our online schedule to allow boarders to quarantine. All boarding and day students will be tested before we resume in-person classes on Monday, March 22.
Return COVID Testing Schedule
TUE MAR 16, 2:30-3:15 PM: Day Students Last Names A-M and Spring Day Student Athletes
WED MAR 17, 7:30 AM: Boarding Students (Quarantine ends with negative test results.)
THU MAR 18, 2:30-3:15 PM: Day Students Last Names N-Z

Community Service Opportunities

Service Coordinator Rachel Malde is sponsoring a series of afterschool community service opportunities for our students. In addition to helping our neighbors and friends, students will earn two hours towards their service requirement at each event. This year's service requirement is 10 hours. View the Community Service Opportunity calendar. Students performing independent service projects may report their hours here.

Interact Book Drive

The Interact Club is collecting gently used and new children's and YA books. Drop-off boxes are located in the front hall of the Simmonds building and will be there through Winterim. They are also accepting cash donations to purchase books. Questions? Contact Kathleen Perkins '22 or Libby Neubauer '23.

Enrichment Through MIT

MIT's Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works is running several free and virtual 8-week courses on Saturdays beginning March 6 for students in grades 9 and 10. Courses will be in robotics, cyber-security, assistive technology, programming, and more. No prior experience is necessary. More information is available at

It's 3:30. Do you know where your Middle Schooler is?

Middle School students may not be on campus after 3:30 p.m. unless they are engaged in an Afternoon Program or attend MAC (Middle School After Care). Register here. Questions? Contact Lizzie Duncan.

Yearbook Ads

Sunday, February 28 is the deadline to purchase a yearbook ad.

Thank You!

Thank you to Robert and Linda Tafaro for providing our boarders with King Cakes to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Thanks to everyone who donated food for the Scouts food drive and to our Scout troop for giving us the opportunity to support our neighbors!

Weekly Highlights

View the full calendar for all events. Subscribe to SAS calendars (instructions on the calendar page) to have school events, team schedules, and calendar updates automatically delivered to and updated on your desktop or mobile device.
Spirit Week: Western Wednesday
11:45 AM COVID-19 Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Available Employees
1:00 PM Chapel
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution, Owen Student Union
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Colmore
Spirit Week: Jersey Thursday
11:35 AM Middle School Advisory
12:15 PM Upper School Advisory
12:45 PM Winter Athletic Awards
2:40 PM Debate Club, Bishop Bratton Rm 4
3:10 PM Chess Club, R-C Room 12
3:30 PM Climbing Club, Bouldering Shed
3:40 PM Writing Center Open, Simmonds Front Hallway
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Watts
Spirit Week: Pajama Day
8:45 AM Announcements
5:30 PM Weekend Activity: Campus open to eighth- and ninth-grade day students 

Yearbook Deadlines: Ads, Senior Baby Pictures, Senior Pages, Senior Superlative Photos
7:00 PM Compline
8:45 AM
9:00 AM Winterim Morning Course
11:30 AM COVID-19 Testing Middle School Students and Available Employees
12:30 PM Winterim Afternoon Course
3:30 PM Varsity Track and Field - Intersquad Meet (Home)
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Warner/St. Mary's
7:00 PM Winterim Activity for Boarders: Small Service Projects
9:00 AM
Winterim Morning Course
11:30 AM COVID-19 Testing for Juniors, Seniors, and Available Employees
12:30 PM Winterim Afternoon Course
3:30 PM Climbing Club, Bouldering Shed
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Woods and Harvey
No University Classes
Re-Enrollment Contracts Issued in February Due
9:00 AM Winterim Morning Course
11:45 AM COVID-19 Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Available Employees
12:30 PM Winterim Afternoon Course
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Colmore

Coming Attractions

MARCH 6-14 Spring Break (Begins Friday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.)
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