Online Schedule, Athletic Awards, Chocolate Bells, and more
Online Schedule, Athletic Awards, Chocolate Bells, and more

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November 11, 2020

Thank You For Your Patience and Understanding

No matter how long you plan for an event, you never know how it will go until it arrives. Yesterday's announcement of our first positive COVID-19 case was a perfect example. Thank you to all of our students, families, faculty, and staff who asked all of the right questions with patience and understanding as we navigated the situation. We like to look for silver linings around here (it is our dedication to balance and joy), so we are choosing to see this as a trial run for when we go to our scheduled online classes on November 30.
As we told our students, the fact that we made it 12 weeks into the school year before having a positive case is a testament to their compliance with our policies and protocols. Still, we knew that the odds were not in our favor to make it all the way through the semester without needing to go online. We are grateful to everyone for the sacrifices they have made to get us this far. Please continue to distance, wash up, and mask up. We are in this together!

While We Are Online

When we go to online learning, we use a modified schedule that allows for shorter class periods. This is based on what we learned in the spring about what worked best for our students. The schedule for the remainder of this week is above, In addition to their classes, students are expected to login for Announcements, Chapel, J-Block, Advisory, and Afternoon Programs according to the schedule. They will receive instructions for all of these virtual gatherings.

Does Your Child Need Some Extra TLC?

Our Wellness staff stands ready to help any of our students who may need extra attention in the coming days. Please complete the confidential Counseling Referral form to get the process started.

Ringing of the Chocolate Bells

Each year on November 11, we ring our Chapel Bells for 11 minutes at 11:11 a.m. Due to our online schedule, today, we'll be ringing at 11:20, but we will be ringing. The annual ringing of the "chocolate bells" is done in memory of those who died in World War I, in gratitude for the gift, and as a prayer for peace. Read more about this and other beloved SAS traditions.

Flu Shots Postponed

Our last round of flu shots will be administered next Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. There is still time to request one for your child. 

Moving Online Nov. 30

And Exam Schedules

A reminder that following our Thanksgiving Break (November 25-29), we will move to online classes for the week of November 30, and all year-end assessments will be completed online the week of December 7. The Upper School Exam schedule is set, and the Middle School schedule will be available soon. 

A Few Changes to Second Semester Dates

Although the major date changes for second semester (later start, shorter Spring Break) have already been communicated to you, we wanted to make you aware of two adjustments based on those news dates. Winterim will run the final week of Quarter 3 which is now March 1-5, 2021. All dates may be found at


Our apologies to two students who were inadvertently left off of the Higher Honor List - Anja Dombrowski '24 - and the Honor List - JT Jenkins '21. Well done!
Congratulations to Dean of Students Geoffrey Smith who was elected to the Sewanee Community Council.

Fall Varsity Athletic Awards

Last week we held our fall varsity athletic awards ceremony. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized:
Most Valuable Players: Madalyn Cleveland '21 (Volleyball), Alex Brewster '22 (Cross Country), Sarah Grace Burns '21 (Soccer), Tyler Rodgers '22 (Golf), Meredith Foster '21 (Volleyball)
Most Improved Player: Anja Dombrowski '24 (Volleyball), Hannah Warmbrod '21(Cross Country), Will Hernandez '24 (Cross Country), Emma Greer '22 (Soccer), Graeden Miller '23 (Golf)
Coaches' Award: Charlie Barron '22 (Cross Country), Jenna Black '21 (Soccer), Alex Waldrup '23 (Golf), Luciana Mollica '21 (Volleyball), Adeline Smith '21 (Soccer)

Employment Opportunities

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is currently accepting applications for a Computer Support Technician and an Assistant Director of Stewardship and Alumni Engagement. More information is available at Please help us spread the word!

Highlights of the Week

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WED NOV 11 - Classes Online
11:00 AM
Chapel, Online
11:20 AM Ringing of the Chocolate Bells, St. Andrew's Chapel
5:45 PM Bible Study, Spencer Room
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution, Owen Student Union
THU NOV 12 - Classes Online
11:00 AM
Advisory, Online
NOON J-Block Creative Expression, Online
FRI NOV 13 - Classes Online

2:00 PM
Virtual Admission Open House for Middle School Families
4:00 PM Virtual Admission Open House for Upper School Families
7:00 PM Compline, St. Andrew's Chapel
8:00 AM
COVID-19 Testing for All Quaranting Students, Faculty, and Staff
10:00 AM
Flu Shots, Agee Room
11:40 AM Dean of Students' Lunch with Middle School Students
6:00 PM/7:30 PM Varsity Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Riverside Christian Academy (Away)
1:00 PM Chapel, Virtual
5:45 PM Bible Study, Spencer Room
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution, Owen Student Union

Coming Soon

NOV 25-29 Thanksgiving Break
NOV 30-DEC 4 Scheduled Online Classes
DEC 7 Reading Day
DEC 8-11 Exams, Online

COVID-19 Updates

Our COVID-19 Protocols & FAQs are updated regularly.

My child was exposed to someone who tested positive. Does our whole family need to quarantine?

No, according to CDC recommendations, only someone who has had direct contact with a positive case needs to quarantine.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

The 4-County Active Case Rate

As of Tuesday, the seven-day average active case rate is .45%
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