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Jamie's Update: Planning for fall

May 11, 2020

Dear SGS Families,

Today, as I update you on plans at Saint George’s, I again want to express my gratitude for your flexibility and patience as we adapt to the changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis. We have experienced a great disruption in the ways our community engages, and I appreciate your effort and resilience. We will have more challenges ahead, and I am confident we will continue to confront them with a spirit of unity and grace.

I encourage you to read through the updates on our weekly email sent out on Mondays for highlights still ongoing within our community.  Our social media pages are being updated almost daily with uplifting news.  

For now, I want to share more information and details about planning for this fall, that continues to be a primary focus...  Read More

 

Jamie's Update: Planning Scenarios

May 4, 2020
Dear SGS Parents,
Each passing day provides some insight into what the new “normal” might look like for schools and the Spokane community.  I stress “might” because, since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all been operating in unknowns and best guess scenarios.  As a school steeped in tradition, we mourn each special event as it unceremoniously passes with the other cancellations.  Navigating the loss, creating the present and planning for the future are all part the current quandary.  I am sure many of you have seen stories regarding plans for universities and schools in the fall.  For the 2020-21 academic year, Saint George’s is creating multiple plans to address a variety of situations as well... Read More

 

Jamie's UPdate: Distance learning & well being

April 27, 2020
Dear Friends,
I hope you are remaining healthy and enjoying the warmer weather.  Yesterday provided a welcomed excuse to get outside and be active.  The Nine Mile Falls area was beautiful and the views overlooking the river were breathtaking.  Enjoy the four-day school week ahead and more importantly enjoy a little break on Friday, May 1 and the three-day weekend.  Our next break is May 22 and that will provide for a four-day weekend over Memorial Day!

During the last two weeks we have focused on providing more structure and routine around the Distance Learning platform at SGS.... Read More
 

Jamie's Update: COVID-19 & Education

April 20, 2020
Dear Friends,
With each passing day on campus, I discover something new or something I haven’t appreciated in the past.  Yesterday, I noticed several of the cherry trees popping as their blooms were so vibrant against the emerging spring backdrop.  I have attached a picture of the tree just below the MS basketball court.  It was beautiful to see and you can just imagine the low hum of the bees discovering the fresh blossoms.  I wish the picture would have had students walking past the tree on their way to PE . . . next year! 
 
Last week, the teachers and administrative team spent a great deal of time working through additional structuring of our Distance Learning approach at each grade, division and departmental level... Read More

 

Jamie's Update: DL Survey

April 13, 2020
Dear Friends,
I hope you all were able to enjoy “Spring Break” and a little down time.  I also hope for those celebrating, that Passover and Easter were joyous occasions.  In talking with friends and colleagues, it sounds as though some virtual get-togethers may not have happened if not for these special circumstances.  I hope these silver linings made for a special time for your family.  I know my daughters enjoyed the traditional Easter Egg hunt at our house and they are now both in their 20’s... Read More 

 

Jamie's Update: School closed until fall

April 6, 2020
Dear SGS Community,

Today we heard the news that Washington state would be joining fourteen other states in closing in-person school for the remainder of the academic year.  That was anticipated, but still not the news anyone wanted to hear.  For SGS, that means we will extend the learning horizon to June and spend more time refining our approaches to Distance Learning (DL).  The first three weeks have been a steep learning curve for everyone taking part in DL and we will learn from that experience.  Fortunately, we have a strong network of professional development resources internally and externally that we have relied on and will continue to do so for the next eight weeks... Read More

 

Jamie's Update: Words of encouragement

March 30, 2020

Dear SGS Community,
 
I hope everyone is staying healthy and navigating this crisis as well as possible.  This situation continues to be complex and ever-changing.  You can be assured we are doing our best on the SGS educational front.  Now starting our third week of distance learning, I have been proud of our teachers and their efforts to engage with students and provide ongoing lessons/content/support for the students (and parents) across our K-12 program.  Thank you for all of the words of encouragement and gratitude you have been sharing with the teachers and administrators.  ...Read More
 

 

Jamie's Update on Distance Learning

March 20, 2020

Dear SGS Friends,
 
SGS Distance Learning Week #1 is off and running.  I want to begin by recognizing our teachers’ excellent work.  They had a big challenge setting up remote learning platforms and they have stepped up mightily in a relatively short period of time.  The Division Heads and I have received many emails of appreciation and we have forwarded them on to our teachers as often and quickly as possible.  These emails of good news and positive feedback have taken the place of the wonderful PA Appreciation Luncheons.  Thank you to our wonderful parents for your appreciation, patience and support of our faculty and staff during these difficult times.  It makes a difference as everyone is putting forth Best Efforts!  ...Read More
 
 

MESSAGE TO PARENTS

 
March 14, 2020
 
Dear SGS Community,
 
We are all headed into unchartered territory for at least the next six weeks.  This will be a time for all in our community to exhibit patience, empathy, strength and grace as we all work together to make the best of a bad situation. Let me take the opportunity to share a few thoughts and then provide a short-term road map going forward.  ...Read More
 
 

RESOURCES

• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• WA State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
• Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: https://www.k12.wa.us/