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Thank you to all who donated blood yesterday! We were able to collect 34 units of blood. Melanie Mildrew cannot express her gratitude, since the blood bank is very low from mass cancellations due to the coronavirus. Plus, we achieved the number of donors to earn the STEM grant. It will pay to replace the Outdoor Club's avalanche beacons for future back country adventures!

For the most current news from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools during the school closure, be sure to read the latest Division Head letters about the transition to online learning.  Here are links to new letters from Kathy Johnson (Lower School), Joelle Neiwert (Middle School), and Francesca Mulazzi (Upper School) for the week of March 23-27.

Jamie's Update to Parents

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!

The continuation of learning and communication has been the priority at SGS...

Want to know how Distance Learning works at SGS?  Check out this Infographic that Admissions Director Tami Peplinski put together with all the key facts for students and parents...

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced the cancellation of the May 2020 IB Exams.  More information regarding assessment for the IB Diploma and Course Certificates will be released on March 27.  Saint George's is trying to coordinate this news, additional IB information, and OSPI requirements and waivers for graduating seniors that have yet to be finalized.  The IB statement cancelling IB tests in May 2020 can be found on the IB Website.

As part of his Eagle Scout Project, Saint George’s student Jonah Hurst is organizing a drive to gather items for long-term patients at Holy Family Hospital, including patients that will be treated for COVID-19.  A list of items can be found on this Flyer as well as this Amazon link.  Monetary donations can be given directly to Providence Health Care Foundation with the designation as “other” and list “Holy Family Soul Cart”.  For more information, please read a Full Description of Jonah's project.  The drive will take place through April 3.  With the closure of school, all items can be shipped directly to the hospital via the Amazon link.  Thank you for your help! 

The following Saint George's School events are affected by the upcoming closure of Saint George's and all K-12 schools in Washinton state:

> Tuesday, 3/24 - The 2nd grade trip to Green Gable is cancelled.
> Saturday, 3/28 - The Dragon Slayer Chess Tournament at SGS is cancelled.
> Monday-Friday, 4/6-4/10 - Spring Break Climbing Trip is cancelled.
> Wednesdays, 4/13-6/3 - SAT Prep Class is cancelled.
> Saturday-Sunday, 4/24-4/25 – WA All-State Solo and Ensemble Competition is cancelled.  

As other events are changed, we will update this list.  See the SGS Calendar for the latest changes.

 

SGS Athletic Director Ryan Peplinski reports:
We have decided to postpone Spring Sports at Saint George's School.  We are hearing of neighboring school districts and our opponents doing the same thing.  Every school district must make their own decisions, but we want to make sure we keep our community as safe as possible.  Since this is a fluid situation, we are not sure if/when we will be able to resume practices or contests.  The Athletic Directors in our league will discuss option to continue into post season if we are able to when play resumes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ryan.peplinski@sgs.org.

For support during this challenging time, Meghan Kilgore, our SGS Counselor, will be available for video-counseling sessions via Microsoft Teams as needed.  Her weekday schedule will be:
9:00-10:30am – Parent sessions
11:00-1:00pm – Student sessions
1:30-3:00pm – Teacher sessions 

Meghan also will be available via email at meghan.kilgore@sgs.org and will respond within 24 hours.

Resources for emotional and educational support can be found on her Center for Family Engagement page:
https://sgs.learning.powerschool.com/meghan.kilgore/centerforfamilyengagement/cms_page/view/48743799

Saint George’s School Summer Programs for 2020 are now open for registration.  We offer K-12 students in the Spokane area exciting and rewarding experiences in and out of the classroom.  Outdoor Adventure camp and a variety of sports camps will keep your children active.  STEM, rocket and Lego camps will get them thinking and exploring.  Open Art Studio and Broadway Bootcamp will have them performing.  See the Summer Programs webpage for more details and sign them up today!