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Dear SGS Parents,

Welcome to Phase 2 in Spokane!  I hope you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the long weekend.  We are now just 8 days until the end of the 2020 Distance Learning experience.  I am expecting a strong finish to the school year with some “new angles” on the end of year experiences.  Be sure to check the Division Heads’ letters for details...

The 7th and 8th grade art students studied the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, then found natural materials to create their own "land art" at home.  See a Photo Gallery of their creations, with several of their artworks followed by the student's reflection on the project.  

To combat boredom, Upper School teachers Dave Holte and Chad Rigsby are watching a movie a week and discussing it online.  Check out their third movie podcast discussing The Godfather on the SGS YouTube Channel with administrator guests Jamie Tender and Francesca Mulazzi. 

This week’s “Movie of the Week” is a contemporary one.  Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit tells the story of Jojo, a German boy whose imaginary best friend is Hitler.  Jojo is presented with a struggle of conscience when he discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his attic.  The movie is rated PG-13, hilarious and sad, but is also justifiably controversial for its representations of the Holocaust.  It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

This week’s Guest Stars are all lined but up, but if you’re interested in joining Dave and Chad for future panels, shoot an email to david.holte@sgs.org or chad.rigsby@sgs.org.  They will also have a “mailbag,” so send them questions or conversation pieces about the film or related topics ahead of time and they’ll try to answer them.  Or if you’re just interested in watching a great movie, you can check out JoJo Rabbit in the next few days and enjoy their conversation.  You can also find previous podcasts, about Jaws, In the Heat of the Night, and The Godfather on the SGS YouTube Channel.  

Thank you to the 178 SGS students, families, staff, alumni and friends who participated in the SGS Virtual Fun Run May 16-17.  Congratulations to the overall division winners -- Mens: John DeForest, Peter Worrall, Spencer Hildie; Womens: Kala Reaves, Rachel Hildie, and Jill Anderson.  Dragons ran all over the globe -- Peter Worrall ran in Germany and Oscar Zhou in China!  Plus family, friends and alumni were running in Montana, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Arkansas, California, Michigan and Arizona, as well as across Washington state (Seattle, Chelan, Ephrata, Shoreline) and around the Spokane area.  See a Photo Gallery of runners from all over participating in the Virtual Fun Run!

With this year's 5th graders unable to participate in the traditional Transition Day to Middle School, the 6th grade teachers and Middle School Head Joelle Neiwert have created an informative, and humorous, video for the fifth graders to prepare them for next year.  You can watch it too and see what Life in 6th Grade could be like this fall!

The Student Showcase Extravaganza (formerly known as Genius Hour) on Monday, June 1st, will consist of live presentations from 10-11:30am in a virtual format!  All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, as well as their parents and siblings, will be invited to present their projects on Microsoft Teams in cohorts of 9-10 students.  Each student will give a 3-to-8 minute presentation, based on their grade level, to the other students in the virtual room, their families, as well as other community members and staff.  These presentations will hopefully display what they have been working on, how the project went, and allow the student to reflect on the process and what they learned.  See More Information on the Student Showcase event.

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 distance learning activities.  Here are links to new letters from Kathy Johnson (Lower School), Joelle Neiwert (Middle School), and Francesca Mulazzi (Upper School) for the week of May 26-29.

A plan has been prepared for each student (with one parent) to pick up and drop off belongings at Saint George's at the end of the semester.  See the Letter on the Parent Portal for full details.  An email to all families will also have a link to sign up for your appointment to come to campus.

Since the SGS 2020 Yearbooks will not be printed until later this summer, we have arranged for all students or families who purchased a yearbook to access an online version of the full book.  If you purchased a yearbook, here are the instructions:

1. Go to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and search for the Plus One Digital Yearbook app by Herff Jones Inc.  
2. After downloading the app, open it and "Sign Up" with a user name and password of your choice.  
3. Then you have the option to Sign In. In the Enter School Name field, type "St George's School" and select the option for 2020.
4. Then fill in the student's Last Name.  The Student ID is the student's birthdate as one long number.  For example, March 15, 2006 would be 3152006.
5. Then you can click on the green ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL-2020 button and view the entire 2020 SGS Yearbook.  

The only part missing is the front and back cover, designed by seniors Krystal Huang and Lucy Yan, which you can view at the top of this news article.  And if you are not sure if you purchased a yearbook for your student, contact gayle.brown@sgs.org or john.carter@sgs.org.  The actual printed yearbooks will be delivered to SGS sometime in July; plans for their distribution are being worked out.

This year’s annual Joya Penny Drive is virtual!  Joya Child and Family Development is an organization that provides necessary medical treatment for children ages 0-3 who have neurological disorders and delays.  Donating to Joya is especially important because Joya provides its services free of charge to many families.  We know this time is financially difficult for many, so any donation, any size, is greatly appreciated!  The penny drive is usually the largest source of donations for Joya, so please consider donating unitl June 1.  “Every penny counts!” Here is the link: https://joya-foundation.snwbll.com/st-george-s 


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