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Dear SGS Community,
 
I hope you have enjoyed some clean air after last week’s hazardous air quality event.  We were fortunate to have three gyms available last week to allow our students in grades K-2 to attend school, maintain social distancing and have a chance to move around while staying indoors.
 
My administrative team and I have continued to plan for the next step of bringing additional students back to campus. Yesterday, Dr. Pam Kohlmeier (board member), Ryan Peplinski (SGS Covid Coordinator), and I talked with Dr. Lutz about our plan to start the hybrid model (in-person and DL 2.0) for grades 3-5 beginning next week on Tuesday, September 29th.  I gave him an update on the K-2 re-opening and the full spectrum of logistics involved and precautions taken.  The K-2 re-opening has gone very well overall.  He was curious to hear what we have learned and applied along the way.  This was very productive and reassuring for him to hear, as it applies to SGS but just as importantly to schools across the county.  
 
We then talked about the logistics involved in bringing grades 3-5 back to campus next week.  He was approving of our plan and was supportive of us bringing those classes back.  
 
Note: Parents in grade 3-5 will receive additional information this week for the return to campus from Kathy Johnson, Ryan Peplinski, and your student’s classroom teacher.
 
Our K-12 plan for next week will be as follows:
 
- Grades K-2 will have Hybrid Learning Mon., Sept. 28 through Thu., Oct. 1, with no school on Fri. Oct. 2;
 
- Grades 3-5 will have Distance Learning (asynchronous) on Mon., Sept. 28, then Hybrid Learning on Tue., Sept. 29 through Thu., Oct. 1, with no school on Fri., Oct. 2;
 
- Grades 6-8 will have Distance Learning (asynchronous) on Mon., Sept. 28, then Distance Learning on Tue., Sept. 29 through Fri. Oct. 2;
 
- Grades 9-12 will have Distance Learning on Mon., Sept. 28 through Fri. Oct. 2.
 
In addition, during our call with Dr. Lutz we discussed plans for introducing the hybrid model for grades 6-8 and 9-12 that could take place in October.  More details will follow about bringing cohorts of high school students to campus for outdoor conditioning in line with the WIAA guidance for returning to play.
 
The SGS return to campus plan is built in stages to accommodate additional students, and for the SGS team to review procedures, plan logistics, and make additional changes as needed.  The hybrid model has more moving parts than the DL 2.0 model in terms of technology, staffing, daily schedules, movement around campus, and usage of facilities.  
 
I want to recognize and acknowledge the cooperation between the SGS team and SGS parents as we continue to evolve our plans while mitigating risks associated with the COVID pandemic.  Working together we have been able to move forward, provide flexibility for families, and maintain a safe school environment for students and teachers.  
 
I also want to recognize that this situation impacts everyone differently based on their family situation, and we are sensitive to the variety of ways this plays out at school.  We ask all of our community members to continue to maintain the precautionary measures to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus.  Our decisions continue to be driven with safety at the forefront, but we are also considering the mental health ramifications that are presented during these times.
 
Please feel free to reach out to me, Kathy, or Ryan as our COVID Coordinator if you have questions. We are excited to welcome more students back on campus and the benefits it provides to those students during these challenging times.  
 
Thank you and Go Dragons!
 
Jamie Tender
Head of School
    

Saint George's was not able to hold a traditional awards ceremony in the spring for the 2019-2020 academic and kindness award winners.  "We plan to have a face to face event at some point in the future," says US Head Francesca Mulazzi.  "In the meantime, please join me in congratulating the following students for their awards."
 
Harvard Book Award: Jiepu (Yoyo) Yang
Wellesley Book Award: Gabrielle Cunningham
Bowdoin Book Award: Zadie Rigsby
Williams College Book Award: Nicolas Morales
George Washington University Book Award: Alexandra Dixon
 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Math and Science: Jake Gliniak
Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Erika Piotrowski
M. Poutiatine Award - Outdoor Excellence: Aidan Reichel
Community Service Club: Carolyn Wolff
Excellence in English: Chaitanya Nalluri
Excellence in World Languages - English Learners: Yufan (Celia) Zhao
Excellence in World Languages - Spanish: Gabrielle Cunningham
Excellence in History: Wenqing (Winnie) Wu
Excellence in Economics: John DeForest
Excellence in Science: Alec Bunn
Excellence in Mathematics: Jiahui (Henry) Xu
Excellence in Art: Sydney Bledsoe
Excellence in Music: Ethan Wu
The Katy Reeves Performing Arts Award: Reagan Ivey
Engineering Inspiration Award: Tristan Krzyzanek
Tammy Dix PE Award: Lilly Glennie
The Michael M. McCarthy Speech and Debate Award: Gabrielle Cunningham
 
Cum Laude Society: Gabrielle Cunningham, John DeForest, Alec Bunn, and Chaitanya Nalluri
 
Kindness Award Grade 9: Lilly Glennie
Kindness Award Grade 10: Chase Foster
Kindness Award Grade 11: Aidan Reichel

Congratulations to SGS Debaters Gabi Cunningham (senior) and Tariq Ravasia (junior).  Over the last two weekends, Gabi and Tariq reached the Sweet Sixteen not once, but twice, at national circuit tournaments.  The Grapevine Tournament (Texas) and the Jack Howe Tournament (California) both draw hundreds of policy teams from a national pool of talent.  Competing virtually, Gabi and Tariq beat out contenders from all across the nation to reach the octafinals at both events.  Go Dragons!

Banners Welcome New School Year

September 22, 2020

The light posts on campus have new banners celebrating student achievements from the past year and highlighting this year's theme of "Thrive".  See a Photo Gallery of the red and black banners that decorate the road in front of the Middle and Upper School as well as the front of the Errol Schmidt Athletic Center.

The 2nd graders roamed around campus when it wasn't so smoky taking photos of nature with their tablets for a science lesson.  See a Photo Gallery of them exploring the variety of plants and animals on campus.

The Lands Council has delayed their annual Spokane River Cleanup until Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  Families can Sign Up Online and then select a section of the river to clean of garbage and debris.  It's a big river with multiple locations around the city, so it will be easy to socially distance.  If you form your own group, let Melanie Mildrew know if you plan to meet the other SGS groups at 11:50am in People’s Park. 

Share your adventure!  Students can send a photo and caption of where they are and what they are doing to David Holte and he will post it on the SGS Outdoor Club Instagram page (sgsoutdoorclub).  This is a public site, so we won't post students’ names.  All photos need to represent our school values, so do not put the photographer or members of the party in harm’s way and be sure to practice the general Covid health guidelines of the Spokane Regional Health District.  Photos that do not adhere to these standards will not be posted.  Email your entries to both Holte and Melanie at david.holte@sgs.org and melanie.mildrew@sgs.org from your school email address.

SGS College Counselor Kerry Clark invites senior parents to attend Senior Parent College Night from 5:30 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, Sept. 30.  The meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams, so look for an email from Kerry with the link to the meeting.  Learn how you can support your senior in their college application and decision process!  Contact Kerry with any questions.

If you or anyone in your household tests positive for Covid-19, please contact Ryan Peplinski ryan.peplinski@sgs.org, our Covid Coordinator.  Ryan will work in concert with Spokane Regional Health District to do contact tracing to ensure safety in the community.