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 June 8-10.
Saint George's will be getting printed yearbooks for 2020, but not until later this summer. We expect they will be distributed when everyone returns to school this fall. If that plan changes, an email will go out to parents and students. And in the meantime, anyone who purchased a 2020 yearbook can view it online. Here are the Instructions.
The members of the Class of 2020 received yard signs to recognize their completion of high school. Here is a Photo Gallery of some of them with their signs and with well wishes from their proud parents. (If you'd like to add your senior to this gallery, send a photo of them by their sign and your well wishes to email@example.com.) Thank you, Seniors!
Like the rest of the nation, the members of the SGS Diversity Club have been saddened by the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many more. People of color in our community are hurting, and their allies may find it difficult to know what to do. The club is planning to bring speakers, conduct discussions, and raise awareness of diversity issues this fall. They also are providing a List of Resources on the Parent Portal for further education and action.
Dear SGS Community,
I heard back from a few people about where we go next in addressing racism, violence and intolerance. For the last several years, there has been increased attention and conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics at Saint George’s. Many of the topics and discussions have been brought forward in the Upper School community and are a result of student action-oriented engagement with societal issues. As a K-12 school, there is a ripple effect among all divisions of the school when these topics are raised.
The topics of racism and intolerance, and privileged and marginalized populations have been discussed and debated in workshops and forums. The Diversity Club arranged for a speaker, George Lee, to speak with the Upper School students and K-12 faculty last year on race and bias. That jump started an informed conversation, as Mr. Lee was engaging, thought-provoking and challenged the status quo in our little school. It was a start at analyzing our community through different lenses that was unfortunately delayed when the pandemic hit.
The issue of racial injustice continues to be front and center and in many of the conversations I have had over the last several weeks. These conversations are different than in the past, with a general openness to discussing the issue from the perspective of the black person and willingness to listen rather than immediately defend personal feelings/beliefs. There will be a renewed conversation when the students return to schools in the fall. Again, I am hopeful that we can continue to learn, listen and act to create an inclusive and tolerant school community and the same in our greater society. I wish our students were here now to have these conversations. This summer will be busy in preparing for school to re-open, and these topics will be included in the planning for next year.
Have a good week. Stay safe and healthy, and be kind to others.
Head of School
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