As we make our way to the end of the first quarter, Lelia and I would like to thank the SUA community for your openness, flexibility, and call to be a united community. COVID-19 has brought us many unknowns and 2020 has brought us much unrest; and it is in times of uncertainty and unrest that a united community is most important. Last weekend, Pope Francis shared with us his Encyclical to fraternity and social friendship. If you have not had a chance to read Pope Francis' Encyclical, please let me share one of the most inspirational pieces of his writing:
"It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Fraternity between all men and women. “Here we have a splendid secret that shows us how to dream and to turn our life into a wonderful adventure. No one can face life in isolation… We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead. How important it is to dream together… By ourselves, we risk seeing mirages, things that are not there. Dreams, on the other hand, are built together”. Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all."
In last week’s Parent Bulletin, Lelia and I shared that our girls will be talking with one another about ways to grow our SUA sisterhood. At this point, our freshmen and seniors have started the conversation. After the break, our juniors and sophomores will have their conversations. We encourage you to talk with your daughters about these Zero Bell conversations.
Additionally, we encourage you to start to talk with your daughters about the COVID-19 schedule. Over the next several weeks, our Leadership Team will be sending out survey questions about the three core pillars of the COVID-19 schedule: safety, wellbeing, and learning. We plan to use parent and student surveys, faculty and staff insights, Hamilton County COVID-19 data, and professional guidance to assess the impact and effectiveness of our COVID-19 schedule. We are excited about this next phase of COVID-19 planning and look forward to what the second semester will bring.
Second quarter begins on October 20. Please check PowerSchool for the final Term 1 grades after October 22. If you have a question about your daughter’s performance, please encourage her to have a conversation with her teacher. If she is looking for additional help, please have her talk with her counselor about the variety of support available throughout the day and week!
Open House is October 25 from 1:00-4:30. This year, guests must register in advance to attend. Thank you for displaying Open House signs in your yards and spreading the word!
Well wishes for a restful Fall Break!