As we slip back into our school routines as individuals and as families, it is fun to reflect on this past summer and it’s many wondrous moments. One moment, though, that impacted me emotionally more than any other was the passing of John McCain. Maybe it is because Senator McCain is an alum of St. Stephen’s School. This probably added to my emotions, certainly, as I watch my own children thrive at his old school. But If you strip away all political persuasions when reflecting on John McCain, what you are a left with is a servant of the people who valued honor and integrity above all else. His dedication to honor and the pursuit of a greater cause is what truly impacted my emotions.
A few months ago, my family embarked on one of the true adventures in the life of a family - we moved for the first time. At first, my daughters appeared unfazed. Rambunctious and stubborn, they continued to bother our neighbors with enthusiastic, unscheduled outdoor performances of “Sing” and “Descendants”. But, then it happened. While driving to look at what would eventually become our new home, my older daughter rode in the backseat with a pensive and forlorn look in her eyes. When we got out of the car I asked her why she was sad.
One of the most beautiful things about this time of year is the celebration of thanks. If you are fortunate enough to work at a school, you have the wonderful opportunity to engage young minds on the importance of giving thanks. Often, during the elementary school years, the focus is on the simple and tangible things in life - parents, grandparents, friends, pets, etc. Indeed, one of the highlights of the year for many at our lower school is the annual Blessing of the Animals chapel service. For many of our youngest students, this is the first time they take part in a celebration of thanks. It is a moment they meet with joy and excitement.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School recently held an Upper School Information Night as a part of the admission process. Honestly, we were blown away by the positive feedback and the level of interest generated after the event from families who attended, those who missed it, and those who are just discovering us. And we've listened to you! That's why we are excited to share with you some video footage we gathered from the evening.