The annual 8th grade trip to our nation’s capital is a cherished tradition that many alumni consider their favorite St. George’s memory. As the week approached when we would have normally made the trip, our community sensed anew the loss of this tradition. So, as with most things in life this year, we had to become flexible adapters with regards to our DC trip. Putting our heads together we thought, “Let’s bring DC to StG.” And thus “#DCtoStG” was born.
Starting Small is a volunteer professional learning community made up of Early Childhood staff at St. George’s Episcopal School. We focus on learning about and actively employing anti-racism and anti-bias practices in the StG Early Childhood Division.
Dr. Kreutziger addressed the increase in violence against Asian Americans through a letter to our community, originally shared via email on March 19th; that letter's content is included here on our blog for our full StG Community to read.
"How utterly improbable, how absolutely unprecedented a year it’s been. Improbably, with masks on and hands sanitized and desks over-wiped, with physical distancing and a spate of quarantines and all of the roller coaster surges and spikes in cases, here we still are, learning together and so nearly all on campus together."
St. George's Board of Trustees Vice-Chair and Lower School parent Annie Michaels describes her family's recent trip to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama-- a significant step in their JEDI journey and one that allows her to see JEDI work through her sons' eyes.
Jake Guth, Middle School Spanish Teacher, discusses his experience attending the NAIS People of Color Conference, providing his five key takeaways: Dr. Bettina Love; the complexity and evolving identity of ourselves; calling in > calling out; affinity groups; and moving beyond allyship.
We're reflecting back this week on the Saints' 2020 NFL season and our favorite players with student quotes. St. George's is grateful for the normalcy and spirit cheering for our favorite guys in black and gold brought to our community!
"JEDI work is hard; it’s uncomfortable, and it’s relentless, but it is rewarding. It challenges how we think and how we feel. I am impressed and in awe of the number of faculty, staff, parents and board members that are not satisfied with the status quo and want to see more justice, equity, diversity and inclusion at St. George’s and in our community at large. It won’t happen tomorrow, next week or even next month, but we will be a place where each child is appreciated not only for their learning style, but also for every diverse characteristic they bring to St. George’s."
Yesterday brought events that affected us as New Orleanians and Americans. It is accurate to say that we have a dual pandemic, and the national health and safety challenges to our well-being are equaled by the challenges to not only our core principles of civil discourse and decency but also democracy. What happened at the Capitol as well as the levels of community spread are both alarming, and both hit home.
"2020 taught us that we are stronger together. Challenges may overwhelm us as individuals, but, as a community, we can be positively transported. Let’s continue together to put wheels on our prayers with renewed purpose in the new year."
The importance of reading extends further than surface value. Reading opens up a child’s entire world. In fact, reading to a child is very important at a young age, even before they can say their first words.
Thanksgiving is without question my favorite holiday. The way we do it amounts to two overflowing grocery carts of food, three days of cooking, several hours of eating, and leftovers for days. Last Thanksgiving day, we hosted 17 people, five dogs, and two cats. Two sets of relatives came in from out of town, animals in tow. This year, it’s just the four of us. (Well, the seven of us including our two cats and dog!) Read more!
"The world of education is a deeply impactful societal structure, and we are ready and prepared to ensure that we start here at our school, at St. George’s, with being a part of the solution and not the problem."
Our Opening Service, a St. George's tradition, looked a little bit different this year. Dr. Kreutziger addressed the students-- present and via recording-- and discussed superheroes and masking. Most superheroes wear masks, correct? What about everyday superheroes wearing face coverings to keep the community safe from COVID-19?
Dr. Kreutziger penned a letter to the StG community on June 3, 2020, in response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, as well as the prevalent and ongoing themes of racial injustice and prejudice and need for equity and justice.
On this final day of school as we think about 2019-2020, let's not allow COVID-19 to dictate our defining moments. Instead, let's celebrate our successes and select and champion our OWN defining moments.
While our middle schoolers unfortunately cannot stage their live performance of Music Man JR. due to COVID-19, their creativity and efforts to prepare for the production before AND after StG's campus closed are nothing short of inspiring.