"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.
St. George’s strives to embody perseverance, integrity, compassion and respect. With our mission in mind, as Chair of the Board of Trustees, I am happy to announce our support of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) work at St. George’s. This work flows naturally from the school’s Episcopal identity as the Episcopal Church in the United States has long had a commitment to the work of increasing justice and equity in our society.
t has become something of a ritual: every two weeks, New Orleanians must learn the rules to the newest phase of quarantine. This responsiveness and resilience has characterized the year 2020. It has also characterized this year at St. George’s. As educators, we have had to adjust to new realities brought on by the coronavirus, particularly in the realm of technology.
"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.
This dual blog post comes to us as a result of Eli Manning's recent Google Meet "drop in" with our 8th grade class. Student Council President Ben K. has recounted the experience from the students' point of view, and Dr. Kreutziger then offers his lessons learned-- both from Eli AND from Ben.
4th Grade Teacher Kate Remillard reflects on her family's first few weeks of virtual learning. Spoiler alert: being a teacher does not make it feel any easier! She shares 6 ideas for making the most of your child's at-home school experience.
Thanks to second grader Max, we are able to reimagine the story of St. George and the Dragon in the context of our current pandemic reality and his timely drawing. Ultimately, we are ALL St. George, and we all have a shield to raise alongside those in our community.
"What I'm learning about our school community just these past two weeks could fill a notebook. A whole shelf full of notebooks." Dr. Kreutziger reflects on our community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What we now call Porteous Hall, the historic, recognizable facade of St. George's Episcopal School, came very close to being torn down in 1976 when Hibernia National Bank made an offer for the property.