One big concern that people have about next school year is that students will have not learned enough to be successful in the next grade. One thing that can mitigate this is reading every day. "I would encourage you to make reading 20 minutes every day a priority for your child(ren)," writes Lower School Librarian Lynette Georgeson. She has provided a Lower School Summer Reading Letter on the SGS Parent Portal with links to sites that provide lists of good books. They include lists of award winners, book reviews, author links, and activities related to reading.
In addition, students going into 4th and 5th grades at SGS have their own summer reading programs to follow. See the 4th Grade Summer Reading Program and the 5th Grade Summer Reading Program documents on the Parent Portal.
Summer is the time for students to recharge their batteries. But how do parents help them keep from losing their academic gains from the previous year? Upper School Head Francesca Mulazzi was part of a recent panel of school principals offering suggestions for parents on this critical topic. Watch a Video of her Panel Presentation about how to keep your student engaged during the summer months.
Francesca also helps other educators enhance their leadership skills and personal satisfaction at work. She recently presented on "Mindful School Leadership: Obstacles and Opportunities in Our Stories" as part of the Women's (Re)Institute online conference organized by Carney Sandoe & Associates.
How do you chronicle a school year like 2021? The new issue of Saint George’s Magazine honors Kathy Johnson, who has touched so many lives in her more than three decades as a SGS teacher and leader. It also features students who discovered and pursued their passions – photography, cooking, climbing, service – and learned more about the world and themselves. It recognizes the Class of 2021 who won their own version of “Survivor” and their prize was getting to graduate in-person together. (Their student speaker put the year’s lessons into rap lyrics!) The magazine captures moments from all the sports seasons that were squeezed into just four months. An SGS graduate explores the history and legend of St. George from her neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt. And what record of this year would be complete without photos of everyone’s required accessory – the mask!
See all of this and links to a whole lot of additional photos and videos from this remarkable year at www.sgs.org/magazine
Saint George's 8th graders were honored in the annual Stepping Up ceremony on June 9 in the Schmidt Center Gym. Parents, 6th graders, and 7th graders gathered to watch 8th graders win awards for their hard work in various subjects. The awards culminated with the Head of School Cup, which this year went to two 8th graders for their prowess in academics, athletics, and the arts – congratulations to Oliver and Elsa! The event included a slideshow of photos from the past year and wrapped up with individual student introductions and a reception with family and friends. See the full video of the Stepping Up Ceremony, the Slide Show of Middle School images, and a Photo Gallery of the event.
The 8th graders have a “Humanitarian Efforts” theme for the year. On Monday, June 7, their Theme Day included two different experiences. In the morning, students heard from speakers from the Union Gospel Mission share their stories and their goal of helping end homelessness in Spokane. Then they visited Transitions, a local non-profit organization that supports homeless and low-income women and children. The students worked on various projects to help clean up outbuildings and get the lawns and playground areas ready for summer. Thanks for helping make Spokane a better place for everyone!
The 5th graders held their annual Bridge Crossing celebration on Friday, June 4. Students who are moving from the Lower School to Middle School walked between the lines of the younger Lower School students, then individually crossed the little white bridge over the stream to symbolically enter the Middle School. Their teachers also read 'Kind Words' about each student that their classmates wrote. The beautiful event signifies a transition to a new chapter for these new Middle School students. See photo galleries of the Bridge Crossing, the Kind Words Ceremony, and the Class on the Bridge. Congratulations, 5th graders!
Saint George’s School will not be offering a Summer Program for 2021 due to the ongoing challenges and evolving guidance regarding COVID-19. During the summer, there is reduced staffing on campus. With the uncertainty of COVID activity, inherent risks and mitigation responsibilities pose challenges in meeting all safety requirements for the school and program participants. We look forward to future summers when we can once again offer an enriching, fun-filled program. Thank you for your understanding.
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