From the Head of School 09.01.2021

Dear St. Edmond’s Families,

If you ever need a shot of adrenaline, I would recommend attending Ms. Conner’s Early Childhood Class on a Friday morning; 12 energetic boys going through their paces in Shared Reading. From vocab review to reading prep to echo reading to sight word recognition, Ms. Conner had the boys dialed in. It’s been a long time since I have read to a young child. Cindy Ward’s Cookie’s Week  brought back some memories, for sure; the rambunctious cat falls in a toilet, knocks a plant off the windowsill (vocab word), and generally makes a mess. The boys loved it. Thanks to Ms. Conner and her 12 students for starting my Friday off with a bang (and a splash).

Ms. Dehart continues to prepare for our November 12-13 Alumni Musical Revue, All Together Now. Alumni parent Deb Coupe, the show’s choreographer, coached the Academy Singers and Feature Dancers for “Seize the Day” from “Newsies” in preparation for the revue. According to Ms. Dehart, “our guys have some moves!”

A reminder for 7th and 8th grade parents: we will host a High School Information Night on Tuesday, October 12th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Rollins Center. The evening will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Representatives from Brandywine School District Choice, St. Elizabeth High School, St. Mark’s High School, Archmere Academy, and Salesianum School will be in attendance to make presentations. 7th and 8th Grade families should RSVP here.

Sports this weekend: The Cross Country Teams will compete Saturday at Canby Park; 1st race is 9:00 a.m.
Varsity Soccer – home Saturday against Holy Angels, 12:45 p.m. & home Sunday against St. Ann’s, 1:00 p.m.
JV Soccer – Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Elementary against IHM at 12:45 p.m.
3rd/4th Grade Soccer – Today versus St. Elizabeth’s at IHM at 6:30 p.m.

As I referenced last week, we have free antigen testing on campus every Thursday morning through the Quidel Corporation. 30 students and staff took advantage of the free service yesterday. Again, please consider registering (here) for testing if you are interested. We do believe this mitigation step will help us keep the kids in school as we emphasize consistent masking and social distancing indoors. To permit weekly testing, families only need to register once.

As we emphasize this year’s theme, “boys of character, a community of faith,” a key piece of our approach focuses on social-emotional learning. SEL is an important part of a well-rounded education, and research shows that it is linked to academic achievement. A safe, welcoming school culture that fosters SEL creates favorable conditions for student learning. A Gallup 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents found that support of “social and life skills such as conflict resolution, interpersonal communications, and persistence” would be more helpful than any other support. Students in grades 6 and 7 meet once per week throughout the year with Mr. Cincotta during the Activity Period to discuss and learn the skills, habits and mindsets that make for a kind, welcoming community. I am grateful for Mr. Cincotta’s spirit and wisdom.

In today’s morning prayer, Liam Hancox ‘23 reminded us to “never underestimate the power of our actions and recognize that we are instruments of God’s love and compassion.” As we enter October, the month of the Rosary, let us live that calling in all that we do as parents and educators. We know our boys’ education will lead to loving and compassionate action as we guide them forward.

I hope your fall weekend is relaxing, parents. Enjoy the beautiful weather.

Warm regards,
John