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  • Dear SJS Parents,

    I imagine you share my disappointment and frustration with how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily rituals and routines. In particular, the normal excitement and anticipation surrounding the beginning of a new school year has been replaced with trepidation and longing for a return to some sense of normalcy. It certainly has been a challenging summer for those on the Administrative team who have spent countless hours at school trying to anticipate and plan for what August 19 might look like.

    In addition to my role and responsibilities as a leader at St. John's, I also have had to manage the difficult emotional conversations with my two sons whose post-high school educational experiences have been significantly impacted. I know many of you are having similar discussions as well. Both of my boys are heavily involved in football: one will start his classes online hoping that he will have a season, and my other son recently heard that his fall football season has been canceled. These are not easy conversations. They have worked hard to prepare for these new challenges and already feel a sense that they have missed an important moment in time.

    I think managing our own emotional well-being while trying to reassure and support our children has been one of the most difficult parts of this pandemic. We see a ray of hope and then it seemingly disappears. Yet in spite of the dispiriting news, we need to remain strong and deepen our resolve to emerge from this experience without bitterness or resentment. As educators and parents, we know that confronting adversity and building grit and resiliency are critical life skills that enable our children to evolve and grow into well-functioning adults. As we start the school year, albeit remotely, I encourage you to find those special moments to reassure your child to stay positive and engaged. They will need you to be there to lift them up. Whether remote or on-campus, I know we will continue to do everything we can to have positive interactions and experiences throughout the academic year irrespective of what the virus compels us to do.

    I do hope and pray that I get to see you in person very soon.

    Go Mavericks,
    Mark

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Dear SJS Parents,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are honored to serve as the All School Chairs for the SJS Parents’ Guild this year. As a parent of a St. John's student, each one of you is automatically a member of the Parents' Guild. The PG provides program-enhancing activities for students, administrators, faculty, and staff, and offers support and social opportunities for current parents. Like most everything else this year, the Parents' Guild will look different, at least for the fall semester. But we are planning to support the School in new, unique ways and we will keep parents apprised of volunteer opportunities through emails and this webpage.

Please feel to contact either of us with any questions. Thank you to all of you for your support of the entire St. John’s community.

Sincerely,
Mary Clark Granberry and Valerie Tompson

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