Summer break is drawing to a close for our families, and we’re about to enter our 159th year of operation. We’ve been preparing for it!
Campus Construction Nearly Complete
Despite monsoon-level summer rains, we’re meeting our deadlines for transformative campus upgrades, from stunning landscaping, field turfing and playground projects outdoors to new STEAM spaces, technology upgrades and Loretto School Values imagery indoors. I’ll be sharing the complete list in September.
There is one more “beautification” effort that requires the hands-on participation of our families: our Chalk the Walk tradition this Monday, Aug. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the SMA Quad. Please join me, along with members of the faculty, staff, and SMA Board of Trustees, in this lemonade-and-cookies mixer where our quad walks get covered with inspirational messages and drawings to greet students on Tuesday. All family members, including grandparents, are welcome. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Faculty & Staff Preparation
Our faculty and full staff returned to campus Aug. 15, convening for a joint session on my Academy priorities and an overview of the coming year, with time for our inspiring recognition of teachers who have reached longevity milestones at SMA. Followup gatherings focused on updates from our Sanders House administrative departments, including a school safety update. New faculty gathered, additionally, for an introduction to our Loretto School Values, leadership training, and that all-important tech training. Much work at the division and classroom levels filled up the days. Whew! We are ready for you!
For important information on first week plans, the start of sports seasons, and division-exclusive events for students and/or parents next week, please check your email for messages from our principals, athletic director, and administrative assistants. Please also keep this coming events resource provided in advance of our first regular Wildcat Weekly e-newsletter for all families.
I am so ready to welcome everyone back on campus, and I can't wait to catchup up with you at Chalk the Walk on Monday! For a glimpse into all the exciting moments as we embark on this new year, follow me on Instagram.