Dear St. Thomas School Community,
We made it to Friday! As we move into the weekend, I just want to share some thoughts with you. As always, I want to begin with gratitude. In the middle of lives upended, you have taken time to provide us with feedback on the remote learning program via our Friday survey. You have reached out to share family stories, struggles, and successes. And I know you are taking good care of each other. Your families, of course, but other families as well. It is at times like this when I appreciate the STS community more than ever. It has been, and remains, one of our core pillars. Friendships are formed here – among students and you, as parents. Life milestones are reached – starting with an acceptance letter to STS and then followed by a series of firsts – losing teeth, ringing the chimes, leading Chapel, skinned knees, raising the morning flag... we get to experience your children growing up right alongside with you.
I often parachute into students' remote classes, and certainly I am in faculty meetings when we are discussing the student (and parent) experience. While so much of those are filled with the seriousness of teaching and learning, logistical challenges, and an ongoing intention to meet with needs of all of our students, there is also pure joy. There is laughter. Perhaps a bit of goofiness too. I love that many of the delights of being at STS remain, even if our experiences are remote rather than in person.
We, all of us, the entire STS community, are demonstrating so much greatness right now. As hard as all of this is, guess what? We ARE doing it! We ARE being successful! We are learning, growing, and doing our edgework.
I will end with how I began – with gratitude. I will continue to keep you updated on directions and decisions. I will continue to do my best to be transparent about what is in my mind and what I believe is coming down the road. For now, take a deep breath. You made it to Friday. We made it to Friday. And until next week, enjoy your family. Stay safe.
Kirk Wheeler, Ed.D.
Head of School
P.S. As always, I encourage you to share your remote learning experience with us by completing this survey.