During a much-appreciated three-day weekend, students enjoyed movie nights, barbecues, and Open Gym. On Saturday, we had our weekly room inspections, during which rooms are checked for general tidiness, trash emptied, and beds made. We are pleased to note that students are generally doing a great job of keeping their rooms and lounge areas tidy. Thanks to Julie and Chad for checking in on everyone! It's been nice for everyone to have their own rooms for these opening weeks, which will change as more of our students begin to return in the coming weeks. That is a welcome change for many of our students. As freshman Ella shared, "I've never had my own room before and I prefer to share my room. It's more fun." There are certainly pros and cons to both arrangements, and we're grateful we had the space initially for everyone to have their own rooms. We're looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students to the dorms.
We spent this week taking advantage of the clear days when we have them, and staying indoors when the air is too smoky. On Wednesday, the gym, the weight room, and the swimming pool were full of students after the mandatory activity hour. It's always nice to see our students outside having fun together. On Thursday we celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival and appreciated seniors Dora, Eric, Scoot, Cici and Aidan sharing their country's traditions around the celebration of this holiday during this week's assembly.
Wishing us a long life to share the graceful moonlight, though thousands of miles apart.
*Please note that the boarding students on campus have formed a “bubble” after having either quarantined individually (if arriving by plane) or adhering to our procedures of distancing and masking (if arriving by car) for a minimum of 14 days. After carefully following these procedures and testing negative for Covid-19, our "bubble boarders" are allowed to interact on our side of the campus without wearing masks or social distancing (with the exception of the Dining Hall). The adult resident faculty, their families, and all other staff on campus wear masks and maintain social distance at all times.
-Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher