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San Domenico School News & Events

Boarding Life: September 18, 2020

A Taste of the South

Mr. B. and Molly invite students to prepare and enjoy the flavors of the American Southeast

Sometimes you just need some good ol’ home cooking! Aaron Brazelton, or “Mr. B.” as he’s known, Resident Faculty and Assistant Director of Upper School Admissions, and Molly Morris, Resident Faculty and Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, organized a southern dinner featuring two kinds of chicken, deviled eggs, collard greens, cornbread, and sweet potato pie! Students prepared and ate the delicious feast featured above. If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, as the saying goes, but that didn’t deter our students, as Molly described, “It was one of the hottest days we’ve had so far this fall, and yet the kids enthusiastically took on the cooking challenge. I was impressed when the meal was served by how open students were to trying new things - primarily the deviled eggs!” Gemma (‘21), who made the collard greens, shared that “it was fun to get to bond as we cooked food together and make something new.” Julia (‘21) agreed, “It was nice to try food from the culture of our peers, and to work together as a community. The chicken was really good and so was the sweet potato pie!” Thank you to Mr. B. for sharing a taste of his own culture with us, "Culture is incredibly important in the boarding program. Our students represent a breadth of identities, cultures, heritages, and beliefs that make the overall experience at SD enriched with diversity. Part of my heritage comes from growing up in Alabama and it was special to share that with the students" - Mr. B.

Friday Nights in Mercedes*

*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.

We’re enjoying community time on Friday nights, spending time together playing games, celebrating birthdays, watching movies, and making s’mores around the fire.

 Students play a boisterous game of cards in Mercedes

Ella (‘24)  advises Charlee’s (‘24) next chess move

Celebrating Tobe (‘21)’s birthday as well as Vukasin’s (‘24) in Mercedes

Head Prefect Sophia Timpson (‘21)

“Coming back to campus has been really helpful during distance learning because it has unified my school experience in a way that wasn’t possible at home. I have friends I can go outside with to chat about school and I know that just down the hall I have someone who is in my same class with the same experiences. I appreciate being able to reach out to them.

I'm hoping to see more of the community feeling that I've experienced since my return with all of the activities outside, especially a sense of increased cohesion throughout the dorms and especially on each floor, and more emphasis on supporting each other, not only during these challenging times but in the future as well. I want a boarding community where everyone feels comfortable saying hi to each other and connecting to one another.”

-Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher