This last weekend was all about getting into the holiday spirit! We baked and decorated cookies, made gingerbread houses, enjoyed barbecues with Santa Churchill, made strings of popcorn and cranberries for our beautiful tree in Mercedes Lounge, watched holiday movies, and drank endless cups of hot cider. Resident Faculty Alexis Gerlach crocheted gifts for her family and friends and was inspired to start a crochet club, "After hearing about the recent trends on social media, many students started to show interest in making gifts for their family members. They noticed I was currently making gifts for friends and family during this holiday season and asked if I could teach them. Zara was thrilled about the idea of making a hat for Coach Mike's birthday and quickly learned after I gave her some instruction. After her peers saw what she had made, others quickly became interested and wanted to learn more. Many have said this is such a fun, relaxing activity and love making various items. I'm so excited to have started this club!"
As the first semester comes to a close, we are busy preparing for many of our students to return home for the long break, packing up, and saying goodbyes. As we have done since Winter Break last year, we will also remain open over this break for those students who will be staying with us.
As we reflect on the last year, and especially this last semester, we've experienced a lot of change and a lot of growth as a boarding community. We have students and Resident Faculty who have been living together uninterrupted for nearly a full year. We have a graduate from the class of 2020 who completed his first semester of college here, holding the record for the longest time spent in the dorms! We have developed on-campus programs such as extra after school athletics in an effort to keep our students physically active in the absence of their regular sports programs. We have worked hard to provide activities to engage our boarding students, and we have given them the space to develop their own. Together we have created a strong sense of community and family.
We wish everyone a safe, restful, and restorative break, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
This week I interviewed Junior Zara, who is from Morocco, and new to San Domenico this year.
Why did you choose to come to San Domenico?
I've always had the American dream of studying in an American Boarding School and I was excited to come to San Domenico. I heard about all of the clubs and activities each week, and my old school wasn't like that. I looked at the website and the pictures looked so cool and I really wanted to come here.
What do you like best about being a boarding student?
My friends. Sometimes on the weekends when we could have sleepovers in the lounges, we would stay up all night. And I also love the activities we do. I loved learning badminton. At first I was so bad at it, but then I got better and started loving it.
What classes do you enjoy?
Math and Social Justice because in Social Justice I can express my opinions. I love math because I just enjoy it.
What extracurriculars are you doing?
I'm doing the musical and I did the play. Over the summer I did a British play over Zoom with Jen Grimes, but it was so much better doing a play in person. I love the experience. I want to be an actress/filmmaker.
What do you miss from home?
I miss my Dad and the really hot weather.
Welcome to San Domenico Boarding, Zara. We're glad you're here!
- Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher
NOTE: Now that we have returned to in-person learning, our boarding students are currently practicing a modified hybrid of a "bubble" or "pod" with their floors, while maintaining masks and distance from those living on other floors in common spaces and outdoors. Students and Resident Faculty are working together to keep our Boarding and broader school community as safe as possible. While the rules and procedures are too extensive to list here, please know that students appearing in photos are safely interacting with their peers according to the updated guidelines, based on current Marin Public Health protocols. All students are tested bi-weekly and all Resident Faculty and their on-campus families follow additional safety measures and are tested monthly.