The arrival of Daylight Savings gives us a little more time to enjoy each day: more time to play on the fields, hike the trails, or enjoy the Garden of Hope. While it was challenging to wake up this week as we adjust to the time change, I overheard a boarding student admit that our morning wellness checks - when Resident Faculty come door to door to check on student temperatures and well-being - help to ensure that our boarding students rise and shine each day, and get to class on time.
Last weekend we took students to Target, Red Hill, and Fairfax. It's always nice to get off campus, and our students appreciate it now more than ever. We also had family visits, which we know mean a lot to our students and their families. Sophomore Tanya recently joined us this semester after being in distance learning fall semester. She has enjoyed seeing her parents for the last two weekends, which has been especially meaningful knowing that her parents will return to Hong Kong next week. "It's nice to just talk with them in person because talking over the phone doesn't feel the same. Seeing them in person reminds me of how much they mean to me." She also reflected on being back at San Domenico, "Being in person is great. I find it pretty hard to focus in class while in distance learning and it's more difficult for us to participate in discussions. There are a lot more distractions at home and I feel more alone without my classmates." Welcome back to San Domenico Boarding, Tanya!
This week I talked with San Domenico Eighth Grader, Chi, who is our youngest boarder in recent history.
How long have you been at San Domenico?
I started this school year as a distance learner at San Domenico and I moved into the dorms on January 18th.
How has it been for you so far?
It's good. I haven't been homesick or anything.
What do you like best about being here?
I like being able to hang out with other people and do activities that I wouldn't be able to do at home. I especially enjoy being able to play sports. I don't have access to fields or courts at home, and normally I would be on a sports team, but we don't have one in the Middle School this year. I like the activities we have here like Capture the Flag and laser tag.
Has it been challenging to adjust to being around an older peer group?
It's actually good. I have a lot of experience with older kids because at my last school I was around a lot of older kids. I've made a lot of friends here.
What has been the biggest adjustment to living independently?
Learning to take care of myself and my space, keeping my room clean and doing my own laundry.
Welcome to San Domenico Boarding, Chi! We are glad you are here.
-Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher