Sheltering in place is not easy. While our weekdays look pretty similar to life before March 14, our weekends under normal conditions would be spent going on trips to San Francisco, to the mall or the movies, or going home for those who live in the Bay Area. While there's no denying that we miss these activities, and the occasional change of scenery, we've been having a lot of fun in the dorms and appreciate the community that we have created.
In addition to our standard activities of swimming, open gyms, fire-side s'mores, board games, barbecues and so on, we've also come up with some new activities, like our recent Scavenger Hunt, arranged by Mark Churchill: "I always loved scavenger hunts as a kid and thought it would be a great opportunity to have one for our boarding students. We have the perfect location with over 500 acres to do the hunt, with so many places to hide clues and run around. When planning a scavenger hunt it is fun to add some trivia, technical, athletic, and academic options to it to give members of the group a chance to show off their skills in various ways. This scavenger hunt had some math, community trivia, science, lego building, running, swimming, and puzzle building." The "Purple Team" won a pizza party. Sierra and Caroline said, "The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. I hope we do more of them!"
At a recent Cookie Club, we baked a double batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We made enough to be able to deliver each boarding student a cookie at bedtime. Frie said they were the best cookies she'd ever had. This weekend we're planning our annual Candy Run, where students have three minutes to run up and down the halls in a speed version of trick-or-treating while residents stand in their doorways and throw candy into their containers.
We're all busy these days - freshmen are adjusting to high school life, sophomores and juniors are working hard to stay on top of their homework, seniors are consumed with the college application process, and resident faculty are balancing their many on-campus roles and responsibilities. But we know it's important to take time to have fun together, and we're grateful for our many opportunities to do so.
*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