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From the Desk of Joy McGrath ’92

Reflections from our Head of School


As We Turn Toward Summer...
Joy McGrath ’92

Dear Families,

Tonight, after our final chapel service of the year, I talked with your children about how much their summers matter at this time of their life, when they are finding out who they really are, and who they want to be. Free time outdoors and away from devices, summer jobs, summer training regimens for sports, and summer reading lists all challenge us to improve and grow. Although school is technically not in session, learning and growth is happening all the time for adolescents, whether they are aware of it or not. And, as St. Andreans, we are always preparing, always practicing, always becoming.

At St. Andrew’s we keep to a routine that includes intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social activities, and I hope our students continue to make time for those activities in some form or fashion—with you and your families and loved ones—throughout the course of the summer. When we are here, we try to focus on human connection and reject cell phones, drugs, alcohol, and other impairing distractions. As I told the students, we cannot be one person when we are at St. Andrew’s and another person when we are elsewhere. We are Saints all the time. What I wish for all of our students is that over the summer, they will continue to be their authentic selves, and learn more about what matters to them: their passions, their principles, and their people. 
 
The summer is a great time for restoration and peace, but also a good time to consider what comes next, set new goals, and prepare. When your child returns home, I know you will have many conversations reflecting on the past year and asking about their goals and plans for next year. If you need us, we are here; your child’s advisor is always a good source of information, if you have a question, or advice, if you feel challenged by any issue that arises with your child over the summer. Please be in touch if we can help—we may not answer as quickly as during the academic year, but we will be happy to check in with you if you reach out. 

This year has gone so quickly that I feel sure the summer will pass by us in a blink of an eye. I look forward to seeing you in the fall, and until then, I wish you a peaceful, restorative summer filled with reflection and good family time. 

In partnership,
Joy McGrath
 

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