An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

The Heron

June 7, 2020

Where children are known, loved, challenged and inspired for their future.

Note: Please scroll all the way to the end to be sure not to miss any important news!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020


On June 4, 2020, we celebrated the Class of 2020 at the Eighteenth (18th) Commencement of St. Anne's Episcopal School.  The ceremony was held on the front lawn with students, faculty, trustees, alumni, parents, family, and friends in attendance at this invitation-only event. It was a glorious day to honor our 8th graders' growth and achievements during their years at St. Anne's. We hope you enjoy the the words of encouragement, complete video linked above and a preview of the pictures taken by Erin Farrell Photography.


 

A Message from the Head of School

 

Good Day St. Anne’s Community,

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting whether or not I should write about the events that have gripped our country recently,  and have finally decided that I have to. Throughout my life, I have pushed so many feelings about race and racism deep inside, thinking that I would not have to deal with them ever again. I thought they would be safely tucked away, never again to hurt me.  I’ve learned that pushing these feelings and experiences deep inside is a temporary solution, guaranteeing that the emotions attached to the event will explode out at some point. 

As a black man and the father of two black men, there is not a day that goes by when I am not very aware of the weight of my black skin. I know that at 6’5” I could be seen as a threat at any time, so I must carry myself in a way to make others comfortable and not threatened by my presence. I was taught this by my mother and have passed these lessons on to my sons for their own protection. 

When the video of Ahmaud Arbery being shot while jogging was made public, I was in shock. I cried; I didn’t know how to react, I didn’t know who I could speak to, and I didn’t know if anyone would speak to me. I tried to push the grief down and continue with life as usual. I worried for my sons, knowing that at any moment they too could be seen as a threat or could fit any number of descriptions. When I saw the video of George Floyd being murdered, I again cried. I’m still at a loss for words, and I’m afraid that part of me is once again trying to push this down deep inside. This time I think it is important for me to fight this urge and allow myself to feel all of the anger and frustration that comes with the seeming continued lack of value attached to a black life. 

The anger is real, and understandable. It speaks to the level of frustration and the number of times people have had to push their feelings and emotions deep inside. People are acting out because they do not know what to do next. While we speak about core values of Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion and helping our children to realize their potential for good in local and world communities, we must also all be willing to truly listen to the stories of others, listening not to respond, but to understand. 

We are at a delicate time as a community and country. We have the opportunity to be change agents and to make our world a better place, truly a place of understanding and compassion for all.  I share this small portion of my story simply to give you a window.  I know this could make me vulnerable, and that’s ok. I ask that you consider sharing a window as well. My name is Barry L. Davis, I’d love to meet you. 

 

Regards,

Barry


 

We are here to support you and your family through these difficult times.

A special message from Pali Payne, LCSW, MSSW, SAES School Counselor & Amy Shepherd, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

SAES Moms Group to Talk About Race

There has been an influx of love, support, and questions flooding in from the community in response to the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. This Friday, we would like to invite you to a mom’s event on campus to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with race as a mom in these challenging times. This event was the idea of SAES parent Lindsay Robinson. Please read her letter below:

Dear St. Anne's Moms,

As a St. Anne's parent of three children, I am reaching out to invite you to join me and other St. Anne's mothers to share in discussions that celebrate diversity, promote equity, and reject racism. 

The most recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper bird-watching incident have made me and my family tremendously sad, angry, and tired of waiting for change. As a white mother, it has challenged me to make sure I am raising children who are anti-racist allies, and to do what I can to make sure their friends and classmates grow up in a safer, more just world. 

This new mothers group would be a forum for us to share stories about raising children of different colors and backgrounds, and to ultimately grow and learn from one another in a safe space. 

I feel very thankful our children attend a school that values diversity and benefits from the leadership of Amy Shepherd. We see this reflected in St. Anne's high-quality, open-minded faculty members, and in the St. Anne's curriculum. 

I want to make sure I am working equally as hard to open my heart and mind too, and I hope you feel motivated to join. 

Our first meeting will be next Friday, June 12 from 7-8:30pm at St. Anne's School in the outdoor classroom. Please respond to me at lindsayrobin@gmail.com if you are interested in joining or learning more. Thank you. I hope you all have a healthy and safe summer.

Lindsay Robinson

Mom to Liam (rising 7th), Luke (rising 5th) and Greta (rising Kindergarten) 

YMCA Summer Camp

Visit YMCA Camp Silver Lake for more details!

May 31, 2020

Also, I am excited to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the YMCA of Delaware whereby the Middletown branch will be hosting summer camps on our campus. On Thursday, Maryland lifted the restrictions on summer camps and the expectation is that Delaware will soon follow as part of Governor Carney’s plans for phase 2 reopening. 

Here is the announcement from the YMCA of Delaware about their reopening plans, which includes a section on summer camps.

And here is the overview of various camp offerings that will be provided this summer by the YMCA.

YMCA - Middletown, DE at Camp Silver Lake 

As part of this partnership, all St. Anne's families will have priority registration for the camps, which are expected to be in high demand. A note will go out to our parents soon. 

Note that registration is handled through the YMCA. Questions about the camps themselves should be directed there.

In addition to being pleased to be able to offer this to our community, this partnership will provide additional exposure for St. Anne's. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,

Barry

Free Virtual Summer Camp for Middle School Students 

University of Delaware is going to be hosting a free summer camp focused on Cyber Security for middle school/high school students https://udel.codes


 

Wow - Thank you for a successful Giving Day!

Thank you for supporting our first Giving Day!  So many of you participated; you made this day a howling success!

Your generous support in this difficult time is truly humbling.  Because of you, St. Anne's continues to be a strong learning community where children are known, loved, challenged, and inspired for their future. 

Some of you have generously sent checks by mail; thank you!  Once these have been tallied we will be able to announce which class won the pizza party with Mr. Davis in the outdoor classroom. 

Thanks to you, we have already raised over $18,000!

Because of you, we met our alumni challenge, with five times the alumni giving of prior years! 

For our first try at having a Giving Day, this is a terrific response! 

We also received many wonderful words of encouragement, which we will share with the Class of 2020.  Thank you!   

Although St. Anne's Giving Day has finished, you are still welcome to make a gift in support of student learning at St. Anne's.

On behalf of every faculty and staff member of St. Anne's, Thank you!  

Because of you, we are Heron Strong!   

Jenny Randolph

Director of Grant Development


 

Summer Reading Announcement from the Library!

Happy summer from the SAES Library! This summer, we are encouraging our students to read daily for enjoyment and we are keeping it easy and fun. St. Anne’s will be participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge again this year, but the guidelines have changed. Please click this link, Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, for the details. At the end of the summer, please print your certificate and return it to the library on the first day of school. We would like to celebrate all of our readers! Also for reading suggestions, please click this link. SAES Summer Reading.


 

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