Dear St. Martin’s Community,
Greetings from the Van Slate House. I find myself writing this and wishing I had the wisdom of Solomon, the courage Daniel showed in the lion's den, and the superhuman strength of Samson. They faced their foes with unwavering bravery.
What I do have, and find myself leaning hard into, is the childlike faith and trust that David demonstrated when he faced Goliath. Right now, we are confronted with an adversary that is threatening us all and turning our lives inside out. Together, as the St. Martin’s community, we can all kneel down as David did, gather our thoughts and prayers, and find our sense of faith and trust to go forward. We can all draw on the knowledge that we are Saints, together. We are a community of love and caring that reaches deep, from our first alumni class to today’s Cottage families. What I love about being an Episcopal School is that we know the importance of prayer. We have teachers, students, parents, alumni, friends of the school, and so many others who know how to unite and support each other. Together, we will continue to nourish each other.
I am so proud of our students! From our littlest Cottage children, listening to their teachers' voices as they read stories online, all the way to our Upper School students who are finding themselves suddenly having classes at home. We know they are missing their classmates and routines, yet our students are rising to the occasion and adjusting to a very different way of living and learning.
Parents, I wish you could lift the curtain and peek behind the scenes at the work our teachers and support services team are doing. They are turning themselves inside out as they make the transformation to online education while trying to juggle their own new home situations and personal challenges as well. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through this unprecedented time.
We know the challenges you face as you try to navigate your work lives, your children's school work, managing your households, and caring for loved ones. Your supportive messages and good wishes mean so much to us. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward and get through this together. And please continue to let us know how we can help you individually.
Seniors, and senior parents, you are especially on our minds. A whole team of folks here at school is working to create a special end-of-year celebration of your careers at St. Martin’s. You are an amazing class, and you will be fêted and honored in true St. Martin’s style.
I want to end this note to you all with my gratitude. I have never been so proud to be a part of a community as I am of St. Martin’s. We are a home and a family for generations past and generations to come. We will see our way through this troubled time with lessons learned, hardships met and overcome, and a deeper and more anchored sense of love. Thank you for all you are doing to support our community.
Together we are Saints!
Head of School