From the Head of School
May 23, 2019
Dear Stanwich Parents,
We were gratified at the wonderful attendance for Stanwich’s “-With Love” parent/faculty party on Friday night. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and who thereby contributed to the sincere outpouring of respect and appreciation for our school and its fine people.
In addition to all the other ways Stanwich parents have expressed their love this year, we have been gratified by the great success, in unique circumstances, of our 2019 Annual Fund and the solicitation for the Heart of Stanwich Endowment to support the continuation with GCDS of the Faculty Humanitarian Grant. The latter concluded with over $130,000 raised by current and past parents and the former is on track to generate over $400,000.
Please remember that all Annual Fund pledges must be fulfilled by June 30. This fall Stanwich donors will be appropriately recognized in the GCDS Annual Report. Our thanks to Alexandra Hochman and Elizabeth McIntyre for their focused commitment to these important financial efforts.
As other year-end events are quickly upon us, I am writing now to ensure awareness not only of the many upcoming special events but also the large quantities of various foodstuffs Stanwich students will soon be ingesting to maintain the homestretch pace.
Starting at 2:45pm on Tuesday, May 28, the Stanwich Upper School student athletes will celebrate the successful (if very wet) spring season on the practice field along with the Chicken Joe-mobile and a serving from Gofer Ice Cream.
Following the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 31, Stanwich’s most recent alumni, their families, and invited friends are encouraged to attend the reception in the tent on the practice field. We appreciate the planning and coordination efforts of Jenn Frascella, Pam Dubitsky, and Hope Mihailovich with this year’s happy event.
After their last exams on Friday, June 7, Upper School students may pick up ice cream from the south end of the turf field on their way back to the main building from Wildwood. Later that same day the Lower School Field Day event - to which all LS parents are invited - will conclude at around 11:40am with an opportunity for pizza by the picnic tables and ice cream at the south end of the turf field by the scoreboard.
Lower School Parents, please note that if you wish to attend Field Day, you may check out your children in person with their teachers at Field Day’s conclusion. If so, children must be under their parents’ supervision as no teachers will be present. At 12:00pm all students who have not be checked out by parents will return to the school building with their teachers for dismissal as usual.
On Monday, June 10, the Parent Association is providing a picnic at 11:00am for Lower School students on the lawn inside the circle by the play structure. Please note no vehicles for any reason may enter the circle area during the picnic or recess time that will follow. Thereafter, 2019 Stanwich Yearbooks will be distributed by the homeroom teachers to initiate the signing frenzy. Our sincere thanks to Lora Robertson, Karen Richard and additional volunteers for their time and artistry orchestrating this year’s final edition. For the Upper School on June 10, following yearbook distribution and the Upper School’s annual advisory flag football tournament, the Upper School will picnic on the adjacent tables.
Final assembly on Tuesday, June 11 brings our school year and our Stanwich chapter to an end in the graduation tent on the practice field. Our closing ceremonies have traditionally been an opportunity without parents for teachers and students to pay their respects and say goodbye for the summer. Under this year’s circumstances, we expect that more parents will attend than usual. With limited seating available, parents who choose to attend should plan to stand at the back of the tent or, weather permitting, sit on the hillside.
At the conclusion of the final assembly, all students and faculty will return to their homerooms or class locations before dismissal pick-up as usual. Afterward a coffee truck will be available in the picnic area for parents who wish to say goodbye. To avoid potentially dangerous confusion during dismissal, parents must pick up their children as usual, depart through the main entrance and then re-enter through the St. Agnes entrance and park at the south end of the lot. Students should play on the turf field while parents are at the coffee truck. Students will not be allowed to obtain goods from the coffee truck or play on the field without parental supervision. At the conclusion of the student dismissal process, faculty will be busy submitting their grades/comments and tidying up for the last time.
Two Project Blessing groups will work in Rwanda this summer: the first in June composed of Stanwich students and alumni and the second of GCDS alumni in August. Bridging the two, graduating student Tyler Gebhart will intern with an office of the Rwandan Ministry of Education. Underwritten by their Humanitarian Grants, Mr. Gotschall and Dr. Worra will support Mr. Fletcher’s leadership this summer with physical work, musical talent, and musical instruments. In addition to their investment in this year’s Humanitarian Grant, the Parent Association contributed an additional $5,000 to help fund the final stage of the Blessing School’s construction.
As we integrate Stanwich finances and records with those of GCDS, the complete files of all GCDS enrolled students will transition next month as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about that process.
This will be my last letter to Stanwich. You have all been part of a great story and a virtuous legacy. Until we meet again - probably in the next day or two.
Head of School