In this season of giving, I would like to thank this community for all you have given me. Despite all of the obstacles, this community has been a true blessing to my family and me. It was clear from the start that I was joining a group who had weathered a few storms together, and while the pandemic has challenged us all, it has forced us to have a little more patience, give a little more grace, and use a little more creativity than we might have otherwise.
Children are resilient, and I am extremely proud of how they have adapted to our current circumstances. They are creative problem-solvers, and this semester, they have found unique ways to shine. One such moment was the Middle School play, We’re All in this Together. To see our young actors on stage authentically portraying school in a pandemic and thanking the teachers for their heroic work was heartwarming. Lessons and Carols looks and feels different, but the virtual version is a special holiday treat. Additionally, many of our athletic programs have completed successful seasons, despite the challenges. Every day our students bring joy to campus and give us much to celebrate.
Episcopal is blessed with an incredible faculty and staff. I knew that coming in, but I’ve had the opportunity to witness their courageous, creative, and compassionate work. If you have not seen the Lower School version of The Knights Before Christmas, it is a must-see. Finding new ways to teach has been a daily challenge, but they have gone above and beyond to ensure student success. It is because of their dedication and leadership that we have been learning in person since August.
While I have not met as many of you as I had hoped to meet by this point, I count you among my blessings. Thank you for your gifts of kindness, prayers, and words of encouragement. This amazing school would not exist without you and the time, treasure, and talents you share with us. You are a very special gift to Episcopal, and we are incredibly grateful.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season filled with love and as much togetherness as you can safely manage.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. Carrie Steakley
Head of School
Lessons and Carols 2020
The Knights Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas