Despite winter weather woes, the foundation has been poured for the new Episcopal athletic field house! This sets the stage for real vertical progress to begin as beams arrive next week. This 23,000 square foot facility is the first new athletic building to be raised on Episcopal’s campus since the Phillips Gym was built in 1982. With more than 80% of Middle and Upper School students participating in athletics, the need for such an addition on campus is obvious.
“Pouring the foundation is a significant step in the construction process,” says Facilities Director John Kojis. “This eliminates the potential for rain delays going forward.” During next week’s Mardi Gras break, another major milestone will occur as steel beams arrive on campus. These beams will support a facility that will feature sport locker rooms, coaches’ suites, a sports medicine and training room, classrooms, flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces and an enhanced concessions area.
“We are thrilled to see this dream become a reality for our students, coaches and the greater Episcopal community,” says Athletic Director Randy Richard. “We are confident that this facility will have a tremendous impact on our community for decades to come.”
Now is the time for members of the Episcopal community to be a part of that impact. “There are numerous naming opportunities still available,” says Capital Campaign Director Mellie Bailey. “This is a perfect opportunity to honor a past, present or future athlete. Gift options include everything from personalized locker plaques to naming the collaboration spaces, one of the multi-use classrooms or even the Coaches Porch.” Bailey says the design for naming opportunities on the field-side terrace is also in the final stages for anyone who wants to leave their mark near the field.
To learn more about available naming opportunities, check out the Spirit • Mind • Body website here or download the field house brochure that was mailed out in November.
Watch the video below to see the foundation for the new Episcopal athletic field house being poured. For more information on how you can be a part of this historic project, click here or contact Campaign Director Mellie Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 755-2687.
On Thursday, February 21, Episcopal Upper School hosted its 6th annual LAUNCH event, a day created and run by students for students to celebrate learning. The day featured presentations from Thesis and ESTAAR seniors, AP Artists, KnightVision Robotics, and Dance Master Seminar. LAUNCH is 100% student-run, this year with juniors staffing locations and stages, Brenley Rinaudo and Caitlin Davis working behind the scenes on decorations and promotions, Cruz Crawford and Elliot Dugas serving as hosts, Bake Club organizing a cake decorating competition, and many students and teachers performing during LAUNCH Pad. This year’s presentations featured a little bit of everything: topics ranged from nanoscale insects and cognitive dissonance, to interdisciplinary learning and the historiography of Billy the Kid; the Student Center was transformed into the Claire Hook Art Gallery; KnightVision Robotics led an interactive game with their audience; and we all even sang Happy Birthday to Mr. Forti. It was a day that celebrated learning and strengthened connections among one another. Thesis Director Katie Sutcliffe reflects on this year's experience below. Look for LAUNCH student videos in future editions of Knightly News.
On the day before this year’s LAUNCH, a group of Upper School Thesis students stood around the long table in Perkins 106 during lunch eating cake and celebrating Ethan Wax’s 18th birthday. Just one day away from each of them presenting to the entire Upper School, the students could have been somber and still, quiet with worry and anticipation. But instead, the group stood laughing as they each began reciting pieces of each other’s presentations, teasing each other by declaring the lines that had stood out the most over the weeks of preparation and rehearsal. Everyone was in stitches, affectionately validating each other with humor and love. It was just the moment I needed as their teacher. I needed to laugh with them, too, though all of us knew the stakes were still high--that tomorrow our audience deserved to see our very best work.
Last year during this LAUNCH recap article, I talked about the tireless work that goes into these types of presentations that each student faced with relentless practice and perseverance. It made me uncomfortable to think that their audience only saw just one piece, the final piece, of what was a long journey of preparation. And because Episcopal’s mission promotes process and product, valuing the entirety of the learning journey, it bothered me to know that the audience could never really appreciate the failures and struggles and twists and turns each student made as they prepared.
The final product can mask that whole messy story, and this year I also realized that part of that story is the community built, the relationships strengthened, the character developed. And I think every teacher and coach can appreciate this. While final assessments, products and performances are valued greatly, the learning often runs deeper, so much deeper than we see at the end of the unit or test, and students bring their entire experience, not just the final experience, to their future work. As we stood laughing together, the positivity was contagious. I realized that the students’ success might be measured by their performance on LAUNCH but their learning could also be measured by the growth shown, obstacles overcome and camaraderie nurtured.
While sometimes loud and overt in the classroom, what is often more subtle during LAUNCH is how these learning communities support one another in various ways. Madeleine Cope’s gorgeous performance featured five other dancers, many of whom also presented as part of Dance Master Seminar. In that same performance, Thomas Hugenroth produced an original guitar piece for Madeleine’s soundtrack. Then on LAUNCH Day, he hopped from his own presentation in the Blackbox to perform “Down to the River to Pray" during LAUNCH Pad with Concert Choir and back to another round of presentations. Todd McInnis stood in as Billy the Kid for Austin Broussard’s presentation, and Madeleine Cope, tall hair and all, became Marie Antoinette.
Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The information and content may fade from the audience’s mind in the weeks or months following this most recent LAUNCH, but what we hope lingers are feelings of curiosity and inspiration, bravery and joy. My own students will, eventually, forget their talking points and scripts, but I’m certain they will remember the feeling they had when they connected with their audience, when they realized that taking that risk and being vulnerable is okay here. It is safe to be yourself, to share your ideas, and to encourage others to do the same.
Ashley Solomon’s final line of her LAUNCH presentation said: “...nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace feeling loved and cared for.” Each year when LAUNCH ends, what’s left behind are feelings of support and love--the most powerful ways to encourage thriving and learning ambitiously and fearlessly.
Katie Sutcliffe has served in many capacities involving writing and service learning over the last six years at Episcopal. Currently, she directs the Thesis Program, teaching both Seminar juniors and Thesis seniors, and is the co-creator of LAUNCH, Episcopal’s annual TEDx-style student-planned and executed showcase of ideas and projects. Katie’s own history involves this blend of service and writing: after graduating from a small liberal arts college in Indiana with an English degree, she moved to the Deep South with Teach For America where she taught middle school English and worked passionately on issues of educational inequity. She later earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and returned to Baton Rouge where she has continued freelance writing. Katie infuses social justice initiatives into her curricula and seeks to help her students make meaningful connections with those living a different experience within our larger community. She’s passionate about character education and project-based learning, as well as research and writing that have practical implications for understanding and addressing real world challenges.
After a long day on the job, running errands or even just fighting Baton Rouge traffic, many of us can’t wait to return to our home to relax and unwind. Home. It is the place where children take their first steps, where teens pin a corsage on their first date and where families simply enjoy time together. Home represents a larger sense of community. Home is hope. Home can provide strength, stability and self-reliance. But what if owning a home is out of reach?
According to the US Census Bureau, 58.8% of homes in Baton Rouge are owner-occupied. Nationally, that number is 64.4%. This means many local residents don’t have that oasis to call their own. For the past 17 years, Episcopal students and faculty have been working with Habitat for Humanity of Baton Rouge to boost homeownership in the local community and help more families realize the dream of having a place to call their own.
The annual Habitat Youth Build is supported by Episcopal, Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy and sponsored by the Albemarle Foundation. Lynn Clark, Habitat Executive Director, says since 2001 students and faculty have built 19 homes for area residents. “It’s amazing to witness the generosity and hard work of the students, teachers and faculty as they come together to make a difference in the life of a deserving local family,” says Clark.
The annual Habitat build is Episcopal’s largest service learning project every year. Service Learning Center Director Matt Holt says annually more than 100 students contribute hundreds of hours of service to the effort. In addition, numerous faculty and staff members help organize the shifts in advance of the build days and spend time on site chaperoning student activities. Holt says students are not there to observe. Students are donating sweat equity as they install siding, framing and plywood. They also put in windows, cabinetry and landscaping. While the thought of such physical work may intimidate some, Holt says everyone who participates walks away with a sense of accomplishment and pride. “There’s nothing more meaningful than helping someone achieve the dream of homeownership,” says Holt. “It is a pleasure to share this experience with our students.” The significance of building these homes is not lost on the student builders.
“The act of building a house is both physical and metaphorical - we are not only literally raising the walls on a structure that will eventually be a house, but we are also metaphorically creating a new life, a new beginning, for someone,” says senior Alyssa Macaluso, who appreciated the opportunity to be stretched beyond her comfort zone. “I smashed more than my fair share of fingers, bent more than a few nails, but it’s an experience that I hope I have the ability to repeat again. Habitat’s an amazing opportunity, at any point - from raising the walls to putting up siding and painting. In addition, the experience of having a future homeowner work alongside you as the house comes together is both beautiful and precious.”
Aside from lessons on the proper way to frame up a window or how to cut in with a paint brush, Youth Build students are also learning what it means to help their neighbor. “These students learn firsthand about poverty, its effects, and the need for affordable housing,” says Clark. “They are uplifting our community one family at a time.”
“Working for habitat is probably one of the most demanding service projects that the Center for Service Learning sponsors,” says senior Douglas Robins. “To me, however, it is the most rewarding.” Robins recognizes the importance of creating a home for families, where they can come together, relax and escape the stresses of the day. “When we think about what a home is in this way, the work that we are doing with habitat is more than just building a place for people to sleep. We are building a set for a family to live out their lives. Like I said, Habitat is hard work. But what brought me back and what will continue to bring me back is that through building a home, I am not just building a structure, but I am building a future. A future for all the people who will lay their heads on the pillows for this family and for the families who inhabit it for years to come.”
Habitat of Baton Rouge has built or rehabbed 353 homes in the local community. At each build site, current and future homeowners work side-by-side with volunteers, with each homeowner completing 255 hours of their own sweat equity. These homeowners purchase their homes with an affordable, no-interest mortgage. In addition, Habitat provides the homeowners financial literacy classes to help them budget and manage their finances so that they can sustain their home for years to come. Clark says all of this is critical for providing more families a safe and stable home. She says families who own their own home flourish, build wealth and break the cycle of poverty. High homeownership rates have also been shown to boost a community’s overall home values, lower crime rates and improve school systems.
Episcopal senior Emily White recognized the impact to the community as she arrived at the build site. “I learned that the row of houses leading up to the one we were working on were all Habitat Houses! That’s awesome,” she says. “I hope the owner of the house enjoys her home and I really want to see the finished product of this project.”
Students and faculty are able to make such an impact in just four weekends. Senior Pierson Luscy says the time spent was well worth it. “Before doing this service, I was looking for a job to attend on my weekends or as much as I could, but after going through the experiences, I dealt with, being great people and enthusiastic attitudes, I am planning on shortly to make Habitat for Humanity apart of my weekly routine” he says. “For the first time in a very long time, I felt like I did something productive.”
Seeing the students’ passion and excitement for helping a neighbor is rewarding for the Episcopal faculty and staff who volunteer their time. “In working with Habitat, I see Episcopal students at their best – compassionate, cooperative, flexible, funny,” says Writing Center Director Dr. Alan Newton. “They’re also handy with a paintbrush or a hammer.” Longtime Habitat supporter Sarah Pulliam agrees. “This is one of the most worthwhile things we do with the kids,” she says reflecting on the sense of accomplishment students and faculty feel after working a shift on site.
After the hammering and painting has stopped later this month, a Baton Rouge mom and her two daughters will have their own home. They will cook in their own kitchen. They will take pride in making the space their own. We are proud of the all of the students and volunteers who supported this effort to make their dream a reality.
The annual third grade talent show brought the audience to their feet with tears in their eyes. Despite the small stature of these young performers, they filled the stage and the packed VPAC with their presence. There were solo singing and dancing acts. There were group performances and six adorable hosts keeping everything flowing smoothly. Congratulations on a great show!
Award-winning singer/songwriter Mary McBride will return to Episcopal on March 17th for the Quest for Peace Program’s Quest Fest after having served as the program’s first keynote speaker earlier this year. She will return with bandmates John Kengla, Jon Spurney, Greg Beshers and Mark Stepro for a live performance in the Lewis Memorial Chapel of the Good Shepherd. All members of the Episcopal community, including students, families, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event. Quest Fest will celebrate newcomers, country and cultures. Chaplain Charlie has worked with the Louisiana Organization of Refugees and Immigrants (LORI) and Catholic Charities to expand the scope of the event beyond the school. Special guests will include local musicians, dancers and performers.
In January, McBride spent time with Episcopal students and faculty discussing the Quest for Peace theme of finding a place in a displaced world. She shared stories with students of her travels to places like Baton Rouge’s O’Brien House and Detroit’s housing developments. Her travels have even taken her to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Everywhere she goes McBride finds that people connect and relate through a shared love of music. This connection and joy is something McBride and her band celebrate and spread to international displaced populations through their Home Tour Program.
McBride began her professional music career at the age of five and went on her first tour at nine. Since then she has cut records, written lyrics and performed the rock and roll music she loves. She has toured the country performing in traditional settings - clubs, music venues and festivals. However, after realizing that there are audiences of people with no access to live music, she found her purpose and established the Home Tour Program to bring music to those populations.
McBride’s time on Episcopal’s campus was powerful and meaningful. She shared stories of the unexpected sense of optimism and belonging felt among children in an orphanage in Pakistan. She told students about the expressions on the faces of people who were never allowed to sing at home when they heard her band’s melodies and were free to express themselves for the first time. McBride spoke with Episcopal ethics students about how music helps people of different cultures and abilities connect and relate. She even led a songwriting workshop to help inspire students to create their own music. There was hope and responsibility in her message. Now she returns to share that with not only Episcopal, but also the greater south Louisiana community.
This first year of the Quest for Peace Program has been a tremendous success. Student lessons have been enhanced with resources, guest speakers and thought-provoking discussions. Join us as we celebrate this success and look forward to many more years to come.
Close your eyes and imagine the way the sunlight streams through the stained glass windows of the Lewis Memorial Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Imagine the rich wood tones of the interior and the hush of expectation that fills the space as your footsteps echo across the floor. Now imagine you are 40 inches tall and five years old.
“There is no greater joy than seeing the younger students in chapel,” says Lower School Religion Teacher Laura Portwood. Recently, Portwood and Episcopal Chaplain Father Skully Knight have implemented a new way for little Knights to become more familiar with the chapel and what occurs inside. The two have been hosting Fridays with Father throughout the month of February for kindergarten students.
Portwood says as the students approach the empty chapel she reminds them that visiting chapel is like visiting a friend’s house. Once the heavy doors part and the small students enter the space, there is a powerful sense of awe and wonder among them. “Even kids get a sense that this place is special,” says Father Skully. He says they may not quite understand why, but they realize immediately that the chapel is different from any other building on campus. Portwood says even the most common experiences, like sitting in a pew are exciting for these students who experience every day as a new adventure. Such enthusiasm and zest for exploration is truly inspiring for the adults. “I love their sense of awe because I still get it myself,” says Father Skully smiling, as he reflects on the sights and sounds of some of his favorite churches, including All Saints Chapel at Sewanee.
On a recent Friday, Mrs. Henderson’s kindergarten class had the opportunity to learn more about the chapel and the objects within. Students listened attentively as Father Skully described the vestments he was wearing, what takes place in the sacristy and even how and why the candles are lit. Students were inquisitive, as only five year olds can be. While the tour was directed at the kindergartners, even the adults in the room learned new terms and traditions. “I really appreciate it when people have questions about church,” says Father Skully.
The goal of Fridays with Father is to help students become more comfortable with the chapel and the chaplain. Portwood says they want students to know from a young age that everyone is welcome and the chapel is their space. Such openness is a hallmark of an Episcopal school and the Episcopal Church. Episcopal schools are intentionally diverse communities. At Episcopal, students and faculty join together at different times, in various locations, and in many ways to encourage all students to dig deep into their individual faith and develop a sense of their own spirituality, all while helping them to develop a love for both God and their neighbor. Lower School students explore faith in daily Morning Meetings and attend chapel every Friday. Middle and Upper School students attend chapel twice a week. In addition, the older students have the opportunity to lead many of the chapel services as members of the Student Vestry. This commitment to spiritual growth can also be seen as students participate in service learning projects throughout the year or as they simply learn to love their neighbor in Frazer Hall.
The Fridays with Father experience has already created a noticeable change among kindergartners. Now as they see Father Skully on campus they enthusiastically wave to him. They are familiar with him and happy to see him. “I want everyone to feel that the chapel is theirs, a place where they belong,” says Father Skully.
Hopefully the students will also retain that sense of awe as they see a sun ray shimmer through a rose window or as they share the space with their classmates, family and friends for years to come.
Episcopal Entrepreneurs Earn Seed Funding
Congratulations to Abhay Basireddy, Akshay Basireddy and Charlie Roth! The three young entrepreneurs recently pitched their ideas to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge (YEABR) investor panel. Each student received funding for their business proposals, which included Instabrush, Native Bash and Reaction Relief.
U.S. Presidential Scholars
Congratulations to seniors Maggie Ewing and Douglas Robins for being selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program began in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program’s mission is “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”
AirPods Math Team Takes Second Place
Congratulations to the Upper School AirPods math team for earning second place at the recent Tri-Math Tournament hosted by the LSU Math Circle. The team, consisting of Robert Alleva, Abhay Basireddy, Nick Johannessen, Evan Jurkovic and KC Shimada were one of 106 teams from 36 schools in 12 states to compete.
Little Knights/Superior Success
Congratulations to the following Episcopal students who earned a superior rating at the recent Louisiana Federation of Music Club’s Piano Solo Festival.
District Literary Rally
Episcopal will be well represented at this weekend’s District Literary Rally at Southeastern. Good luck to the following competitors:
James Be and Akshay Basireddy – Physical Science
Joie Lee and Autumn Reynolds – Algebra I
Scott McAdams – Geometry
Suzie Heneghan and Thomas O’Connor – World Geography
Abi Pennington and Sarah Laiche – French I
Alex Hollier and Meredith Thompson – French II
Carter McLean and Nicole Guy – Spanish II
Girls at the Museum
Making a Difference One Swing at a Time
Sixth grader Sophia Macias continues to use her love of golf to make a difference in her community through her very own nonprofit – No Worries Just Birdies. Recently her fundraising efforts have paid off in an impressive way as two new AC units were delivered to cool down the Live Oak Middle School gym. Up next? Her team is hosting a men’s retro basketball tournament on February 22nd and 24th. Check out the No Worries Just Birdies Facebook page to learn more about the tournament.
WBRZ Fans Choice Luncheon
Episcopal senior football player Austin Jemison and Head Coach Travis Bourgeois recently attended the WBRZ Fans Choice Luncheon along with other 2018 Fans Choice Awards football honorees.
Division II State Champions! The Episcopal boys indoor track team finished in first place at the recent state meet. In addition, the girls team improved upon last year’s ninth place finish by earning the sixth place spot this year! See the Episcopal highlights below.
4 X 200 boys relay - third place - Andrew Gould, Trevor Babcock, Kirk Singletary and Todd McInnis
4 X 800 boys relay - first place - Austin Broussard, Greyson Yorek, Logan LeBlanc, Trevor Babcock
4 X 400 boys relay - first place - Todd McInnis, Austin Broussard, Andrew Gould, Trevor Babcock
4 X 800 girls relay - third place - Madeline Dansky, Mary Katherine Underwood, Jenny Stauss, Adele Broussard
Trevor Babcock – individual state champion in the 800; Todd McInnis finished third
Adele Broussard – individual state champion in the 1,600, fifth in the 800 meter
David Whitehurst – individual state runner-up in the 1,600; Austin Broussard finished fourth
James Christian – individual state runner-up in the 3,200; David Whitehurst finished sixth
Clayton Braud – individual state runner-up in the high jump; Greyson Yorek finished fourth
Andrew Gould - sixth place in the 60 meter dash
Oliver Jack - fourth place in shot put
Greyson Yorek - eighth place in pole vault
Clayton Braud - fifth place in triple jump
Francie Oliver – third place in the high jump
Mary Katherine Underwood - sixth place in long jump, sixth place in the 800 meter
Hall of Fame
Look for future updates on student success in upcoming editions of Knightly News.
Congratulations to this year’s National Merit Finalists and Commended Scholars!
Episcopal students are known for academic excellence and the school’s consistent high number of National Merit Finalists reflects that. Such success and recognition has real meaning and value for our students as it translates into university scholarship dollars and college admissions.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, close to two million students compete each year, with approximately 15,000 making it to the final round. Finalists are top scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT test in their state. Commended Scholars are recognized for their outstanding academic promise. The selection committee reviews student grades, activities and leadership, as well as school information to determine the winners. Scholarships are then awarded from the National Merit Scholarship Program, corporations and colleges and universities.
Please join us in congratulating these outstanding students.
This February marks 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev created the original Periodic Table of the Elements. There were approximately 60 elements at the time and Mendeleev organized the table according to atomic weight. Now this staple of chemistry can be found in classrooms all over the world. Today’s table has grown considerably and includes 118 elements that are arranged according to their atomic number.
While many of us learned the elements through tedious memorization of numbers and symbols, students in Shyamala Alapati’s science class are enjoying a more creative approach to learning this classic. “Memes are very popular with eighth graders,” says Alapati. With that in mind, she asked her students to tap into popular culture and their creative side to create memes featuring the elements. The students did not disappoint.
While students had fun creating the memes, Alapati says there was a serious side to the lesson as well. On the back of each meme, students had to list the element’s atomic number and mass. They were also asked to share five featured aspects or uses for their element. To complete the lesson, students presented their findings to their classmates.
Another stroke of elemental genius is the Episcopal Periodic Table of Elements Plaza. When designing the new Academic Commons, a facility dedicated to innovation in science and math, the team wanted to expand the building’s footprint. Now students and visitors to the Academic Commons are welcomed by a plaza-size periodic table that heralds the learning that takes place within. That learning extends outdoors where students of all ages use the plaza to study the elements and make discoveries. In fact, this spring Alapati’s students will use the plaza table as they learn more about chemical bonds and reactions.
Episcopal donors have eagerly embraced the Periodic Table of Elements naming opportunities. As of February 14, there are only 19 elements remaining.
It’s the periodic table’s birthday and you can’t think of a thing to buy. Np (Neptunium, or in this case, no problem.) Reserve one of the last remaining elements before they’re gone! You could even create your own meme. Below are the elements still available.
Many people around the world, particularly in Asia, are ringing in the the start of the Year of the Pig. The Lunar New Year started on February 5 this year and is one of my favorite holidays. During the new year, families get together, big feasts are prepared, kids get red envelopes filled with money, lion and dragon dances bring people good luck, and firecrackers ward off evil spirits. I enjoy celebrating this holiday with my family and friends, but also with students.
The second graders are currently “traveling” around the world and learning about the seven continents in Social Studies. During their “stop” in Asia, I was honored to come in as a guest expert and share some of the beliefs and traditions of celebrating the Lunar New Year. These students then became the experts and shared information about the Lunar New Year, and also put on a wonderful dragon dance performance, complete with music and singing at a recent Morning Meeting.
While I love teaching fourth grade science, I also try to find ways to connect with our students beyond the curriculum. Whether it’s a conversation about basketball, doing a special handshake, or wearing a Halloween costume, building relationships with my students helps create a positive learning environment. Sharing about the Lunar New Year is one way I can educate children about the world they live in, but they can also learn more about me and see me as more than just a teacher.
In December, the fourth graders participated in a “Who am I?” identity activity in which they shared traits about themselves and also learned more about each other, including myself. We wrote down descriptions about ourselves that people can’t see when they look at us, such as “I am a brother.” or “I love to cook.” In a related activity, we went over 20 character traits to see how we were similar to or different from our classmates. For example, some of us have siblings and play a musical instrument. We discussed that if we learn more about the people around us, we find out that we have many things in common. Similarly, when students learned about the Lunar New Year, they made connections to the popping of fireworks on New Year’s Eve and how Mardi Gras is on a different date each year like the Lunar New Year.
The identity activity and dragon dance performance are just two examples of how lower school students learn more about each other and the world around them. Our lower school theme this year is “Love Your Neighbor”. I believe when we get to know one another, we are better able to love each other and our neighbors. As we love each other we build a caring community where we can be ourselves and respect everyone around us.
I share about myself so my students not only see me as a teacher, but as a human being too. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a mother, sister, wife, traveler, foodie, and someone who loves celebrating the Lunar New Year. So in this new Year of the Pig, I encourage all of us to get to know our neighbors better and to love our neighbors. In the words of Mister Rogers:
“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please, won’t you please,
Please won’t you be my neighbor?”
I want to wish all of my neighbors a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Pig.
Rosalyn is in her eighteenth year of teaching. Prior to coming to Episcopal six years ago, she taught at independent schools in New York City and Los Angeles. She is in her fourth year of teaching fourth grade science and taught second grade for two years. Rosalyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Whitman College and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at New York University. She loves teaching science and finding ways to integrate technology and other subjects into the curriculum.