We rounded the corner past July 4th! I realize that school is less than 4 weeks away for our faculty. I hope all of our students are enjoying the numerous summer activities from camp, sports, travel, service, summer jobs, and some good old-fashioned unstructured time to take it easy. I am always surprised how much students grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally over the summer. Time off, especially unstructured time, is important for our girls' development. Make sure you take advantage of this time for some family fun.
Our Ursuline high school students have been making new friends, traveling, and learning this summer. Ursuline schools are blessed to have sisters schools across the United States and throughout the world. In June, some of our high school students spent time with students from other Ursuline high schools through two activities. Three students attended the Ursuline Education Network’s student leadership conference in Michigan. Hosted by St. Ursula Academy of Toledo, Ohio, this conference gave students from nine Ursuline schools the opportunity to learn all things leadership. Our Beyond Our Borders students traveled to Bethlehem Farm in West Virginia - joining a group of Ursuline girls from Ursuline Academy in Dedham, Massachusetts to serve the community while working on a sustainable farm. Both experiences gave our students time to learn about their strengths and areas of growth, as well as learn from others. Through these experiences, our girls can develop the confidence to articulate their ideas both confidently and compassionately. Collaborating with other students from across our country provides our students opportunities to solve problems and lead others in unfamiliar settings.
Last summer, we surveyed our high school students, young alumnae, and families on questions about the tenets in our mission statement. We quickly found a need to work more purposely to prepare our girls for living in a global society. Our Ursuline Sisters emphasize “living in a global society” as a peacemaker and are dedicated to ensuring our students have experiences with both other students across the United States as well as those across the world. Again, our girls will gain opportunities to collaborate and learn from others building their confidence in a global context.
Last year, our fourth grade students became pen pals to Sainte Ursule in Paris, France. This year, we welcome high school students from Sainte Ursule in the fall and then our students will travel to Paris in the winter in an exchange program. We thank all those high school families who responded to our email last week about the exchange. Thank you to Sara Quinlan who is coordinating both our student exchange and our high school Europe trip next summer.
Please make sure you read through your updates for important information. Elementary summer information can be accessed through the elementary update. High school information will be emailed at the end of this week. Look for the summer edition of the Ursu.lines arriving in your mailbox soon. Also, on Monday, July 15th, we will mail the data correction form to all families. Please complete this form and return it no later than July 29th.
Karen Thomas McNay, EdD