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"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing."
                                                        John 15:1-8.                                                                                                                       
                                                                         August 27, 2021

Dear Parents,

As a girl growing up in the wine country of France, Saint Madeleine Sophie could glance out her bedroom window and see vineyards growing for miles up the rolling hills of her home town of Joigny.  The daughter of a barrel maker, Madeleine Sophie knew well the rhythm of the seasons of planting, harvesting and fallow time when the farmer allowed his land to rest. It is no surprise then that as she grew in her spiritual life she often turned to the above verse from the Gospel of John. Clearly, the idea of being rooted in the person of Jesus was central to her. The turbulent history of her times, the many obstacles she faced in establishing the Society of the Sacred Heart, the innovative mission of establishing schools to teach an academic challenging curriculum to girls, all contributed to Madeleine Sophie's need for the courage to follow her vision and the confidence to hold fast to what she knew to be God's action in her life.

A close look at the architectural details of our school reveals the presence of this scriptural theme throughout; it appears in the stone work at our entrance, in the Chapel's stained-glass windows and in the carving above the choir stalls. This summer, Mr. Dalvin Byron of our Fine Arts Department has created a mural on the third floor of a vine that flows from Mater Commons and extends down the hallway over the lintel of each Middle School classroom. When the students arrive, each girl will see her name on an individual leaf.

The motif of the vine and the branches is particularly appropriate this year in light of the school focus on Goal IV, the building of community. Faculty returned on August 23 and have been engaged in planning classes and extracurricular activities that emphasize connection with each girl and among the wider community.

Throughout the summer the facilities department has painted, cleaned, upgraded the HVAC system, and drilled a new well to replenish the fields and tend to the grounds. Our campus is ready to welcome all of our families on September­ 8.

I have written this note to introduce you to our Foundress and to the mission to which she invites us. The work of our school is at heart, connection; that we may bear much fruit! Let's begin to renew the world!

Sister Barbara Rogers
Headmistress