Yesterday, we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2020. The video stream of the ceremony can be found here. It was a beautiful day highlighted with speeches by three of the graduates and Kate Merchant Snyder '88, Mayor of Portland, Maine.
We began last year celebrating 100 years since women earned the vote. Who imagined the virus? Or that we would watch George Floyd, a black man, killed in front of our eyes? Local, state, and federal governments need strong leadership. How proud we are of Kate's willingness to be of service to the biggest city in Maine.
In June, I appointed a task force to work on every element of opening the 2020-2021 academic year. As of today, we plan to open for on-campus learning on August 31. Your daughter will be on-campus for two of the four days that week. Our goal is to open the school as safely as possible. We will continue to monitor the most current data regarding COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and may alter our plans accordingly.
The school will look different this fall and I am sure that you and your daughter have questions. A comprehensive list of FAQs for your review is available on our website. We have scheduled meetings for parents on Wednesday, August 5 at 5 p.m. (Middle School) and Thursday, August 6 at 5 p.m. (Upper School). Zoom credentials will be emailed 24 hours before each call.
In the midst of preparation for the academic year, we continue to face the issues raised throughout the country and within our school to become an anti-racist institution. There is much to be done. We have had two listening sessions to which all alumnae were invited. We will engage with our faculty, staff, parents, and girls in recognizing the sin of racism in our lives.
As promised in March, I keep a candle lighted in our chapel in front of our patron St. Joseph, protector of families. I pray in thanksgiving for the work of our great faculty and staff, and your commitment to our mission, to make known the love of the heart of Jesus.
I am eager to see your girls!
Sister Barbara Rogers Headmistress