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Chaplain's Reflections: Strangest Start to a School Year
Dear St. Mark's Families,

Earlier this week when I was doing carpool duty a Pre-K student asked me what day it was. I told her that it was Tuesday, to which she enthusiastically replied “Yeah, we get to see you on the computer tomorrow!”

This has no doubt been the strangest start to a school year that I have ever experienced! I have so enjoyed seeing your children on screen and in the classroom the past few weeks. Our religion classes look different, and chapel is recorded and shown on the classroom screen, but we are still learning and growing in new ways. I am reminded again and again just how adaptable children are.  

There is also a lot of loss that goes into this year. Loss of freedom, loss of being able to see all of our friends during the school day, and so many other things. All of that loss can be frustrating and scary. This is a year that will have a lot of ups and downs but the message that we are learning in chapel and religion class is that God is with us through all of it. We are building a community of love centered around caring for each other and resting in the knowledge that God is with us even in the midst of our troubles.

I know for many parents attending chapel with your children is something that you look forward to each week, especially when your children are participating. I am thinking of new and creative ways of having our students take leadership roles in chapel as the year goes on. The weekly chapel services are posted each week on Wednesday morning for Primary School and on Thursday mornings for Lower and Middle School. You can find these recordings in the topic board called Chapel recordings on your child’s homeroom class or advisory page. Please feel free to participate in chapel by watching our recordings and seeing the ways that we creatively join together as a community.

As always I am available to talk and answer any questions that you may have about our chapel or religion program, or other concerns that you might have. Feel free to contact me through the portal or by email.

 
School Chaplain
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