Annual Women’s Retreat Focuses on Stress

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusRetreat_3

Our annual Women’s Retreat last Friday night/Saturday morning was a wonderful experience for the students (about half the female student body) and faculty/staff.  Our theme this year was Stress (with its positive and negative effects), and we role-played, discussed, meditated, made art, and enjoyed good food and one another’s company.  We already look forward to the 15th annual event next year!

On Sunday, we welcomed 42 prospective 9th grade students and their parents to school for the annual Admitted Students Day. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch from Ramsi’s, followed by getting-to-know-each-other games for the students, shepherded by veteran history teacher Tom Miron and admissions director Trisha Amirault (with thanks to juniors Gabby Smedley and Jillian Morrison for their help!) and a Q&A panel for the parents.  We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 into our ranks!

Next week marks our first-ever Compassion Week.  As you may know, we have a number of themed weeks each year – historically a Diversity Week and a Gender Week, among others that come and go.  This year, the Sacred Space Committee, headed by teacher Bob Jones, developed the idea of a Compassion Week (particularly appropriate because compassion is part of our mission statement!).  Student facilitators will lead activities next week during Flex periods.  I’ll report in next Friday about how it went; in the meantime, starting Monday, please ask your student about this special event!