Y’all are rocking it! Magness and Eve are settling into this routine and feeling in control. We miss SSES, but I think this is a growth opportunity for them, and certainly for us! We have our tech difficulties sometimes, but we find a way. Your accessibility to us has been off the charts. There is a bit of motivation that’s needed on our part that can be hard to stay steady when they are working independently and we get distracted by other kids, dogs, doorbells, calls, but I think we’re doing pretty good. It has been fun to be more a part of what they are learning. Mag has made the math puzzles our special thing to do together and while he solves it, it’s been fun to bounce ideas back and forth. Now I kind of want a math puzzle every day! I’ll add it to my N.Y. Times mini-crossword and tiles addiction! Thanks for navigating so much along with your own families!
- parent Mindy Rollins
Please pass along my deepest appreciation to all of Mika’s teachers for doing an outstanding teaching job despite all personal and professional challenges during these unprecedented times in the history of the country and the world. We have only seen or read about these awful scenarios in movies and science fiction novels. Now it is happening in front of our eyes, and all of you are carrying your responsibilities with the highest degree of professionalism and care.
- parent Kamala Prahl
We have friends whose children attend other schools and they are shocked to find that our children are busy and learning! Caylin loves it! She sits down and gets right to work. Our friends can’t believe it! We are very happy.
- parent Heather Conyers
Taylor and Matt are busy all day. They have told me that they are just as busy now as they are normally at SSES. Everything is working well.
- parent Vicki Vara
I’m so overwhelmed by the committed, passionate team of administrators and faculty at our beloved school! These are incredibly unknown and scary times, but we are comforted every day by the return of a routine and the familiar voices and faces. To have the children wake up ready to attend virtual learning restores balance and emphasizes this strong community we have invested in. No amount of thanks or praise you should be spared for our wonderful community. You are all heroes!
- parent Bianca Lawrence
Everything is going very smoothly, and it is obvious that the school was well-organized going into this and had planned very well. Hailey is happy, busy, and we are pleased.
- parent Kenneth Madsen
I just wanted you to know that we are so impressed with what all of you at school are doing to handle this. We've seen Corbin literally working on school work the past two days at least 3-4 hours minimum. And he says this is just the ramp up. He's admittedly a bit shocked. I think his first impressions were for a three-week spring break! Keep up the fantastic work and know your efforts are appreciated.
- parent Jeff Herba
I, my family, and some peers with whom I’ve discussed this matter, are most impressed with the organization and professionalism exhibited by the administration and teachers. From my friends at other local schools, I have heard of the mass chaos and disorganization that is ensuing, so I just thought you might like to know that, despite these uncertain circumstances, SSES is doing a great job!
- senior Alana Brader
I just wanted to say how impressed I am, although not surprised, at how SSES has confronted the current situation. I follow SSES online and am friends with many teachers and parents, and the roll out of distance learning had been second to none I've seen online, including friends at other schools worldwide. I'm still in Madrid, been quarantined 10 days so far, will be at least another 20.
- former SSES teacher Rebecca Walsh
I would like to thank you and all the teachers for what you have been doing for the students at such a difficult time. Danny likes the special experiences from the online courses, although he misses being at SSES. We both watched your Friday morning assembly and enjoyed it very much.
- parents Bei & Wen Zhang
I just wanted to say thank you to all of SSES for getting the Upper School online. I think it has been great for the students to be able to connect with their teachers and fellow students. Thank you for not making a premature end to the school year and for all of your efforts to provide education and structure for our daughter in the midst of this most unusual time.
- parent Kirsten LaFollette
I wanted to express how impressed I am with everyone at Saint Stephens during this pandemic. The change to virtual school was seamless. Mr. Ruemenapp sending out the syllabus early in anticipation that school was closed; Mr. Yanelli meeting with us by phone to do the parent, student, teacher conference; and Mrs. Schumann keeping us up-to-date on all the college information are just a few of the amazing teachers. I have many families I meet during my work and staff members at the clinics who tell me their children were off a month before starting any school. Some have families in the Miami area and the schools just closed and are not offering any education. We really are blessed with a World-Class Education at Saint Stephen’s.
- parent Pamela S. Neilands, MD
Kudos to all for adapting to new learning methods and soldiering onward. The silver lining from conquering this ordeal will be that SSES students have increased resilience. Most colleges incorporate virtual classes and online learning, while 70% of U.S. businesses implement some telecommuting; therefore, our children will be even better prepared for the digital realities of college and the workplace.
- parent Clarissa Moore
I have to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your never-ending patience! Thank you for fighting for our kiddos to provide the absolute best! Thank you for trying your best to make it as fun as possible . . . especially when you are also dealing with your own families! Thank you for ALWAYS making us feel special! You ALL have been our heroes for a while now, but especially the last week and a half. We are each so very blessed to have such wonderful and caring individuals in our lives.
- parents Kelly and Scott Engel
I cannot tell you how impressed we are with the online learning program that SSES has set up in such a short time. The teachers are all doing a wonderful job. My boys are happily busy from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. This structure has helped to normalize this very strange experience for them, and we are grateful. We wanted to bring your attention, in particular, to Mrs. Wright. Her classes are so well structured. She spends time going over work from the day before, teaching a new concept, step by step, with her white board, provides key math notes, tips, language and quality practice exercises. She also has extension puzzles and problem-solving activities. Our family looks forward to these activities. At the moment, she is teaching integers, which can be difficult to understand, but when she teachers it, William just gets it. We are so grateful for all of her hard work.
- parents Julie and Sam Pakbaz
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for doing such an incredible job the past two weeks! I know this has been a challenge for everyone, but you all have done an absolutely stellar job. Under short notice, a complete change of platforms, technology challenges, new lesson plans, taking care of your families and ours - I think things worked beautifully. We truly appreciate you helping to keep a semblance of structure in our children's lives and their education and love of learning going through this stressful event. The zoom classes and events especially went a long way to helping quell the overwhelming feeling of isolation! We have an incredible group of teachers and are so proud of them. We are so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.
- parent Tonya Aldredge