Alumni Newsletter
Fall 2020
Congressional Students Return to School

After a spring of remote learning it has been wonderful to have our community of students, faculty, and staff back on campus this fall. Congressional's Leadership Team and COVID planning groups worked all summer to devise a comprehensive plan for opening school safely. The plan also included a new bimodal learning program so that students who couldn't come back in person due to health concerns or other reasons could remotely participate in learning with their classmates. See first day pictures on Facebook. #CongressionalSchoolTogether
Holiday Online Pop-Up Store Now Open
We are pleased to launch our Holiday Pop-Up School Store. We are offering some favorite items like the popular Congressional hoodies as well as some unique new items, including a T-Shirt of the month club with a specially designed t-shirt for January to June.
Check out these and many other School and Camp items available online. Hurry! The store closes November 16.
Questions? Dan O'Neil, Director of Auxiliary Programs
Class of 2020 Funds New Stage Curtains & Snack Bar
Thank you to the Class of 2020 and their families for their class gift of new stage curtains which were installed a couple of weeks ago (pictured above top).

In addition, the class funded the purchase of a mobile Snack Bar Cart to be used for student-led service learning fundraisers which support local community organizations.

Thank you Class of 2020!
2019-2020 Report of Giving
We present Congressional School’s 2019-2020 Report of Giving with gratitude to the alumni, alumni parents, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends whose generosity and volunteer commitments are recorded in these pages. Congressional School is able to continue to provide our students with an unparalleled academic experience and to sustain the work of our dedicated faculty as a result of your support. Thank you!
Congressional Faculty - Industry Experts
Congressional School faculty have long been sought after as experts in their fields. Our faculty are leaders in national organizations, they present to peer groups at national and international conferences, they participate on visiting teams to evaluate other independent schools for accreditation, and share their knowledge in educational publications.

Congressional's Director of Learning Center, Dr. Silvia Moore (pictured above) was recently published by the Future of Personal Health, a website that spotlights leading voices sharing insights and news, patient stories, and the latest in diagnostic and treatment options.
Join Us for an Informative Presentation
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 PM
Join with Google Meet: 
Join by phone:
(US) +1 413-453-2000 (PIN: 860910920)
Featured Speakers:

Dr. Tracy Krauss, Public Health Expert 
Tracy will discuss the latest information on COVID-19 and how families can prepare to manage their lives during the holiday and flu season. 
Jessica MacNair, Licensed Professional Counselor 
Jessica will discuss strategies for coping with COVID-19 and family life, now and into the future. 
5th Annual Give Day – Thursday, November 19
Give Day is a 24-hour fundraising event where we ask you to express your gratitude for Congressional School by making a gift or pledge. Your support will help enhance the day-to-day experience for our students. Given all of the challenges presented by COVID-19, every gift makes a meaningful difference and expresses confidence in the school’s mission. We encourage you to be as generous as you can as we all invest in Achieving Excellence.  

Heather Kiriakou
Max ’19, Kate ’20, Charlie ‘26
Congressional Fund Alumni Parent Chair
Akua Nyarko-Odoom ‘10
Congressional Fund Alumni Chair
Alumni News
We were excited to see Alyssa Weinberger '03 on our TV screens in October. Alyssa is an Assistant at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency and lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California. She was a contestant on the long-running game show, Jeopardy, putting her quick recall and extensive knowledge to the test in the fast-paced quiz show hosted by the late Alex Trebek. Look for Season 37 Episode 10! 

Ramses Rubio '14 watched the US Tennis Open up close this past summer as a ballperson. He was on Court 17 during the Raonic (25) v Mayer match! Ramses is a student at Amherst College.

Ramses was also featured on PBS News for his new YouTube cooking show, The Quarantine Chef. Check out his cooking show here.
A big shout out to the Class of 2012 for any students who recently graduated college! The Class of 2012 left behind their legacy in the form of our patio behind the Big School as their class gift. The patio is still loved and put to great use, and we are still so thankful!

Photo Credit: Seth Ahlborn, Former Head of School
John Tato ’99 is the COO of Bluestone Analytics and also currently teaches in the Applied Analytics graduate program at Columbia University. After college, John lived in Italy for four years while serving in the Army. He is happy to be back in Virginia and we are excited to have him serve the Congressional School community as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Ben Ephraim '16 was featured as a "Voice of the Class of 2020" in Flint Hill School's Summer 2020 Magazine. During his time at Flint Hill, he was the captain of the Varsity Boy's Climbing team and led them to win two state championships. He is also a talented filmmaker and is attending the University of Southern California's film school this fall. 

Bella Guagenti '20 was recently featured on a PBS program produced by WHUT-TV to share her thoughts on Youth and COVID-19 (view video here at 13:50).
Bella attends National Cathedral School as a freshman and is taking Latin 3 and accelerated algebra 2. She is also in many clubs including Tune In (co-ed auditioned glee club), Lifting Lives, Black Student Union, and the Chesapeake Bay Club, while actively participating in Gov Club meetings also.

We would love to hear where all of our Alumni have
attended College. Whether you are currently in college or have graduated, take our 30-second survey and let us know!
Class of 2016 College Matriculation (Partial List)
Columbia University
Elon University
George Mason University
James Madison University
Lehigh University
Loyola University New Orleans
New York University
Northeastern University
Old Dominion University
The Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Kentucky
University of Queensland, Australia
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
Wake Forest University
Questions or Comments?
Contact Chris Pryor, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Affairs. 703-533-8167.
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