Friday, April 22nd
Dear St. Edmond’s Families,

Yesterday’s morning prayer began with “Dear God, help each of us appreciate everything we have. Grant us the serenity to take time each day to think of all the blessings we have been given.” This week we returned to a “normal” cafeteria configuration for the first time in two years, the boys at round tables together, eating and laughing and kibitzing. It is a blessing to be together and we have much to be thankful for. Much thanks for Mrs. Goorland, Nurse Turner, Mrs. Rottura, and all our volunteer moms who help out in the cafeteria. It’s good to be back.

Chris Locke, the founder of the SL24 Unlocke the Light Foundation, and Scott Day, the Executive Director of Sean’s House, spoke about mental health and well-being to our 7th and 8th graders this morning in the Rollins Center. Chris suggested several things to the boys, including creating a balance in terms of social media use, asking for help if one is anxious and depressed, and being a friend who listens. He reiterated similar themes to us as parents: creating a safe space for kids to be vulnerable and encouraging us to listen. If you get a chance this weekend, ask your son what his thoughts were concerning the presentation. Always good to start a conversation.

The weekend promises some excellent weather for Lancer spring sports competitions. The Track Team will compete twice: tonight they travel to Wilmington Friends for a 5:00 p.m. meet, and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. they will compete at Tatnall in the Spartadog Meet. The Varsity Gray Baseball Team will play tomorrow (v. SJB) at SEA at 12:00 p.m. and Sunday at Sallies (2:30 p.m. v. St. Ann’s). The Varsity Red Baseball Team will play tomorrow (v. SJB) at home at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at home (12:00 p.m. v. Holy Angels). The SEA Lacrosse Teams will play Wednesday afternoon in Media, PA, at SMM beginning at 4:00 p.m. Needless to say, spring sports are busy.

I continue to work with Mr. Domenic Maiorano, our incoming Head of School, as we plan for the upcoming school year. He is excited to get started. In the Holy Cross spirit of welcoming hospitality, SEA will host a Meet & Greet for Dom in the Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Great Hall on Thursday, May 12th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Dress is casual. Please plan to attend to welcome and meet Domenic. Parents (and those 21+) can register here.

Finally, today is Earth Day. The Student Council distributed seed packets to all students and faculty this morning, and today’s tag day proceeds will go toward a third water bottle filling station in the school. The ending of yesterday’s morning prayer speaks to our connection to the world around us: “May our eyes always be open to see the beauty in nature, may our hearts be open to the power of friendship, and may our souls be open to the gift of faith that moves us. May we live each day as a gift and recognize the opportunities that await us.”

Enjoy the weekend’s beautiful weather folks.

Warm regards,