Friday, February 25th
Dear St. Edmond’s Families,

Our first annual Designer Bag Bingo was held in the Louis J. Capano Sr. Field House last night. What a hoot. 198 women (including all the female St. Ed’s faculty), 21 designer handbags (including a Louis Vuitton), 1 DJ, multiple parent and school sponsors, copious amounts of food and drink, and enough laughter and friendship to fill a stadium. A huge shout-out goes to Mrs. Diane Quercetti, Mrs. Amy Rottura, and Mrs. Jill Fella for envisioning and orchestrating the event. We have already had such positive feedback. One parent captured the essence of the event, saying “it was so great to see the community together for much-needed fun and frivolity….it was a great reminder of how special St. Edmond’s is.” Indeed. Thank you to all who contributed and attended. Truly special.

A final reminder that we are holding an Admissions Open House here on campus this Sunday beginning at 12:00 p.m. Students, faculty, and administrators will give guided tours to our prospective families. As you know, the competition for students in private schools is fierce; We need your help and support in soliciting families who would make a good fit for our St. Edmond’s mission. Please consider inviting a family or two to the event Sunday. Interested parents can register here. Walk-ins will be welcome, too. It takes a village.

CYM Basketball playoffs are in full swing. Tonight the Varsity Red Team takes on SMM at 7:45 p.m. in a semi-final game at Salesianum. Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. the Varsity Gray Team will play St. John’s at Sallies in their semi-final matchup. The 3rd/4th Gray Team will play here tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. (v. St. Mary’s) and the 3rd/4th Red Team at 7:00 p.m. (v. SJB). The JV White Team will play at St. John’s Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Finally, the JV Red Team will play Monday night for the championship at St. John’s beginning at 7:00 p.m. Good luck to all the teams as they wind up their seasons. Additionally, spring sports registration is now open.

8th graders Jack Cunningham and Mason Layman interviewed longtime Lancer teacher Mr. Ken Chew yesterday in the Saint Brother Andre Chapel as part of our St. Edmond’s Oral History project. Mr. Chew’s 45-year tenure is a testament to our Holy Cross mission. Teaching Latin, English, history, and religion over the span of his career, as well as driving the bus, running intramurals, and helping establish a rich and challenging curriculum, Mr. Chew forged lasting relationships with faculty, parents, and SEA alumni. I’m grateful for Jack and Mason preparing questions and leading the discussion with Mr. Chew. Up next for the history SEA project: Brother Thomas Meany and Mr. Bill D’Amato. Our SEA culture is rich with people who have made this community so special.

Lastly, Sunday’s first reading from Sirach is short and powerful, speaking to the power of our actions and words: the fruit of a tree shows the care it has had. That assertion encompasses our mission as parents and teachers. A good friend of mine reminds me often that leadership encompasses the same thing: know the way, show the way, go the way. We are grateful to help tend and shepherd your boys.

In faith,

John