Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear SAA-SDS Community,

The first two days of remote learning at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School are complete, and I am inspired by the response of our entire community. From our administrators and IT team, to our teachers, to all our students and their families, everyone has exhibited an amazing effort, determination and resilience. I am overwhelmed by the sense of joy that our teachers and students felt being able to reconnect and hear each other’s voices. So much has been accomplished in a short period of time. Thank you for your trust and support as we begin this new venture.

At this time we anticipate campus will remain closed at least through Easter. Events are rapidly unfolding, and we cannot determine a definite date when campus will reopen. We are closely monitoring the situation and will share updates with you on a weekly basis.

Please know that the business of running the school continues. Our Leadership Team is communicating regularly, and the Deans are holding meetings with faculty via Zoom as we review, assess and evolve in our new environment of remote learning. We are always looking for ways to enhance the learning opportunities and provide support for our teachers, students and families.

Our chaplain, Fr. Augie, has graciously offered to continue celebrating Mass for our school community. We will stream Mass from our Chapel on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. beginning this Friday, March 20. You can watch the live stream on our Facebook page @saasdsmemphis. We are blessed by this opportunity to share in the Liturgy. 

We appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty for everyone. Although we may physically be at a distance, we remain united as a community of faith, and we are called to lift each other up.  Let us look for ways to support our neighbor and extend Christ’s love. I ask that you continue to join with all of us in prayer as we ask for God’s grace and guidance.
Tom Hood

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like
eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”