June 22, 2018
Welcome to this edition of The Westminster Weekly, where you will learn about what's been happening recently at Westminster School! We welcome story suggestions from parents, students, teachers, and alumni. Please email your news to Mrs. Nancy Schuler .
Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming Events

August 3

Griffin Soiree/Alumni Reception

Celebration to Honor Mrs. O'Drudy
and Remember Mrs. Conde

5:00-6:00 PM--Classes of 1969-2019

5:00-8:00 PM--Classes of 1969-2011
(21 or older after 6:00 PM)

The Westminster Weekly will be on hiatus for the summer and will return in mid-August. Please keep your news coming for our next issue!
Celebration of Life for Mrs. Conde
As many of you know, Mrs. Ellen Conde, much beloved former teacher, passed away on December 30, 2017. Mrs. Conde served Westminster as a lower-school teacher for twenty-eight years (1984-2012), and is loved by generations of Westminster grads who were taught by her, and colleagues who served with her. She was known for her gregarious personality, her ebullient love of life, and her passionate dedication to teaching young minds to read. Her laugh was unmistakable and was frequently heard filling up her classroom and rolling in waves down Westminster's hallways. She loved her students as though they were her own, was demonstratively affectionate toward them, and taught them to read with fluency and deep pleasure. Hundreds of graduates credit her with having given them the gift of reading. 

Ellen Conde was a true Griffin! She loved Westminster, protected fiercely the basic tenets that are the foundation of our school, and was always by the side of any one in need. She is one of the great legends of Westminster School and will remain so for many years to come.

A Celebration of Mrs. Conde's life and contributions to Westminster School will take place during the Griffin Soiree on August 3rd. If you would like to express your feelings about Mrs. Conde to her family, we will be happy to gather notes, cards, letters, and emails to give to her family. Please send to the school address or to admissions@westminsterschool.com.
Mrs. O'Drudy Announces Retirement
After 36 years of devoted service to Westminster School, the legendary Mrs. O'Drudy is retiring. Mrs. O'Drudy has been teaching Latin at Westminster School since 1982. She has shepherded hundreds of students through Westminster, not just by teaching Latin, but by being the matriarch of the Upper School. She has counseled parents, mentored teachers, and served as a loyal and dependable confidante to Mr. Glover and the administrative staff for decades. There will be much more to say about Mrs. O'Drudy in the near future. In the meantime, we ask that any students, graduates, parents, or friends who would like to express their well wishes and gratitude are invited to send cards or letters adressed to: Mrs. O'Drudy Celebration, 3819 Gallows Road, Annandale, VA 22003. Emails are also welcomed and should be sent to admissions@westminsterschool.com with a subject line of "Mrs. O'Drudy Celebration." These messages will be gathered and presented to Mrs. O'Drudy at the Griffin Soiree on August 3rd when we will honor her years of service. Please see "Upcoming Events" at the top of the page for details.
Camp Griffin is Off to a Great Start!
Click on the logo below to sign up for upcoming weeks! Lots of great themes including: S'more Camping, Water Wonders, Soccer & Floor Hockey, Urban Adventures, Basektball, Golf, and more! Don't miss out! Space is limited. Bring a friend! Ages 3-14
"Vive Les Vacances" was a big success with lots of French conversation, crafts, and culinary treats! A trip to La Madeleine was a wonderful highlight as well.
"Treasure Island Camp" featured some swashbuckling pirates who built their own pirate ship from recyclable materials.
Other activities this week included making treasure maps, telescopes, messages in a bottle, treasure chests, learning pirate lingo, and more. The week ended with a big treasure hunt around the school where the campers had to follow clues to find the booty. Yo Ho Ho! It was a great time!
Food for Thought
Using Technology while Limiting Screen Time
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