Distance Learning Newsletter email from Principal Sepich on May 15, 2020

Hello SPSL Families,

I hope you are all having a great Friday and that you all have a peaceful weekend. Attached you will find our last Distance Learning Newsletter (5/15/20)

Sadly, today is the last day for distance learning for our students and that means that for our incredible students and families, tomorrow starts the official start of summer break. I use the word “sadly”, as although summer break is normally a time of great joy, I know that our faculty and staff join me in saying that it just doesn’t feel normal to not experience the joy of our students and families smiling faces as they leave our school for summer, with teachers and staff members receiving hugs from the students. Last evening, we were able to have our 8th graders celebrate their time here at SPSL before graduation with a virtual Zoom meeting and although it was so much fun to see everyone and there was so much joy and enthusiasm in the virtual meeting, I still want to see our 8th graders in person again and wish them my very best and tell them face-to-face how much they have meant to our school. Thank you to our awe-inspiring teachers and staff who attended the celebration and to our teachers who also read the “Student Spotlights” for each student and give congratulations to our very special SPSL Class of 2020. Our most recent alumni will be remembered by us all forever.

Please know that we will be working hard over the summer and we will be in communication with you on the results of that hard work and how it may apply to the fall and the 2020-21 school year. I realize that this will be a busy summer with lots of planning and preparation. Also knowing this, I find solace in the scripture with 2 Timothy 1: 7-8 “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of our families for your support, patience and understanding during this unprecedented time at SPSL and the world. I have been extremely proud of what our faculty and staff have accomplished these past few months and the grace they have all shown. It has not been easy. In fact, it has been downright stressful and depressing at times because we all care so deeply about our students and families. We value our relationships with you all to a level that is hard to fathom. We have missed you so much and we are praying for you all both now and into the summer. Thank you for praying for our faculty and staff here at SPSL as well. Through all of our collective stresses and anxieties that I know we have felt through this pandemic, both as teachers and SPSL families, there have been incredible moments of success and joy. I choose to reflect on those moments and cherish those memories the most. Aristotle said that “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” Thank you for a wonderful school year and thank you for being a personal refuge through all of this adversity and I hope that SPSL has been able to be a refuge at times for you too.

I pray you all find many, many moments of peace and happiness this summer and may God keep you and your families healthy and safe.

Cory Sepich