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The Coming of Fall and Such Things . . .

October 16, 2018
By Seth Yocum- Head of School

The coming of fall and such things…

It has been a busy past few weeks here at St. Paul’s School.  Looks like summer is truly on its way out, and fall is here to stay.  As much as I do like the sound of that, I’ll have to remember to bring an extra layer for my parking lot duty first thing in the morning.  There was a time when I was relatively impervious to cold weather, but since hitting my 40s, I seem to have lost the antifreeze that was running through my veins.  Such is life. Accompanying the changing weather is the coming of first quarter grades. Our quarter closed last Thursday, and these past two weeks have been filled with the serious efforts of students tying up all loose ends.  It truly is a pleasure to be a part of such a caring academic community and a group of students who take the time and attention to achieve to their fullest potential.

This Monday past played host to our Fall Choir Concert, and it was quite a success to say the least.  Mr. Alberstein, the consummate professional, had the kids prepped and ready for their inaugural event of the year.  As much as I would have enjoyed hearing them sing a few more songs, they absolutely nailed the three they did perform.  You could see the exuberance on each of their faces as they began to realize how good it was all sounding. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they seemed to be surprising themselves.  By the third song, it was all they could do to contain their enthusiasm for a job done well. I think one of our fathers captured the sentiment of the night best when he leaned over to me and said, “I hope these kids know how lucky they are to have such fantastic opportunities.”  Well, I couldn’t agree more. I’m definitely looking forward to our Christmas Concert, and would hope that everyone would find the time to attend.

There have undoubtedly been other high notes since my last blog post.  Late summer played host to Grandparents’ Day, and it was heartwarming to see our lunch patio so full of life so early in the morning.  If I were to venture a guess, I’d bet there were over 200 people in attendance. Frankly, it was ‘standing room only’, and our dedicated staff did all they could to makes sure our grandparents were fed and well attended.  More to note, student run chapels have been poignant and powerful this fall. I’m always amazed at the effort and abilities of our students and teachers, and how amidst their varied and busy lives, are still able to put together meaningful performances that leave our school a better place to be.  And, my recollection of events would not be complete without mentioning St. Francis Day. Boy, is it a sight to behold. To see Father James taking careful time to bless the dozens of myriad pets that grace our basketball courts is a testament to his care for the school and compassion for the lives of our students.  We certainly are blessed by his presence, and have been blessed, in general, this fall.

Although the common sentiment around here has been good, fall is not without its challenges.  Currently we find ourselves in what I affectionately call the ‘first semester grind’, a period of time from Labor Day to Veteran’s Day with little time to stop and breathe.  The ‘back to school’ excitement has subsided and the very deliberate work of character and academic growth is underway. Add to that a school wide sharing of the common cold, periodic bouts with rotavirus, and a few other odd ailments that have graced the threshold of our office, and it’s easy to understand why we all are looking forward to the holidays.  The good news is, our holiday celebrations begin this Friday with our Fall Carnival. I look forward to seeing so many of our families out this Friday afternoon to celebrate the coming of fall in fellowship with our faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees.


I guess that’s all for now.  Best wishes to you and welcome the coming of fall!