A Holiday Message

Dear Friends,

The beginning of Billy Collins’ wonderful poem, Snow Day, reads:

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness, and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

Once again, the holiday season is here with joy and the promise of hope for the New Year. Soon enough, the campus will experience a “revolution of snow,” and both students and teachers may experience a traditional snow day. For those wondering, a “traditional snow day” means one without online classes.

As I reflect on the past several months, it occurs to me that the weeks have gone by quickly. In schools, as is the case in life, this attests to the positive nature of what is occurring. When time seems to slow down, it is usually because our activities are unpleasant. I will gladly take the former.

We have much to be proud of at Gill St. Bernard’s. The Upper School’s fall production of Romeo and Juliet was an outstanding show and provided ample evidence that the works of the Bard are still relevant today. Grades one to six staged a dynamic performance of Frozen, warming the hearts of all in attendance. Our boys soccer team capped another strong athletic season by all our teams with their third consecutive NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championship, and most recently, the GSB Chess Team won the 11th Grade New Jersey State Chess Championship. Service project opportunities continue to abound with our “Take a Turkey to School” effort collecting 658 frozen birds for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey just before Thanksgiving! GSB remains the largest single non-profit donor in the state to the FoodBank for this holiday.

Since August, we continue to restore as many on-campus activities as is safely possible. Although the pandemic is still very much a presence in our lives, our efforts to mitigate its impact have been highly effective. I attribute our success in this area to the contributions of everyone – students, teachers, and parents – for without cooperation, the outcome would surely be different.

This is the time of year when we traditionally give thanks for the many blessings of this life. The different celebrations that occur among our families are indicative of the broad diversity and strength of our community. All time is precious, whether it passes quickly or all too slow. I pray that the upcoming winter break will be a time of peace and joy for you and your family.

Best Regards,

Sid Rowell
Head of School

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