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Friday, January 11

Shout outs to PK3 and Mrs. Bennett's published art students, Ainsley (8th), Beverly (7th), Cate (7th), Ella (8th), Gabby (8th), Irene (7th), and Mia (7th) for modeling excellence at SLES!
Dear St. Luke’s Families,
I remember well my very first visit to SLES as I stood in the carpool lane and watched these wonderful children hop out of their cars and skip into school. I remember the students walking up to me in the classrooms and introducing themselves. I remember the glass table of the conference room and the dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and division heads and trustees I met on that sunny day.
When you have visited as many schools as I have over the last some fifty years, you know spirit and community when you feel it as you walk in the door. That was my experience here last April, and that remains my experience now.
It’s hard to believe that it has been nine months since that visit. This morning at the Parent Council meeting I described some of the work we have accomplished during our time together. I also shared some very important lessons I have learned in these months. I wanted to send this message regarding those lessons on to all of you.

I have been reminded of the incredible importance of a consistent, mission driven program where there is a steady framework of shared semantics, passion, and forward movement. It matters that our material is delivered in a caring, meaningful way. Students do not lurch from one perspective on life to another. That foundation will serve them well when they are older and faced with a far more divisive world. They will know who they are and be able to analyze other perspectives. 

Chapel is an essential part of our life at SLES. I confess that I am nervous every morning when I present a homily at chapel. I worry. I research. I prepare. I think about the students. But chapel has also been an incomparable learning experience for me. I read the texts and think and connect and craft my words. It has been a discipline that I hope to hold fast to in the future.

Leadership is leadership is leadership. I wondered whether my experiences as a school head from Boston and the East Coast would translate to San Antonio. Would people respond in the ways I had seen in the past? I have discovered that leadership skills do transfer to new locations. If you care and listen and refine messages and come back together to assess your progress, you move forward. Schools move forward. And that has happened here. I so appreciate the energy that emerges from each meeting, the sense of accomplishment and the knowledge gained from shared evaluation of effort and event.

Communication is key. Careful attention to words and feelings make all the difference in the world. I have loved it when students comment on chapel talks, when they stop me and ask questions about a word I used or challenge me when I say something off kilter. “What do you mean we don’t know for sure that there were three kings who visited Jesus, Mrs. Leana?” a student asked me on Monday after I had delivered a homily on the wise men.  “Three kings came to my door!”

St. Luke’s Episcopal School is an institution with a deep and rich history, dedicated staff and teachers, incredible families and an amazing future. We all just need to work together to make it happen. We need commitment, courage, hope, joy, and a deep love of children to guide us into the next chapter. And I will be here to ensure that such a transition unfolds smoothly and creatively.
With warm regards,
Lenesa Leana
MONDAY: January 14
Regular Uniform

TUESDAY: January 15
Regular Uniform
A Team Boys Basketball Game vs. Keystone School - 4:30PM @ Home
Girl Scout Meeting - 6:00PM in ML Community Room (215)

WEDNESDAY: January 16
Dress Uniform (IL/ML)
Class Picture Day

Community Eucharist - 8:05AM in the Sanctuary
A Team Girls Basketball Game vs. Great Hearts - 4:30
PM @ Home

THURSDAY: January 17
Regular Uniform

FRIDAY: January 18
SLES T-Shirt & Jeans
AM (No ASC or Enrichment)
Parent Teacher Conferences - SignUpGenius
Middle School Dance - 7:00
PM in the McNab Gymnasium

SATURDAY: January 19
5th Grade Boys Basketball Game vs. SACS - 10:00AM @ SACS (MS Gym)
5th Grade Girls Basketball Game vs. Castle Hills - 3:00PM @ SACS (HS Gym)

Winter Wonderland

"Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?/In the lane, snow is glistening." Join us on Sunday, January 13, at 2:00PM for Winter Wonderland, St. Luke's family fun event. Expect interactive games for the whole family, food trucks, and of course, lots of snow! Please spread the word to your relatives, friends, and community. All are welcome!

Spring Enrichment Registration

Spring Enrichment classes begin the week of Monday, January 14. Please click HERE to see the variety of courses offered this spring. Registration is open now and closes on Friday, January 18. Registration forms are available at the Jones Lobby front desk. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sherrye Macha at

Class Picture Day

Class picture day is Wednesday, January 16. Please mark your calendars and make every effort for your child to be in attendance. This is a dress uniform day for IL and ML students. Order forms were sent home in backpacks this week and must be turned in on or before picture day with money. 

2nd Semester Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are Friday, January 18 from 12:30-5:00PM. This will be a half-day of school with early dismissal at 11:30AM and no ASC or enrichment. Childcare will be available during your conference period. Please click HERE to reserve your appointment time. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. March

Join us as we represent SLES on Monday, January 21, at San Antonio's 51st annual Martin Luther King Jr. March. Take part in the largest MLK March in the nation, then enjoy lunch with SLES faculty and families in the Quarry. Transportation will be provided. Please click HERE for important information and to RSVP. 

Admission Preview: Help Spread the Word

Please encourage family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors to join us for for the SLES Admission Preview on Wednesday, January 23, at 9:00AM. Nothing is more important to the strength of a school than the endorsement of our current parents.

Admission Preview is a wonderful introduction to SLES. It gives prospective parents the opportunity to hear from our Interim Head of School, 8th grade students, and Director of Admissions.  Also, prospective parents will tour the campus with a Division Head, visit classrooms, and meet members of our faculty. Thank you for spreading the word about all of the wonderful things happening at SLES.

SLES on Great Day SA 

Mr. McCullough and Mrs. Serna got a chance to talk to Great Day SA Tuesday morning to share the great news about our school. Click HERE to see the interview. 

Free Smart Barre Class

Stay fit with a FREE outing to Smart Barre on Thursday, January 17, at the 8:30AM class in Alamo Heights. Keep your fitness goals in the new year and have a great time with a fun group of SLES parents. Let's kick off a healthy 2019 together!

Middle School Dance Chaperones

"Lord Licorice" and "Princess Lolly" request your presence. The Candy Land Middle School Dance is next Friday, January 18, and we are looking for a few "sweet" parent chaperones. Treat yourself to a "Peanut Brittle House" or a "Gumdrop Mountain" after Thursday's Smart Barre workout. There are several shifts available, so please click HERE to view and sign up. We hope to see you on the Rainbow Trail!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Mission control is on the search for a few eager recruits for this year's Book Fair. We have a number of different shifts available for parents throughout the week of January 28-February 1. If you are interested in volunteering please email Lina Triesch at

Family Night with Author Stuart Gibbs

We are thrilled to welcome visiting author Stuart Gibbs to this year's Book Fair! Gibbs is the renowned author of the FunJungle series, as well as the bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series of children's books. Please join us on Wednesday, January 30, at 6:30PM for a wonderful night of pizza, photos, and stories with Mr. Gibbs. All SLES families and friends are welcome!

Chapel Lessons

Monday: January 14
Isaiah 41: 8-13
Tuesday: January 15
John 1:1-5
Thursday: January 17
Philippians 2:12-18

Step Up Day

On Friday, January 25, students will get a taste of their next year at SLES on Step Up Day. It's time for parents to step up too! Join us in the Parish Hall after Chapel for breakfast and a presentation from school administration highlighting the achievements and progress of the past year and looking forward to the excellence coming next year on the hilltop. 

Grandparents Day

We are excited to welcome our grandparents and special friends on Friday, February 1. Invitations were mailed in mid-December. If you have a grandparent or special friend that did not receive an invitation please let the school office know. More details to come next week. 

Our mailing address is:
15 St. Luke's Lane
San Antonio, TX 78209

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