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Friday, May 17

Shout outs to Nicholas (3rd), Lauren (7th), Isaiah (2nd), Evie (2nd), Maddie (2nd), and Isis (2nd) for modeling excellence at SLES!
Dear St Luke's Families,

There is so much to share with you as I write this final column for the Glance. First, I extend my deepest gratitude to you for an extraordinary year of learning together. My days have been enriched by visits to classrooms and listening to our students discussing topics from courage to parabolas, Native American history to velocity and acceleration. Our student successes at last weekend's World Scholar's Cup competition in Houston with all nine of our teams scoring at a level that qualifies them for the global event in The Hague is a mark of how seriously they take their studies and the guidance they receive from our teachers.

Secondly, I want to thank the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff for a special chapel service and reception yesterday. Chris Duke talked about the fact that many relationships are built and considerable content shared during the course of the year. It is important never to underestimate the difference a teacher can make in that period of time. I certainly have grown during this year as I have come to know San Antonio and St. Luke's. I am a different person as a result of the people I have met here and the care I have received, stronger and more self aware. And I wear a lot more colorful clothes.

Thirdly, we were reminded yesterday of how important it has been this year to focus on issues of safety and security at our school. When we received the call from the Alamo Heights Police Department that there had been a person sighted who was perhaps armed, we immediately moved to our lockdown procedures. The announcement was made over the intercom, teachers shifted their students to positions of safety, children immediately came in from recess. During the less than three minutes before we received the all clear from the police--that the person in question was carrying an umbrella-- we had already noted the changes that needed to be made to ensure that everyone had heard the announcement and knew the protocols.

We began yesterday to address the issues noted by faculty and staff and students and will continue to refine procedures next week and throughout our faculty meetings following the closing of school. For example, it is essential that we have these procedures given to every substitute teacher who works here. We also need to connect our protocols with those of St. Luke's Church. Just as we have followed fire drill procedures once a month for many years, it will be important for us to practice lockdown procedures during the year, making them routine for our community.

It is a new world surrounding our schools today. We are adapting to these changes with the care and consideration for our children that are hallmarks of a St. Luke's education. The Risk Management Committee of the Board of Trustees has been working closely with Rosa Baker and me to assess our buildings and procedures and define changes that will enhance security in every way. We are already taking steps to execute their recommendations. 

It is interesting to note that one of the first steps we took last summer was to refine safety and security procedures for the community and that my final weeks here will be spent on the same issues. It reminds me of the cyclical nature of learning: a topic is introduced, studied, refined, and revisited. Just as the challenges of our lives.

Now I say farewell to you all and thank you again for sharing your wonderful children with us every day and for supporting a rare school that provides a challenging and encouraging environment for students within a community that values character, faith, and love for others.

With warm regards,
Lenesa Leana

2018-2019 Convocation

Please join us on Wednesday, May 22, for our 2018-2019 Convocation ceremony in the St. Luke's Sanctuary. The Early Childhood program will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by 1st-8th grade at 10:30 a.m. Dismissal for all students will be at 11:30 a.m. with no after school care. We welcome your company as we celebrate our students' accomplishments and bring the school year to a close. 

Jump into Summer at Urban Air Park North!

Following Convocation on Wednesday, May 22, head over to Urban Air Park North (618 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216) for an all-school end-of year-celebration! Click HERE to complete your required waiver forms in advance. Please note that parental supervision is mandatory for students in 3rd grade and under. 

Reminder: Return Your Textbooks!

A friendly reminder that all school textbooks, student laptops, and chargers should be turned in to homeroom teachers by Tuesday, May 21. If you still have any library books checked out, please return these as soon as possible as our library staff is beginning their annual inventory. Thank you for your cooperation!

Spring Break 2020: Galapagos!

Change in spring break trip plans! Due to concerns over the high elevation at several stops on the Peru trip, Ms. Gough has decided to change destinations. She is now leading a trip to the Galapagos Islands! For more information or questions, please contact Terry Jo Gough at tgough@sles-sa.org

Updates to our Summer @ St. Luke's!

Continue to check the Summer @ St. Luke's page on our school website for updates on our 2019 summer program. By popular demand, we have added two weeks in August. Summer at St. Luke's program offers classes for students from ages 3-13. Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Early and late care are available for an additional fee. Camp programs are available May 28 - June 14, and the weeks of July 15, August 5, and August 12. Registration forms are available at the front desk. For more information, please contact us at summer@sles-sa.org

Kaleidoscope: A Night of Fun-Raising

Mark your calendars! St. Luke's Kaleidoscope: A Night of Fun-Raising will be on Friday, October 25, 2019. Information about this year's exciting packages and fun events will be shared in the fall. 

Dance Videos

Videos of our spring dance recital may now be purchased for $20. If you are interested in purchasing one, please email Betty Serna at bserna@sles-sa.org. Prepaid videos will be sent home in backpacks. 

Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments for rising PK3 - 8th grade are now available on the SLES website. Please click HERE to view. For questions, please reach out to the grade level teacher or division head. 

SAGE News

Final exams are here in the middle and intermediate levels! For SAGE dining's top ten tips from SAGE on brain health and academic achievement, click HERE

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