2020-2021 School Year
This year, our community has been and continues to be asked to lean into our R.I.C.E. values in a truly unprecedented way. Our shared responsibility to care for the most vulnerable among us, our insistent and compassionate interdependence, our rich creativity and our personal and collective empowerment to rise to the challenges we face have never been more obvious – or more called for - than they are right now. It seems especially fitting, then, that our school focus this year is Empowerment. All of us, our families, faculty and staff, need a deep sense of our own empowerment to face and overcome today’s circumstances in order to become - in the words of our 2020-2021 school theme – Future Ready.
By necessity, our response to COVID-19 must be flexible. CDC recommendations, legal requirements, best practices and even the particular needs of our own Ancillae family can change at any time. That being said, we’ve concluded that our families are best served, not by a series of rules, but by a philosophy, a three-pillared approach intended to guide rather than dictate our decisions throughout this school year: that approach will be mission-driven, community-centered, and data-informed with student health as our compass. Our hope is that anchoring our ongoing decisions in these three intertwined principles will give us the pliability to bend with changing circumstances while offering our students the calming continuity they need and deserve, the steady assurance that, even in the midst of uncertainty, Ancillae is as it always has been.
Mission-driven Community-centered Data-informed