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Dear St. Andrew's Family,

This week I dug through old editions of the Friday News, wanting to revisit some of Will Robinson’s opening letters. I had read many of them when I was applying for this Director of Communications position in the summer of 2015, and recalled being bowled over by the wit, clarity, and connectivity of his writing. Though I didn’t yet know St. Andrew’s as a place or a community, his letters moved me.

In his letter from September 5, 2014, Will explores the idea of being a “rock gatherer”: someone who is willing to “labor for a future benefit they most likely will not reap.” Inspired by a comment made by Susan Kemer, our incredibly dedicated steward of the SAS Organic Garden, about the soil in her ancestral Serbia, “dark and rich and free of rocks thanks to the effort of generations of farmers,” Will envisions SAS as a kind of farm where new students enter each year to carry on the good work of reaping and sowing, of “picking up rocks and making the soil that is St. Andrew’s richer for those who come later.” (In the letter, he also shares a video of what turned out to be the last Chapel Talk of Bill Amos, “a rock gatherer of the first order”.)

Two years later, we’ve been talking all fall about Bryan Stevenson, author of our School summer read Just Mercy. Near the end of the book, Stevenson recounts his meeting with a “stonecatcher”: a woman who attends local juvenile court sessions to offer comfort to strangers in pain and grief in a place of judgment. “I just felt like maybe I could be someone that somebody hurting could lean on,” she explains. “I decided I was supposed to be here to catch some of the stones people cast at each other.” She is placing herself between the adulterous woman and the stone-throwers who appear in the Bible’s Book of John, Chapter 8 (“let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone”). Stevenson urges his followers to put themselves in the same position:

“Today, our self-righteousness, our fear, and our anger have caused even the Christians to hurl stones at the people who fall down, even when we know we should forgive or show compassion … We can't simply watch that happen … We have to be stonecatchers.”

As we careen through this turning point in American history, unable to see what is in fact around the bend, I find myself watching our students with an even deeper appreciation for the ways in which they are always gathering up stones. They organize Oxfam hunger banquets for Wednesday night dinner. They serve as peer counselors and language tutors for each other. They stand up in Chapel and say prayers for the people. At School Meeting, they shout their appreciations of and love for one another across Engelhard, or leap onto the stage to make an awareness-raising presentation on the biology of cancer. They shelter the flame of our campus culture and community, so that, as a parent pointed out this past weekend, our ethos stays strong year after year, even though 70 of 300 students graduate each June.

I hope our students know how much their acts of goodness ripple across time. And I hope that when they become the leaders of our country, they are able to reap the habits they are sowing now.

All my best,
Liz Torrey
Director of Communications
Parents Weekend!
We thought Parents Weekend 2016 was just outstanding, and we hope you did too. Campus was packed with families and alumni (it was Homecoming as well), the weather was divine, and the energy and love created by the conversations and performances taking place all over the School was practically palpable. If you weren't able to join us on campus, please know that you were with us in spirit, and that you can view (or re-view) many of the arts events and talks on our Livestream channel, or read a recap of the weekend on our website
We hosted the DISC Championship meet on Friday of Parents Week (more details below).
JV Soccer
Varsity Volleyball
Fall Play: Radium Girls
Field Hockey
Jazz Ensemble
Choral Scholars & Noxontones
Dance Company
And fun in general.
Campus Happenings
Delaware Governor Jack Markell visited campus on Thursday, October 27. He spoke briefly about his time in office, then took about an hour of student questions on current political and social issues, including sexual assault prevention, environmental policy, Delaware's incarceration levels, and of course, the current presidential election. While onstage, Governor Markell also presented Tad and Elizabeth Roach with individual Governor's Tributes, in recognition of their nearly 40 years of service to St. Andrew's and to Delaware. You can read the full text of the tributes on our website.

Isabel Austin ’18, math teacher Kelly Lazar, Isabelle Mauboussin ’17, Miles Turner ’17, and Associate Chaplain Dave DeSalvo posed with the women of Epiphany House (a transitional housing program for the formerly homeless) in Wilmington after a recent dinner together.
We've been treated with a number of great Chapel Talks so far this school year, and you can listen to many of them on our SAS Podcasts page. Two Fridays ago, Will Speers gave a talk on the ripple effects of acts of generosity; read it in full on our website. An excerpt:

"I fully recognize that raising your hand in a classroom isn't going to end the nightmare in Aleppo, or stop gun violence, or change the tone of this election. I know that. But I still believe fervently that we can transform our narrative, and maybe, just maybe, through spontaneous and absurd acts of generosity we spread hope and possibility to those around us, and to ourselves. Who can tell how far that ripple might travel?"
After their recent camping and hiking trip to Hawk Mt. (outtakes seen below), Peter McLean and members of the SAS Outing Club made a pit stop to visit Pat Durkin P’97 and Charlie Durkin ’97 on their farm (seen at bottom). Visit Caleigh Johnson ’17's YouTube page to watch a brief (and adorable) video slideshow of the trip.
SAGE Dining Services profiled St. Andrew's organic garden—and our Dining Hall's local food sourcing efforts—in a blog post titled Vast Gardens and Opportunities at St. Andrew's. Elisa Davila ’18, Ryan Schutt ’18, and Hanna Soulati ’18 are seen at left lending a helping hand in the garden earlier this year.
On Friday, October 28, the SAS hosted its second home cross-country meet of the season: the Delaware Independent School Conference (DISC) Championship meet! Saints boys and girls teams both placed second overall. All of the boys placed in the top twenty, with Alex Horgan ’18 (seen here) placing fifth with a time of 16:34 and Blake Hundley ’20 placing tenth with a time of 17:27. (You can read a full recap of the boys' team performance on our website.) Saints girls cross-country had two runners in the top ten (out of 71 runners total): Caitlin Cobb ’17 placed third with a time of 19:20 and Kathryn Paton ’17 placed tenth with a time of 20:31. Thanks to all who joined us on campus for the meet!
Congrats to Saints boys varsity soccer, who last week clinched the Delaware Independent School Conference championship in a nail-biter against Tower Hill (Saints seen here celebrating at the end of the second overtime; this fantastic photo taken by Robert McCoy GP’19). Read a recap on our website and cheer them on next week as they enter the first round of the state tournament. Go Saints!
Can't Help But Connect
Thank you to all of the MANY alumni who made the journey back to campus for Homecoming! It was wonderful to have all of you back at home! 
News & Notes

SAS Wall Calendars Going Fast!

The Class of 2017 has created a St. Andrew's 2016-17 wall calendar as a fundraising item to support events organized by the VI Form throughout the year. These 14 month calendars are now available on our Saints Shop website, and can be shipped to you for free. We only have 50 calendars left, so order yours today! 

Upcoming Events

Fri Nov 11—Women's Network Weekend
Sat Nov 12—Special Olympics Delaware Fall Festival @ SAS
Sat Nov 12—Cannon Game @ Tatnall
Sat Nov 19—College Meeting for V Form Students & Parents
Sat Nov 19 (noon)-Mon Nov 28 (6:00 p.m.)—Thanksgiving Vacation
Tue Nov 29—NYC Admissions Reception

All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 Academic Calendar
We Leave You With This
Governor Markell closed his talk with students with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (which our students enthusiastically informed him they were very familiar with from their SAS American history class). We loved being reminded of this passage and thought you might too:

More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
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