From the Principal…

Dear SAA Parents and Students,

Christ is in our midst!

As the school year comes to a close I want to say thank you. 

Thank you, moms and dads and guardians, for allowing all of us at SAA to share in the stewardship of your precious children. Thank you for supporting our efforts, and for your patience and kindness while we navigated LearnDash. Thank you for checking in with your students about the material they are learning, for helping them with homework, reading with them, challenging them, being gracious with them, and for all the teaching you do daily at home. Thank you for raising them in the Church. Last but not least, thank you for loving your child.

Thank you, amazing SAA students, for a wonderful year. You worked hard, covered a lot of material, and participated in many fun and exciting projects this year. You developed skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will serve you well as you pursue your goals in life. Enjoy a well-earned summer break. Go have an adventure!

Parents, as you go into the summer, there are some very important things you can do with your students to help them retain their learning and succeed in their goals. Engage in meaningful conversations with your child every day. Take time (if only a few minutes a day) to really listen to what they have to say. Depending on your child’s age, read to your child, listen to them read, or encourage them to read good books this summer. Ask questions, seek answers together, and help them make learning-to-life connections. Encourage them to write often! Writing stories, letters, journal entries, etc., are great ways to get thoughts organized and help them understand themselves and the world around them. Encourage them to explore their world without fear of failure. God has gifted these things to them for their salvation. These “little things” over the summer will lead to big successes next year.You may be returning with us in the Fall, or you may be graduating, or plans may be taking you elsewhere. SAA will always have great interest in you and your destiny, wherever you may go, whatever you may do, and whoever you may become. We will love you always. May your wonder become wisdom, and your knowledge become mastery!

We look forward to the 2024-2025 academic year! Enrollment is already underway, preparations are being made for a new year of curiosity and learning, and we continue to refine our vision for SAA and its growing family. We’ve admittedly struggled to find an LMS that serves SAA’s vision for the academy and your families. Next year we will move to Canvas, an industry leader with robust features and lots of support. It’s daunting to make another change, but we believe this is the right thing for us to do to better serve you. We ask for your continued prayers and participation in this great endeavor of Orthodox education! 

I’ve said it before. To teach a child is to hope. To teach with an Orthodox worldview is an invitation to feast on the riches of God’s love and commune in His Presence. Equipping a child to stay open to the vision of God is what we strive to do when we educate a child together at SAA. 

I fervently pray that all of you have a blessed Holy Week and Pascha and the very best summer vacation possible. I look forward to welcoming all of you back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, a new academic year.

Until then, may God bless you and keep you! May He show the light of His countenance upon you and be merciful unto you!

In Christ,

Fr. Matthew