June 28, 2021
Dr. Beth Reaves – Head of School, Washington School for Girls (WSG)
Washington School for Girls is a co-sponsored ministry of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
Like many other schools, WSG is working to mitigate the challenges that have come as a result of COVID-19. With careful planning, we have begun integrating some of our students back into the school. In addition to prioritizing student-teacher interactions, recess is also at the forefront. Building interpersonal relationships are key to successful engagement, learning, and establishing a sense of belonging; therefore, our staff continues to incorporate safe, yet creative group play.
Our students have been extremely excited to reconnect with each other and spend time together. During recess, we encourage activities based on socializing, teamwork, and exercise, each of which the girls have missed so very much. Teachers are close by to facilitate reunions among old friends as well as help students foster and build new friendships.
Recently, our staff used recess as a time to surprise students with an old visitor, Teddy. Teddy is a miniature horse that the girls have grown to love! It was wonderful to see them interact with so much confidence and excitement. We are grateful to one of our third-grade teachers, Ms. Sullivan, for putting this event together. After meeting Teddy, the girls enjoyed arts and crafts inspired by the horse’s visit.
In many ways, COVID-19 has changed the way in which we operate; however, WSG remains committed to igniting the joyful pursuit of learning. While this journey has been unpredictable, we celebrate each milestone that we overcome. We will continue to make deliberate efforts to restore a sense of normalcy, as we support our students and families. This journey has been challenging, but we thank our community for their unwavering support.