Our first week

posted Sep 10, 2010, 7:51 AM by fr.irenei@stjohnsacademysf.org
The first week of the 2010-2011 school year at the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy has been blessed and joyful, starting of the year in good spirits.

A few highlights from this first week at St. John's include:
  • The start-of-school moleben and blessing of the classrooms by Archbishop Kyrill.
  • The welcoming of new students and teachers, some of whom only arrived in San Francisco a few days (or, in one family's case, just hours) before school began. We are delighted to see our community expand and take in new members, all of whom seem to be settling into the active life of the Academy with great enthusiasm.
  • Testing out our new split-lunch / split-recess session, in which our younger and older students eat and have recess at separate times. This seems to be working thus far, though we're still 'tweaking the system' a little each day, to find ways to make the lunch period more efficient.
  • Today, Friday, will be our first 'House Day' and 'House Lunch', in which students join with their newly-populated Great Houses for trivia over lunch.
  • The high school trip to St. John's Monastery in Manton, CA, which departs this afternoon for a weekend at the large monastery dedicated to our school's patron saint. Grades 9-12 will spend the weekend at the monastery, taking part in its life and learning about this important dimension of Orthodox spirituality.
  • And, of course, the start of all our classes, to which St. John's students, as ever, have taken with great energy.
It has been an excellent beginning to the new year. Our thanks to all our parents and students, as well as our teachers, for the hard work that has gone into making the beginning of the year such a success.