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Chieko Wong '20 graduates from WJLS

On March 16, Stone Ridge student Chieko Wong '20 graduated from the Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS) after 11 years. WJLS hosts its Saturday classes at Stone Ridge. There are approximately 700 students enrolled, and they attend six class periods on 42 Saturdays throughout the year. Students study Japanese, mathematics, music, physical education, natural science, and social science in Japanese at each grade level. 

Chieko reflected on her experience, "Going to school for six days a week has been my routine for the past 11 years. Every Saturday, I conversed in Japanese in a classroom I had studied English in the day before. Though Japanese School was tiring, I was very fortunate to have this opportunity to be involved in two very different communities, but also be able to connect them through Stone Ridge."

Stone Ridge values its relationship with WJLS and is happy to share the campus with this organization that is designed to educate K-12 students with Japanese academic skills and culture. Congratulations, Chieko!

Chieko

Annie Kelly '19 Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Congratulations to Annie Kelly '19 on earning the prestigious Girl Scouts Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Annie decided to serve the community of Darnestown, Maryland and those who are always looking beyond themselves to help others. 

Annie is a parishioner at Out Lady of the Visitation Parish. When she is on school breaks she tries to attend daily Mass at the small Thomas More Chapel, Parish Barn. Over the years during her visits to this chapel, she noticed the chapel was getting tired and needed an update. When Father Ray Fecteau mentioned renovating the chapel as a project, Annie knew it was the right thing to do.

The scope of the project included repairing drywall and patching up holes and cracks where necessary, completely repainting the room with new bright colors, and reupholstering the chairs. Annie and her team also replaced the ceiling tiles, polished the furniture, and cleaned the radiator heating. Annie invested far more time than the required 80 hours necessary. Of the project Annie said, "It has been my pleasure to serve the community by helping the church through my project. For those who attend daily Mass, their devotion was my motivation!" She hopes that everyone enjoys this renovated quiet place, tucked in a barn, amongst the cornfields of Darnestown to comfortably meditate in God's presence.

Annie would like to thank Debbie Waechter who was her Gold Award Project Advisor, Steve Waechter, Father Ray, Aileen, her parents and all her friends who were there to help.

Annie

Junior Chorus Performs with Trinity Chamber Orchestra

The Stone Ridge Junior Chorus represented Stone Ridge with a truly beautiful performance along side the Trinity Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, April 7.

They sang the premier performance of "Sancta Trinitas," composed for them by composer, Dr. Joseph Santo. Dr. Santo said the girls "sang like angels." After the concert, Dr. Santp also said "The girls did a marvelous job with the singing of the chant and verses--and all memorized!" 

Dr. Elaine Walter, Dean Emeritus of the  Catholic University School of Music wrote to Director Nancy Fazio, "I loved EVERY MINUTE of your concert. I'm so glad I came!"

Numerous Orchestra and audience members commended the Junior Chorus on the excellent tone, diction and feeling with which the girls sang, especially when singing the orchestrated version of "Over The Rainbow" in an arrangement that progressed into three higher keys where the chorus stunningly sang and sustained the high G, at the end of the song.   

Well done to our singers.

Winter Sport Gators Collect Post-Season Accolades

Congratulations are in order for numerous Gators who have been recently recognized for their achievements in winter sports.

Competing on the hardwood, Chetanna Nweke '20 and Kristin Lucas '21 were recognized as All-ISL team members by the head coaches of the ISL basketball teams. Nweke ranked second in the league in points per game, averaging 19.6, while Lucas was both an anchor on the defensive end and significant contributor on offense—with a team-leading 20 blocks on the season while averaging 11.4 points per game.

In the water, several Gators were acknowledged at the conclusion of the championship meets at the end of a historic season. Phoebe Bacon '20 and Genevieve Thibodeau '20 were each named to the All-ISL and All-Met teams for individual events, while Erika Chen '20 and Mackenzie Higgins '20 received honorable mention acknowledgement to the All-Met team for individual events. The 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams—comprised of Bacon, Chen, Higgins, and Tia Thomas '21—received All-ISL accolades, as well as All-Met recognition as the top 400 Freestyle Relay in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lastly, Thibodeau and Bacon were named the Washington Metropolitan Private School League Diver and Swimmer of the Year, respectfully; and Bacon was also recognized as the Performer of the Meet at both the National Catholic High School Championships and the Metro Championships.

On the ice, both Katherine Khramtsov '22 and Charlotte Flannery '19 were named to All-Met teams, with Khramtsov garnering 1st Team accolades and Flannery receiving an honorable mention. Notably, the All-Met recognition for ice hockey is co-ed, recognizing the top players from all-boys and coed schools as well. Khramtsov and Flannery led all girls players in the DMV, averaging 5.0 and 2.0 goals per game, respectfully, and both significantly contributing to the Gators undefeated season run to the Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League (MAGHL) Championship crown. In the coming weeks, the All-MAGHL awards will also be announced.

These dedicated student-athletes will be be recognized in front of their peers later in the month, as well as at the end of year SR Celebration of Athletics banquet on May 21.

We are proud to call them Gators!

Ice Hockey

Swimming

SR Equestrian Team Has Strong Finish to Season

The SR Equestrian Team had its final Invitational Show of the year on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The SR team results were: 

  • Mary Kate Hogan '21 led the Stone Ridge Varsity team with a 6th place finish in the challenging Advanced Medal course.
  • Charlotte MacBride '20 followed that up by winning 6th place in both of her classes in the Varsity Intermediate division.
  • The Varsity Team made up of Mary Kate, Charlotte, and Ella Nascone '22 also celebrated their 10th place finish as a team this year--the first time the Varsity Team has made the top 10!
  • Caroline Hwang '21 placed 5th and 6th in her flat classes and 3rd in jumping in the JV Future Intermediate division.
  • Isabella Calogero '21 rode in the other JV Future Intermediate class, placing 3rd in her flat classes and 6th place in her jumping class.
  • Jane Howard '26 won 1st place in both of her flat classes at the JV Novice level.
  • Lilly Aldridge '24 finished the day as Grand Champion in her JV Maiden division. 
  • The JV Team of Caroline, Isabella, Jane, Lilly, Ella Alexander '25, and Paige Suk '24 also received medals for their 7th place team finish from the year!

Way to go Gator riders! #Gatorstrong

SR Athletics Staff Attends Youth Coaching Event

Members of the SR Athletic Department attend Aspen Institute event to stay on the cutting edge of student development through sports.

Earlier this month, several members of the Stone Ridge Department of Athletics attended a Future of Coaching series event hosted by the Aspen Institute. The event entitled "Calls for Coaches to Support Emotional and Social Skills" presented research and released materials for coaches to best educate and develop the whole student through sports. Featuring several panels comprised of collegiate and youth coaches, professional and youth athletes, as well as former US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the event focused on the best practices for coaches in an effort to make widespread the methods and characteristics of coaches that will be most effective for student-athlete development in today's world.

Stone Ridge Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Jason McGhee, jumped at the chance to have SR Athletics participate and be represented at such a critical and timely event. Commenting on the decision to attend the event, Mr. McGhee stated, "The vision for SR Athletics is to be a model interscholastic athletics and physical education program that focuses on the whole child. Our goal in the athletic department remains to pursue how SR Athletics can continue to compliment the school mission and remain positioned to best serve the students through the platform of athletics and physical education."

Virtually attending the event through live stream, 2019 All-Met Ice Hockey Coach-of-the-Year Mary Carpenter found the event to dovetail nicely with Stone Ridge's commitment to the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), noting that it "provided a reminder that SR coaches have a tremendous responsibility to and for our athletes." About her takeaways from the event, Carpenter summarized, "I loved that they took what is often an abstract idea–teaching life lessons through sport– and identified ways that coaches could actually make that happen. Most of us recognize the potential for sports to foster social and emotional development beyond the playing field, but the Aspen Institute's Calls for Coaches creates a practical roadmap by outlining seven key ways to become a "transformative" vs "transactional" leader. Focusing on the whole athlete, creating a supportive culture, and emphasizing the process over the outcome, the transformative coach is one who inspires their athletes to love the game and be their best selves."

In reflecting on the recommendations from the event and the current practices of coaches at Stone Ridge, SR Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training, Dr. Andrew Maguire noted that although Calls for Coaches may seem like a daunting task for some, Stone Ridge is already a leader in several areas that contribute to the overall development of students through sport. Citing the school's mission to develop the whole child in line with Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, Maguire commented, "All of our SR Coaches for the nearly 60 SR Middle School and Upper School teams strive for and emulate several of the Calls for Coaches on a regular basis, including being role models and creating supportive team cultures." Maguire also noted that the Aspen Institute event, "reinforced that the work of SR coaches has been industry leading, however, that SR must continue to pursue each of the seven Calls for Coaches to best serve each girl and remain a leader in athletic and whole-child development programming for years to come."

SR Professional Development Update

From February 27-March 1, Corinne Fogg, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, shared in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, entitled: Reimagining Independent Schools: Tearing Down Walls, Building Capacity, and Designing Our Future.

Each year, this event draws faculty, staff, and administrators from across the United States to participate in professional development, shared learning via both keynotes and colleagues from independent schools, networking, and recruiting. Ms. Fogg enjoyed both opportunities for professional learning and will be bringing some of the presentation and keynote materials back to our community. Likewise, she continued the year-long strategic work around recruiting a broader and more diverse candidate pool. Keynote sessions were offered by Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award Winning actress, Viola Davis; author and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson; entrepreneur, technologist, and investor, Shiza Shahid; and unshakable optimist author, Simon Sinek.

Prior to her departure, NAIS asked Ms. Fogg if she would blog about her experience at the conference as a school leader. Her two entries: Starting Strong: Women and Leadership and Unleash Creativity Around Diversity can be found here via NAIS Connect.

Reimagining Independent Schools

SR Student-Athletes Living Goal III in Running Equipment Drive

SR collects and donates more than $10,000 worth of used and new sports equipment to local DC organization.

Stone Ridge's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently completed its inaugural Sports Equipment Drive, collecting used and new sporting equipment to donate to Level the Playing Field (LPF). Level the Playing Field is a local non-profit organization that collects and donates used sports equipment to kids' programs in the the Washington, DC area to enable the opportunity for more children to participate in sports. In total, 458 donated items were accepted by LPF, with an estimated value of $10,663!

Lauren Cerretani '19 and Sophia Trone '20 were the leaders in coordinating the equipment drive with both the staff and administration at Stone Ridge and LPF. In commenting on the original purpose for SAAC's decision to run the equipment drive, Lauren stated, "Our goal was to partner with LPF to give kids in the DC area the best opportunity to participate in sports. Many of us at Stone Ridge have been fortunate to experience numerous growth opportunities through sport, and we were hopeful that by organizing the drive we could positively influence the lives of other kids." Looking forward to the future and realizing the potential for such drives at Stone Ridge, Sophia stated, "I think our first year of this drive was a tremendous success! The generosity of the student body was amazing, and the outcome is impressive in only our first year. Level the Playing Field is an amazing charity and these donations will truly help kids get off the sideline and play sports they love. I am excited to see what we can do in the future!"

Stone Ridge Athletics is proud of Lauren and Sophia and all of the other SAAC members and the Stone Ridge community that made the drive possible. Living Goal III! Go Gators!

LPF filling the van - volunteer

Meaghan Kilner '20 LLS Student of the Year Honored Hero

Meaghan Kilner '20 was recently honored at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Gala held in Washington, DC! Meaghan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age fifteen. After intensive treatment, months in a hospital and many prayers, Meaghan went into remission. Unfortunately, at the beginning of her sophomore year, she was re-diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. With God, family, friends, teachers, and the Gators Beat Blood Cancer fundraising group supporting her, Meaghan beat cancer again. Meaghan is an active member of the Class of 2020, playing violin and acting and singing in musical theater. She is striving to regain her strength in sports. Her classmates attest that Meaghan is the "strongest Gator they know." Your Stone Ridge community loves you, Meaghan!

Meaghan K

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign Launch

Cor Unum • One Heart

DEAR STONE RIDGE COMMUNITY,

Stone Ridge honors the vision of our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who knew that by educating women you educate a whole community. The women religious and lay educators of Sacred Heart schools who have followed her mission continue to lead the conversation on the strong role women play in contemporary society. Through the five Goals of Sacred Heart education, Stone Ridge seeks to educate the whole child as a way to prepare her to lead a life filled with purpose and intention.

The timing could not be more fitting for Stone Ridge to transform the heart of our beloved campus. As a Sacred Heart school looking forward to our centennial in 2023, we know that educating young women through our commitment to the Goals and Criteria is not only timeless but timely. Now is the time to create a space for our girls to thrive, and for our faculty and staff to remain at the forefront of innovative and excellent education for girls. Our evolving programs demand enhanced facilities.

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign allows Stone Ridge to transform our learning environment in order to meet the dynamic needs of the School's educational program. We will continue to cultivate an education that is exceptional, relevant, and transformative. Focusing on community, vitality, spirituality, and creativity allows the School to embrace the opportunities and challenges of 21st century education with the same innovative spirit that inspired St. Madeleine Sophie Barat to empower each child to capitalize on her unique potential.

Through this significant project, we will create a campus that serves the heart, mind, and soul of our entire community. The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign is more than a fundraising effort; it is a promise to invest in the future of our girls. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey and invest in the next century of Sacred Heart education at Stone Ridge by making your pledge to the The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign.

Warm regards,

Catherine Ronan Karrels '86
Head of School

 

DEAR STONE RIDGE COMMUNITY,

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign is an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon our most meaningful connections to Stone Ridge. For some, it is the memories and lessons learned during their time as students. For others, it is the joy of inspiring young women to lead and serve in the Sacred Heart tradition. For many, like us, it is the sense of purpose and countless opportunities that our children obtain at Stone Ridge. As current parents and chairs of The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign, we cannot think of a more worthwhile investment for the next generation of Stone Ridge girls. We believe strongly in the School's promise to nurture and develop the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.

We are truly blessed to be a part of the Stone Ridge community with our daughter Sophia and believe this is the most exciting time in the School's history. While Stone Ridge has always been a leading school in all-girls education in the Washington, DC area, it is imperative to enhance the physical space to maximize the educational opportunities provided. By doing so, we prepare our students to the best of our abilities thus ensuring that girls graduate confident, courageous, and compassionate women. 

As campaign chairs, we have the privilege of working with an incredibly devoted team of volunteers who are committed to helping us reach our fundraising goal of $28 million. We feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of Stone Ridge history and hope you will join us on this exhilarating journey. 

Sincerely,

Anna Marie Parisi-Trone and Robert Trone
Campaign Chairs, Parents '20