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Volume III March 2020 | Staying Connected

Staying Connected to St. Margaret's School

Welcome to Spring!


Wow! What a difference a few weeks makes. When you last heard from me in early February, we were all living in a different world, not realizing that our world would be so different just a few weeks later due to COVID-19. To that end, I have, along with the entire SMS community have been thinking about each of you during this unprecedented time. We are praying that you and your family are safe and able to maintain your peace of mind.

On the SMS front, things have changed too. Most significantly, Alumnae Weekend 2020 has been postponed to 2021. We will rally together and celebrate classes ending in 0,1,5, and 6, as well as St. Margaret's 100 year anniversary! Also, Power of One will begin on April 28 and I look forward to continuing to support our beloved SMS during this time.

Mostly, I'm excited about the opportunities that this new reality has presented. Together with the Alumane Association, we are busy working on plans for a virtual book club and virtual happy hours, details below! A chance to see smiling faces and have the connection many of us are longing for while tucked away safely in our homes.

I know many of us were saddened to hear that the class of 2020 will be unable to be part of so many traditions that we love, such as, May Ball, Lantern Ceremony, Charms Chapel, and of course Graduation. We are also working on a plan to show our support to the graduates and welcome them officially to our alumnae circle.

Moreover, the Alumane Association is offering a Sisterhood Check-in. Would you benefit from a friendly call from another SMS Alumna or someone from the Development office? Or perhaps you could offer to ring an isolated alumna and have a chat over the phone? If so, check out the details below.

I hope to connect with many of you with these new opportunities. Until then, please take care of yourself and your family.

Sincerely,

Mary Emery Leipertz '00
Alumnae Association President 2019-2021


Preparing for Centennial

The Essex County Museum & Historical Society is excited to have a special exhibit to honor St. Margaret's School Centennial and we'd like your help. Do you have items that should be in the SMS archives or a copy of something of interest? Identified photos or scrapbooks from the 40s, 50s or any time you were one campus? Athletic items like varsity letters, a gym uniform, or items with the SMS logo? If you have any of these or other items to give to school for the Centennial please contact Bette Albert '68.


Alumnae Weekend 2020 has moved to Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19, 2020 Alumnae Weekend has been moved to April 30 - May 1, 2021. While we are heartbroken that we will not gather this year, we are excited to plan a doubly exciting Alumnae Weekend next year, our Centennial year. So we'll be celebrating classes ending in -0, -1, -5, and -6. Details will be provided when they become available.



Scotties Night In -
Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Going stir crazy? Can't leave your home? Do you want to connect with your SMS Sisters? Join us for a Scotties Night In (Happy Hour) Tuesday, April 7, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Bring your favorite drink, adult, or not. Here are a couple of recipes.

We'll be joined by Natasha Kollaros Laster, '93, eNKouarged, LLC, President who will share a few tips on reducing stress and anxiety during these unprecedented times. Join the fun via Zoom or call (646) 558-8656 Meeting ID: 751 744 333


Sisterhood Book Club

Want to join the SMS Sisterhood book club? Great, it's easy as completing this form and completing the inaugural book by Monday, May 4. We're excited to announce the first book is We Are All Good People Here: A Novel, by Susan Rebecca White. Promised to be a wonderful read, the club will be led by Beth Crowther Angle '97 and Nicole Lane '03. The first meeting will be May 4, 12:00 noon via Zoom. Details we will be provided to registered book club members.



Sisterhood Check-in

We would like to pull together as an SMS alumnae network to help those amongst us who really need it at the moment. We are launching Sisterhood Check-in to connect those of you who are feeling lonely during this time with another Old Girl for a virtual cup of tea! If you think you would benefit from a friendly call, or you'd like to volunteer to give another SMS sister a call or email, then please sign up.



Power of One
Postponed to April 28

Please save the date for Power of one 2020! We'll kick off the year-end campaign on April 28. Stay tuned for details!