August 2020 | Staying Connected

Dear St. Margaret's School Alumnae,

You and your families have been in our thoughts, and we hope you are doing well and in good health.
At St. Margaret's, we are starting to welcome students back to campus and have shared our campus re-opening plans for our centennial year to ensure a safe return with hybrid learning options. As we kick off the new school year, we are excited to welcome new team members to the St. Margaret's faculty and staff. You can meet everyone on our St. Margaret's team here!
We have restructured the development office with Joycelyn Blizzard transitioning to Director of Development and Ashley Haydon supporting both admissions and development as our Advancement Coordinator. We welcome John Birney as our new Assistant Head of School for External Affairs. I am transitioning into the Director of Alumnae Relations role, and I look forward to connecting with you! Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.
As we look ahead to the fall, we recognize there are traditionally in-person events that we'll need to be creative in planning virtual opportunities for. With that, you'll hear soon about what to expect for Golden Thistles and the annual Alumnae Association meeting. In addition, you'll be receiving information on how to join students in a few of our St. Margaret's traditions virtually! Save the date August 24 to join us virtually for Opening Chapel. The link to join this event will be shared with you soon. Early this fall, you'll also be receiving your copy of "Thistle: 2019-2020 Philanthropy Report and Year In Review."
We are opening applications for the Alumnae Association board and invite you to nominate someone, or nominate yourself, for the board. More information is included below, in addition to information on other Alumnae Association initiatives. We welcome your ideas for virtual connectedness. Please share these with our team!
Do you have updated contact information for St. Margaret's School? Please use this form to update your information.
We are grateful for your continued commitment to St. Margaret's, and we have an exciting year ahead as we enter our 100th year. Thank you for all you do for our sisterhood! Go Scotties!
Christina O'Neill
Director of Alumnae Relations
coneill@sms.org | 804-443-3357 x3086

Now Accepting Nominations for the SMS Alumnae Association Board
The SMS Alumnae Association Executive Board is accepting nominations through September 4, 2020 for open positions on the Board. We encourage you to nominate yourself or someone for the Board using this form. Appointments are through June 30, 2022.

Not interested in joining the Board but would like to volunteer on one of the committees? Email Christina O'Neill for more information on committees and other opportunities to help.

Alumnae Association Affinity Groups
A new initiative led by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee on the Alumnae Association Board, chaired by Patti Webb, the following Affinity Groups have launched over the summer and welcome new members:
  • Black Alumnae Affinity Group, cohosted by Missie Jackson '90
  • International Alumnae Affinity Group, co-hosted by Linh Tran '10
  • LGBTQ+ Alumnae Affinity Group, cohosted by Nichole Kennedy '11 and Rebecca Parker '11
  • White Allyship, co-host TBA
Please contact the co-host for each group to receive more information on joining an Affinity Group.

Next Sisterhood Book Club is Monday, September 14
The Sisterhood Book Club, sponsored by the SMS Alumnae Association, meets the second Monday of each month at 8:00 PM ET! Are you interested in joining the book club? Contact the club leaders at their emails linked below and read the next book, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett! The club is led by Beth Crowther Angle '97 and Nicole Lane '03 via Zoom. Details will be provided to registered book club members prior to each event.

Connect with the SMS Alumnae Association and School
The SMS Alumnae Association invites you to connect with the Facebook group run by alumnae: SMS Blue/Grey Connection. To join, go to the Facebook link above and request access to start networking!

Do you follow the other St. Margaret's School social media accounts? Click on the links below to see all of the exciting happenings at SMS!
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St. Margaret's School
P.O. Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
T: 804-443-3357
admit@sms.org
Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-PG, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.