Each day The Rectory School community strives to live up to its creed of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion, and the recent earthquake in Nepal gave students the opportunity to show their compassion for those who have been impacted by that devastating occurrence.
Two fundraising events were recently held on campus to benefit UNICEF's (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) Nepal earthquake response fund. This highly-regarded organization has long had a presence in Nepal and is at the forefront of the relief efforts that are taking place there.
On Sunday, May 10, students and faculty held a car wash on campus in the parking lot across from Christ Church. There was no charge to get a car washed by a crowd of enthusiastic students; instead people could make a donation of any size. After two fun-filled, soapy hours, numerous cars were squeaky clean and over $550 had been collected for the cause.
On Monday, May 11, there was a full dress-down day for the entire school, and virtually everyone supported the fundraiser, while also taking advantage of the opportunity to leave coats, ties, and dresses at home or in their dorm rooms for the day. There was a $2.00 minimum donation to participate, but many students and staff donated more.
In total, the Rectory community raised $1,663.30 for UNICEF’s Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts. Director of Development Nancy Gingras, who spearheaded the event, was gratified by the support shown by the Rectory School and local community members for the Nepalese people. “It was humbling to see the generosity shown by so many. Many people paid far in excess of what a commercial car wash would cost, as they knew where their donation was going. Several people didn’t even get their car washed; they just made an outright donation.”
“Also, to have the Rectory students and staff collect over $1,000 for the dress-down day was absolutely terrific and a testament to what the Rectory creed represents.
On Tuesday, May 5, Rectory students in the fifth and sixth grades were treated to an exciting in-school assembly when Rectory alumnus Chris Lucier shared the story of Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Not only did he teach them a little bit about the history of the opera but he sang portions of this well-known musical work, bringing many of the characters to life from the lowest bass to the highest soprano. By the end to this 45-minute assembly, students had a greater appreciation for an art form that they might otherwise have considered irrelevant to their 21st-century world of entertainment. This introduction to The Magic Flute laid the foundation for these students as they prepare to attend the opera at the Hyde Cultural Center on May 19.
Mr. Lucier began his career singing in The Rectory School chorus as a fifth grader, and he has gone on to become a professional opera singer, performing in New York City and around the country. He is part of the educational outreach efforts of the Performing Arts Of Northeastern CT, a local organization founded by Betty Hale (local philanthropist and grandparent of current Rectory students). P/Arts is celebrating its 41st season and brings high quality, accessible and affordable professional performing arts to northeastern CT. Their flagship programs (that are free to area schoolchildren of participating schools) are Children's Educational Opera (through Salt Marsh Opera Company) and Children's Educational Symphony (through the New Haven Symphony Orchestra). We are so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our students, and we are grateful for the generosity of all of those in the community that help to make it possible.
Recently, Rectory held one of its most meaningful assemblies of the year. The dedication and commitment required to be a great teacher, or a great employee in general, is significant. Rectory is fortunate to have many naturally motivated employees who pursue this level of excellence in their professional careers. Our school is also fortunate that an alumnus, Peter Kellogg ‘57, understands the value of this dedication, and has established an annual award in honor of his mother, Mrs. James Crane Kellogg III, to recognize these individuals.
The Kellogg Award is presented to that Rectory employee whether teacher, tutor, administrator, maintenance person, or office assistant who has given many years of service to the School and/or who has helped the School or the students in a special way. Since 1993, forty-five Rectory employees have received this cash award, which is to be used to provide a special travel or vacation experience. This year we added two more names to that list: Dawn Chmura and Donna Bessette. I would like to share with our broader community the remarks that accompanied each recognition. Please click "Read More" to read these remarks.
Over the past several years, Rectory’s Master Plan has been gaining momentum and we want to share all of the news with you. With the recent announcement of the $2.5 million endowment donation and additional $2.5 million challenge given by Oscar ’53 and Kevin ’82 Tang, the excitement surrounding Rectory is palpable. A number of capital projects have been completed, are underway, or are currently in the design phase. The re-designed Master Plan section of the Rectory website highlights all of the accomplishments, progress being made, and plans for the future. Click "Read More" to see the Master Plan.
For more information about the Master Plan or if you want to help Rectory achieve its goals, contact Director of Development Nancy Gingras at 860-928-0204 ext. 340.