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DECEMBER 2020

 

Welcome

Dear Rectory Community,

Beautiful snowless winter photo of Rectory's iconic bell tower on top of Memorial Dorm.

Rectory School was founded on family values and has thrived for 100 years thanks to the strength of its community, a community that includes eager students, devoted faculty, staff, and administration, and our 5,500 alumni--and their families--from around the world. We are extremely grateful to have a worldwide network of engaged alumni who add to this school's great legacy. We strive to keep you informed about what is happening on campus and all upcoming opportunities for you to connect with Rectory and one another. Our newest offering to that end is the Bell Tower Bulletin, which we will distribute periodically via email and will also be available on the School's website.

Our Bell Tower Bulletin will bring the spirit of Rectory to you, wherever you may be, by featuring alumni stories, sharing bits of Rectory lore, and spotlighting past and upcoming events. We hope you enjoy the inaugural issue, and as always, if you are looking to reconnect, your Rectory family is just a phone call or email away.

Sincerely,

Freddy Nagle 
Director of Development

Alumni Spotlight

Rectory alumnus, Christian Vital '13 taking a basketball shot during a UCONN Game.

Christian Vital '13 is a basketball player on the cusp of fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA. His coach at Rectory, Brad Seaward, described Vital as “...always the first person in the gym and the last one to leave.” It was clear that his talent was undeniable, as was his work ethic, but it was at Rectory where Vital learned to stretch his comfort zone to become an exceptional student, athlete, and young man. He credits his Rectory experience with giving him the ability to communicate with anyone regardless of personal differences. Click read more to learn about Vital's career.

Read More about Christian Vital '13
Alden Mills on stage talking to a filled auditorium about his book.

Alden Mills '84 was a self-described "two-left-footed kid with asthma" who struggled initially to find his place on the athletic field. His coaches at Rectory gradually helped Mills believe in himself, and it was their belief in him that propelled him to future success in athletics—earning a tryout for the United States Olympic crew team--and in his career—first as a Navy SEAL and now as a global entrepreneur. Click read more to learn about Mills' transition from uncoordinated middle-schooler to Navy officer to successful businessperson.

Read More about Alden Mills '84

 

Upcoming Events

The Art of Finance with Hank Smith '76

January 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST

Please join Hank Smith ‘76, alumnus and former trustee, as he discusses his journey from Rectory to Wall Street. As Head of Investment Strategy for the Haverford Trust Company, Hank will discuss Haverford’s economic and capital markets outlook for 2021, and lend insight into strategies for the year ahead. Join us for a lively hour of fun anecdotes, a few life lessons, and a lot of Q&A.

RSVP Here

Portrait of Hank Smith '76

 

Around Campus

Mrs. Haines with her COVID-19 classroom setup in the Wolf Den Student Lounge

Planning for Rectory's fall re-opening began before the spring term ended. Eight task forces were formed to repopulate Rectory's campus for the fall term. Each task force was charged with creating operational assumptions and action plans and determining staffing and budgetary needs.

Read More about Reopening Under COVID-19

Celebrating A Centennial
Sharing our stories. Sharing our lives.

A Rectory Community, World-Wide Centennial Service Project

In honor of Dr. King's legacy of service and to commemorate Rectory's Centennial, you are invited during January to help us reach our goal of 100 acts of service for Rectory's 100 years.

how to participate

Black wristbands with %22Rectory MLK Day of Service%22 and %22What are you doing for others%22 stamped in orange.
Black & white photo of eight Rectory boys, in formal dress, standing in front of Cedars dormitory (circa  1950).

The boys of “The Cedars” dormitory prepare for a school dance in 1955. read more

Contribute to the Centennial Publication

Preserve the stories of YOUR Rectory for future generations! Wonder what it was like to be on Rectory’s campus in the “olden days?” Rectory is preparing a magazine-style publication to celebrate its Centennial, and we are seeking your personal narratives about what Rectory was like when you were on campus (all decades). Contact or send your story to centennial@rectoryschool.org or
view more stories.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

Black & white photo of students on a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village circa 1984.

History Mystery

Put on your Sherlock Holmes cap, bring out the magnifying glass…and help us identify these photographs or objects!  When? Who? Where? What? Do you have a story?

The photograph is labeled “1984 Sturbridge” and appears to be a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village, a nineteenth-century outdoor living history museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

archives@rectoryschool.org or
click here to respond

Rectory Trivia

Where on campus is this mermaid?

See what the Rectory community thinks--click here to go to our Facebook page!

Have a piece of Rectory trivia? We welcome your trivia suggestions...with the answers!

more Rectory trivia

What's in your attic? Remember the Archives!
Thank you for continuing to share your lives with Rectory.

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