Dear Parents,

For baseball, it’s opening day.
For theater productions, it’s opening night.
For the Olympics, it’s the opening ceremonies.
For us, it’s next week! 

The first day of school is something we prepare thoroughly for and look forward to with excitement. The campus comes alive as classrooms with empty desks welcome students back to animated discussions and quiet hallways hum again with life and vigor (and a little bit of craziness!). The energy and excitement the students bring further fuels our own energy and excitement.

Each year, when our educators return to campus, we come together as a whole community to meet and look at the year ahead. I kicked off our virtual school-wide meeting with all SAS educators earlier this week by centering us on our “why”— the voices of our students. I invited several of our current students and alumni to share some of their thoughts with us. We were all touched by their words and energy and I want to share those voices with you.

This is why we do what we do. Our discussions, our professional development—all of our preparation—is centered on our students. I am excited to feel their energy next week as they return to campus.

As you look ahead to next week, I want to share several brief reminders. Outlined below is the first week of school schedule, an overview of our current COVID-19 safety measures, and an outline of our communication channels.

First Week of School Schedule

Arrival and Dismissal
The first week of school is our highest traffic week of the year!  As always, the buses will be our first priority during arrival and dismissal in order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, so your student will always arrive faster on their school bus. Car dropoff/pickup will happen after the buses have departed. Click here to see our arrival/dismissal procedures. Please click here to see our complete guide to traffic at SAS.

COVID-19 Safety Measures
You can view our current health and safety measures along with all of our COVID information here. 

If you have additional questions beyond the information found on our COVID-19 website, please share those questions with our director of parent engagement, Julia Harrison ( and we will get those questions added to our FAQ section on the web page.

Our goal is to provide you with clear communication and access to resources as we navigate new routines and processes. Please check out this webpage that outlines the many avenues we use to share information with our community. If you have any questions about these channels or how to best stay in touch with the school, please email our communication team at

Thank you for your continued support. I hope you and your kids have a terrific first week of school!


Tom Boasberg