Dear Bullis Families,
As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, I feel compelled to share the delight I experienced watching the divisional arts shows these past two weeks. Last night, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders put on a wonderful performance. With everything going on in the world, it was just so amazing and humbling to see and experience the kids' joy. The orchestra, band, and choir were all wonderful, and to finish off with such an exuberant, joyful, and beautifully choreographed dance with everyone involved, well… it was a timely reminder to me of why we do what we do. Thank you to the amazing teachers and to the kids. Frankly, I suspect that many of us who watched these shows needed the tonic; I know I did! I can't help but say that my heart goes out to families, locally and around the country and the world, who are so much less fortunate than ourselves.
Most of the athletic activities of the year have now drawn to a close, but on Monday, the boys’ varsity lacrosse team plays Salisbury from Connecticut in the semi-final round of the Geico National Championship. If we should win that, we play on Tuesday night against either Taft (CT) or IMG (FL). Wish the boys and the coaches luck, and if you can, cheer them on at Catholic University’s Carlini Field–6 pm face-off on Monday evening. The final is the following evening–same venue at 7 pm. The games will also be televised on ESPNU. Good luck, boys!
May has been a particularly difficult month with regard to COVID infections. Last week, we ran 1055 tests and had 22 positive results. This week, we ran 850 tests (the seniors were out) and had 14 positive results. Additionally, parents and faculty have reported positive results of tests conducted outside of school. Fortunately, none of our students or faculty have reported severe illness, and I am eternally grateful for that. We will conduct our last tests of the school year next Tuesday, May 31st. Everyone will get tested that day, and that’s it for the year. We will make a determination about protocols for next academic year during the summer, but we will continue to require vaccinations.
So, there ends the final five-day week of the year! Four terrific and full days next week and a mere three days the week after, including graduation on Monday, June 6, at Strathmore. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe long weekend, and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday for the last joyful days.
Christian G. Sullivan
Head of School