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Catalina kicks off unusual first week of school
Catalina kicks off unusual first week of school

Santa Catalina School kicked off an unusual school year the week of August 24 with virtual activities that enthusiastically welcomed new students into the fold.

Even before meeting face-to-face, senior Big Sisters greeted their Little Sisters with a Kudoboard populated by photos of the seniors holding up hand-drawn signs and offering personal welcomes to each incoming freshman and transfer student. Some Big Sisters created care packages filled with candy and other goodies. During orientation, Big Sisters and Little Sisters got to know each other through games such as scavenger hunts and "name that tune."

Student Body President Clare '21 and Dean of Students Katherine Busch made a welcome video for everyone in the school community. Clare checked in on favorite spots around campus and offered words of encouragement as students prepared to start school in distance learning.

Resident students were invited to "dinner" with faculty who live on campus, getting to know the extended family they'll be a part of when school can resume in person. The Student Senate hosted their first virtual assembly of the school year, complete with inspirational quote and birthday shoutouts. And the week ended with a Netflix watch party for the movie Clueless.

Even at a distance, Catalina felt like Catalina—a true community.

Zoom grid of Santa Catalina School girls
Big Sisters and Little Sisters "hold hands" during a Zoom getting-to-know-you session.

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