The long term goal of our Parent Association this year was to create a space just for our seniors; a place where they could relax and unwind, a place to study and socialize, and most importantly, a place just for them as they are the leaders of the student body. Alumnae from years past may remember certain senior classes claiming the legendary Phone Booth as their mini lounge and more recent alumnae may have fond memories of Student Council Executive Board members allowing other seniors to hang in the STUCO Office, but those are legends of the past.
This week, I am proud to announce that our Senior Lounge, located in the rear of ELAN, in what used to be Saint Catherine, is fully furnished, stocked with a mini fridge and microwave, and will soon be receiving a flat screen TV for SENIORS ONLY. The TV comes as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Anderson, whose daughter Megan will be able to enjoy the lounge space next year. There is nothing like the allure of a place being “off limits” to draw curious eyes, and I have seen more than a few underclasswomen taking the back stairs for no reason in order to briefly walk through the coveted Senior Lounge. All in good time, ladies…one day in the future it will be your own private space.
For now, the movable plush couches, two papasan chairs and the ability to store snacks and lunch, eat up meals, or simply relax during a free period belongs to the Class of 2018. These young ladies were patient with us all year as we worked to create the lounge bit, by bit. It is due to the very hard work of our Parent Association Board, led by President Mary Dowden, mother of Megan who graduates this spring, that this lounge was even possible. To every parent who supported a Parent Association event, fundraiser or activity this year, I wish to thank you on behalf of the Class of 2018, and all of the classes that follow. This space was much needed, long overdue, and a true gift to all of the young ladies as they face the stress and hectic nature of senior year.
As Head of School, I am always hopeful that the senior class this year and for years to come will invite me to lounge around if they are watching something of interest…but I will not hold my breath! These young ladies, the Class of 2018, have EARNED this relaxing space after all of their hard work and I very much hope all of your daughters will enjoy it one day as well.
Keep your eye out, I sure, for the #selfiesfromtheseniorlounge. I imagine it will be coming soon to a social media site near you!