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Welcome from Head of School Julia Breen Wall

Hello, Stuart students. This is Ms. Wall, your new head of school. I am so excited to be finally here. All spring when I walked through the hallways, ate in the student center, and visited classrooms and lounges, I felt the energy of a school community that is kind, joyful, and passionate about learning. For my new students joining Stuart for the first time, we will be embarking on our first year together, and I am sure you are having all of those feelings that I'm having. A ton of wondering, worrying somewhat, and so much excitement for being part of this community.

There is so much for me to learn about Stuart, and I believe that I am at my best when I'm learning. So I'll be looking to each of you to help me understand your favorite traditions, share with me your stories of triumphs and challenges, and introduce me to the important people in your life.

Just like you, I will have new experiences and find myself in new terrain that will have me up on my learning edge. I might not have all the answers, and I will likely make some mistakes, but I will embrace that feeling of discomfort and imbalance and keep at it. I encourage you this year to have that same attitude because for me this is what it means when we describe you as an unstoppable Stuart girl.

Often our path to progress is not a straight line. It has curves and bumps in it. Sometimes it has huge roadblocks, but through creativity, critical thinking, perseverance, collaboration, our faith in God and in each other, and our Sacred Heart goals that provide our drive and our direction, we will move forward. And in the end, we will feel so proud of how far we have come because we remained curious and open learners. We will be unstoppable together I promise. And really this is what school is all about.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer. One of the Sacred Heart core values I've learned and immediately embraced was that of "Espacio," which translated means to make space, space to be silent and still, space to be reflective, and space to absorb the wonders of the world around you. Summer is the perfect time to build Espacio into your daily routine. Just like making your bed, which I'm also a huge believer in. I build in Espacio every day, even if it's just for a few minutes because it prepares my heart and my mind for learning and makes me feel more peaceful and grateful for my day ahead.

So I can't wait to see you. I cannot wait to listen to your stories and create new memories together. And I cannot wait to support you as you grow up here at Stuart. It's going to be a great.

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