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Saturday, October 17 marked Waterside's favorite fall tradition: the ninth annual Run For Waterside. The race was held in honor of one of Waterside's beloved associate board members: Jeffrey Hammond Long. Jeff was the finest of young men; a devoted son; a loving husband; the truest of friends; and a force behind the creation of the event itself. Like all events this year, Saturday's 5K looked different than most, with only Waterside students running at school and the rest of the participants running or walking virtually. Still, hundreds of participants around the country and even abroad- many of whom learned of Waterside School through Jeff's deep commitment to the cause- ran or walked on their own, proving that even when apart, together we are "Waterside Strong."


Driven by the school's mission to provide opportunities for children regardless of circumstance, corporate and local sponsors gave generously to support the event. Additionally, students from many of Waterside's destinations schools- Brunswick, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Country Day, St. Luke's et al. as well as numerous Waterside alumni- participated happily and proudly from afar.


The Run For Waterside raised over $350,000 to support the Jeffrey Hammond Long Scholarship Fund, ensuring that Jeff's example and spirit will be shared with the children of Waterside forever. Though there wasn't the typical throng of supporters, the spirit of the morning and the love and memories shared defined the day's success. The day was bittersweet for many, but the event reflected the joy, kindness and sheer goodness that defined a life fully and generously lived. The Run served as a fitting tribute to the absolute finest of souls. Watch the video!



DIAMOND SPONSORS

BERGER FAMILY FOUNDATION
CAFE HABANA


PLATINUM SPONSORS

BINGLE FAMILY
BRESCOME BARTON
GALLATIN POINT CAPITAL
KAYLIE HANSON LONG
OFFIT CAPTAL ADVISORS
WATERSIDE SCHOOL ASSOCIATE BOARD
WHEELOCK STREET CAPITAL
WINKLEVOSS CAPITAL


GOLD SPONSORS

3650 REIT
BLT - HARBOR POINT
CAT ROCK CAPITAL
GLANVILLE FAMILY
LEXINGTON PARTNERS
OLYMPUS PARTNERS
SAGEVIEW CAPITAL
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
STONE POINT
TITAN ADVISORS
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FACULTY


SILVER SPONSORS

GREENWICH WEALTH MANAGEMENT
THE SHAW FAMILY
VINEYARD VINES
WATERSIDE SCHOOL ALUMNI


BRONZE SPONSORS

THE BETTER FAMILY
DATAMINR
RHONE
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In a truly unique ceremony, Waterside School's class of 2020 finally got to don their caps and gowns on a day the graduates, their families and the faculty have long awaited. On Saturday, July 25, Waterside hosted a socially distanced graduation in a most picturesque setting- along the shoreline at Stamford Yacht Club.





Though certainty different from past graduations, this ceremony was perhaps more special and poignant than ever, as the graduates had been separated from each other since March. In keeping with tradition, Mr. Edwards presented Paula Zanol with Waterside's most distinguished award, "The Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the School's commitment to academic achievement and character development.



Fittingly, Mrs. Jody Visage gave the School's commencement address. She explained that like the graduates, she too will be moving on to the next phase of her life after seventeen years at Waterside. She emphasized that while the future is uncertain in many ways, she has no doubt that the graduates will go on to effect change with the sheer goodness that they bring into the world. Citing a quote from a treasured picture frame in her office, Mrs. Visage told the students: "You are a song worth singing from the rooftops."



This fall, Waterside's class of 2020 will matriculate at the finest schools in the area, all with scholarships. Nevertheless, Waterside will always be their home, and it was clear from their video message that they are grateful for the many opportunities they have received, and more importantly for the love and support they have felt throughout their journey.






Read more about A Graduation Like No Other

The first two weeks of June for most every school are typically ones filled with joyous celebration. Although that has been and will be the case here, this year there is the overhang of all that is currently haunting our country and hurting its people. For Waterside, given the face of the community the School serves and the mission that it honors, the hurt is deep and real. There is no way to sugarcoat the current state of the state – the loss; the anger; the cruelty; the hopelessness; the divide – they all take their toll and, truthfully, the accounting found in the crisis does not in any way reassure – the hate so vividly on display; the fear that cripples and deprives; the stubborn racism that refuses to fade; and the senseless and offensively skewed debate / discussion as to whether a black life matters or not – all temper any joy and, thankfully, all force us to look around and within.

The exposed reality is one some of us have lived and others of us can barely fathom. That acknowledged, whether we have lived it or not, it is one we share and which we all have a responsibility to address. This is not the time for thoughts and prayers – we are far too long those; it is the time to gather and to listen to all voices; to learn; to accept and to own the mistakes we have made and the opportunities we have missed; to affirm, with neither nuance nor subtlety, that every single Black life does matter; and to commit ourselves to do more, to do better and to be better.

Waterside will do just that. Out of respect for the families and children we serve; out of love for a country even if imperfect; out of a guiding belief in both mission and purpose; and out of a sense of responsibility that, simply, we must. Join us in the work – none of us can do this alone.

Duncan Edwards
Executive Director
Jamel Keels
Head of School
Read more about A Statement of Belief

Monday, April 27 was an exciting day for Waterside School, as the graduating fifth graders revealed the schools they will be attending next year. Inspired by National College Signing Day, which is the first day a high school senior can sign a letter of intent with a college, "Reveal Day" gives the students an opportunity to share their schools with each other for the first time. This year, all fourteen fifth graders earned admission to competitive independent schools with generous scholarships.

While students traditionally share this exciting news at morning assembly in front of the school community, the class of 2020 participated in a virtual "Reveal Day" over Zoom. As the students proudly announced their great news, they donned hats and other apparel from their schools of choice. Their pride and sense of accomplishment was impossible to miss. It was a beautiful celebration of the students and their families and their unwavering commitment to learning.

Mr. Duennebier, Waterside's music teacher, put together a video tribute that captures this joyous and momentous occasion:

Read more about Reveal Day 2020