Homecoming is this weekend. Later today, we will have our annual pep rally, which is one of my favorite CA traditions. Some might be skeptical because the idea of a “pep rally” seems straight out of the 1950s. But every year the C-Club gets all the Mustangs fired up with skits, treats, and contests. Last year, we moved this tradition from the gym to the baseball diamond and will do so again this year. Bill Hall, our always-creative Athletic Director, has some surprises planned, so be sure to check CA Today next week as we’ll share the photos.
Friday night, we’ll welcome back Field Hockey alumni for a reception before our “Friday Night Lights” Varsity match vs.Liberty High School. On Saturday, festivities begin with the annual Head of School-Lower School Bike Parade around Stamper Commons. As much as we like to call it a parade, the students always want to race me. Then, we have Volleyball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Boys Soccer for fans to enjoy. Another highlight of the day is the school Carnival, alongside the Parent Association’s Harvest Market, complete with a barbeque lunch for everyone in attendance.
Homecoming is a time for alumni to come back to campus. While some of their teachers may be retired or no longer here, I know that those who do return will see a school that has sustained a strong sense of community. Director of Alumni Relations Sue Burleigh holds a spirit breakfast for our future alums at the Froelicher Upper School on Friday morning and hosts tours for those visiting alumni on Saturday. We know these chances to connect will strengthen the bonds students and alumni have with our school. CA values the deep ties we have with our forever Mustangs. We have an outstanding Alumni Board this year, and our Alumni Association has played a critical role in our school for more than 50 years.
I will be roaming campus on my mountain bike, making sure I make it to as many games and events as possible. For the younger students, Homecoming is a great way to experience the spirit of our amazing CA community. It is common for stands and sidelines to be full of younger students cheering on our Varsity athletes. That’s another part of CA that I love and that makes us distinct—our Pre-K through Grade 12 school family. Above all, this weekend is simply another chance for us all to gather and enjoy being together. I hope to see you around campus this weekend.