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The intent of this blog is to provide a format for various members of the Elgin Academy community to showcase our unique learning environment. We hope you enjoy these stories.


New Parent Welcome Reception
Bonita Goist

Welcoming new parents to Elgin Academy is always a pleasure.  This Tuesday, August 13th, we were thrilled to welcome many new faces to our annual New Parent Reception.  Greeting the new families were members of Elgin Academy's Parent Association, Board Members, faculty, and staff.  Elgin Academy is such a unique place. New families can only experience what being a part of the EA community means once they have been introduced to and welcomed by its members. 

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed delicious food and drink as well as the opportunity for new parents to meet each other and the rest of the EA community.  Seth Hanford, Head of School, opened the event with a warm welcome detailing his life-changing experience attending a private school and described the magic that can only be found in schools like Elgin Academy. Assistant Head of School, Marnie Kut then introduced members of Elgin Academy's Parent Association, Board of Trustees, and members of the faculty and staff.  New this year was a chance to "Ask the Experts."  A panel of three parents, Ron Woodruff (Lower School), Judy Rukel (Middle School) and Jean Hare (Upper School) served as the experts and new parents asked their most pressing questions including "How do I order lunch for my child," "How does my student learn about extra-curricular activities," and "Where does my high schooler park?"  These and many more questions were answered by the panel as well as by the other members of the EA community in attendance.

The evening ended with each new family receiving an "I Love EA" mug and spirit wear for their newest Hilltopper. Please help us in welcoming these new families to Elgin Academy and be sure to check out our Facebook photo album of the event. 

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New Parent Welcome Reception
Bonita Goist

Welcoming new parents to Elgin Academy is always a pleasure.  This Tuesday, August 13th, we were thrilled to welcome many new faces to our annual New Parent Reception.  Greeting the new families were members of Elgin Academy's Parent Association, Board Members, faculty, and staff. 

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Adventure Camp at GB library
Bonita Goist

When kids learn to love reading at a young age it stays with them forever.  This year Elgin Academy's Adventure camp became a Gold Star Partner with the Gail Borden Library to help students in our summer program learn to love books!  This year's theme, Get in the Game - Read, began May 1st and will end this week.

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Bonita Goist

The end of each school year is always bittersweet at Elgin Academy.  We wish our graduates well, celebrate all their accomplishments and are excited to see what their futures will hold, but, we will also miss them on campus, on the courts and fields, on the stage, and in the classrooms.  This year is no exception as we say congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2019 and their families.  

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