Alumni Updates During COVID-19

There's Still Time to Make Your Gift to SKS!

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There is still time to join classmates and friends with your support this year.
The Storm King Fund closes on June 30, 2020.

SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund Update: June 16th

As the School continues to navigate safely through this crisis with plans to reopen in the fall, we are pleased to report that our support for each other continues. As of June 16, 2020 we have received 431 mission-critical gifts in the amount of $170,877 towards our $195,000 goal.  Thank you to all those who have made a gift thus far as you have truly made a difference in the life of our SKS community.

Virtual Alumni Council/Association Meeting: June 13th!

You are cordially invited to join classmates and friends for a virtual SKS Alumni gathering on Saturday, June, 13th at 11:00 am to catch up with some of the exciting developments on our beloved mountain campus, celebrate Classes ending in 5's and 0's, and hear of plans for the School’s future.
Special guests will include Headmaster Jon Lamb and members of the Board of Trustees who will reflect on this past year, and members of your SKS Alumni Council who will share plans for future SKS Alumni programs.
We know that nothing will take the place of gathering together on the Mountain, but please plan to join classmates, friends and us to celebrate you and your School.
RSVP to Lynn Crevling at lcrevling@sks.org prior to June 8th and join this special gathering here.
We look forward to seeing you then!
Sincerely yours,
Lynn Crevling
Director of Alumni Relations

SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund Update: June 2nd

SKS is pleased to report that as of June 2, 2020 we have raised $153,381 towards our $195,000 goal in support of our mission-critical needs. Thank you to all those who have made a gift thus far as you have made a real and important difference in the life of our SKS community.
Funds will be raised in support of the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund through June 30, 2020.
All charitable gifts up to $300 will be tax-deductible under the 2020 CARES Act.

SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund Update: May 26th

As the School continues to navigate through this crisis, we are pleased to report that our tradition of support for each other continues. As of May 26, 2020 we have raised $149,941 towards our $195,000 goal in support of our mission-critical needs. Thank you to all those who have made a gift thus far as you have made a real and important difference in the life of our SKS community.

Funds will be raised in support of the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund through June 30, 2020.
All charitable gifts up to $300 will be tax-deductible under the 2020 CARES Act.

SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund Update: May 19th

Our SKS community has always been generous in times of urgency, and we are pleased to report that as of May 19, 2020, we have raised $148,233 towards our $195,000 goal in support of our mission-critical needs. Thank you to all those who have made a gift thus far as you have made a real and important difference in the life of our SKS community.

Funds will be raised in support of the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund through June 30, 2020.All charitable gifts up to $300 will be tax-deductible under the 2020 CARES Act.

SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund Update

The Storm King School created the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund as part of the Storm King Fund to support mission-central needs and allow us to respond to those families facing serious financial uncertainties. Our SKS Alumni community has always been generous in times of urgency, and we are pleased to report that as of May 12, 2020 the SKS Community has raised $143,794 towards our $195,000 goal in support of this urgent effort from 171 individuals to date.

Funds will be raised in support of the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund through June 30, 2020

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SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Storm King School created the SKS COVID-19 Relief Fund as part of the Storm King Fund to support mission-central needs and allow us to respond to those families facing serious financial uncertainties. Our SKS Alumni community has always been generous in times of urgency, and we ask that you give what you are able so that our students can continue their education with as little disruption as possible.
Supporting the COVID-19 Relief Fund will play a real and meaningful role in ensuring that families may be confident that Storm King will continue to meet their needs in the event that the coronavirus pandemic reduces family earnings; maintain wages and sick leave for Storm King employees, and that teaching support continues in a virtual environment.
All charitable gifts up to $300 will be tax-deductible and make a significant impact on the life of our School. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this urgent request.

Enduring Mission and the Facts

Throughout these unprecedented times in the life of The Storm King School, we have referenced the many trials that the School has endured in its 153 years. We have spoken of the care we have had for one another and the extraordinary efforts being made by our faculty, students, and staff as they continue to learn, work, and gather remotely as a community. We also must be willing to confront facts that will help us to not only survive, but prevail as we navigate and come out of this crisis.
Pride
·        The Storm King School will continue with its online learning for the remainder of the academic year. Nothing can replace our residential learning experience. However, I am pleased to report that our students and families are giving the online experience high praise. Our faculty has been herculean in their efforts to deliver their curriculums and our students continue to learn and remain positive.
·        The School has made the decision to hold this year’s commencement virtually, scheduled for June 6, 2020 to honor the Class of 2020. While not what any of us would have wanted for our seniors, we are, to the greatest extent possible, preserving our traditional award ceremonies and recognitions throughout the weekend. Should we be able to broadcast our commencement exercises, we hope that you will join us for this unique event; it will certainly be one for the record books!
·        The School is proud to share that all Storm King School employees remain on the payroll. This includes faculty, staff, both full and part-time employees. All employees have worked tirelessly to assist not just their own departments, but wherever the School has had a need.
The Facts
·        2019-2020 Budget:
o  With a commitment to paying our employees, and managing extensive fixed costs, we are working hard to minimize the financial impact of COVID-19 on our budget this year.
o  We have halted all spending not related to online learning at this time in order to minimize the financial impact for this fiscal year.
o  The Annual Fund and gifts to the School support critical mission expenses each year. This year we are asking our constituents to help underwrite the Storm King experience to the tune of $300,000. While we remain hopeful that our alumni and families will help us reach this goal, we also understand that everyone has been impacted in ways big and small, and we are planning for potential shortfalls in this funding.
·        2020-2021 Financial Landscape:
o  Our admissions notification and acceptance cycle fell right in the midst of the COVID-19 tidal wave. Our staff mounted a huge effort to ensure that every family and student received an extra measure of care and consideration. The result thus far is new enrollment numbers that are strong and will provide the tuition support our operations require. That said, we are receiving requests for additional financial aid due to unexpected financial insecurities related to the COVID-19 crisis.
o  We are monitoring the changing landscape for educational institutions regarding next year’s program. We have initiated safe campus studies to ensure that we are implementing all necessary protocols. The School is planning now to take the necessary steps to reopen safely. The use of the campus and its academic, athletic, dining, social, and administrative spaces may be reconfigured to adapt our programs to the safe campus protocols and highest standards of care.
o  In light of the new standards of care required to reopen, the School will incur increased expenses in readying the campus to comply with ongoing physical distancing requirements, in purchasing health monitoring devices, and the intensification of cleaning and disinfecting that will be required throughout the campus.
o  The Storm King School has a conservative endowment spending policy that shelters it from highs and lows in the market and protects the principal from the erosive effects of inflation over time. Even with these measures in place, we know the recent downturn will provide, at least temporarily, a negative return, and therefore fewer funds will be available for operations. The balance to this will be to ensure prudent budgetary measures and a robust Annual Fund.
What can you do?
·        Keeping our finances strong through this period requires that we will return to fundraising activities in May after having paused all such activity during the initial phase of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is critical that we resume these operations so that we may reach our goals for The Storm King Fund and thus provide assistance through the COVID-19 Relief Fund. This will underpin mission-central needs and allow us to respond to those families facing serious financial uncertainties. Our community has always been generous in times of urgency, and we ask that you do what you are able to so that our students can continue their education with as little disruption as possible.
 COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Covid-19 Relief Fund will assist The Storm King School in meeting critical needs, and have a direct and immediate impact on our student body. Support of the COVID-19 Relief Fund through the Storm King Fund underwrites: scholarship support, which ensures that families may be confident that Storm King will continue to meet their needs in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic reduces family earnings; sick leave and maintaining wages for Storm King employees; and ensuring that teaching support continues in a virtual environment.
On behalf of the entire Storm King School community, please accept our appreciation for the many messages of hope we have received. We also find the variety of ways so many of you are helping within your own communities to be incredibly uplifting as well. We expect nothing less of our Storm King School community. I hope you find the information provided to be reassuring and transparent. We are, as always, in this together. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at tfogarty@sks.org or by phone at 845-913-5192.
With gratitude and hope,
Tom Fogarty
Chief Advancement Officer

Virtual Day of Caring: May 14

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On Thursday, May 14, 2020, The Storm King School will host a Virtual Day of Caring during which we ask you to join us via Zoom in sharing stories, inspirational words of encouragement, and, if circumstances allow, gifts that demonstrate the value this community has in your life.

We will be hosting 4 sessions on May 14 via Zoom. The sessions will be at noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. RSVP to sfulton@sks.org and include what session you would like to attend. The link and passcode to the meeting will then be sent to you. If you cannot make a session, it will be recorded and posted on social media. If you would prefer to email your stories and words of encouragement, send it to alumni@sks.org.

If you haven't registered for Zoom, click here. When you enter the site, you will click "sign up it's free", enter your email address and assign a password. If you have any issues, please call 845-458-7522.

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SPECIAL SKS REUNION 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT

The Storm King School has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing landscape of the coronavirus and its impact on communities and schools. Due to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic, Reunion Weekend 2020 scheduled for June 12-14 has unfortunately been cancelled.
As much as we regret to cancel this year’s Reunion, Please keep SKS Alumni who are working on the front lines in healthcare, retail, and essential service industries across the country and around the world in your thoughts as we move through this pandemic.
At Reunion 2021 next June we will honor all SKS Alumni and in particular class years ending in 0s, 1s, 5s and 6s. Most importantly, we will come together again in fellowship, spirit, and in our SKS shared experiences.
Please be safe and well as we look forward to seeing you on the Mountain again.