A Note From Our Program Director
I hope that everyone is doing well and hanging in there during this difficult time. As you know, we have suspended programming at SQB Providence, but that does not mean we’ve stopped supporting our kids. As the realities of this crisis unfold, the staff and I will continue to think about the best way we can help our students and families.
Our staff has been busy doing check-in calls with every family to see how the kids are doing mentally and physically. We made sure that all students were able to get Google Chromebooks provided by the school, hand-delivering ones to our students who were absent when they were distributed. We have also been working hard to connect families with resources such as free internet from Comcast and lunch and dinner from Providence Public Schools. We have been sending workouts for students to encourage them to stay fit and have been developing different challenges to encourage them to stay active. Staff will continue to do these check-ins and provide academic and social-emotional support for the duration of the quarantine.
Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help our students and each other during this scary time. I will update you as the situation evolves. As always, we are so grateful for your continued support. I hope you enjoy these highlights from earlier this season. Please take care of yourselves and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
SQB Providence’s First Class of Rising High School Students!
All of our 8th graders successfully completed high school applications at the end of February for a variety of high schools in Providence. Many of our students opted for charter schools as their preferred choice and beginning in early March, students began to receive news of where they were admitted. We are excited to share that all our 8th grade students have been accepted at their first or second choice school, including Classical High School, the top high school in the state of Rhode Island. We are looking forward to seeing our 8th graders transition into high school freshman in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.
Hanging Together During the Quarantine
SquashBusters Providence students are a lot of things – kind, hardworking, and resilient to name a few. During this time of distance programming, students are now developing their executive function skills and professionalism, as well. They have been tasked with joining our SquashBusters Google Classroom to stay updated on programming, including bi-weekly video conferencing hangouts, workouts with professional squash players, and virtual tutoring. Without the luxury of the routine they know well at our building, students have created emails and are learning to check them frequently, just like their coaches have to do! Though only in middle school, the skills they are practicing right now will be critical for their time management and academic success in the future. For now, it’s helping them stay in touch with the friendly faces of their squash family.
In early March, 20 SQB Providence students traveled to Connecticut for the Squash and Education Alliance Urban Team Nationals. The tournament was held at Yale University and Choate Rosemary Hall and our students had the opportunity to compete against players from all over the country. For some, it was their first trip outside Rhode Island. With participants from California to Detroit to Columbia to the Bronx, SQB students were exposed to different levels of squash and were able to meet lots and lots of new people. Not only did they make new friends, our boys and girls team were able to compete at a high level. The Middle School Boys B team took 3rd in their division, beating MetroSquash from Chicago. They lost a very close match 3-2 , with the final individual match going to five games, but Squash Haven from Hartford, CT was able to pull off the win. The Middle School Boys C team lost 3-2 to SquashWise from Baltimore and took second in their division. The Girls A Team lost 3-2 in the semifinals against Squash Haven and after another close battle against CitySquash, they took fourth place in their division. Off the courts, our students loved the chance to bond with each other and with the staff, strengthen the team culture, and share new experiences.