For our faculty and staff, the excitement and anticipation of the 2021-2022 school year far outweighed the nerves.
The sound of children’s laughter today as they found their classes, their friends, and their way around campus confirmed that they were also feeling that same excitement and anticipation.
From what we gather from the School’s history, this is one of the largest groups of new students. We thank these families for the distinct honor of educating their children, and we ask our returning families to see these 146 new students as affirmation and testament to the work we do here every day. That even under the conditions of last year, these families found their way to us and our mission and purpose resonated with them.
We begin the 2021-2022 school year with the same cautious optimism as last year, but with 12 months of knowledge and experience firmly under our belts. We are excited to welcome new faculty and staff members, both those filling vacated positions and those filling new roles created to address needs within our community. We enter this year with peace in our hearts and our minds, knowing we can, and we will, do this.
I have been vegan for over a year now, and love it! Through being vegan, I have taught myself how to cook, I feel better, and I have more energy. As an athletic person, I am less sluggish during workouts, and am able to perform to the best of my ability.
In the recent upper school Chamber Singers concert, students sang “Be the Change” chosen by music teacher Margaret Anne Butterfield who noted in her introduction that the piece adapts texts of Gandhi; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Gospel of Matthew; and the composer, Laura Farnell, and employs a phrase in Swahili.
First graders are engaged in their new writing unit about opinion writing. Students brought in collections from home, evaluated each other's collections, and wrote opinion pieces on which item was best.
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Hobart, Tasmania for a month-long exchange trip. The program included classes at The Friends School (TFS), a fellow Quaker school in Hobart, as well as weekend excursions throughout the island.