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.
Ninth graders recently met with Abdi Nor Iftin, author of their summer reading book, Call Me American, which depicts Abdi's life in Somalia and his curiosity about Western culture, which ultimately became dangerous and led to him fleeing the country.
Thank you to Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, authors of the book When you Wonder, You're Learning: Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids, for their wonderful presentation last week to our school community!
During the 2021-2022 school year, our community is reflecting on the Quaker SPICE of peace, challenging our students, parents/guardians, faculty, and staff to think about peace on both a community and a personal level.