Message from the Head of School

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It does not appear that there is snow in the long-range forecast. For this I am thankful, as I am sure you are as well. The cold weather has gone north, for the time being. When it was thirty degrees the other day I thought I was in Florida! We are just now reestablishing our rhythm. I am hopeful that the rains predicted for Friday and Saturday will melt and wash away the snow so we can again enjoy our play space. Special kudos goes out to Mrs. Liker who shoveled off the early childhood play area.

The kids have been cooped up for so long that once the weather broke and we did go outside, it was difficult to contain them. Picture a teacher standing in front of 40 children instructing: “When we go outside, we will not throw any snow balls!” I passed by without a word and was tempted to whisper “Good luck with that!” Gratefully, most of the kids adhered to the directive. It was good to see them running around and getting their jitters out, even if some returned to the classroom a bit soggy.

Thank you to my teachers who pulled your children from their car seats during morning drop-off. There were no reports of frostbite and not one teacher issued a complaint. I love my staff. And thank you to parents who understood that there might be a two-minute delay during the drop-off; no parking lot rage was apparent!

Please pray for our heating system. We have technicians running around plugging steam leaks. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to the heating bill this month. Of course we will endure: this is New England and we are resilient.

As I said, teachers are working diligently to ensure the kids work hard, and as I walked from class to class today, I was impressed with the fruits of their labor. Make sure you mark February 1 on your calendar: our annual Passport to Learning evening will allow you a glimpse of what our students can do and (spoiler alert) it’s impressive.

Happy belated New Year! I look forward to seeing you out in the plaza now that the weather is a bit more suitable.

William Gartside
Head of School