The Next Step

posted Feb 13, 2012, 4:14 PM by Unknown user
    Today, for the first time this winter, we had enough snow to make recess a very happy time of the day. And, for the first time in seventeen years, I got to watch children display unadulterated joy at sledding, rolling down a hill, making snow angels, and building snowmen. In southern California, every recess was the same thanks to a daily dose of 70 degrees, blue skies, and sunshine. Here in Rochester, the activities at recess are determined by the weather, so every day can be different. It brought a smile to my face to hear the laughter and the repeated, "Watch me, Mr. Sullivan," as your children enjoyed the true winter weather. 

    Today also brought to an end a series of Next Step Coffees presented by our teachers. It was interesting to witness the six Coffees because the tone of each one was different. This confirms for me the notion that a child's educational experience is truly a collective experience over the course of several years. No one year makes or breaks a child; instead, the developmental process, relationships with teachers, and love for learning drive progress throughout the entire lower school experience. 

    I am in the process of planning the fourth quarter of Encore. If you have a suggestion for a course that you would like to see offered during this final quarter, please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks to all of you who supported Encore this year. We have served on average seventy students per quarter and are always looking for ways to make the program better.