The Power of Words

I had the opportunity to reflect on the power of words recently. I was observing one of many animated football games on the playground when I noticed a boy miss a catch from a teammate. His classmates were particularly hard on him as the end-zone catch was “crucial” to the game. This boy went off … More The Power of Words

Becoming More Aware

This has been a thoughtful two weeks around the lower school as teachers, and many parents, have found themselves engaged in conversations about race. Starting with Mr. Smyth’s letter to the community about the school committee on diversity’s name change from Community and Diversity to Community, Equity, and Inclusion, the message is being sent that … More Becoming More Aware

Finding Rhythm

Every year, as I come back from winter break, I look forward to returning to the earlier rhythms of the school year. Not September, which can be disjointed learning new routines and new names, and not November and December with their many holiday special events. Rather, I long for October’s predictability and consistency. So far … More Finding Rhythm

The Age of Innocence

There was a particular incident from this week that reminded me of the innocence and joy inherent in young children. I was awaiting the arrival of the fourth grade on the football turf field on a beautiful and unseasonably warm late November day. The boys made their way down in the usual chaotic finally-released-from-lunch way … More The Age of Innocence