You may or may not know that next school year (20/21) will be TNSM’s 50th birthday. Our golden year . It is a remarkable honor for me to be a part of TNSM’s journey as a parent of two children, a former teacher in the (9-12) program, and as the Head of School. I am grateful to be here during a moment that allows us to celebrate our past while dreaming about our future. I have been talking with alumni parents, students, former board chairs and Heads of School. Each of them shared how The New School has impacted their lives. “The New School was a miracle for our family,” was a recent comment I heard from a parent whose child graduated over a decade ago. We will be announcing celebration dates for next year in the upcoming months. In the meantime, we would LOVE to hear from you about what TNSM has meant for your family or what you believe is important for us, as a community, to think about as we look into the future. Please take a few moments to respond through email or let me know if you would like to have coffee in the morning after drop off. Thanks.
This past Sunday, we held an open house for inquiring families. It is a powerful moment, seeing new parents a little nervous, walking up to the school for the first time, hand in hand with their 2- or 3-year-old. A new chapter in their lives awaits them, and we are honored to take on the sacred responsibility of caring for their children. For 50 years, we have provided a space for children to grow, explore, make mistakes and develop into compassionate, curious learners. Thank you for your trust. We take it seriously.
On Wednesday, February 12 we are offering a Parent Education Morning with Dr. Mary Ann Mulcahey in the Growing Room from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Dr Mulcahey will be presenting helpful information on executive function skills and ADHD. She will provide strategies on how to develop positive habits at home including: giving effective directions, using a daily schedule, how to leave on time for school, eliciting cooperation/motivation, and using checklists and routine to promote organization and support working memory. It is a free event for New School families, and we will provide the coffee! Dr. Mulcahey will return on February 14th to present the same topic to our staff. We are super excited and hope to see you Thursday morning, February 12.
In conjunction with our Professional Development and Parent Education Morning with Dr. Mulcahey, our Diversity and Community Engagement Committee is hosting another event on Friday, February 7 on neural diversity. Please join us in the Growing Room from 5:30 -8:00 p.m. for a fascinating TED talk and discussion.
I am currently in Chicago at the annual ISACS (Independent Schools of Associated Central States) conference for Heads of School. I look forward to sharing my insights and experiences from spending time with educational leaders who are passionate about child development and a peaceful future. One thing I already gleaned from the conference is the realization of just how unique and inspiring our community at TNSM is. Thanks for being a part of it.