Welcome back, everyone.
Summer still hangs in the air during the first week of school. The joy that marked the cautious excitement of summer experiences and sleep away camps has been replaced with a similar joy of reconnection, discovery, and exploration in the hallways here at school. Wide-eyed third grade students arriving to the Labyrinth for the first time. Pre-kindergartners equally clinging to parents and curiously searching around corners to find new opportunities for play. Sixth grade students rediscovering the hallway they knew as third and fourth grade students as something brand new. Eighth grade students trying on the mantle of school leadership for real. All of it rings new and familiar at once, and the school hums with the excitement of another year begun.
The students are not alone in this rediscovery, either. Teachers, new and veteran, are returning with that same cautious enthusiasm: a cohort of new students with whom to work; a collection of new colleagues to welcome; new parents to get to know, a pair of new spaces to enjoy, the comfort of curriculum they’ve taught before mixed with that innovative notion they’re eager to try.
But the real joy of the school year is the common thread that binds us all: the community and the values we collectively aspire to hold together throughout the year. This is a year to delight in those around us. A year to celebrate community. To cherish the knowledge that at Belmont Day School, we keep students at the center of all that we do. We seek to inspire one another and challenge one another. We have another year to reach for the lofty values we seek to uphold: excellence, honesty, respect, caring, responsibility, and joy. Perhaps most critically, we will do all of this work together with a singular and common purpose: the children.
If I haven’t had the chance to see you yet, please drop by. If I have, but I was too under the weather to welcome you with a handshake or hug, forgive me! I am hopeful to greet each and every one of you as our new school year begins. Welcome back to school, everyone. It is going to be a great year.
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