As August winds down, our campus is gearing up. Construction on the second floor of the Lombard Street building is nearly complete, teachers have returned, and classrooms are being prepared to welcome our students. I truly love the start of each new school year – a fresh beginning that allows for new opportunities and challenges. This year I am particularly excited as our family transitions to Philadelphia and to TPS.
Last week I had the pleasure of joining in the New Faculty and Staff Orientation. This cohort of new teachers and administrators had the opportunity to learn from each other as we all prepare to dive into the new school year. We visited the country classroom of the Schuylkill Center, drummed in music class, created art in the studio, and began to form relationships as the incoming class of 2018-2019. Typical of TPS, we did not just talk about best teaching practices; we experienced them. We engaged in deep conversations about progressive education and discussed the ways that we can bring our school’s mission and core values to life in each of our roles. What an inspiring way to kick off the start of the year!
As September approaches, I am eager to begin my work and to focus my priorities on three major areas: building relationships with members of the TPS community, developing a deeper understanding of the history and culture of TPS, and starting the implementation of the strategic plan. While all of these are important, I recognize that relationship building is key to accomplishing the other two goals.
To that end, I look forward to getting to know the students, families, teachers/staff, and other key members of the TPS extended community. My time will be spent meeting people, listening to their stories, and deepening my understanding of the culture of this very special place. The Philadelphia School’s strong foundation in progressive education helps guide our work, and we are poised to embark upon the actualization of our strategic vision. I look forward to sharing more about these efforts in the months ahead.
I hope you will be able to join us for the First-Day-of-School Parent Breakfast on Wednesday, September 5, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Garage. If your children are in the second preschool or kindergarten session that starts at 10:30 a.m., please feel free to bring them to the breakfast. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet members of the administrative team.
Enjoy these final days of summer, and I look forward to welcoming your children on the first day of school! Please follow me on Instagram - the link to my account is directly below. I plan to regularly document what's happening in our "city country classroom."
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