The admissions cycle started in earnest this week. It is amazing to watch the reaction of families and the children as they see our students in action. One little girl who was visiting shook free of her mother’s hand and sat down at an open chair as an art project was being explained by the teacher. The visitor waited patiently and then selected her colored paper. She picked a glue stick out of the basket, grabbed some markers, and got to work. A student sitting next to her shared some plastic “googly” eyeballs with her and the project started to take shape.
The New School students at the table made quiet conversation about their ideas for Halloween and their favorite candy, and it looked and felt like this little group had been friends for years. As the visiting parents watched their child dive into the work, very quickly the mother became emotional and said, “It has been so long since she has been able to do this with other children.”
We also hosted a group of about 12 parents who came to listen to an admissions representative from Middlesex School. I think it was the largest parent group we have had in the school in two years, and the presenter told me that it was the first in-person event for her in 18 months. The families lingered long after the presentation ended and excitedly wandered in and out of the new classrooms. Yes, the hum of air purifiers was noticeable, but the entire event felt just like it had not so long ago.