News & Updates 3/18/22

From Todd:

Pot of Gold
I will readily admit that I am the person who buys a lottery ticket when I hear the newscaster talking about the size of the jackpot. For a couple days, I ponder the eight bedroom house on the beach, another in the mountains, and perhaps a penthouse in Boston. I am sure many of you have seen some of the postings from the 1st graders writing assignment about what they would do if they found a pot of gold. It is a great writing prompt for these 1st graders, and like me, they typically consider many big ticket items. But I had one student visit my office holding his response nicely written on a small white board. His answer to what he would do with a pot of gold was to split the gold between the New School, mom, dad, his aunt, and the Ukraine. Suddenly, my real estate fantasy felt a bit hollow. He told me about how hard his family worked and that they deserved his pot of gold. I asked him about Ukraine, and he told me that there were a lot of sad people in Ukraine and perhaps some gold could make them feel better. It is a special youngster who puts the needs of others before new cars, fast boats, and big houses. Actually, that would be a special adult too.

Irish Step Dancing
We have always, and will continue to always, welcome the dancers of Nantucket Irish Dance to the New School to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This year we had our biggest group of NNS dancers since I arrived, and they were incredible. The fact that the entire school gathered in the Peace Garden, without masks, made this a truly special event. We sang the New School birthday song for the first time in two years, and big friends connected with little friends. A huge thank you to Meghan Cocroan for putting on such a special show and allowing us to bring a tradition back to the school.

World Down Syndrome Day
Monday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day and to recognize the event, a very generous parent has donated crazy socks for every student in the New School. However, please have your students wear their own crazy and/or mismatched socks to school before they get a new pair. Check out this link for more information on World Down Syndrome Day.

Valentino Achak Deng
The New School is excited to welcome Valentino Achak Deng on Wednesday, March 23. Valentino was a Sudanese child refugee who emigrated to the United States under the Lost Boys Program. He will be presenting to grades 4-8 during the school day, and then we will host a parent presentation at 6:00 p.m. in the New School Great Hall. What is the What: the Autobiography of Valentino Achak was a finalist for the National Book Prize in 2006. Please join us to listen to the amazing stories of this incredible, amazing man on Wednesday. 

Covid Testing
All of our pool tests were negative this week, and we are going to move our testing program to home based rapid tests. We will provide tests weekly to everyone who is eligible in the community. As in previous weeks, we ask that you test your student on Tuesday night. We will also test symptomatic students who present symptoms during the day. However, this move is the next step to slow our testing program during the school day. As always, we will watch the local and state positivity rates carefully and make all adjustments based on any new data.

Although daylight savings wore these students (and this Head of School) out a bit this week, the energy in this building was overwhelming. It is going to be a great spring and thank you all for your support of the New School.

Ever Grateful,
 
Todd Eveleth
Head of School
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