Seriously? Beef Wellington?
After more than 25 years in education, today I did something that I have never done before; I made beef Wellington as part of a student cooking class. The teacher who usually leads the class had to be off island, and since my afternoon was free, I volunteered to be the substitute. So this afternoon, I took nine students down to the Brant Point Grill and made beef Wellington with Executive Chef Joe Hsu, and it was amazing. Then we wrapped up the class by making chocolate covered cake pops. Seriously, these students could not stop raving about this class the entire trip home. Thanks to Orla Murphy-LaScola for scheduling all these talented chefs each week, and thanks to Joe and his pastry chef for setting up and guiding us through this incredible class. And the best news is, we are going back there next week! I should probably apologize to the cooking class from three years ago that I was in charge of. Each week that spring we made brownies from a box and grilled sausages. Ouch.
This week we included student ambassadors to admissions tours and the results were better than I had hoped for. We had two 8th grade students who worked with me during one tour on Wednesday and a second tour on Friday, and both sets of visitors responded in very similar ways. At the end of the tour, each parent essentially said that if the New School can shape their children into young adults like these two tour guides, then they wanted to attend immediately. We will get more and more students involved with the admissions process in the coming months, and I am certain they will continue to make us all proud.
It has been amazing to see how comfortable our younger students are with leading Morning Meetings. I was exhausted after simply watching the 2nd graders sing “The 12 Days of Halloween” and last week the 4th grade had me stumped a couple times with their logic puzzles. It is also great to see more and more parents turning up for Morning Meetings, please feel free to stop by around 9:40 on any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to get a first hand look at the show. I can guarantee it will be the highlight of your day.
It’s About the Kids
I think you all know that regardless of what is going on around this campus, that the focus will always be about supporting the kids. Yes, there will be distractions and changes to routines, but the ultimate focus is, and always will be, on nurturing our students. And I thank you all for your support.
About 50 percent of the student body stopped by my office this week and asked if I could cancel school the day after Halloween. “We are so tired after trick or treating. Please, Todd. Please.” My response was that Halloween should be the last Saturday of October instead of the 31st. And after a quick google search, it is clear that there is growing support for this change. The kids do not love this idea.
As you prepare for Halloween at the New School, please make sure that the students who are wearing costumes on Monday arrive in their costumes and that the masks are not scary. We also don’t allow any weapons as part of the costumes. We will have some students as young as three participating and we want to make sure everyone has a good time.
Thanks and have a great weekend.
Head of School
Monday, October 31: Halloween!
Friday, November 4: Pizza Day, Semester 1 Midterm
Saturday, November 5: Harvest Bash!
Friday, November 11: No School, Midterm Conferences & Veterans’ Day
Friday, November 18: Grandparents/Special Friends Day - 9 a.m. - noon dismissal
November 21-25: Thanksgiving holiday break
This year the Silent Auction will take place online by clicking here. The Silent Auction will close on November 6th at 5:00 p.m.
In addition to the Silent Auction, we also have an incredible restaurant dining package raffle valued at over $2400! Tickets for a chance to win can be purchased here for $25 each and will be drawn on November 6th at 5:00 p.m.