News & Updates 10/06/23

From Danielle:

Today, our faculty professional development centered around the important topic of belonging in our school community. Our guest speaker, Erica Pernell, facilitated discussions surrounding how people perceive each other, how we see ourselves, and the dynamics of our interactions within the school.

Children are constantly exposed to various influences, on social media, from their friends, and elsewhere, and they are absorbing it and trying to make sense of it all. While some aspects of our identities are visible, such as skin color, gender, and age, most are invisible, such as religion, values, and learning styles. It is crucial that we, as educators and parents, work together to provide guidance and support to our students as they navigate these complexities.

Erica emphasized the significance of fostering a sense of belonging for all members of our school community, regardless of their visible or invisible identities. This includes creating an environment where students feel safe and encouraged to express themselves, ask questions, and explore their identities without fear of judgment.

During our time together, we had the opportunity to explore strategies and resources that will help us better understand our students' experiences and challenges. As we move forward, we will continue to prioritize discussions and initiatives that promote belonging, empathy, and respect within our school. We believe that encouraging open dialogue about identity will not only benefit our students but also strengthen our school community as a whole.

We are committed to working collaboratively with you to ensure that our school remains a place where every student feels heard, valued, and uniquely known. We look forward to sharing more updates and resources with you as we continue to think about this work and how we can best support our students.

As always, thank you for your support and partnership.
Danielle Henry Beale
Interim Head of School
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Fri., Oct. 20 - Pizza Day
Sat., Nov. 4 - Save the Date for the Harvest Bash! General admission tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 10th
Auditions for The Dreamland Stage Company Production of Madeline’s Christmas are open!  
Madeline’s Christmas is a multigenerational musical 
based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.
Miss Clavel - Lead. Female. 18 and up
Monsieur Brun - Male. 18 and up
Harsha - Male. 18 and up
Mrs. Murphy - Female - 18 and up
Madeline -  (age range 7-13) 
The girls in the boarding house - (age range 7-13). 

Rehearsals begin October 24th. 
Performances run December 7th - 17th
Auditioners must prepare an upbeat 1-minute song from a musical with an accompaniment CD or MP3 from a phone or other electronic device (no lead vocals). We will provide a CD player and laptop/auxiliary cord for MP3s. 
You may be asked to read from the script. 
For more information, visit our website 

Join the Challenge!  Dreamland’s 24-hour Play Festival
You have 24 hours to put on a play. 
We are looking for Writers, Directors, and actors ages ten and up. 
We will kick off on Friday, November 3rd, at 6 p.m. with a group meeting. At that time, participants will get their role. After meeting their group, directors and actors will go home to sleep. The writers will be given a mystery prompt and work furiously through the night to create a 10- to 15-minute play. The following day, our actors and directors will get to rehearse fresh from the printer script. The event will culminate with a one-night-only performance on Saturday, November 4th at 6 p.m.
Being in a show is exciting; creating it in 24 hours is thrilling. Take the challenge to shine on the Dreamland Stage! 
You can register here to participate.

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