Dear Lower School Parents,
I admit it. I am a nerd. The interesting thing is that I am more of a nerd now than I was as a student. Believe it or not, I attribute my love of learning to GDS. As an adult, this school not only allowed but challenged me to learn and grow on my own, with faculty, with the community, with parents and with children. As a parent, I see this love of learning growing in my child every day. She talks about things like the Chinese Dynasty cycle and current events at the dinner table, over breakfast she challenges me with intriguing math problems, we peruse her science journal entries on Sunday afternoons, and my house is filled daily with beautiful violin music.
Really spectacular moments happen when she makes connections. This weekend, for example, we visited the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. The walls of the actual courtroom contain several large friezes with allegorical figures. She immediately recognized the figures she had studied recently and understood why they were there.
There is nothing more powerful and, in my opinion, more important than developing the hearts and minds of children who will step into a world of unknowns. It is clear to me that GDS gives all children the confidence, the foundations and the skills to continue to ask questions, to wonder why and how, and to discover solutions to problems we don’t even know exist yet.
By next week, you should have received a re-enrollment email from Info Snap. I invite you to join me in re-enrolling your children so that they can continue on this truly special journey of lifelong learning. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
• Monday , February 20, 2017 – no school
• Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – teacher work day – no school grades BB-8
• Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – late start, 10:15 a.m.
By the way, I think the groundhog was wrong!
Gillian S. Goodman, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Lower School Director