MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Choice is all around us. Each day we have choices to make, and each day we must live by those choices.
I made the choice last spring to become the Interim Head of The School at Columbia University. From the time I made that decision to the present moment, I have not stopped being grateful that I did so.
The School at Columbia is, as I noted at the Parent Association event, a school on its way to greatness. It is exceptional. It has dared to create its own construct based on important elements in the educational life of a child.
It is Innovative. Taking up the challenge of envisioning the world its students will inhabit as adults, TSC makes every effort to arm children with the necessary skills to enter that world.
It is Collaborative. Realizing that the time is long gone when a lone individual sets out to slay the dragon, many of TSC’s lessons are geared to the kind of group work the future will demand.
It is Diverse. Acknowledging that your children will become adults in an increasingly interconnected and global world, TSC allows them to grow in just such a world.
It is Community, a rare thing in today’s contentious world. TSC’s strong sense of community allows your children to develop their intellect and their sense of self in an atmosphere that is forgiving, safe and nurturing.
I have spent my professional life in three very different institutions. Nowhere did I learn more about what education should strive to be than I did at your school, The School at Columbia University. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
And, A Note of Thanks & Farewell
I would like to express in my last Lion’s Share a note of thanks to Stacy Bolton, TSC’s Director of Communications. She has been a steady support in its publication since the start of this school year; her input has been invaluable. Stacy will not be with us next year, but you may well see her on the Upper West Side walking her three children to three different schools! Be sure to say hello.
-Nancy Elting, Interim Head of School
Communications Down the Road
Summer Reading Reminder
Take pictures of students reading everyplace and anyplace over the summer and be sure to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for some smart and welcoming decoration around the school next year.
Looking for something to read? Check Ms. Johnson's lists here (Pre-K), here (1-2), and here (3-4). Older grade recommendations can be found at: The New York Public Library's Summer Reading 2012, Teens Summer Reading 2012, and Horn Book's summer reading list.