Summer Reading + Year-End Reflections

Children teach us that being in the moment can be liberating and joyful. I encourage you to make time for the unexpected adventures that can show up unbidden and enjoy the simple bounty of summer produce, the feeling of sand between your toes, air-conditioned afternoon matinees, outdoor concerts, summer camps, and crafty pursuits. We all know that whatever currently exists will inevitably change, and I hope you can be present through this cycle of transition while letting go to make space for what's to come.

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Class of 2024 – High School Acceptances

High School Acceptances | Class of 2024 The Archer School for Girls | Bishop Montgomery High School* | Brentwood School* | The Buckley School | Campbell Hall | Chadwick School* | Crossroads School* | de Toledo High School* | Junipero Serra High School | Harvard-Westlake School* | Marlborough School | Milken Community School* | New Roads School* | Notre Dame Academy | Pacifica Christian High School* | St. Mary’s Academy | Vistamar School | The Webb Schools* | Wildwood School* | Windward School* *denotes where students are attending in the fall of 2025

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Connecting Deeply Through Reading

Reasoning, thinking critically, communicating clearly, and cultivating empathy are all predicated on developing sustained attention. When our attention splinters, the way our brains are shaped to think about the world noticeably changes. While thinking quickly in critical moments is a survival technique, it is not a tool we want our children to use daily as they navigate through life. If we wish to educate and equip our children to meet the unknown with the best tools available, we must cultivate strategies that can enhance our attention and ability to think deeply.

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Navigating a Path to Joy

As the Winter Solstice approaches and we look to ways we can be the light in a dark world, I’m encouraged by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ reflection on optimism versus hope: “Optimism and hope are not the same. Optimism is the belief that the world is changing for the better; hope is the belief that, together, we can make the world better. Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one. It needs no courage to be an optimist, but it takes a great deal of courage to hope.”

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Nurturing an “Illuminator” Mindset

When our students graduate and matriculate into ninth grade, we hear regularly that they are valued citizens in their new schools, they advocate for themselves and others, they know themselves and confidently share their opinions, they actively participate in class discussions, and they spearhead new clubs and initiatives. In other words, they carry with them an "illuminator mindset."

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Holocaust Remembrance

I can think of no more fitting way to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day than to be immersed in this intergenerational project, to hear about one family’s experience and the determination it has inspired for the next generation to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m humbled by the power one family, even one person, can have to create a beacon of light that attracts others to actively resist what Elie Wiesel calls the “glorification of base, ugly, dark violence.”

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The Purpose of Education: A Laboratory of Care and Wonder

I continue to be guided by the central question: How do we continue to build a learning environment where children can thrive? Every answer highlights the giving of care, which makes sense because we are wired for care. As we know and recently have seen first-hand, none of us would exist without our fellow humans' basic ability to care for one another and help each other survive. A grand web of interconnectedness exists; being connected to one another means each of us has an indelible impact. Paradox is present: we are both only one of innumerable people, and everything we do matters. I had Turning Point’s mission statement firmly in mind this morning when welcoming our students back to school, with music and a rainbow arch in our school colors, and with a very special performance from our newly-formed Cheer Squad!

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Welcome to a New School Year

Our Mission: We open our doors every day to create a dynamic learning community in which each child grows into their best self. I had Turning Point’s mission statement firmly in mind this morning when welcoming our students back to school, with music and a rainbow arch in our school colors, and with a very special performance from our newly-formed Cheer Squad!

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Back to School | 2022-23

Welcome to our 2022-2023 school year and all the wonderful possibilities ahead! As a school leader, I believe growth and learning flourish when we put love, belonging, and wholeness at the center. With these compass points firmly in place, we are more prepared to help our children navigate the inevitable ups and downs that accompany their intellectual, social, physical, ethical, and emotional development.

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