I hope these last couple of weeks have provided you and your family with some opportunities to refuel and to enjoy a slower pace of life, whether you stayed in town or traveled far afield. Upon returning from breaks, I like to ask students what special people they enjoyed spending time with during their time away from school. This morning I heard about cousins from Las Vegas, siblings, grandparents from the East Coast, and friends from out of town.
We come back from Spring Break to the busy end of the year, with its many culminating events coupled with planning for next year. These occasions provide opportunities to honor the wonderful growth of our students.
Please join us in celebrating our eighth grade students’ placements into an array of excellent secondary schools. High school is more than a pipeline to college; it is the chance for our students to find purpose and to understand themselves and their gifts. They spent the better part of this year navigating the application process, reflecting on themselves as learners, and communicating who they are. They honed their writing skills to craft authentic personal essays, found opportunities to express their unique personalities and characteristics, and tolerated discomfort and stress as they waited to hear from high schools. We are so proud of these leaders, who will make their new schools brighter and more radiant.
We are also very proud of our most recent admissions season and look forward to welcoming many wonderful new families to Turning Point this fall! Thank you all for the warmth and openness you have extended to our prospective families this year. We will have opportunities to welcome our new families over the next couple of months.
The Admissions team is already hard at work scheduling visits for families applying for fall of 2019. If you know of any interested families, please direct them to complete an online inquiry and Admissions will contact them directly. Please note that the sibling application deadline for current families will be October 1, 2018.
These last months of the school year are filled with many opportunities for learning, celebrating, and expressing gratitude. We hope that you can join us for these upcoming events that showcase our children’s learning, offer parent education and fellowship, and thank our wonderful community members for supporting our students’ growth.
Student Learning Highlights:
- Elementary Science Fair on April 13
- Poetry in the Park (K and Grade 1) between April 24-27
- Living Gallery (Grade 4) on May 10
- Grade 4 & 5 Track Meet on May 11
- Spring Concert (Grades 3-8) on May 16
- International Village (All Grades) on May 25
- Candle Lighting Ceremony (Grade 5) on June 1
- Graduation (Grade 8) on June 5
Parent Education Events:
- Lori Getz – Social Emotional Learning in Technology on April 11
- Denise Pope – The Well-Balanced Student on April 19 (at Lainer School)
- Annual Giving Leadership Reception on April 19
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on May 8
- Parent Association Leadership & Volunteer Thank You Breakfast on May 24
Of course, you can always refer to the Wednesday Weekly or your Parent Portal for more information on these events. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we are soon introducing a new app for parents. The app will serve as a one-stop shop for all Turning Point events and activities, where what you view and receive is customized to your child(ren)’s specific grade level(s). We will be “piloting” this app for the remainder of this school year with the intention of adopting it permanently in the fall of 2018. Courtney Baker, Director of Communications, will send more information via email to parents next week.
I look forward to seeing you all at our various year-end events and activities as we celebrate the accomplishments from another wonderful year of discovery, learning, giving, and growing.
Dr. Laura Konigsberg
Head of School