What a great month! Starting with a successful move-in and ending with several outdoor ed trips under our belt, I want to thank the faculty for all their hard work, enthusiasm, and positive energy and all of you for trusting us with your children. As you know, we will highlight Character throughout the year and refer to it often. In addition, this month's theme of inclusiveness feels real and is noticeable. It was the perfect theme for the first month of the year.
It has been apparent in all grades that teachers are using this theme within the program. I want to share two examples. Second Graders discussed inclusivity a lot during their morning and closing meetings, sharing how they have been inclusive, how they have seen people be inclusive, and how they have felt included. Teachers have encouraged students to reach out to children they might not normally play with, and this has resulted in a stronger classroom community. In Middle School, many Advisory conversations focused on the theme. One key place to practice inclusion is the Dining Hall, where students are encouraged to welcome others to join their tables. Wednesdays are now "mix-it-up at lunch" days, and students are developing a better understanding of what it means to be inclusive.
Our monthly theme for October is cooperation, a good match for a time of year when many classes are working on the group projects and presentations that play such an important role in active learning at ACDS. I look forward to seeing students cooperating throughout the month and the year.
I also want to give a shout out to everyone who attended, volunteered, and staffed the September 16 Playdate by the Ponds. It was fun to watch our current families with new families, our doors open to the public, and our campus filled with enthusiasm and joy.
As we get ready for October, Middle School Outdoor Ed is completed, Lower School is well underway, projects are being displayed all over the school, reading and math are happening daily, and we have welcomed new families to the Aspen Country Day School community. Our students and faculty are well underway in their classrooms, and their energy reminds us of the exciting year ahead. I want to thank all of you who were on campus for Parent Nights; the strength of the ACDS faculty was on full display. The goal of these evenings is to make student learning visible. As I walked around, teachers shared specific student work and engaged parents in a discussion highlighting their respective classes.
My hope is that every new family feels included in the community. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your "buddy family," teachers or advisors if you have any questions. My door is always open, and I welcome any opportunity to hear from you.
Last Friday I was reading two of my favorite books to Kindergarten, Leo the Late Bloomer and Ferdinand. The students were so engaged and so polite. It was the highlight of the week and one of my great takeaways of the month. My hope is that you, too, have had a good month, and look forward to many more to come.