Welcome to the 2021 School year! We are excited to have been able to open the school year much closer to normal than we did last year! Health and safety guidelines are in place but the changes in the guidance this year are allowing us to have all of our students in school, in person and to utilize a typical schedule. Already, we see our students settling into a normal rhythm; even our younger students who have very limited experience as in person learners are thriving. These are still challenging times and our staff, students and families have been phenomenal! Watching our students so happy and excited to be in school and seeing them learn and interact with peers and adults, building relationships and developing their academic and personal skills, is exhilarating and illustrates that we are meeting those challenges well and our students are benefitting. We are so proud of how our community has adjusted and persevered over the past year and a half and are grateful to be together learning and growing. We have learned so much and much of that is having a positive impact on instruction and will continue to do so in the future. Despite the challenges we continue to face, we are emboldened and inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the students and the crinkle of smiles we see in their eyes.
As we move through this unique time, one that will be emblazoned in our memories and will undoubtedly have a long-lasting impact on each and every one of us, our school’s culture and goals remain the same; to cultivate and support the growth of caring, globally aware, well-rounded and academically prepared children. We continue to be thrilled watching our eager students enter the building each day, excited and ready to learn. For our kindergartners, despite the likelihood that their school experience is limited, there lies ahead a seven-year journey in which they will grow personally, socially and academically. Collaboration between staff, students and members of the community continues to be a hallmark of Greenville School. All members of our tight-knit community are working together to create a warm, supportive, challenging and mutually respectful learning environment. Academically, we are focused on encouraging our students to set and reach high goals with an emphasis on individual development as opposed to arbitrarily set benchmarks. Our teachers remain attentive to ensuring that our students receive instruction designed to prepare them for being world citizens and for advancing in their academic careers. At the same time, our teachers are encouraged to use creative and individualized approaches and to inspire passion about learning – ultimately, creating life-long learners is our primary goal.
Life is starting to return to normal and all indicators are that conditions will continue to improve. While the past year and a half has been very challenging for everyone, as educators, we are trained to innovate and to look for ways to reach every student and support his/her growth. This has never been more important than it is now. Throughout this year, we will continue to work collaboratively to support the children and to ensure that the instructional techniques, emotional supports and technology tools that have developed and expanded over the past couple of years, continue to be utilized effectively in the future. We must always approach adversity as a learning opportunity and reflect on how to grow and adapt and how to help our students to do the same. Ours is a strong community and a tight-knit family and these challenging times have strengthened our bond. This too shall pass and we will emerge stronger and smarter for it, working as always, together.