Frequently your first contact with our new families is through a school event, whether it is a birthday party or a sporting event. Please introduce yourself and keep introducing yourself until you are given the all clear. Take the initiative to invite them to dinner or ask their children for a play date. Volunteer to drive with them to an away game. Explain to them the joys of working in Raider Joe’s, helping with Big Flea, or being on the Gala committee. The sooner we incorporate a new family into our school, the sooner we have another committed member.
Our latest arrivals are not the only new people on campus this year. We have six new teachers, five of them in the Upper School and one in the Lower School. Many of you have already had a chance to meet them at Back to School Night, and they have all had a smooth transition into North Cross school life. That being said, every school has a different set of expectations and our teachers must adjust to ours. This may mean getting used to a different age group, transitioning from a public school to a private school, or teaching new courses for the first time. For us, it also means having a teacher do something different than what was done in past iterations of the same class. I am very happy with our new teachers and am pleased that you have welcomed them so warmly. They are working hard and can always use a kind word.
No new year begins without some really cool additions to our program. Sometimes these are huge, like Singapore Math or iPads, but equally important are the little things. I have fallen in love with the 100 books concept in the lower school and cannot wait to recognize our first students that complete all of them. Expanding our model United Nations so that we are attending not only Harvard, but also the University of Pennsylvania, shows the interest our students have in this program. And Betsy Cook’s outdoors classroom is used almost daily.
It has been a great opening to the school year and it is not too late for you and your children to take full advantage of all that is new on our campus. As I enter my fifth year at North Cross, I am more confident than ever when I say there has never been a better time to be at North Cross.