August 24, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Dear Friends School parents and friends,

Welcome back to school and to this Among Friends column for the 2017-18 year.  Each week, I will share stories of many of the great people and events that occur in and around the school.  I like to think of this as a place for me to share my window on life at school with all of you.

On Monday, in an event that was highlighted on the front page of the New York Times of August 14, 1932 (yes, THIRTY TWO!) we all looked skyward.  Here in Boulder the moon eclipsed only 93% of the sun.  The day before our elementary and middle schools opened, our teachers left their planning meetings and our administrative staff took a break from their desks to marvel at the sight.
5th graders viewing the eclipse

Many of our Friends School families, and several of our staff, traveled northward to parts of Wyoming and Nebraska to experience totality. Despite the teeming traffic, everyone I spoke with told me that to witness a total eclipse of the sun, even for only two minutes, was an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Reports of 360º sunsets, rapidly falling temperatures, and the opportunity to see the sun’s corona were impressive enough.  For many people however, the physical occurrences did not seem to match the emotional transformations that they experienced.

Articles have been written on the energetic impact of a total solar eclipse.  Some have indicated that a unique moment like this may change our moods or perhaps even have an impact on shifting our collective consciousness.  This is powerful stuff.  

Joining our elementary students at their back to school gathering
Many people who witnessed totality firsthand were completely awestruck, in the true sense of the word. They were overcome with emotions at what they saw.

An eclipse can be a time of new beginnings.

So how appropriate was it that we invited our Kindergarten and new elementary families to picnic with us at school on the very same day?

New beginnings….and a new school year that we fully anticipate will also go beyond the physical and will be emotionally transformative for our students and families.

Middle school students on the first day of school
Beyond the standard things that all schools do – reading and writing and math and science and PE and recess (and more) – our aim is that our skilled teachers will connect with your children energetically.  They will support our students’ social and emotional development.  They will help them to learn new friendship skills, inspire them to reach new heights both academically and intrapersonally, and hold them up when they need a hand.

That’s why we are all here at Friends School: not simply for school as you and I may have experienced school, but for a transformative experience that will last a lifetime.

At Friends School, we are both challenging minds and nurturing spirits. Welcome to the journey. 

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