Leading and Modeling with Dignity By Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Outreach Inez Odom
As I sit down to write, I have just come from embracing a colleague who was visibly shaken after an interaction with an upset parent. Several of us paused during the busy work day to debrief on what had just occurred and to process this event with our colleague who felt he/she had a very positive rapport with this parent. We reflected on the fact that Donna Hicks, Ph.D., the author of Dignity, is writing her next book and is including La Jolla Country Day School in it. How do we encourage all members of our community—faculty, staff, administrators and parents—to model dignity for our students? It starts with treating one another with kindness and concern.
The Verbs in the Arts by Director of Visual and Performing Arts Barbara Weinstein Thanks to a friend and colleague, I was pointed to a brilliant article about the importance of the arts in education with a focus I never considered as key until now. What is it that we do in the arts profession that empowers students outside of the classroom? The article from actor, author and teacher Eric Booth was an edited version of his presentation from the Educational Theatre Conference in 2007. Essentially, he focused on how we are comfortable using nouns to describe the arts, but it’s the verbs that gets lost in translation.
Eighth graders visited Sequoia National Park for their outdoor experiential education trip from Monday, February 27–Friday, March 3. The area was covered in snow, which created a perfect setting for snowball fights, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country and downhill skiing. Two students share their experience and explain how this trip brought them all closer: Kian Power '21 and Alice Irvin '21.
Tracy Brymer P’15 ’18 and Belinda Donner P’19 ’22, volunteer co-chairs of this year’s Blue Bash, share what to look forward to on Saturday, May 6 at the Belly Up. Blue Bash is LJCDS’ annual fundraiser that supports financial assistance, professional development, Parents Association activities and upcoming school projects.
LJCDS offered priority admission acceptances to prospective students from Lower through Upper School. On Wednesday, March 22, the LJCDS community gathered together to congratulate our prospective Torreys and their families. Please join us in congratulating our newly accepted students to the community!