Launching this school year has – despite its challenges – been a source of great exhilaration to me and to all the other educators who worked through Labor Day weekend to be ready for the first day of classes. What a joy it has been to see all our students returning to in-person and online learning. And listening to the happy chatter in the hallways and laughter on the playground and soccer field brightened the first days for all of us.
I want to recognize and thank our teachers for their diligent and creative preparations for this new school year. They are indeed brave and courageous first responders in their own right. I was so grateful to the Parents Association for organizing a special Zoom “shout out” to appreciate and thank all of our teachers and staff. I also want to recognize and thank our advancement team for hanging beautiful banners around campus welcoming our students to the new school year. It is these little acts of thoughtfulness and kindness that make EMS such a special community and an exciting and warm place to teach and learn.
Although our safety practices and physical layout make the learning environment look a little different, our core values have not changed. We continue to focus on academic excellence, character development, diversity and inclusion, instilling a passion for learning, and, of course, an understanding of our interdependence as members of this beautiful community. Our strong EMS partnerships stand us in good stead as we continue to navigate these exceptional times. The year ahead may seem daunting to some, but I have every confidence that together we will forge a pathway to continued excellence and growth.
Maureen Fonseca, Ph.D.
Head of School