Greetings from Morrow House!
As I think back to the first days of school, I find myself heartened to see our mission and core values in action. There have been so many special moments for me during our first week and the sense of community came alive in many ways. I enjoyed having the chance for conversation with families at various gatherings and seeing students and teachers in happy interactions. Whether joining in singing our APPLETREE school song, or being regaled by our unparalleled music faculty at assemblies, I was struck anew by the power of music to lift and unite the spirit. I reflected on how uniquely fortunate our children are at EMS to be so fully immersed in learning and appreciating music, and to learn in this caring school environment.
The real highlight for me — if I have to choose just one — was greeting children on their first days back on campus. The handshake tradition where division heads greet and welcome children to each new day is a powerful reflection of our mission in action. Each child is unique and valued as an individual and needs to feel known and embraced fully. As I looked into the beautiful faces and bright eyes of each child, I felt a surge of joy in my heart seeing their untold potential. Each child is a gift to us; filled with great promise and aspirations. There is a transfer of positive energy that happens with the handshake at the moment when parents hand children over to us. The handshake also represents to me our commitment to work together, teachers, and administrators, and the students themselves, in the ongoing journey of helping them grow and become their best and strongest selves.
Maureen Fonseca, Ph.D.
Head of School