Yoda and Luke Skywalker. Dumbledore and Harry Potter. Socrates and Plato. We’re all familiar with famous mentors and their protégés, both real and fictional. But what does mentoring look like for an everyday teenager?
Kate Hadley, Director of Mentoring and Terri Collins, Director of Parent Support
During the time of the Covid quarantine, most of us are having more time for family dinners together without the delays of driving to and from work and extracurriculars that can reduce the number of people at the table. We have heard many people say that they are grateful for these family dinners and plan to try to carve out time for family dinners post-Covid.
I would like to share a thought with you during this difficult time. It is taken from an essay on “Learning in Wartime” by C.S. Lewis. Although referring to a different type of evil than a pandemic, Lewis speaks to the heart of education during the most trying of times.
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Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D., Head of Oakcrest School
In this extraordinary time, as the education of young people that normally takes place in school buildings has moved into homes, it is easier to appreciate the deeper meaning of the things we may have been taking for granted. For me, it’s the joyful sound of laughter, singing and conversation that normally permeates the halls of our school and the smiling faces that greet me each day. While our school’s distance learning program is going very well, I am eager for the girls to return.
Living without many of our well-worn routines, it is natural that there have been moments of tension and frustration. In times of sudden change, especially when that change means we are cut off in a significant way from direct personal connection with people, we can tend to “shrink,” to close in on ourselves.