First Day of School

WOW! What an exciting day! The first day of school at Crefeld may be my favorite day of the year. After spending the last three months working with contractors to get the building ready, the campus was finally alive with positive energy again. I happily joined in the loud round of applause to kick off the school year in morning meeting. It was a loud meeting because it was also the first time we officially introduced and cheered for the Crefeld graduating class of 2017. Today was a very good day. If you were worried about your new student, I want you to know that I personally watched our returning students help our new students find their way around the school.

Today exemplifies what The Crefeld School is all about  - community. We learn together, we value each other, we celebrate one another, and we enjoy being around one another. I have worked many places over my life, in many educational settings, but it is days like this that remind me how fortunate I am to be part of such a strong community.

Bring on the school year! Crefeld is ready for all it has to offer!

Letter from the Head

I am finding it tremendously difficult to watch the news anymore with the ongoing reports of violent events that have become all too common these days. If I am having this reaction, I can only imagine how hard it must be for our students to comprehend everything that is happening in the world today.

Our country is suffering a collective trauma, yet the power of the Crefeld community to support one another in times of struggle is strong. We instill the importance of what it means to be a community member to each of our students. It is an intrinsic piece of who we are as a school.

“Schools can make such a big difference, even without having the answers,” said Deborah Menkart, executive director of the Washington-based nonprofit Teaching for Change. “Just being a space where every person’s humanity is acknowledged and there’s a chance to discuss it and it’s not something that’s left outside the school doors.”

We want to encourage you to once again interact with your children about these and other current events occurring in our society. For some families that may be a conversation, for others that may be attending one of the many demonstrations being held throughout the area. There is no right or wrong, no judgment on what you do, but we do hope that you all choose to do something that is meaningful for your family.

When we gather together again as a community in September, we will discuss the events of the summer, and continue to honor the different life experiences and perspectives through dialogue and programming.