The new year is here and we are grateful to be together again. We want to begin the year with gratitude: thank you to all of the families who contributed to the Holiday Wish Fund for the faculty and staff. The gifts were generous and appreciated – thank you!

Last week, during our professional development day, we completed our discussion of the book Trauma-Responsive Strategies for Early Childhood, written by Katie Statman-Weil. Each year we choose a book or theme that challenges us to dig deeper into our work with children and families. This book would be a heavy read in easy times, but with the pandemic and social unrest that we’re living through, it became evident that this book was exactly what we needed to read together. The most important takeaways for us were that relationships and connections to each other are essential to a child’s development, and that we have the power and capacity to create and support caring and inclusive spaces in our classrooms and school community.