I had the pleasure of attending our Meet and Greet for newly-admitted families, and I was overwhelmed by a profound sense of appreciation for the wonderful people who make up our parent community. All Saints parents are a cut above the ordinary. They are caring, intentional, and thoughtful about their parenting. They are willing and gracious partners with our teachers. They are generous and support the school’s overall programming so that we can continue to develop and enrich our innovative and ambitious curriculum. They are concerned citizens who care about the well-being of all people around the world.
Over the past several months, as politics have heated up on both sides of the aisle, I have been so impressed with how respectful and tolerant our school community has been. I have heard some horror stories of children and adults behaving badly at other schools – pitting themselves against each other and negatively polarizing the community. I cannot tell you how proud and touched I am that we have experienced no such issues here. Someone suggested that the peace and tolerance we have enjoyed must be a reflection of the homogeneity of our school population. But I don’t believe that to be the case. I believe, rather, that our families embrace diversity and allow for a multiplicity of opinions. They are open and willing to listen to one another, celebrating their shared values and respecting their differences.
How does this tolerance translate into the day-to-day life of our school? Tolerant, loving parents generally raise children who are equally open to new ideas, and to being patient and generous with those who hold different opinions – even vastly so. Our parents partner with us in creating an environment in which children are able to consider and explore their new and emerging thoughts on a variety of issues without fear of reprisal or recrimination. I can’t think of a more important ingredient for success.