Gray Matters, March 2022
Welcoming a New Season
Last week marked the near culmination of another successful admissions season. On Tuesday, in celebration of everyone’s hard work, we hosted a welcome event for newly accepted families. The weather was beautiful for an outdoor reception and the enthusiastic energy was palpable.
During the event, faculty, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, a handful of our current parents, and a couple of our 8th Graders spent time answering lingering questions and sharing with new families what we love about our School. Student classwork, art, and recent field trips were proudly displayed highlighting our program and the wonderful students that make it what it is. Please scroll through the photos at the bottom of this blog post to see some of the impressive student work.
In remarks welcoming families to our community, I shared with folks elements of what I love about Capitol Hill Day School:
At Capitol Hill Day School, we focus on vital childhood years—years in which the most important learning occurs. We allow children to be children without feeling the pressure to grow up too fast, and we create an ideal environment in which they begin the transition to adolescence.
At Capitol Hill Day School, we foster fundamental elements of social and academic growth: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and risk-taking. Children at Capitol Hill Day School enthusiastically embrace authentic problems and relevant challenges.
At Capitol Hill Day School, we believe that the ultimate measure of our success is not what children know but who they become. Through their time in our community, students develop a strong sense of self, a genuine concern for those around them, a deep love of learning, and an ability to think critically about challenging problems. We are extremely proud of who Capitol Hill Day School children become.
For me, this traditional admissions event is one sign that spring has sprung. In the coming months we have two other spring events, one new and one old, for which to look forward. For the past two years we have missed opportunities to bring together our school community. I encourage you to mark your calendars for these two events.
All-School Community Meeting (April 20) — Please join fellow families (adults only) and representatives from school leadership, FiPA, and the Board for an evening of fun, connection, and engagement. Full details to follow but note that childcare will be available.
The FiPA Launch Committee is working to finalize a slate of candidates for the first FiPA Executive Committee, selected from among those parents who have expressed an interest in and taken part in FiPA’s early work. In accordance with the FiPA bylaws, a vote on the slate of candidates will be held in May and the Executive Committee will assume its role on July 1, 2022. The Launch Committee intends to announce the slate of Executive Committee candidates at the April 20 community meeting. You can learn more about FiPA here. If you have not yet expressed your interest but would like to serve in a FiPA leadership role, we welcome your participation. Please email FiPA@chds.org by March 28 to let them know of your willingness to serve.
Spring Fundraiser (May 13) — Our annual Spring Fundraiser taking place at Hill Country BBQ this year. After a two-year in-person hiatus, we’re looking forward to gathering as an adult community to celebrate. Look for ticket sales to open in the next week and visit the Spring Fundraiser website to learn more.