I want to assure you that we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and, at present, everything has been proceeding normally. However, I think it is important that I acknowledge concerns and implications around COVID-19.
This past Monday was recognized around the Northern Hemisphere as “Blue Monday” - the so-called saddest day of the year. Whether or not you agree with that assessment, it’s hard to argue that January in Canada isn’t a dreary time. Dark days and snowy weather inevitably take a toll on many people physically, mentally and emotionally.
Teens perform a balancing act every day. Navigating (real or perceived) pressure from school, family and peers, along with practising good self-care and work habits and keeping up with competing demands, is very tricky.
As part of yesterday’s Arts Day, cellist Erika Nielsen performed for Greenwood, inspiring students to consider all that goes into learning to play an instrument so expertly and passionately and making a profession of it.
We proudly and warmly welcomed prospective families to our second of two Visitors’ Days of the year yesterday, and I know I wasn’t the only person filled with pride in our school. It was a pleasure speaking about our students, our staff and all that Greenwood has to offer to prospective families.
As the Thanksgiving weekend approaches, many of us are dreaming of turkey, pumpkin pie and quality time spent with family and friends. Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we are thankful for - but what if we all made a conscious effort to practice gratitude on a daily basis?
How did Swedish student Greta Thunberg get the attention of students, governments and citizens around the world? She skipped school! As a Principal, this is about the last thing I want students to do, but I have to admit that it was an effective way to draw attention to the climate crisis.
This is my penultimate note for Life @ Greenwood. I’m not sure if a school year has ever seemed to go as quickly as this one. With only a few days left before Celebration Day, thoughts are turning to summer and even looking ahead to the next school year.
We welcomed acclaimed Canadian musician Peter Katz to Greenwood this past Monday. The opportunity to have Peter speak (and sing) with our students was thanks to the generosity of the Perelmuter family.
Earlier this year, I had the good fortune to listen to Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis speak. She shared highlights and lowlights of her life story, including the hardships she endured growing up in poverty and how acting changed her life.
I am currently reading Michelle Obama’s book, 'Becoming'. I find Michelle Obama inspiring and am enjoying learning more about her life story. She has a motto she uses when she feels like politicians are no longer being civil: “When they go low, we go high.” To me, this is such a great reminder to be respectful even when we disagree.
I have been observing Greenwood school spirit since my first visit over a year and a half ago, and this week is proving to be super spirited. School spirit is a demonstration of the sense of identity and community shared by our staff, students, parents and alumni.
January can be a difficult month in Toronto, with some of the darkest and coldest days of the year (and this week’s snow storm certainly didn’t help). When Mother Nature seems to be against us, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our mental health.
“Every mile is two in winter”, a quote from George Herbert, might explain the way some of our Grade 11 students felt during their expedition that had them snowshoeing and dog sledding through some very cold temperatures, with only expedition tents to sleep in at night.