Rested ……… Restored …….. Energized ……. Inspired…….

It is my hope that the words above describe how you and your children are feeling after your summer vacations that I know have been filled with many adventures and soon to be fond memories.  The challenge for all us is to ensure the positive energy and emotions from the summertime continue throughout a very busy school year.  We will need to take time to reflect on our experiences and mindsets from the summer months and find ways to create similar ones during the school year.

During the upcoming school year, Leadership and Citizenship will be a focus in Lower School, and in the entire Ravenscroft community, as we strive to nurture individual potential and prepare students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.  We will be very intentional about helping our youngest Ravens increase their self-awareness and hold themselves accountable for their choices as they work on Leading Self. We will be encouraging them to be collaborative and inclusive as they work on Leading with Others. And, we are confident they will Change Their Worlds if given opportunities to be visionary and reflective.

This important work we are embarking on with the Center for Creative Leadership could not be done without the solid foundation that has been built by our Character Tree and Honor Code which can be found in the Lower School Handbook. A printed version of the handbook will be sent home with students on the first day of school, and we ask that each one of you spend time reviewing it with your children. The Statement of Community section is an important one that outlines our expectations for behavior and includes the Character Tree traits, honor code, and dress code.

 Please join me in welcoming some outstanding educators to the Lower School faculty. After reviewing hundreds of resumes and interviewing many qualified candidates, we have found exceptional teachers to join our community. They are passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable, and I am eager for you to meet them. You can review their complete bios on the list of new full faculty and staff sent in the Opening of School mailing.

  • Anna Thorp: Kindergarten Instructor

  • Tracy Waite: Third Grade Instructor

The 2013-2014 school year promises to an exciting journey filled with many joys and successes. Please make sure to visit the Hobbs’ Highlights blog to stay informed about all the amazing things going on throughout the year in Lower School and to read some of my own personal thoughts and reflections. This blog serves as my main source of written communication with parents and is updated at least twice a month.

 I look forward to seeing all new Ravenscroft students and their parents on August 20 for orientation and all of our students on August 21! In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any questions or comments you may have. You may reach me by phone at (919) 861-2110, ext. 2542 or email at phobbs@ravenscroft.org.

 Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Sincerely,

 Payton L. Hobbs

Head of Lower School

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