GTMS Life > News March 3, 2022

Sarah Shares: Anatomy of a Transition

Every spring, I am surprised at the fresh spark that I feel with the first days of spring, which feels new every year. Those first days with warm breezes and the feel of the spring sun naturally lift my spirits, and also help me reflect about the entire cycle of the seasons, and how we […]

Every spring, I am surprised at the fresh spark that I feel with the first days of spring, which feels new every year. Those first days with warm breezes and the feel of the spring sun naturally lift my spirits, and also help me reflect about the entire cycle of the seasons, and how we change as we move through them. This year, this cycle of spring coincides with our work preparing to renovate and move into our school’s new home at 2140 Arch Street, with its own spark of newness and opportunity.

While we are tending to every tiny detail in the plans for our purpose-built classrooms and offices, we are also tending to the larger considerations of caring and supporting our school community through this major transition. Parts of any change can be unsettling. With the help and guidance of Concentrics, our transition management and strategic planning partner, we want to engage with all of the members of our community in tending to this major change. 

One of the first ways we will do that is through a series of community forums, starting next week, for our current families, alumni families, retired faculty and staff, and our Board of Trustees. Our goal is to hear from as many voices in the community as we can, so we can ensure our new home and steps forward continue to match our mission and the needs of our community. How can we best honor our past? What are opportunities for change with this move, and what are elements that we would never want to change?  In each of these forums, folks will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with the school, as well as discuss how we can honor our past, anticipate and address present challenges, and participate in imagining wonderful possibilities that a new home might bring to our community. 

Each Community Forum will be capped at 30 people, with reservations being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  The family forum will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 12:00 via Zoom. Register HERE. I hope you will join us, as our planning is best informed by the full range of care and experience of each member of our community. 

Enjoy these beautiful transitional days of spring!

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