Head's Corner, September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

Greetings CMS Families,

I hope that your first week at CMS last week was everything you hoped it would be and more.  As parents, we yearn for summer vacation so that we can spend quality time with our families, enjoy a more relaxed schedule and take advantage of doing all of those things that we do not have time to do during the school year.  It seems like those summer months were on fast forward and we are already back to school.  Some of us are picking up where we left off in June, moving around like machinery in a factory, dropping our children off at school, rushing to work, squeezing in personal and professional appointments while doing our best to keep it all together. Summer affords us the time to breathe.  I breathed too much and could hardly wait to get the "babies" back on track. 

I have four children.  My oldest two are a sophomore and senior in college.  The "babies" are a sophomore and senior in high school.  They have and always will be affectionately known as the "babies."  I was not ready for my summer schedule to come to an end.  However, I envisioned my kids being back in school while I continued to operate like a customer on Southwest Airlines, "I am free to move about the cabin."  Summer coming to an end is just part of life's course.  As one season comes to a close, another one begins. 

Last Friday I was one of five women who had the opportunity to speak at a church in Roxbury.  The theme of the evening was seasons and what each one means in our lives.  Winter, spring, summer and fall all represent a myriad of physical and emotional conditions throughout the year and throughout a lifetime.  The season that I spoke about was not one of the four seasons to which we are accustomed.  Instead, I spoke about due season, which is an unpredictable period in time in which an individual or collective unit experiences adversity indefinitely.

During due season, patience, endurance and perseverance are crucial to the end result, reaping the harvest or reward.  Throughout our fifty year history, CMS has enjoyed all four seasons and has also endured due seasons. Now is our time to reap the harvest, and you are the reward recipients!  We are so excited to have your family as a part of the CMS community, especially as we enter our sixth decade.  I am pleased to announce that we are a very healthy organization.  We are strong fiscally and academically.  We continue to make an impact in Cambridge and beyond – notably finding our place in the world.

We have a phenomenal faculty and staff, intellectually curious students, and a talented group of parents.  We are very fortunate to enter a fruitful season.  We recognize that we are in the educational Mecca, and that you could have chosen to send your child(ren) to any other school and yet you have chosen us.  We are truly grateful for the partnership and promise to make this year memorable.  Better yet, exceptional!  Have an awesome week!

Warm regards,

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