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Head's Corner, January 28, 2014
Greetings CMS Families,
I hope that you had a great weekend. Actually two weekends have passed since I last checked in with you. I trust that you enjoyed the long holiday weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has been fifty years since he delivered his famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. His speech transformed lives and his dream became a reality for a nation and a world. His dream was the hallmark of the civil rights movement in America and sparked movements beyond our borders. We are certainly an extension of his dream. Every day I am reminded that we have come a long way.
Fifty years ago, several members of the Cambridge community had the vision to open a Montessori school in the basement of an Armenian church. They were seeking an alternative education for their children that would spark their love for learning, create a school community that mirrored the values of their families and that would develop independent, courageous thinkers who, like Dr. King would one day change the world! Cambridge Montessori celebrates five decades of lifelong teaching and learning, a commitment to social justice and academic excellence. CMS was also the result of a dream. It was Dr. Maria Montessori’s dream. It was the dream of parents who wanted more for their children.
Tonight, our Governor, Deval Patrick and our President, Barack Obama will be delivering the state of the state address to residents of Massachusetts, and the state of the union address to citizens across the country and the world respectively. They will remind us that despite some challenges, that the dreams of many have become a reality through their leadership. I never discuss politics publically but I have to admit that I am really curious about what they will say and how people for and against them will react, given that some dreams have been deferred. Then it occurred to me, “oh shiitake mushrooms,” I too am delivering a speech (more like an update) tonight at our Annual State of the School. No pressure. I, along with several member of the Board of Trustees have the honor and privilege to share our highlights, acknowledge our challenges and our charge moving forward.
We didn’t just get here as a school, state or nation without some challenges along the way. We are committed to the dream and we realize that dreams live through steady plotting, constant reflecting, reassessing and redirecting. We have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. It’s a journey! I look forward to seeing you tonight!