by Sarah Duddy
During this week's lower school assembly, we took some time to review the themes that we have discussed over the course of the year: culture, community, safety, sportsmanship, empathy and kindness. To be sure, each of the themes that we have discussed, through our "Photo of the Week" routine, are important elements of character development in young children. The themes that we have discussed thus far are easily tied together in many different ways. One that stands out to me is togetherness. Each of the themes are at their best when people are working together. We come together to create culture and build community. We work together to keep each other safe. Empathy brings people together, creating a connection through a shared experience or feeling. Kindness helps to keep people together. In our small, nurturing community we are together in everything we do - our work, our play, and our challenges. Through this togetherness, I hope that we are teaching EFS students how they might create connections with others, in places other than school.