From the Head's Corner

Each week, Head of School Mr. Stuart sends thought-provoking messages to the entire Caedmon community. Discussing a range of topics from Montessori practices, the latest research on childhood education, to sharing his world travels, the weekly missives are cherished by parents and staff alike for their insight, thoughtfulness, and warmth.

Parting Words of Wisdom, Reminders, & Celebrations

This morning we collected in the sanctuary of St. Monica’s Church on East 79th, to celebrate the graduation of the Caedmon Class of 2017. If you didn’t know, our schoolhouse was originally the home of St. Monica’s parochial school (we still rent this building from the NYC Catholic archdiocese). So there is something connected and special about celebrating our commencement in the beauty of the church building.
For those who haven’t been, a Caedmon graduation is much like the rest of Caedmon –… Read more »

Congratulating & Celebrating

Writing the penultimate missive for Inside Caedmon is always challenging. Next week, in our final piece, we will celebrate our spectacular graduating Class of 2017 and their graduation. This week, however, how do you capture the excitement, the fulfillment of your goals, and the many items that still need attention next year? So, today, it seemed to be a good idea to celebrate some of the incredible milestones we have achieved at Caedmon this year…. Read more »

Intention & Impact

Hanging in the Caedmon Lobby, directly below the school’s Mission Statement is Our Commitment to Community and Equity. It is a significant statement because it embodies our promise to anyone (our families, our teachers and staff, our visitors) that Caedmon is a place that holds all people, regardless of difference, as sacred. The closing sentence is:
“We cultivate a caring, respectful, and safe environment, in which bonds are forged across potential barriers of human difference,… Read more »

Notes from the Student Suggestion Box

Well, summer has arrived, no? And you can tell that school, students, teachers (maybe you as parents?), despite four more weeks, can taste summer vacation!

As many of you know, a Lower Level student recently created a “suggestion box” that sits outside my office. NOTHING is better than hearing a child’s hopes and wishes. They range from the “we can easily do that” to “I wish I could make that happen” to “yeah…not going to happen.”… Read more »

Connecting the Dots: Curriculum Initiatives for 2017-2018

It seems unbelievable that I’m writing this letter to you as I finish my second year as Caedmon’s Assistant Head of School. Last year around this time I wrote about some of the new initiatives we’d begun as well as what I was looking forward to this coming school year, and I am happy to report my goals have been met with great success. We’ve spent a lot of time developing our reading and writing program through the addition of The Complete Year curriculum,… Read more »

What the Modern World Has Forgotten About Children & Learning

Lisa Oberstein shared an article from the Washington Post, written by Carole Black, that is perhaps one of the most compelling and thoughtful articles I have read on the topic of meeting each child where they are when it comes to their learning.

The author makes a clear and powerful argument for “honoring the individual” – the basis for the Caedmon Mission – by taking aim at the idea that there is one, BEST way to teach all children and that we need to hold each child to a set of age-appropriate standards and accomplishments…. Read more »

The Road to 100%

I said to the faculty on Monday: As the school year goes, we are in the final stretch. The next few months are exciting; students and teachers are wrapping up intriguing projects, performing carefully practiced choral and instrumental pieces, or proudly sharing dramatic fare, like the Fourth-grade’s original immigration play or the Fifth grade musical, Into the Woods. All will culminate in the graduation of 25 courageous, capable, and creative children in the class of 2017! … Read more »

Honoring the Individual

Diversity is an often-used word, and sadly I would actually say an over-used word that has lost its power and urgency. Whether because of political correctness, anti-political correctness, trying to be too many categories for too many people, it just seems now like a buzzword at best.

The value (the authentic meaning of the word) of “diversity” has an important place at Caedmon; it is one of our pillars. But what does Diversity really mean? We actually renamed the school’s diversity statement to “Caedmon’s Commitment to Community and Equity”… Read more »

Middle Schools for the Class of 2017

My debate for the pre-Spring Break edition of this Byline is always the balance of a short, simple pre-vacation message, and a robust, “think-about-this” article. Given the return of cold and icy winter in these last two days, I’m thinking a warm, short, cheerful message will do the trick.
I was looking over previous messages I’ve sent prior to this break. They carry the same (important!) theme. Please take the time to enjoy your children and do some things that the everyday doesn’t allow;… Read more »

In the Miracle Business

Where do I begin? It was such a great party last Friday, and I enjoyed the chance to laugh and schmooze with so many of you. I care deeply about your children, feel honored that you have entrusted their education to us, and love being with them – but sometimes it is nice to just hang out with all of you.

Thank you for your support of the Reverse Auction, Bring Our Classrooms to the City and the City to Our Classrooms…. Read more »