We had our first student get-together last week that was more than I could have hoped for! We want to ease the transition of starting at a new school, so we’ve planned three events for the kids (as well as parents and faculty) to start to get to know each other. For our first one, held last Saturday at Riverbend Park, we went on a hike, participated in a naturalist program and then had a picnic dinner. Some of next year’s faculty and their families were able to join us. It was great to see parents, children and faculty bonding. To conclude a wonderful evening, we were overjoyed to see kids play a rendition of red-light, green-light! The next event, Minecraft Night at Ideaventions, is planned for late June and we just received confirmation on the date for our third event in July at Gadsby’s Tavern and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.
On the construction front, it feels like the Energizer Bunny has joined our team! Our project manager has repeatedly told us that once construction starts, it moves very quickly. It’s one thing to hear it, and another to see it. At the beginning of the week, we had the walls mostly framed and trenching started. By today, nearly all the walls have drywall on one side, electrical wiring is being run throughout the interior, and the new drain pipes have been installed and inspected by Fairfax County.
There is also excellent news on the faculty! Jessica McKinney is joining us to teach Earth Science. Jessie brings over 12 years working with children, most recently serving as Director of Programming at The Congressional Schools of Virginia and before that she served seven years in various teaching and science leadership positions at The Flint Hill School, including Environmental Science Teacher, Field Studies Coordinator, and Science Department Chair. Ms. Jessie holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary and she holds a Master’s of Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.
All in all, a great week!