March, Memories and our Microsite

Blog entry by Nancy Mugele – Head of School at Kent School

Seems like just a moment ago that we gathered in Atlanta for the NAIS Institute for New Heads. Many of us newly moved to unknown cities and relatively unknown school communities. 75 of us learned together, ate together, bowled together, and got overwhelmed together this past July. We left INH with the knowledge that we had forged lasting connections. We were excited, fulfilled, and ready to lead. 

Today, Room 307 at the NAIS AC at the Baltimore Convention Center was loud with the excitement of friends catching up, sharing successes and surprises, and breaking bread together, again. Laughingly, we said all of our instructors looked so youthful while we all looked a little weary. But, hey, it is already March and spring break is right around the corner.

We shared memories of our time together this summer reminding ourselves to be careful or “we may be the fur ball that gets coughed up.” (You had to be there.) We made fun of the microsite this summer yet now it seems to be our lifeline. We rely on its presence in our inbox to remind us of colleagues near and far who are experiencing the same things we are, and whose non-judgmental advice is needed and appreciated.

To my INH cohort – you inspire me. To our INH faculty – we are deeply grateful for your investment in us. Congrats to all of the new heads. We are all still standing!

Recommended Reading for Winter Break

At Kent School we are committed to developing a child’s love of reading and writing. We think children should always be reading a book of their choice. If a child chooses a book and asks you to read to him or her, be flattered and enthusiastic about the opportunity to open their imagination and inspire curiosity. To guide you or your child, Kent School teachers and administrators have compiled a selection of titles for children of all ages and grade levels. Listed below are our top reading recommendations for the upcoming winter break. School may not be in session but that just means there is more time for READING!

Recommended Reading for Preschool through Grade 1

How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin

 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tommie de Paola

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

The Miracle Jar by Audrey Penn

Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Recommended Reading for Grade 1 through Grade 4

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Hatchet by Gary Paulson

Kringle by Tony Abbott

Recommended Reading for Grade 5 through Grade 8

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Kringle by Tony Abbott

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L’Engle

Recommended Reading for Parents of Children from Preschool through Middle School

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlan

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Essential 55 by Ron Clark

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor