The Shift

The Shift

So, here we are, about half way through the first quarter of the “new” school year! But, quite frankly, it doesn’t feel new anymore. Of course, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! I actually look at it as a great thing, especially when I think about the new families we have welcomed to Linton Hall School.
After four weeks, I’m quite certain that the fog induced by uniform requirements has finally cleared! Everyone has figured out PE days and “regular” days, with, perhaps the occasional hiccup of an OCEW day. Carpool confusion is but a distant memory in the review mirror. Classroom expectations are part of your dinner table conversations. Friendships have formed. Sports physicals have been completed. School calendar events have been entered into phones. And, most importantly, every new student is no longer new – each child is known by name, and judging from the smiles on their faces, feeling comfortable with their new Linton Hall School family members!
It is a magical phenomenon that occurs here at our school. This time every year, there is a shift where the new students are fully engaged, laughing and talking, playing sports, running for class office, singing in the choir, participating in the running club, being the line leader, and just belonging! It brings me great joy when I see the shift. You see, thirteen years ago, my son experienced the shift, and our family has been blessed ever since. Welcome to Linton Hall School, where everybody knows your name!