September 22, 2020
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I was asked the other day in a Heads of School call what was one unexpected positive of school this far; a silver lining. I immediately answered: Zoom parent meetings. For those who have joined–and there have been quite a few since we started school–I would imagine you have appreciated some of the elements of these meetings that I have. The meetings have had a variety of participants, including students, faculty, staff and parents from all over the region and even across the world. They have served as a place to raise questions and to provide answers, to share impressions and support and to come together in a way unique to this time and place and join in our community.
I have been moved by the participation by our parents, and perhaps more importantly their willingness to share their struggles and ask for help being part of our community. This entry into a new model of school has been difficult for all of us, and our collective efforts to move forward together has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation for me.
I know that we all care about education, about this educational community and I also know that we have felt this is worth fighting for and fighting through. There is still much that I don’t know about what is to come and I am certain there will be more questions asked than answers provided as we continue together this fall. As we head into Homecoming week and enjoy the gifts of a Maine Fall, I know that I have been so glad to have you all join me in building our school community and continuing the proud traditions of Lincoln Academy–even when they look a little different.
Be well and stay safe,
Jeffrey S. Burroughs