The new school year is upon us and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our community back to campus.
As we know, the world does not stop once the summer begins. And this summer has had its share of events. In fact, as an educator, it can be an odd feeling when big events occur and we are not in our Lincoln classrooms to process them together. And yet, this is the way of the world—things are always happening and they are happening at warp speed.
Thankfully, at Lincoln School we make the space to take deep breaths and think together, listen together, and just be together. Last week, we welcomed faculty and staff back to school and soon after our opening meetings, we gathered together at the Providence Meeting House to sit in collective silence as colleagues and as a teaching community. And this upcoming Friday, per annual tradition, students and faculty from the lower, middle, and upper divisions will sit together on the Dwight House lawn for our first all-school silent meeting of the year.
Taking pause in the frenetic world in which we live can be a challenge for all of us. Our Quaker foundation reminds us to embrace simplicity and to be appreciative for what we have and whom we have around us—the Lincoln community.
We live in a complex and often unjust world, where flood waters in Texas, Bangladesh, and Niger have displaced thousands of people, where hate speech and violence were the results of white supremacists and neo-Nazi marchers gathered in Charlottesville, where James Damore, author of the Google Manifesto, falsely claims that biology prevents women from being coders, and the long list goes on.
Our challenge, Lincoln’s challenge, the challenge of schools everywhere, is to provide a space where community members can share their thoughts and opinions, frustrations, confusion, hopes, and ambitions to improve a world in much need of their bold minds and big hearts.
Education is a marathon, not a sprint. At Lincoln, the empowerment of girls and young women is at the heart of our mission, and the new banners on Butler Avenue and Blackstone Boulevard remind all who drive by that Lincoln students are the bold minds, global thinkers, creative problem solvers, and future leaders of our world.
In closing, I would like to share a note that we received a couple of weeks ago from one of our alumnae, a member of the class of 1932. Somehow, reading this note puts everything into perspective.
August 18th, 2017
I have had a good life and I feel that the Lincoln School contributed to it. I was born Sept. 17, 1915 so will soon be 102 years old. I still live in my own home (have part-time help)—am not allowed to drive anymore. I go to church each Sunday and am still pretty active. My children are close and visit me often. I have 74 blood descendants and am proud of all of them!! I lost one daughter and one granddaughter to cancer—the rest all healthy. I thank the Lord each day.
Best regards, Helen Esther Kenoyer Mosher ’32
We are so grateful that Helen Esther Kenoyer Mosher ’32 shared these thoughts with us and that Lincoln impacted her life in a positive way. Sharing this letter with our community is a wonderful reminder of the gift of a Lincoln education. We look forward to seeing you soon and to a great year.
All my best,