If I ever write my autobiography, there will definitely be a chapter entitled, “Seemed like a good idea at the time.” And I take solace in knowing that I will have plenty of entries for that chapter (no writer’s block there). My most recent potential entry is my decision to volunteer as an assistant coach for my daughter’s softball team. This is my second year “coaching” and it has been quite the experience. The practices have been going well and I’m cherishing the time with my child. She is developing a love for softball which was my favorite sport as a child too. And while I try to stay present in the moment and focus on each pitch and each drill, my mind often wanders and many questions and thoughts float my brain.
- It’s a shame that hand-eye coordination (like so many other things) doesn’t get better with age.
- How long until I pull or strain something? And how will the brace affect my spring wardrobe?
- Why am I still wearing a down jacket in late April?
- Could the players possibly be any more adorable … And do you think they notice the assistant coach is having trouble catching the ball?
- I hope none of the parents have ever heard me say how important it is that a teacher has a command of his or her subject. And, I wonder how long till they start complaining?
And then, of course, my mind wanders to our Middle School — it’s never far from my mind these days — and specifically our athletics program. I think about our faculty coaches who give 100% to their curriculum work during the first part of the day and then somehow find another 100% to give to their student athletes. I think about our students. The ones for whom athletics is a focal point of their identities and a highlight of their Middle School day. And the ones who show courage by learning a new sport and remaining open to considering a variety of possibilities for this part of their identity. Finally, I think about Sam Landau and his stalwart leadership of our athletics program. Like I do about students in math, Sam truly believes that every student can be an athlete. Sam reminds our students all the time that what’s important is to remain coachable, set achievable goals and work hard to attain them, and strive for improvement (not perfection. And as I’m learning this spring, this is timeless advice for coaches too.) Now play ball!
News and Announcements
Last call for Grandfriends’ Day Volunteers—We are still looking for a few Middle School parents to help Grandfriends’ Day run smoothly. Roles include greeting in the lobbies of the buildings, providing directions between buildings, etc. Click here to be a Grandfriends’ Day volunteer.
Course Planning 2019 – 2020 — Students in Grades 6 and 7 were sent the Course Planning Form and asked to complete it by Monday, May 6. This form will give us the data needed to place students in music class and in the fall afternoon program. Please take time this weekend to discuss the choices with your child. Click here to see an overview of the course planning offerings.
The Week Ahead
Trustees Weekend, Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4
Foley Fest Speech Tournament, Sunday, May 5, at Milton Academy
Weekly Speech Team Practice, Tuesday, May 7, 4:30–5:45 p.m., Ware Hall
Visual Arts Show Opening, Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m., Arts Commons, Kellner Performing Arts Center
Grandfriends’ Day, Friday, Friday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon—Grandparents and special friends have been invited to experience a morning at Milton Academy enjoying a continental breakfast, visiting classrooms, and attending a special assembly. We look forward to hosting your guests and welcoming them to our community. Please note that this day is about Grandfriends only. While we enjoy parent visitors, our classrooms do not have the capacity for more than our Grandfriends on this day. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. If you want to remain on campus during the morning, there are ample volunteer opportunities for parents. Below are some details for the day:
- If your special visitor has not received an invitation, you may either contact Caroline McCourt or click here to view the invitation and response card. You are also welcome to respond on behalf of your guests. Click here to do so.
- The schedule for the morning of May 10 is as follows:
- 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.—Check-in and breakfast at the Arts Commons in the Kellner Performing Arts Center
- 8:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.—Classroom visits, including snack and recess
- 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.—Middle and Lower School Assembly in the Caroline Saltonstall Gymnasium (CSG)
- 12 p.m. Grandfriends depart from the assembly. Middle School students will be dismissed for lunch. Lower School students will return to their classrooms for a 12:15 p.m. dismissal.
- Parking: We have designated three parking areas for Grandfriends’ Day use – the lot to the right of the Junior Building, the lot behind the Pritzker Science Center and Upton Field. Staff-operated golf carts, stationed throughout campus, are available to assist Grandfriends as they move from one location to another. If your Grandfriend has mobility concerns and needs additional assistance, let us know and we will make special accommodations. PLEASE ask your Grandfriends not to part in the Pool Lot as it will interfere with Lower School dismissal.
- Assembly: Seating is limited in the CSG and seating priority will be given to Grandfriends. We will not be offering a closed-circuit feed of the assembly. Instead, we will tape the assembly and share the link the following week.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
Special Middle School Student Assembly: Dr. Hartman, Monday, May 13, 2 p.m., Wigg Hall
Rosie’s Place Volunteer Opportunity, Tuesday, May 14, 3:45-8 p.m.
An Evening of Socials! Friday, May 17, 6–8 p.m. Lower and Middle School parents will gather in Straus; Middle School Students will gather on the Ware Quad and in Ware 101.
Grade 7 Choose To Participate (CTP) Walk-Around, Monday, May 20, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Wigg Hall
Grade 6 Sustainability Gala, Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
No Classes in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. When classes resume on Tuesday, we will follow a Tuesday schedule.
ARTStravaganza, Tuesday, May 28, 2:15–3:30 p.m., King Theater
After School Program
The After School Program is available Monday to Friday from dismissal until 5:45 p.m. The Middle School ASP is open Monday through Friday—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30–5:45 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday from 2–5:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on the Milton Academy Calendar). The program closes promptly at 5:45 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your child by this time please notify email@example.com or call 617-898-2537. Students who have not been picked up by 5:45 p.m. will be escorted to Cox Library by an ASP teacher where they can wait for rides.