School Theme, 2020-2021
Each year, Waterford School announces a school theme, which is at the forefront of our thinking as we navigate the school year. This year's theme, "Caring," one of our core values, reminds students, faculty and families that we learn best in a caring environment, where respect and inclusion make possible the deepest forms of intellectual, emotional, and character growth..
"Caring is a natural part of what it means to be a child, the result of having been so deeply and immediately loved and nurtured by those around them. Children demonstrate caring generously and reflexively. At Waterford, we do not leave it at that. We intentionally cultivate caring by highlighting those who, throughout history, have made their way through the world with kindness. Teachers and students demonstrate a myriad of unseen acts of caring every day. Like an underground spring, students enter Waterford with this gift. Over time and through interactions with each other and their teachers, their unique ways of caring for each other and the world around them is transformed into a river that will flow fully throughout their lives." - Dr. Melanie Battistone, Lower School Head
School Theme Button
One of Waterford's long-standing traditions for students and faculty is to be given a button to wear throughout the year to remind us of our theme's intention, to be caring. This year, students received a button designed to celebrate our care for one another. The geometric design of the heart represents the many various pieces of Waterford's community. When together it builds the whole, and reminds us to hold caring at the center, in our hearts and minds. And finally, the glowing text reminds us that when someone performs an act of caring, it adds light and makes the world a brighter place. The school theme button is gifted during First Friday.
"Caring means that we lead with empathy and compassion. We seek to understand both the intention and impact of our actions—on peers, on teachers, on our families—all of us working to achieve individual and communal goals. One will not happen in the absence of the other." - Head of School, Andrew Menke (taken from his speech on First Friday)