On March 12, Waverly, along with other Pasadena area independent schools, decided to temporarily close the school campus in an effort to protect our children and community from the spread of COVID-19. Waverly parents Glen and Nadine were both worried and had faith in Waverly’s skill and commitment to making remote learning work. Still, Waverly teachers blew them away. The faculty’s creativity, compassion, and professionalism during this crisis is stunning — a testament to teachers everywhere.
I remember hating documentaries when I was young. They were dull and fuzzy and seemed intended only for people who had nothing better to do. Now I find myself one of “those people,” as I seek out documentaries regularly, both in theaters and on Netflix. It would not surprise me at all if someday a Waverly student creates a documentary about what is likely to be the phrase of 2020, “social distancing.” Perhaps one of them will become inspired by something here, a short list of some of my favorite documentaries, with something for everyone.
This weekend, the Raven Collaborative presents Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town. Our Town is a masterpiece devoted to community, friendship, the small and meaningful moments of daily life and loss, and the journey to first love. Wilder gives us some musings and gentle instructions on how to live in and truly appreciate our present time in all its forms. Watch the Raven Collaborative’s production of Our Town, November 21 – 23, in the middle school big room.
Every year, right around the time of the book fair, Waverly teachers are asked to create wish lists for books to be read in their classrooms. So while the teachers are thinking about books and literature, Jen took the opportunity to ask what everyone is currently reading. This is always a fascinating peek into the secret reading lives of faculty and staff!
One of my goals this year is to read all the assigned books my son Sam will be reading in his senior English seminar courses. This semester, he is taking Crash and Clash of Cultures, which is taught in conjunction with the history class called State of the World. Both classes explore themes of morality, violence, poverty and wealth, population issues, globalization, immigration, and corporate capitalism from a literary standpoint, and they look at the age-old and ageless responses to the idea that cultures clash and crash.
It began on a cool day in the late winter of 2005. My son, Harry, and I were much younger when Harry made his first visit to Waverly as an applicant for the preschool. We drove to Pasadena, a drive we ended up making approximately 4,480 times over the next 13 years.