The first week of school at Waverly our eyes were wide open, and we could feel our hearts pounding a
s we stood taking everything in: children laughing, digging, climbing, drawing, hugging the legs of parents, and waiting for the sweet school bell to be rung by an eager child. How lovely the sound of this bell in contrast to the loud automated one we were used to. Everything felt new and different.
My daughter Cora is new to Waverly this year. She is a fourth grader in Molly and Kerry’s class. My husband Mac and I made the decision to tour Waverly last year, when we concluded that Cora’s K‑3rd grade academic experience at one of the top school districts in California, was not playing to her creative strengths, but rather creating daily stress. We had heard about Waverly through friends with children who attend the school, and we were eager to learn more. After touring and visiting several times, we felt in our hearts that this was a school where Cora would soar. We knew it would not be easy to move schools at age 9, but it would more than likely be worth it.
Within one week of attending Waverly this fall, our family and friends noticed and commented on a brighter, lighter Cora. She hops into the car at the end of the day with energy in her eyes, stories of what she created and learned, and a relaxed disposition. We experience quality family time after school, and she is engaged in her homework rather than in tears from the overwhelming amount of it. Everything is new and different and better.
Cora’s heart still beats quickly as we walk into the school yard each morning. But every day, she is greeted with warm smiles, bear hugs, and friendly hands taking hers – to bring her in – into the nurturing, creative, and inspiring arms of Waverly.
Mom of Cora, 4th Grade