Build­ing Rela­tion­ships & Community

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My office is located at the elemen­tary school just two steps from the bath­rooms. Believe it or not, prox­im­ity to these facil­i­ties helps me to do my job. I am privy to all sorts of conver­sa­tions between students, between students and parents, and between students and teach­ers (as I write this I see and hear a teacher asking a child in the hall, do you need time to resolve this?”).. The main thing revealed by these conver­sa­tions is that rela­tion­ships are really impor­tant at Waverly.

Build­ing rela­tion­ships can be chal­leng­ing and requires time. It is some­thing Waverly is commit­ted to and we make time for every day. This is time spent in class­rooms, on the play­ground, in clubs and commu­nity events, and in places in-between.

As Waverly’s Admis­sions Direc­tor, I am priv­i­leged to have the oppor­tu­nity to help to build our commu­nity. So many delight­ful and inter­est­ing students and their fami­lies apply to Waverly each year. We have just completed another season of this long and some­what involved process. This process has required input and help from many people includ­ing students, parents, teach­ers, admin­is­tra­tors, and staff, and it is worth every minute of the time involved. As one prospec­tive parent shared in a recent email to me:

We love and respect your commu­nity and teach­ers. We have been EVERY­WHERE and what you are doing at Waverly is very special and a gift to chil­dren, their fami­lies and the world that awaits.”

I suppose I am biased, because I couldn’t agree with this parent more. The work we do to build rela­tion­ships and commu­nity, and to help each person become his/​her best self, is not measur­able but most visi­tors sense it within minutes of arriv­ing. I am glad to have helped create this commu­nity, and on behalf of all of Waverly, offer the sincer­est welcome to those who are new.

Jennifer Dakan
Direc­tor of Admissions