September 22, 2023
You need to touch grass!
If you talk to people online and they think you’re out of touch, they’ll say you need to touch grass! It’s true. We need to get in touch. We need to see what else is out there, understand what we value, and understand the value of others and find ways to communicate across differences.
Field trips and excursions are happening at Waverly now. Fifth and sixth-graders are returning from their annual trip to Leo Carrillo, high school students spent the last three days exploring Los Angeles and Pasadena, and middle school students are gearing up for a trip to AstroCamp. Our youngest students regularly sojourn to the farm for moments of getting dirty, running around, and remember that our health and our humanity is dependent on closing down the machines, forgetting the screens, and being outside.
The world should be a classroom. We take students across the city, the region, and the world to remind them that the other people we encounter are our companions in learning. They don’t need to be hostiles or “opps” (opponents). Our practice of listening to each other should filter into the classroom and our classroom.
Practice of friendliness, listening, and compassion should hit the street.
Our relationship with outdoor smells, breezes, mountains, rivers, and streams needs to be nurtured over time. It starts with our farm, but needs to extend much further. In the coming months, we will articulate a more robust and thorough expression of what getting outside means to us. Every Waverly student needs a fluency with the outdoors which reminds them of the value of feeling the wind in your face and dirt on your hands. The learning there is cerebral, communal, spiritual. Integral. Ravens are among nature and so shall we be.
Touch grass. Take flight.
Head of School