Substantive Education

August 28, 2010


Steve giving Joe a hug goodbye. So proud of him.

Originally, I published this article in 2008 when we were dropping Caleb off for his Freshman year at Westmont.  I’m republishing it today because we just attended Joseph’s Freshman orientation and Service of Commitment.  This tradition of making a formal commitment as the school year begins, brings into clearer focus what our purpose is.   As you and your children begin this school year, whether they are going to school or being homeschooled I hope reading the litanies at the end of this article brings you clarity and hope for the year.

Last week (Sept. 2008) we dropped two of our sons off at Westmont College to begin another year. It’s always an emotional time and Westmont seems determined to make it more so. One of the elements to Freshman orientation is the Service of Commitment. I thought part of it worth repeating here as we begin a new year. If you are unfamiliar with Westmont college it is a small, Christian, liberal arts college in Santa Barbara…Montecito actually. It is built on an old estate and everywhere on campus you are either going up or down the hill…very little is flat.

(quick note, the pics are not mine but Merrill Pirates, and came up when I googled Westmont images.)

When students graduate from Westmont they gather on Kerrwood lawn which is on the top end of campus and march together, for the last time, down the paths through campus to the baseball field which are set up for graduation. They are led by bagpipers, next comes all the faculty in their academic robes, and lastly, the the students. As you sit you can hear the faint sound of the bagpipes moving from the top of campus down until they emerge onto the ballfields. Once there, the faculty, instead of continuing to their seats lines the path the graduates take and cheers and applauds them as they pass by. It’s a great tradition and especially moving for parents who were at the service of commitment. (more…)


August 13, 2010

Summer Newsletter

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First Parent Meeting

Normally we meet the first Monday of the month, but that would be Labor Day…so we are meeting a week earlier. Registration, field trip info, and some policy changes will be gone over. Make sure you don’t miss this meeting. See you there!.

First Day of School – Raging Waters

Thursday Sept. 2nd.
Meet at the entrance at 9:30. Tickets must be purchased in a block. If you are not there when we purchase the tickets you will have to pay full price.
Tickets are $22.99 for those over 48 inches tall.
$19.99 for those under 48 inches tall.
Parking is $15

Friday Classes Start Sept. 3rd

Tuesday Classes and Park days Begin Sept. 7th

See you there!!! (more…)

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