ALL SAINTS’ NEWS

May Message

OPEN MS. LA PORTE’S MAY MESSAGE OPEN THE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE It was almost exactly twenty years ago that the Board of Trustees hired me to head this sweet little school. I recall my first visit to it and the sense I had of what a wonderful home away from home it was for young children. And it’s still true today. We have worked hard to teach our students not just the academic things that one would expect a school to teach, but also the things that are more difficult to write into a traditional lesson plan. Love your neighbor. Walk…

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Mother’s Day 2020

OPEN MS. LA PORTE’S MOTHER’S DAY MESSAGE OPEN THE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE I had the extreme good fortune to grow up knowing my three great grandmothers, two grandmothers and mother. All six were strong women who put their families first and believed in the power of love and prayer. They also all modeled the importance of being compassionate to everyone at all times, with no exceptions. As time passed, I acquired three other mothers – my husband’s mother, my best friend’s mother and another best friend’s older sister. They too were all cut from the same “mother mold.” My mom was…

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Earth Day 2020

OPEN MS. LA PORTE’S EARTH DAY MESSAGE OPEN THE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE The sunrises lately have been spectacular. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalms 19:1) Author Max Lucado suggests, “Nature is God’s first missionary. Where there is no Bible, there are sparkling stars. Where there are no preachers, there are spring times. Where there is no testament of Scripture, there is the testament of changing seasons and breath-stealing sunsets. If a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God.” As a child I remember these…

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The World at a Distance

From a distance the world looks blue and green And the snow-capped mountains white From a distance the ocean meets the stream And the eagle takes to flight From a distance there is harmony And it echoes through the land You may remember this song, made famous by Bette Midler in 1990. In our current “distanced” world-so characterized by social distancing and all-distance learning, it came to my mind recently. The more the song stuck in my head (one of those times where you can’t seem to get rid of a tune lingering there!), the more I realized it spoke…

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March Newsletter – Spring at All Saints’

OPEN THE MARCH NEWSLETTER OPEN THE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE When I was young, we kids were upset when it got dark because it meant that our parents would soon be calling us to stop playing and to come inside. We celebrated when we were allowed to play hide and seek after the sun went down. Searching in the dark helped us learn to slow our pace and to draw on all our senses to guide us to success. Consequently, I’m sad when I learn that children are afraid of the dark. I have to wonder if some of that fear is…

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A Message from the Head of School for 2020 and Beyond

When I came to All Saints’, the Librarian’s position was filled each year by an intern who was enrolled in UT’s Information and Library Sciences program. Before the school year ended, the current intern would recommend a classmate to be hired for the upcoming year. In 2006, I offered Gigi Khalsa the position primarily because of her educational background and previous teaching experience. The next year, I asked her to not only stay on as the Librarian, but to also be our Kindergarten Teacher. After the Faculty attended an eight-hour Conscious Discipline workshop that introduced us to the importance of…

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