February 12, 2019
Dear Families and Friends,
Thank you for your interest in The Community School (TCS)! We are deep into our 5th year of Place-based learning on MDI. Our 1850 farmhouse serves as our schoolhouse, located in Somesville, along the tidal Babson Creek. We become better acquainted with the special places and magic of our property each year, deepening our sense of place as we explore the land, water, and species of our home.
Each morning, I have the opportunity to greet each child on the porch with a handshake as they begin their day. Often these morning greetings turn to conversations and wonderings about the world-- the turning seasons, migrating geese that were sighted on the way to school, the first ice seen on Babson Creek, how frost crystals are different from snow. Children are alert, engaged, and observant, with a reverence for the intricacies of the world.
Each week, we have the opportunity to turn academic lessons in all subject areas into real-life experiences. Our Thursday outings bring us afield as we meet and learn from local people and places. In addition to workshop-model classes in all subject areas, we will share a meal together on Friday prepared by students and close our week with our all-school “town meeting,” where we govern and share with one another.
This school year, we will collaborate with over 75 community members and engage with over 90 places on MDI and beyond to meet our learning goals. Students will participate in daily mindfulness work, be versed in Spanish, Music, and Handwork, and greet the school day with a smile, eager to participate as lifelong learners and stewards of our greater community.
As our classes continue to grow, we are excited to be expanding into the middle school grades, offering a full K-8 experience at TCS. We begin accepting applications for Fall 2019 on February 15. Space is limited and we cap our class size to ensure smaller, mobile groups. Financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis. The application can be found on our website, and feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or inquiries. Whether you are an interested family, or curious community member, we look forward to partnering with you!
Jasmine W. Smith, Director