Monday, September 13, 2010
I love so many things about FSP but my relationship to Quaker Meeting is particularly special. We are not a Quaker family and had some reservations about sending our children to a school with a religious affiliation, so in some ways I would say we began our time at FSP despite it being a Quaker school. Yet attending Quaker meeting (at school) is now one of the highlights of my week. Sitting in silence is a discipline and I often find myself having to work at quieting my body and my mind. I see my own children learning techniques for holding the quiet, in themselves and in the group - they already know things about this that I don't. I feel a tremendous gratitude for the community, because it takes a huge collective effort to be quiet, together. And then, after all that quiet, we sing! (see lots of the song lyrics on the right - I am particularly fond of "baby ducks"). Today we sang Simple Gifts and it resonated in the room and shaped my perspective on the day. I highly recommend staying for a Monday morning Quaker Meeting or attending a Friday assembly to see the joy of a preK-8 balancing alone and together and to feel the essence of Quaker Education at play.
Posted by Kimberly Simmons at 4:35 PM