Message from the Principal

Dear Friends,


Usually, I write to you from my desk.  This one is from my rehab bed - which I am not allowed to leave without assistance from the nursing staff.  If you could see the casts on my feet alongside a photo of the step I missed, you would see the incongruity of it all.  We started off the year highlighting three words to the kids: respect, awareness and respect.  Clearly, I failed on two out of three words when, being too distracted, I missed the second and last step.


Tori has been an integral part of piecing together the fabric that will cover my physical absence.  I am hugely grateful to the 25 colleagues I work with every day in Lower School.  They are caring and business as usual.  I can stay in close touch with them and with you, through email and texts - albeit, the response time could be delayed.  If there were issues lingering from your conferences you want to touch base about, feel free to send me an email.


The message I wanted the kids to hear in Gathering on Monday morning was about caring, not a message about being hurt.  Teacher Jeff spoke for me explaining I was part of a community that reaches around and helps those who need care.  It's what they do for their friends.  It's what they do for people they do not know.  It's what their teachers do for them and what their teachers do for each other.


Many of you have so kindly reached out to see what I need.  Miracle glue?  In all sincerity, as much as I love to eat, I do not need food or chocolate, as if chocolate was not a food.  Flowers are lovely; yet, the room is too small.


It is quite a challenge to go from being able-bodied to not being able to walk or stand.  At times, I can't believe this happened.  Then I get a grip -- this is not terminal, no one has died.  I'm going to hate this, and I'm going to learn something as I go through it.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me by responding to this email; I'd love to hear from you.




Upcoming Events

Pre-Halloween Parade Parent Coffee - Tuesday, October 31st at 7:45 a.m. in the Belfry - Join us for a cup of coffee before enjoying the Halloween Parade.


Lower School Halloween Parade - Tuesday, October 31st from 8:20 - 9:00 a.m. in Coach Downey Court - Parents are invited to join us for our annual Halloween parade. 

5th Grade Play - Friday, November 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Barton Test Theater - All parents and siblings are invited to join us for the 5th grade play.


From Teacher Lynn -  Jeff Kinney, the author of the popular Wimpy Kid series, will be at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood, PA, on November 8th, to kick off The Getaway, the next book in the series.  Tickets are timed, between 5:00-9:00 pm, and admission includes one signed copy of his new book.  For tickets click here.



All-School Information

Gallery Exhibit: Blu Seeds: Explorations and Reflections from the Adirondacks

October 9 - November 3, 2017

This exhibit features the work of Lower School art teacher Jeff Waring created during his summer residency at BluSeed art center in Saranac Lake. "The pieces I am including in this exhibit are explorations and reflections of flow, magnetism, vibration, and undulation, as well as light, color, form, and space...the act of painting is a gesture of communion, on a small and humble scale, with the immense spirit of the land." Please join us for a reception to celebrate this exhibit on October 19, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Gallery. 


All School Open House - Sunday October 15 1:00 PM

Tell your friends and neighbors: our first All-School Open House is just around the corner! An Open House is a great way to learn more about a Westtown education. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with faculty, Athletic Directors, and program coordinators. We encourage visitors to register here.


Parent Speaker: Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.  

Lower School Gathering Room

Denise DeRosa, Founder of Cyber Sensible, will join our community for important discussions about online safety, digital reputation and maintaining healthy tech habits. Denise will provide tips and actionable advice to help parents manage tech use in their home. More information here. This event is free and open to all.


Head of School Welcome & Installation  

We hope you can join us as we officially welcome Tori Jueds to the Westtown community on October 19 & 20, 2017. If you have not done so already, please be sure to register here if you are able to join us for one or both events.

College Fair

Saturday, October 21st

We are thrilled to host our biennial Independent School Multicultural Conference and College Fair on Saturday, October 21! All students and their parents are welcome to attend. Please see this flyer for details, and consider volunteering at the fair if you are able. See you there!


Upper School Fall Play: Big Love by Charles Mee
October 27th and 28th, 2017 7:30 p.m. Theater
A post-modern retelling of The Suppliant Women, traditionally thought of as the oldest play in the dramatic canon. Fifty sisters, engaged against their will to their 50 cousins, flee to Italy. When the men follow, a one-of-a-kind battle of the sexes is sparked. At times funny, at times shocking, Big Love is a thrilling examination of love, consent, loyalty, and gender roles. This play is appropriate for 9th grade and older.


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Phone: 610‌ 399‌ 0123

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