The Dinner Table Chat
Your update on what's going on in New Hope
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body......I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell?.......But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own.
Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?.....every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance......Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts.
ONE MONTH LEFT!
Good morning Families,
We have only one month left of school! These last couple of months have been a very interesting journey. We've learned, grown, made mistakes and progress and through all of it have become even more optimistic and excited for the future.
Let us all work together to make sure that the last month is memorable for our scholars, as each of them are transitioning and moving forward on their journeys. If your scholars don't have a graduation/moving up package please let us know so that we can make a copy for you.
We put a lot of effort into communicating with you and keeping you updated on whats going on in school. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions and know that we will get back to you. Let us work together, because that is the only way we will be successful.
FCE wants to give a special shout out to Mr Allen, New Hopes new Dean of Culture, who has only been in the family for a week, but has made an enormous impact. The scholars love him and we are happy that he is here to stay!
A number of parents reached out for the last day of school; the last day of school is Tuesday June 28, 2016 and it will be a half a day.
Lean on Me Mentoring Program
Girls Empowered Mentoring Program
Thursday, May 26th, 5-6pm
475 East 57th Street
We will also have a mini computer class. Our main channel of communication is through email and it has been brought to our attention that not everyone knows how to proficiently use the different computer applications. Please RSVP if you would like to be apart of this class, so that we have enough laptops for everyone to use.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Please, if you have not already, fill out these two forms, as it is very important to have this information.