Messages from Our Head of School

Health and Safety Guidance for Opening School in September

As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, our focus is on operating safely and in the best interests of our students, families, and staff, so our planning is being informed, as always, by the recommendations of the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.  Earlier this week the agency issued its guidance on COVID-19 prevention for K-12 schools.  If future guidance is issued, TQS will adjust accordingly.  Much of the guidance is linked to four community transmission levels which measure the prevalence of positive COVID cases at the county level at any given time. 

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Hopefulness at TQS

Here at TQS, the summer sun brings with it our Summer Program, which is now joyfully underway. Children are here learning, studying, laughing, running, swimming, and playing together. There is glee in the hallways and on the playing fields, and a lightness in the building that brings me great satisfaction and happiness. 

The rising sun also signifies a new day … a refresh … a starting over. And boy does that feel appropriate this summer. 

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First Day of Our Summer Program

If you ask me, there’s nothing that yells “summer” more than a good old fashioned slip-and-slide. The anticipatory run, the spray of the hose, the inevitable belly flop and skin burn as you dive over bumpy grass into a frigid pool of water. The. Best. 

However, while some amount of slipping and sliding provides a wonderful break from reality (especially when done down a large backyard hill), the idea of a “summer slide” can be detrimental to students with complex challenges who have a more difficult time transitioning from one routine to the next. 

That’s why I’m thrilled that today is the first day of our Summer Program. 

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A Light at the End of a Tunnel

When you’ve been searching for the light at the end of the tunnel for so long, it’s no wonder that, when it finally begins to shine, it makes your eyes a little teary. 

I know that’s what happened to me anyway, after I read Governor Wolf’s announcement this week that all COVID mitigations mandated by the state of Pennsylvania will end at 12:01 a.m. on Memorial Day. 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sometimes, the heavy issues we face in this country can weigh on us, demoralize us, and make us feel like society is so deeply fissured that there is no hope of healing. 

Yet it is in these bleak times that it’s important to remember: just because America feels divided doesn’t mean it needs to be. The vast majority of people care for and believe in each other, and, when invited into the conversation, will work toward a more inclusive and just society. 

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The Power of Partnership

One thing that this challenging year has made us all recognize and newly appreciate is the power of partnership. 

Here at TQS, we have always held the belief that we are not simply educating students but partnering with families, working together to ensure each child blossoms

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