Messages from Our Head of School

Welcome back to school and various colored pencils

Welcome (or, welcome back) to The Quaker School at Horsham! As we open our doors for the 40th year of our school’s existence, I find myself reflecting on how much this welcome actually means to our students and families. 

For 40 years, students have left schools that did not appreciate their gifts, and TQS has accepted their presence with pleasure in order to help them grow and thrive. For 40 years, our students have been greeted hospitably by loving and highly-skilled teachers as they stepped off the bus on the first day of school. For 40 years, children with complex challenges have been finding community, friendship, fun, hope, and bright futures on our welcoming campus.

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Introducing our New Faculty Members for the 22-23 School year

While much has changed since The Quaker School opened our doors four decades ago (beyond the shoulder-padded fashions and the transition from blackboard to smart devices!), one thing has remained constant: 

For 40 years, TQS has started each school year by welcoming new students and faculty into our halls. Each year, these new additions make our community, and our mission, stronger. This year is no exception. 

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Shining Example: A TQS Spotlight

With so many wonderful moments happening within our school walls each day, it can be difficult to share them all. Yet all of these stories, projects, and tiny triumphs are meaningful to our students, our faculty, and our families, and they deserve a spotlight. 

That’s why I’m starting a new email series, Shining Example: A TQS Spotlight, to share more of these special moments with you – and our first story comes from grade 10’s Business Literacy 200 class. 

These students recently came up with a new business concept: a TQS school store.

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A variety of flowers blooming

Spending time doing what we love makes us feel relaxed, connected, and whole. However, this type of pure joy is too often relegated to the breaks in “real life” – the holidays, the vacations, the summer recess. What if instead, we looked for ways to bring more of this joy into our everyday lives? 

That’s what we often think about during admissions season here at The Quaker School at Horsham.

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Changes to Masking Policy

You may call me overly optimistic for referring to March as “early spring,” but tell that to the bright red buds forming on the tree outside my window. Even coated in layers of ice from last week’s storm, they grow vibrant and strong — the same way our community is growing, changing, and awakening into a new season. 

This year’s theme, Reunited & Reimagined, has never been more true than during this time. As we move into a phase of promise and renewal, we have many new things blossoming at TQS …

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Reflecting on Black History Month

As parents, we know that part of our job is to have big conversations with our kids about life’s important topics. Yet when these topics are complex, charged, or nuanced, it can be difficult to know where to start.

That’s why, when it comes to having life’s big conversations with my own children or our TQS students, I find peace in our school’s Quaker roots. 

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Hope and Optimism

Even in the depths of January, when the sky looks like wet newspaper and the air is so cold it punches you in the gut, I find it amazing that most people still look up with optimism.  That’s what I love about our TQS community.

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