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Where does happiness come from?

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:52
This week’s post was written by staff member Mimsy Sadofsky. I confess that I wasn’t thinking about happiness in 1968, when my husband and I decided to send our children to the almost-open Sudbury Valley School. We had unfortunately noticed … Continue reading →

The piano

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:45
On a beautiful fall day in October, Sudbury Valley was the scene of a long-awaited event: the arrival of a new baby grand piano. You see, for several years our trusty old baby grand had been bravely carrying on, kept … Continue reading →

Okay, Let it NOT Snow!

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:23
Aren’t they adorable, all those little munchkins, big munchkins, bigger than munchkins, playing in the snow? Isn’t it nice that the school has so many good sliding places? One can even slide right onto the middle of the pond—not usually … Continue reading →

Tree Work

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:58
This week’s blog post was written by SVS staff member Sylvia Beier. Last year, fall arrived on our campus with almost shocking force. Though it was exhilarating to drive to school through showers of red and gold leaves, it was … Continue reading →

Gingerbread (again) and joy

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:25
Each year, the approach of December fills me with both eager anticipation and . . . dread. It is hard to make it through the Thanksgiving break without worrying about the coming month. Then December comes, and dough in quantities … Continue reading →

The “do nothing” strategy

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 09:59
This week’s post was written by SVS parent Carolyn Shepard Fox. When my oldest daughter, Sarah, was three and a half, we had a 20-minute drive home from her nursery school, a special place where I believed Sarah had the … Continue reading →

Playing with books

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:22
This week’s blog post was written by SVS staff member Sylvia Beier. The SVS library is making me so happy. I am much more of a reader than a collector of books, but libraries play a big role in my … Continue reading →

To thyself be true

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 05:33
This piece by Hanna Greenberg was originally published in the Sudbury Valley School Journal, Volume 2, number 4, June 1991. We were talking about birthdays, Audrey, Ben, Christine and I. All three children had just turned six and their birthday … Continue reading →

That’s just what SVS kids do

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:00
Thanks to SVS parent Karin Charles for this week’s post. Our family moved to Framingham over six years ago, mostly so our children could attend Sudbury Valley School. When we were researching schools, my husband and I read every book … Continue reading →

“I want to be the age I am right now!”

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:00
This week, Mimsy muses about the kinds of things kids learn here at SVS. I realized that one of the kids in school who had been here for many years was about to turn eleven. (How dare she get so … Continue reading →

Parental involvement

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 08:38
This week’s post was written by SVS parent Shawna Nehiley Parental involvement is a term that is used frequently in traditional education. It usually consists of things like volunteering in the classroom, participating in the PTO or chaperoning field trips. … Continue reading →

My love-hate relationship with Concession

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 09:19
Staff member Hanna Greenberg shares her mixed feelings about a Sudbury Valley institution. It’s much easier to explain why having a candy store at SVS is problematic than why, year after year, the School Meeting votes to keep it in … Continue reading →

Sudbury Valley’s “Common Core”

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:38
This week’s post was written by SVS parent Aileen Journey. People regularly ask me how Sudbury Valley is preparing my kids for adulthood, and what they’re learning there. Early on, I would try to explain some of the things I … Continue reading →

Made for anything

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:52
SVS alumna Emma Tunstall explains why SVS graduates are so special. Last June, I attended the SVS Moving On Ceremony, which is when the community comes together to celebrate the students who are ending their Sudbury Valley education and continuing … Continue reading →

Art and nature, back and forth

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:05
Musings on the relationship between art and nature by staff member Hanna Greenberg. Mar is a photographer who can paint and draw. The other day I was shown several photos Mar had taken. One of them was of the stump … Continue reading →

What a difference!

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:53
This week’s post was written by SVS parent Foss Tighe. When I was growing up, I cherished every opportunity not to go to school.  If I had a cold, I would play up the symptoms to get a day off. … Continue reading →

A late summer ceremony

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:00
Who doesn’t love a wedding?  Staff member Hanna Greenberg gives us a peek at a lovely example of an unusual (but charming!) aspect of SVS life. At Sudbury Valley, we often celebrate weddings. Some are simple impromptu games, and others are … Continue reading →

Appearance and reality

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:07
We’ve all been brought up on the old adage, “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” The point of this well-worn piece of ancient wisdom is simple: don’t judge the reality of a situation from its outward appearance. Even … Continue reading →

Doing Nothing

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:49
There is a stigma against people who are perceived to be “doing nothing.” The greatest fear that most adults have, vis-a-vis children enrolled in Sudbury Valley, is that those children will do nothing. These fears arise from the failure to … Continue reading →

All the right moves: The SVS “ballet”

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:57
Welcome to the new school year. We are more excited than ever about starting school this year and about (okay, I admit it) the incredible quality of the student body. Yes, we have new and visiting students, and yes they … Continue reading →

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