Sunday, November 3, 2013 | Address given by Marie-Pierre Carlotti, Lower School Principal
Welcome to the Groundbreaking ceremony for our new Maternelle! When complete,
the ground on which we stand today will be a purpose built space for our youngest
students, grades Pre-K3 through Kindergarten. We know that curiosity, and the ability to
pursue it, stimulates a child’s ability to learn. This will be an environment with boulders
to climb, water to play with, large open spaces and small quiet gardens. Everything appropriately scaled to help our children develop confidence and independence.
This will positively impact our older students as well. With space vacated at 150 Oak Street
we have the ability to develop a science lab for our upper elementary students, innovative
classrooms that encourage all students to apply their classroom knowledge in a hands-on
way, and create a welcoming community space for all families, from Lower School through
Each piece of this project is integral to the overall student experience. These improvements
to our campus will transform the business of teaching and learning and help us deliver
powerful graduates, full of desire and ability to construct their own knowledge.
Almost sixteen years ago to the day, we moved with our neighbors, Chinese American International School, into our
facility at 150 Oak Street. And almost five years ago to the day we celebrated groundbreaking on our Arts Pavilion at 66
Page Street. This school and the continual growth and success of our program has always been guided by the strength
of our mission, the forward-thinking leadership of our Trustees, past and present, and the generosity and support of our
community. Thank you so much for honoring us with your presence today and for your support, past, present and future.