KEYnotes from Matthew

I hope that your children are settling in to the daily routines of life at school. As I made my way around campus during our first few weeks, it was clear that children were excited to reconnect with classmates, engage in the dynamic program that Key offers, build relationships with the children who are new to Key this year, and partner with our dedicated faculty to learn, discover and create.

In the coming weeks, Homecoming, the annual Zag Bowl, cornerstone outdoor trips for the 6th and 8th grade, and our first set of Parent/Teacher Conferences will all take place. New to our October lineup of activities is the PA Harvest Dinner Party and Auction, which is now almost at capacity. Later in the month the PA's annual 5K/10K & Family Fun Run and the First School and Lower School Open House will keep the weekends at Key very busy—both the PA Run and Key's Open Houses are wonderful volunteer opportunities that I hope you will consider being a part of this year. And, of course, on October 31, the entire Key community will enjoy our legendary Halloween Parade on the Manse Field—a real sight to see for those who have never been, and I look forward to seeing many of you there!

At the Upper School Back-to-School night last week, a faculty member shared that his goal was for his students to be incredibly challenged while also feeling supported. The balance of challenge and support is a foundation of our program, and one that guides our efforts to inspire your children to explore their interests to the fullest. I hope your children experience both a sense of challenge and support each and every day here at school.

i look forward to seeing around campus.



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