December 16, 2020
Dear Members of The Benjamin School Community,
While 2020 was a year rife with uncertainty and tragedy, I will also remember it in a more positive light as the year I witnessed this community exemplify what’s best about The Benjamin School. Watching our faculty, staff, and TBS families live out our 12 Benjamin Values in their daily lives, both in school and out, has been a heartening reminder of why I chose to join the Benjamin family.
School life has a very distinct rhythm, and the approach of winter break brings energy and excitement to our campuses. From festive celebrations to holiday performances, many of the same traditions that have happened at our school for sixty years continued in 2020 in modified ways with our health and safety protocols in mind.
When faced with empty theatres, the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teams wasted no time developing creative ways to deliver virtual holiday shows. Both teachers and students displayed perseverance in the face of the obstacles of 2020. It is no different in the Middle and Upper School as students and teachers continue to find new ways to share and connect.
Our youngest Bucs (and their parents) have shown tremendous courage as they walk to class each morning, guided by their lower school teachers; an early morning pilgrimage that in previous years was enjoyed hand-in-hand with their parents.
I’ve also witnessed the respect and responsibility displayed by our community. Through broad cooperation, support, and commitment to responsible citizenship, we have been able to keep our doors open to on-campus learning this semester. This respect transcends simple adherence to protocols and safety measures and is evident in how each member of the Benjamin community treats one another.
As the countdown to Winter Break has entered single-digits, I am also struck by the kindness and gratitude our community has shown through our all-school service endeavors. From food drives to toy drives, it’s heartwarming to see how the Benjamin Community consistently and without the need for recognition steps up to the plate and meets the needs of our community, especially in a year when need is greater than ever.
I am grateful for all of you - and all your goodness - this holiday season
David C. Faus
Head of School