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Dr. Grauer's Column - The Unwritten Core Value

The Unwritten Core Value

The Grauer School's weekly assemblies on Tuesdays are a special part of the school's community when we gather all the students and staff together each week. Since we can't gather in large groups due to the pandemic, the school holds virtual assemblies in smaller groups every Tuesday. Assemblies always begin with a message from Dr. Stuart Grauer, and this was his message to the students for Tuesday, February 9. You can read the text of his message in this column, or watch Dr. Grauer's video message by clicking on the image below.

 

I was thinking about this crazy time period we are going through and how we’ll look back on it, a year from now, 20 years from now. What will we remember most? What images will we take away from all this. How will YOU look back at this time? And will you say, against all odds, I went through it with courage?

Student Archery Coach Alexa K. '23 mentoring new Archery team member Arianna A. '23 during practice - February 8, 2021

I always think of courage as the unwritten Grauer School core value—I think we should add it! Did this year make you courageous? Or did it make more of a coward out of you.

I often think of a coward of someone who is best suited to just leave everyone and go herd cows. Cow-herd… and I think of courage as someone who has a heart –cour, that means heart. I hope that’s you!

Grauer students playing Spikeball - February 9, 2021

Maya Angelou, the great American poet, says that courage makes you not just stand up for yourself, but stand up for somebody else. Is that you? Do you stand up for the person who just got a bad grade, or who just got over COVID-19 or something else, or who was treated wrong, or who is afraid to do what they know they can do? Are you their rock?

Yesterday, I had the most courageous image I might ever get—and it was a total surprise. Yesterday, I got the image I think I will always remember about what it was like during a time of pandemic—an unforgettable image. It was lunchtime, right here on campus. Maybe we are supposed to be anxious, or tired, or laying low, or afraid. I looked out across the green and here is what I saw, right in the middle of this big epidemic: It was a sunny, warm day in mid-winter, bright and clear. Students singing songs to each other, spikeballers laughing and chasing all around the quad, people up on the hill picnicking and laughing, the boyz shooting hoops like they could do it all day long, and another group of students going room to room handing out bouquets of flowers—the whole scene was amazing. I never want to forget it. Magic.

Grauer 9th and 10th Grade students playing a song during a Lunchtime Concert on The Grauer School's campus - February 3, 2021

I had never thought about how courageous it is just to live life in joy, in smiles, in song, in play. I'd never though of play as courageous. Yesterday will be one of my greatest memories when I look back at this crazy and difficult time, a time that could have been dark, but it was bright, and I want to thank you for it, you students, thank you, for your play and song and smiles and flowers—yesterday you showed me that play, song and smiles and kindness are wonderful, wonderful forms of courage!

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Grauer students playing Spikeball - February 9, 2021

Student Archery Coach Alexa K. '23 mentoring new Archery team member Arianna A. '23 during practice - February 8, 2021

Grauer 9th and 10th Grade students playing a song during a Lunchtime Concert on The Grauer School's campus - February 3, 2021

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