Graduation Speech by Ariel Henry

grads9th year class in Italy: Ariel Henry, Jacy Wilson, Molly Block, Aniz Anderson, Bernard Zitzewitz with Kathy Willis and Colin Palombi

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Apple

This is what Montessori is to me – more importantly, this is what the Blue House means to me. We are different, every one of us; and, frankly, most of us are pretty strange. But Montessori cherishes that. They see something in us that, most of the time, we cannot even make out ourselves. They make us more independent and freethinking. They are allowing us to grow so we can change the world. They let us be who we are.

When the world holds up this big sign that says “Be yourself” we know that the world will not stand by it. We know we will be judged by society. But at the Blue House, society falls through the cracks in the squeaky wooden floors. We can be ourselves. We can meet our heart’s desires from interpretive dances in the halls to SNL skit reenactments, and I would like to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to do so.

This school gives students a chance to find themselves. To improve. To fail and then rise again eight times stronger. To question authority. To gain responsibility. To listen then reply. To help others in need. To find their strengths but still remember their weaknesses. To test their limits. To leave their mark. This school, this crazy, one of a kind school, is where people can fly.

Montessori finds the misfits. “The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.” And they see genius. Why? Because they know the “people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Summer Splash 2014

summersplashSummer Splash is a natural extension of MSLF’s distinguished school year curriculum. During the summer, we transform to offer all-inclusive summer fun. Families with Full-Year contracts are automatically enrolled in our Summer Splash. Our 2014 program spans eight weeks and is conveniently organized into four available sessions. Students may attend one or more sessions and may stay for a half or full day.

This summer all of our sessions focus on a child’s natural desire to explore…and explore…and explore some more. This exploration takes on different forms, of course, based on a child’s age. We have identified four areas of great interest across our student body — health, chemistry, nature and water — and have themed our sessions accordingly. We will “dig deep” into each of these areas of knowledge and learn in ways that fulfill our expansive curiosities.

The Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offer age-appropriate activities for children looking to explore, be challenged and relax this summer. Individualized swim instruction, field trips, sports, arts, nature recreation and “special days” provide a well-rounded summer experience.

Register for Summer Splash 2014 Here