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“Thank you.” These magic words, said frequently, are so simple yet so powerful. They can make a world of difference and go a long way in everyday life. Kids utter these words after they are given a cookie, a cup of juice, a toy or help up from a fall. Teaching our children to be thankful and show gratitude for both big and small gestures is imperative to raising a whole, well-rounded individual.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” These wise words by Oprah Winfrey underscore the...Read more

At Rossman, we strive to give our students a well-balanced education and positive skills they will need for the future. Teaching our students to be kind, responsible lifelong learners, thinkers, creators, leaders and so much more, doesn’t just involve standing in front of a classroom instructing or demonstrating to them. It involves giving students opportunities every day to be leaders themselves, giving them choices and immersing them in hands-on experiences that help them grow in all aspects of education.

In Lower School science, I give students the opportunity to develop...Read more

When you hear the word sustainable, what comes to mind? Recycling? Composting? “Going green”? Rossman’s Upper School students began the school year by learning that this word means a whole lot more than that! After several activities in science class, they’ve started to develop a much deeper understanding of the concept. Our staff has also been discussing the meaning of sustainability and how we can more fully incorporate the process of educating for sustainability at Rossman School.

The accepted definition of sustainability is “when the environmental, economic, and social needs of...Read more

Throughout my life and career, I have experienced a variety of independent schools in a number of capacities from student to parent, and teacher to administrator. Every independent school has its assets, and its quirks, but there are several distinct qualities that I believe set Rossman apart from other schools and make it a truly special place to be a student, family or faculty member.

Commitment to Each Student

When a child becomes a Rossman student, no matter at what point that journey begins, every effort is made to ensure their success across all...Read more

Kindness, one of our four key Rossman rules … What does it mean to you? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Kindness, along with the other three Rossman rules, are encouraged in second grade beginning the first day of school. Being kind is a rewarding feeling and a simple act that is easy for people of all ages to perform.

We celebrate kindness in second grade by allowing the children to “catch others being kind.” We call these Kindness Catchers. We have a basket in our classroom for children to write acts of kindness they have...Read more

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

What ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in 350 B.C. is precisely what we aspire to impart every day at Rossman School — a balanced education of heart and mind. Academically, students discuss great literature and history, as well as participate in scientific investigation and collaborative group projects, all which offer rich opportunities to integrate lessons of a parallel priority: the development of strong character. As a complementary social component of character...Read more

This year I met a new friend who has challenged my thinking about my responsibility as a mother and educator in the most wonderful ways. He is the doorman at my favorite New York City hotel and his name is Laughter. Born in Africa, Laughter’s mother bestowed on her sweet baby boy a gift for life, his name. Naming a child is a critical rite of passage in his African culture as it is a parent’s declaration of the child’s uniqueness and a symbolic representation of the blessing and virtue wished upon his life. Laughter’s moniker is the perfect ontological expression of his temperament, spirit...Read more

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