2016 Upper School Trip: Day 4

The forth and final day of the Upper School trip to New York City featured a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), a picnic lunch in Central Park and a tour of the U.S.S. Intrepid.

The Met boasts an incredible collection of paintings, sculpture, installed facades and ancient artifacts from all over the world. Spanning nearly four city blocks, one could easily spend a week working through its several hundred rooms. Before sending the kids off to explore on their own, Miss Dey walked us through several sections, highlighting and relating particular pieces to their studies. Her knowledge and passion for history and art is invaluable in these moments.

We were fortunate to be visiting NYC during Fleet Week, a time when many active military vessels dock in the harbor. We saw dozens of service men and women throughout our four-day visit. Several students sought out opportunities to thank them for their service as they passed, an important tradition being passed down to this generation.

The U.S.S. Intrepid is a retired Vietnam war era aircraft carrier that has been transformed into a permanent sea, air and space museum. It has over a dozen military aircraft on the flight deck, including a special exhibit that features the Space Shuttle "Enterprise", a prototype that was used for atmospheric testing. The hangar deck is filled with interactive exhibits and history. Lots of really cool stuff.

We had a great time in New York City, traveling all over the place to keep everyone engaged in a productive and healthy use of their time. While we enjoyed lots of laughter together, the upper school trips are designed to gain tangible experience with some of the beautiful things God has enabled people to create and produce. It also provides an opportunity for growth through limited independence and responsibility. Everyone was always on time. Most of them rose early and finished breakfast before the adults. Some of the boys even ironed their clothes without being asked. That's part of the culture of Imago.

2016 Upper School Trip: Day 3

Ellis Island

Wednesday night's performance of Fiddler On the Roof was a great prelude to our visit to Ellis Island National Park. Many of the immigrants that came through Ellis Island shared a common story with the characters in Fiddler: Russian Jews suffering under the pogroms fled to America. The Ellis exhibit picks up where Fiddler ends so it was a great way to contextualize what we were seeing. We learned there were also lots of Italians that came through Ellis Island. One of our students looked up his family's name and found that his relatives might have come through. Pretty neat!

Lower Manhattan

Our afternoon was spent in lower Manhattan island. Many of us know this area as one of the great financial centers of the world, Wall Street. What was new to me was lower Manhattan's key role in U.S. government. As we stood on the corner of Wall St. and Broad these worlds intersect, seeing both the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Federal Hall is our first capital building, the site of Washington's inauguration and the centerpiece of many other important events in our early history.

9/11 Memorial

This is the first upper school trip to NYC where most of the kids were born after 9/11. It was good to pause and reflect on this important event. In addition to visiting the waterfall memorials of the two towers, we included a walk through nearby Trinity Church, a refuge for the rescue and cleanup workers.

Brooklyn Bridge

Before dinner at Buca di Beppo we walked part of the Brooklyn Bridge to get some spectacular views of the East river and the city.

2016 Upper School Trip: Day 2

Day two of the upper school trip to New York was hot, packed full of experiences.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park

We started with a wonderful tour of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in Orange, NJ. Seeing firsthand how Edison worked was inspirational. Learning about the rise and fall of Edison's phonograph technology was a valuable lesson in economics, technology and marketing.

 

Lessons Learned

Our tour guide, Carrie, provided a lot of great context as we toured the city. We learned many silly and practical things:

  • the economics of taxi cab medallions, the difference between yellow and green cabs and the economic impact of Uber.
  • that not just anyone can perform music on the street.
  • how dog owners tend to look like their pets.
  • how to spot a movie shoot in New York City.
  • how to park cars in tight spaces by stacking them four high.
  • the "proper" way to jaywalk and the importance of staying together.
  • how to enter a turnstile and not get hurt.
  • that you need to pay for your food at the deli BEFORE you eat it.
  • that some people make a living letting you hold their pet snakes and taking a picture of it and that it's probably NOT the best career choice.

As we walked we stopped periodically to perfect our count-off system to make sure we didn't loose anyone.

Central Park

We had a nice walk through Central Park, providing a bit of shade from the heat. We watched someone try to row a boat backwards, listened to a family "busking" under the bridge and watched Mrs. McKee handle a python around her neck. Just a normal day in NYC. 

Fiddler On the Roof

The second day finished with a classic Broadway show, Fiddler On the Roof. The production was spare and thoroughly engaging.

2016 Upper School Trip: Day 1

The bi-annual upper school trip to New York is a highlight of the Imago experience. Miss Dey has led this trip every other year, alternating with Washington, D.C., for 35 years. Her passion for providing educational and fun experiences outside of the classroom shines through the carefully selected itinerary and interactions with the students.

Cloisters Museum

Day One of the trip included a stop to The Met Cloisters museum, a lesser-known treasure. It is a collection of four monastic cloisters, assembled from Europe, that showcases medieval architecture and works of art, including tapestries, frescos and unusual artifacts. Miss Dey connected with the students on their historical architecture classroom studies. The gardens with over 250 medieval medicinal plants is beautiful.

Times Square

Not all of the first day was serious and educational. After a walk through Times Square we enjoyed dinner at Ellen's Startdust Diner. All of the wait staff at Stardust are professional actors aspiring to land work in Broadway productions. Each take turns singing musical numbers to the guests for a very interactive and fun experience. One of the students thought it would be funny to pretend it was her birthday. When this was discovered by the emcee, he took time to make a show of it. The whole restaurant had a great time.

West Point

Our visit to the Army's West Point military academy was the spiritual highlight of the first day. The main chapel is beautiful, featuring the largest pipe organ in North America in a place of worship. Many of us were struck by how a sense of character is embedded in the place. As we walked the campus along the Hudson river even the benches provide reminders of character, each inscribed with a trait: responsibility, leadership, courage, integrity, compassion, loyalty, dedication.

Evening devotions for both the girls and boys drew from the Cadet Prayer, which is posted in the main chapel:

Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretence ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.

The Imago School Presents H.M.S. Pinafore at Littleton High School - April 29, 7:30 PM

Come out to Portsmouth Harbor for a voyage on Her Majesty the Queen's flagship HMS Pinafore as her gallant Captain and Crew navigate the high seas of love, honor, and duty to fight an epic battle of class warfare.

 "Young Ralph Rackstraw loves, and loves alas, above his station. . . ."

The Imago School Light Opera Company presents H.M.S. Pinafore, adapted from the original 1878 Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.  The daring crew boast the bright lights of the upper school supported bravely by conscripts from the 4th-6th grade classes.

When: Friday April 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Where: Littleton High School

Tickets at the door: Students-5$,  Adults-$8,  Family-$20, Children under 6-Free

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Elizabeth O.

I was lucky enough to spend my entire elementary education at Imago.  I can still remember walking into Miss A's 1st grade classroom on orientation night with my 3-pack of tissues thinking that this was the coolest place I had ever seen. The friends that I would come to make in that classroom are those that I have kept to this day. Imago set the standard not only for my education, but for how I would conduct myself throughout high school and college.

I graduated in 2006 with a class of 12 of my closest friends. We had survived everything together from Mrs. Hintze's Medieval Feast (twice) to memorizing Lessons & Carols songs in record time. After Imago I went to Nashoba Regional High School where I suddenly became a small fish in a big pond. I took comfort in the fact that I knew who I was academically and I felt prepared to tackle any assignment that was handed to me. I think the best thing I learned at Imago which I took even to college with me was the ability to take notes. Miss Dey showed us how to take diligent and effective notes that were sure to give us an A. I can't remember how many times I was thankful for that when I was in classes with teachers who spoke fast and piled on the reading assignments.

I always felt that I had a special bond with Imago. While I was there, my brother was also a student a few grades above me, and my sister and two cousins were in the grades below me. My aunt worked there in the office along with my older sister.  My grandfather had also started teaching math there at the time! (And still is!) I spent 8 years surrounded by my blood family as well as my school family. By the time we graduated in 2006, my classmates and I were as close as any family could be.

After high school I attended Gordon College where I received my bachelor’s in Psychology and Neuroscience. I participated in the Orientation Staff for Gordon after my freshman year, and competed on their swim team my senior year. I currently work as an office administrator/bookkeeper for my brother-in-law’s business and hope to start working on a degree in business this coming year!

Johnpatrick M.

I was fortunate to spend two years in Ms. Aronson’s pre-1st and 1st grade program and eventually graduated from Imago’s 8th grade in 1999. It took a lot of effort on my parents’ part to keep me (and my sister, Emily) in Imago for the duration since my Dad was active-duty military throughout our elementary-school years. They believed in the education and environment that Mss. Dey and Ward provided, and I know that all these years later they feel that their faith was well-placed. And I concur! Of course, I can’t take any credit for the tough choices my parents made.

Like several other Imago alums, I received my high school education at the Stony Brook school on Long Island, an exciting four years that were reminiscent of the boarding school stories we concocted in Ms. Hintze’s English class as a pastime. After graduating (alongside another Imago alumnus, Jared Kaijala) I spent some time at Gordon College, and a semester here and there until I graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Psychology.

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my Psychology degree; my first job out of college was working as a Research Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Later, I studied Law and Education at University of Maryland, worked as a legal researcher and taught high school English in the Baltimore City Public School System before I took my current position as a Research Health Science Specialist with Veterans Affairs. It’s been especially fascinating and sobering to transition from work focused on solving the problems of warfighters in the field during my time at Walter Reed to the concerns of Veterans, many of whom are psychological and physical casualties of those campaigns. I’m confronted with their sacrifice on a daily basis. The VA providers I work with routinely go above and beyond in providing care to some of the most complex patients of any healthcare system in the country. It’s an inspiring place to work, even when the task of caring for our aging and wounded seems insurmountable. In order to be a better research collaborator and have more opportunities for independent research I anticipate studying Biostatistics at University at Buffalo in the near future.

By far the best thing about moving to Buffalo was meeting a young medical student named Candace Okupski. The first thing that attracted me to her was her taste in books (honestly!), including an appreciation for many Imago staples. Two people that’ve spent years internalizing the writings of CS Lewis will recognize each other in an instant. Candace and I married less than a year ago and we live in a little 19th century home on the West Side of Buffalo that we’re constantly repairing. I’m proud to say that she’s now finishing up her last year of residency (internal medicine) and will be a fellow of infectious disease at University at Buffalo in 2016. We have two lovely cats named Fyodor and Yaki Mandu.

My former teachers and peers will probably remember that I was always falling apart at the seams as a young boy with severe hemophilia. Well, one of the benefits of being stuck in bed is you develop a number of hobbies: reading, for one. Before I married Candace and gained the benefit of her keen eye for design, books were the only decorations in my apartment. Also, during a year of intense treatments for hemophilia complications in college that robbed me of my (previously abundant) appetite I found I could only stomach food I cooked myself. Thus began a fascination with cooking that persists, and I’m the head chef for our little household. I can do wonders with legumes and a pressure cooker! Over the past seven years or so, my board game collection has been competing with my books for shelf space. No matter what condition I find myself in, I’m always up for competing strategically with my friends or engaging in some escapism with my wife involving efficiently managing a little cardboard farm. If it’s not already obvious, I’ve got the collector’s bug, and I’ve also accumulated cabinets of whiskies from around the world. I’m part of a local group that organizes tastings and talks on the topic of whiskey distilling. My sympathy for animals is always looking for an outlet. Right now that takes the shape of finding homes for stray and surrendered cats with a local shelter.

I’m going to surprise my former teachers with this one, but out of many excellent Imago memories I’m going with the drama program. Mandatory participation in the annual Reformation plays (and musicals) was exactly what I needed as a shy and introverted child. I would have died before admitting I enjoyed it at the time, but if I had been given the option to opt out I wouldn’t have the memories of coming together with my school family to present the foundational stories of our church and the timeless stories of American musical theatre. I even ended up missing this thing I gave every outward impression of hating when I went off to high school and with no one to remind me that I hated it I ended up participating in every play I could. Being pushed onto the stage set off a chain of events that made me a more well-adjusted and empathetic person than I would have become if left to my own devices to practice geometry or memorize facts about insects and planets. Also, bringing up Reformation plays to the uninitiated is a great conversation starter.

Runner-up memory goes to Mrs. Goulding’s 7th grade informal logic class. One of the most useful courses of instruction I’ve ever received. Honestly, I think about something that has its roots in that classroom every day.

Please, if you know any Veterans in crisis, give them the number for the Veterans’ Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) 1-800-273-8255.

Great Books for Children~ part 1

Welcome! Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of book recommendations tailored to specific age groups. Today, in part 1, we are delighted to share a list of Picture Books, Story Books and Beginning Readers. Enjoy! Feel free to leave your additions to our tried and true list in the comments, we love to hear from you!

Picture Books, Story Books, Beginning Readers

Aesop’s Fables

Beauty and the Beast.  Retold and illustrated by Jan Brett.

Betsy-Tacy.  Maud Hart Lovelace.

Book of Greek Myths.  Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire.

Charlotte’s Web.  E.B.White.

The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, Padriac Colum.

Clancy’s Coat.  Eve Bunting.

The Clown of God.  Tomie dePaola.

Dogger.  Shirley Hughes.

The Door in the Wall.  Marguerite De Angeli.

The Emperor and the Kite.  Jane Yolen.

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story.  Eve Bunting.

John Henry, An American Legend.  Ezra Jack Keats.

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie.  Peter and Connie Roop.

The Little Engine That Could.  Watty Piper.

Little House in the Big Woods.  Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Little Match Girl.  Hans Christian Andersen.

Magical Hands.  Marjorie Barker.

Marta and the Nazis.  Frances Cavanah.

The Princess and the Goblin.  George MacDonald.

A Tale of Three Wishes.  Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Thy Friend, Obadiah.  Brinton Turkle.

When I Was Young in the Mountains.  Cynthia Rylant.

Yonder.  Tony Johnston.

Bev "Miss A." Aronson~ A walk down memory lane

As we continue our 35th anniversary series highlighting the alumni of Imago, the opportunity to also feature one of the School's most notable teachers could not be missed.  It is with great joy that we present the lovely history of Bev Aronson, Imago's esteemed first teacher!

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Preface:   
When I got to the end of what I wanted to relate in this brief “history”, I went back to the beginning for a read through to see if there were any glaring errors.  I did find some, but mostly what I could see is how the omniscient, sovereign Lord “groomed” me over the years so I would be ready to begin with Imago at just the appointed time.  Amazingly awesome!
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When I entered first grade back in the dark ages of 1946 (age 5, definitely not recommended) I fell in love with my teacher, Miss Morey, and I said to my friend one day at recess, “When I grow up I want to be a first grade teacher.” So, when I was a senior in high school, I knew that the right thing to do was to apply to what was, back then, the BEST teacher college in the country, known then as Framingham State Teacher’s College, an “all girls” college at that time and dedicated exclusively to training teachers for elementary school.  Superintendents as far away as California would come to interview senior students to teach in their schools.  I ended up accepting a position offered to me to teach FIRST grade in the Medfield Public Schools here in Massachusetts; the principal told me that the main reason they asked me to come teach in Medfield was because, during the interview, I said, “I wouldn’t consider teaching anything else but FIRST grade!”, and, according to the principal, it was very rare to have someone say that.

I spent 5 years teaching in Medfield, and it was a great opportunity to hone my teaching skills because the principal, dear Mrs. Washburn, really understood young children and what they needed.  She ran a “tight” ship with a loving approach, and she paired all new first year teachers with an experienced teacher so we “newbies” could be encouraged and mentored throughout that first year.  There were six first grades in the school so there was lots of interaction and helpful cooperation amongst the teachers.

During the summers of my time in the Medfield Public Schools I worked at a Christian camp for inner city kids, Camp Chilaven.  There were Haven clubs in several key areas of Boston, and the kids could earn a free week at camp by memorizing Bible verses.  It was at this camp that I made lifelong friends and was challenged about the possibility of missionary work -- in what capacity, where, or for how long I did not know, but I did know that I would need some training, so during my fifth year in Medfield I applied to Moody Bible Institute for a one year course as a “special student”.

It was at Moody, during a missionary conference, that I learned of the need for teachers on the mission field, and one of the missionaries told me of a school in the Philippines called Faith Academy, a school (grades K-12) for the children of missionaries working in the far eastern countries.  I applied in April of that year of study and heard back that they needed a FIRST grade teacher for two years beginning that July.  If I wanted to accept the position I needed to be affiliated with a mission, so I applied to the same mission of the missionary who told me about Faith Academy. (The application was like a final exam in theology so I was thankful for the training I had received at Moody.)  I was accepted by the mission and at Faith Academy.  This was mid-May by that time, and I had to be in the Philippines at the school in July (different school schedule from ours).  Marvelously the Lord worked out every detail: passport; visa; support money; travel arrangements!  My time at Faith Academy extended from two years to four – more life-long friends, wonderful experiences, and lots of memories (including earthquakes and typhoons, and the Central Luzon Floods).

When I returned to the States, I sent out many applications to various towns searching for a teaching position, but with no success because there were so many applicants for any available opening, unlike when I graduated from college and towns everywhere were crying for teachers; so I ventured into the business world.  I missed my teaching, but I loved walking out the door at the end of each work day without a bag of more work to do at home.

Several years went by (years of missing teaching, in spite of all the work involved) when, one evening in late July of 1981, a friend telephoned to tell me that a new Christian school was going to open in Acton come September and that I should go to an open house they were having later that week to learn more.  

What do you think of when you hear the words “Open House”?  -- My thoughts exactly, but that was not the case.  Upon arrival at the lovely school building in a wooded area, I was directed by the custodian to walk down a windowed hallway and up a few steps to the next level.  There I found three empty rooms with boxes shoved in the corner of one of the rooms and three people standing in the middle of the room engaged in conversation.  I was sure I was in the wrong place!  I said, “Excuse me, I am trying to find the Open House for the Imago School.”  They assured me I was in the right place.  Right place? I wasn’t sure at all!  One of the women broke off from the group of three and greeted me (my first conversation with Linny Dey).  After listening to her talk about the vision for Imago and seeing the sparkle in her eyes, I moved from wondering if I were in the right place to knowing that I was, especially when the conversation involved C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, L’Abri, and their association with Francis Schaeffer! Before I left that afternoon I asked for an application and filled it out as soon as I got home. (By the way, they had me study for two weeks at Southborough L’Abri one summer in our beginning days so I could get the “flavor”. I loved it!)  

At my interview, three chairs (for Miss Dey, Miss Ward, and me) had been added to the middle of the room previously described.  It was unusual as interviews go because we just chatted – about my life, their background, and more about their vision for the school -- and about my teaching experience to that point and what I thought it meant to be a Christian and how that could that be involved in education.  Then they asked me if I thought I could handle teaching three grades in the same classroom.  I answered that it would mean a lot of lesson plans, but it could be done; I told them about having a class of 30 first-graders in the Philippines with such a wide spread of abilities in that class that I divided them into 5 groups and just moved from group to group teaching while keeping all the groups constructively occupied, so I thought I could handle 3 grades.  Perhaps that answer is why they hired me, I don’t know, but I ended up with grades 1-3 and two children in each grade.  Miss Dey taught grades 4-6, and, according to Robby White, one of my first-graders, “Miss Ward swept the floor.” (The only time he saw her was at lunch – we all ate together back then.  Oh, by the way, you might still catch Miss Ward sweeping the floors amongst other things around the edges – she has a servant’s heart!)

From mid-August, when I applied to Imago, there wasn’t much time to get those three empty rooms ready to begin school right after Labor Day.  Miss Dey and I went dumpster-diving outside the building where the three rooms were, knowing that the town had just closed that school in June.  We found lots of perfectly good books to use in our classrooms.  (Imago’s history curriculum is based on many of the books we got out of that dumpster.)  Another school in the town had bought new desks and chairs for some of their classrooms, and we were able to get their cast-off, but perfectly good furniture, for our classrooms.  Since they were going to throw them away, we took way more than we needed (thinking of growth for Imago).  Most of that furniture is still in use today.

That first year we started all ready, right after Labor Day, with 13 children; I got another first-grader in October, so 7 for me and 7 for Miss Dey. Those were happy, busy days of feeling our way along.  Miss Dey and I were very involved with our various grade levels, and Miss Ward more with the organizational details along with teaching a science class and gym.  She had a bit more time to “hover” over my doings, but following an after school chat one day early on in that first year, I convinced her that I knew what I was doing, and she left me ever after that to “do my thing”.  It was so freeing to be trusted like that!

There were lots of field trips that year (everybody piled into two cars before the days of belting and state regulations) – trips into Boston to the museums, also to Worcester for exploring the Higgins Armory, and many afternoon walks around Walden Pond.  It was also the year of FIRSTS: the first Orientation Night; the first Reformation Play; the first Thanksgiving Feast; the first Lessons and Carols; and the first Beach Day (at the ocean).  There wasn’t a first Graduation until two years later when Karen Beers Augusta was our first graduate.

After a few years, Acton reclaimed their building, so we moved to another town-abandoned school building in Littleton.  What a lot of work getting that building ready!  After a few years, Littleton reclaimed that building for their library and town offices, and Imago moved to Maynard and its current location in a former parochial school building.  I think it was when we moved to Maynard that I finally got to teach just one grade entirely of darling first-graders.  That was it each year (except for becoming the primary grades supervisor and writing curriculum) until my retirement in June of 2007.  But, as it turned out, I only partially retired because Miss Ward called a month later and asked if I would teach part time, which I did in various capacities until 2014 when recuperating from brain surgery took very much longer than I expected, resulting in a whole school year missed.  Thankfully, I am able this school year to help around the edges each Friday morning.  It keeps me young at heart working with my Imago “darlings”! 

The Imago School is a very special school, and it has been a blessing from God to be a part of its educating so many “darlings” over these past 34+ years!  I love you all so much! … And, I so appreciate the dear friends I have made at Imago over these years, friends who are more like family!

P.S. – I couldn’t resist! --
“Remember, remember the 5th of November!” (Guy Fawkes and me …)
This year it’s #74.

Open Houses at Imago!

Visit our classrooms in session this Thursday, November 5 from 9-Noon to see what makes Imago wonderful and unique.

Additionally, we will be holding evening and weekend hours on Thursday the 5th from 6-8pm as well as Sunday, November 8 from 2-4pm. 

All of our Open House hours will be staffed with tour guides and administrators able to answer your questions and provide information about our programs.

For more information please feel free to call the School at 978-897-0549. 

We look forward to your visit! 

Easy Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Thawed, uncooked chicken, cut into 1-2" pieces
  • 3/4c orange marmalade
  • 3/4c BBQ sauce
  • 2tsp soy sauce

Directions:

Cook cut chicken in skillet or wok with a drizzle of oil (I used sesame oil). In a bowl mix together soy sauce, marmalade and BBQ sauce. Add to chicken, reduce heat and simmer a few minutes as sauce reduces. Serve topped with sesame seeds. Mixes great with broccoli and brown rice!

Enjoy!

 

Denise K.

I began Imago in the pre-first program and was one of the few who had the opportunity to be part of the Imago High School. I graduated from the Imago school in 2002.    After receiving my high school diploma from Imago, I attended Regis College where I majored in Psychology and graduated in 2007. Shortly after that I married my husband, Benjamin.  I was also blessed to receive the role of step mother to his two children.   God and my growing love for children led me to work at Nashoba Learning Group, an out of district school placement for children on the autism spectrum.  At Nashoba I had the pleasure to teach a number of great individuals and was given a heart for those with disabilities. At the end of my seven years working at Nashoba Learning Group I started to pursue a masters in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis at Bay Path University which I am still currently working on. In addition to studying, my husband and I have been blessed with two little girls, making our family a family of six. We also have many pets and raise chickens, turkeys, goats and a pig.  We enjoy being outdoors, hiking, kayaking and spending time together.  

Recently I have been overwhelmingly blessed to take on a position as the Kindergarten teacher at the Imago School. This has been such a blessing for a multitude of reasons.  To start with, Imago is such a truly unique and precious find. There is no place like Imago.  Looking back I am truly grateful for receiving an education there. The things that stood out to me the most were the Christ like love all the teachers displayed in their own unique ways to all of their students and passion for teaching all things good, beautiful and true. This model, all wrapped in faith, taught me many important lessons for life.  Hard work, persistence and determination are essential.

 Another blessing that has come from this new venture is that my daughter has the opportunity to attend this great school. Having her in an environment where she is surrounded by love and that is centered in faith, rich in the classics and all things good, beautiful and true is more than I could ask for.  Academic excellence while building strong character is another attribute of an Imago education that I admire. Lastly, I value the emphasis on teaching children to think logically and critically rather than just teaching rote facts.  

There are so many memories I have of Imago but one of my favorite memories was the Thanksgiving feasts where we would all dress up as pilgrims and Indians and the entire school would spend time together. Imago was a crucial part of my life as a child and helped shaped me into the person I am today.  I am so happy to be back home at Imago and contribute to others being able to have an Imago education. 

Benjamin

Benjamin is a recent graduate of Imago who is currently a home schooled 10th grader enjoying a broad range of academic and recreational pursuits. Like all of our alumni, we are so thrilled to hear about his love of learning and, more poignantly, his love of passing on those skills to others.

Benjamin graduated in 2014 and has used his brief time since 8th grade to study for and pass 5 AP exams(with scores of 5 on ALL!) as well as study 5 foreign languages including Classical Hebrew and Mandarin. He has continued his study for Latin and has twice scored 100% on the National Latin exam. In his spare time he enjoys tutoring 2 Chinese speaking students in English.

Benjamin plays several instruments including the bagpipe and the natural horn bugle. He puts these and other skills to use when participating in reenactments as a redcoat and in serving as a living history interpreter for the Minuteman National Park.

At home, Benjamin is an active participant in household work and chores as well as joyfully participating in the care of his 8 year old brother who has Down Syndrome. Benjamin credits his time at Imago with increasing his social confidence and group skills; his parents were thrilled to see him transform from a shy, hesitant participant in early school plays to a confident male lead as he reached the Upper School. Both they and Benjamin were grateful for the athletic opportunities, including soccer with Coach Cushing that afforded him the chance to be an enthusiastic team member while broadening his horizons through sportsmanship. His experience singing with Imago has also carried over to his life after 8th grade as he now makes a point of learning bass parts to songs his family sings in church.

A favorite recent experience of Ben’s has been putting to use his education in language and phonetics, fostered by teachers at Imago, that already allows him to earn a wage as a tutor. His work with younger students learning English has been doubly rewarding!

Emily P.

I began my years at imago in the pre-first program, and over the years I moved with the school from Shattuck Street in Littleton to St. Bridgets’s in Maynard. I graduated from 8th grade at Imago, and went on to join in the pilot program for the Imago Upper School. I, along with a few other classmates, welcomed this new chapter in our lives. Imago exceeded our expectations; instilling in us a renewed desire to learn, and offering us challenges for which I will always be grateful. I left Imago to attend Trivium, where I graduated in 2003. I went on to study biology as a pre-med major at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI where I met my husband, Jake while we were playing collegiate soccer. I transferred to Norwich University in VT to attend nursing school, where I graduated in 2007 with a BSN. After graduation I travelled back to Massachusetts with my husband, where he served as an officer recruiter for the Marine Corps in Amherst. We are currently stationed at The Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Lexington, KY, where we have been for the past two and a half years. We have travelled a great deal over the past few years, and this spring we will be making our 8thmove together as we head back to Quantico, VA with the Marine Corps. We have been through several lengthy deployments, which have brought their own set of challenges and rewards; the latest was particularly unique as I welcomed our third son while Jake was in Afghanistan. We have four children, three sons and a daughter, who are remarkably resilient, hilarious, earnest individuals. As a military family we have had the opportunity to travel, to make incredible friends from all over the world, and to be a part of various units and a military family that is unmatched in its closeness.  We look forward to what the next move and the next duty station can offer for us and our family, and in return what we can do to serve our community wherever that may be.

 

Throughout my years at Imago I was blessed to be a part of a community that espoused not only great knowledge and education for the mind, but for the soul as well. The care that each and every teacher took to show us in very deliberate ways that our spiritual lives were intertwined with our education was invaluable. I am grateful for each painstakingly well thought out lesson that helped to form my thinking as well as my faith. I learned what it means to serve and to lead with quiet humility from the same teachers who introduced me to phonics, Shakespeare and the Periodic Table. There were many service and leadership opportunities including mentoring younger students, cleaning blackboards, and at one point, coaching soccer. These opportunities allowed me to invest energy and creativity into my inherent skillset and furnished me with a deep desire to use these skills throughout my life and within my various vocations; as mother, wife, nurse, and military spouse. Imago inspired me towards a life of service and leadership.  The Imago community inspired me to have a backbone, to be courageous, and to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” We were given the opportunity to stretch ourselves and to go beyond ourselves to serve, cherish and honor others and their lives. Out of my many Imago memories, I am especially grateful for the chapel speakers.  I remember hearing from those individuals who made it their life’s work to go where it was hard, to do what was hard, to speak, and teach and pray and love that which was hard. I will always remember those speakers; the missionaries, the pastors, the professionals, and the parents who valued us as children so much that they would take time out of their lives and schedules to honor us with their presence; stating with their presence that our existence and our education were paramount. We were, and continue to be blessed to be surrounded by those individuals within the Imago community who, with every fiber of their being, instill worth in others by speaking their existence in light of The Creator.

As a Marine wife and a mother of four, I look back on my foundational time at Imago not only to reminisce about Reformation plays,  jog-a-thons, Myan temples dripping with painted blood, or insect collections (which still grace the walls of the Henrickson house), but also to serve as a reminder of my roots. No matter where I go or what I am called upon to do, I always have the voices of the Imago community in my head and in my heart.

Looking back, a celebration of Columbus Day

In 1992, as the world marked 500 years since Columbus' famous voyage, Imago students released 500 red and yellow balloons in commemoration. Were YOU there? (I was!) Pardon the quality of these pictures, originals have been tucked away for a while!

 I spy an Alumni of the week in this one!   

I spy an Alumni of the week in this one!

 

Happy Columbus Day, all!

"But if one judges civilizations by what they have taken from and what they
have given the world, a non-jaundiced observer--say, one of the millions in
Central Europe and Asia whose eyes are turned with hope toward
America--would surely bless the day Columbus set sail. " - Charles Krauthammer, 
 

"Christopher Columbus: Dead White Male"- Time, May 27, 1991; reprinted in
"Things that Matter"

Easy Friday Meatloaf

Here's a last minute tasty meatloaf sure to please the pickiest eaters (I would know!)

Ingredients:

  • 2lb lean ground beef
  • 1 6oz package stove top stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Mix beef, eggs, water and stuffing, along with a healthy squeeze of BBQ sauce. Form into a loaf in a 13x9 casserole dish, leaving space around the edges. Top with drizzled BBQ sauce. Bake for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160.

Enjoy!