In this season of Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for the exceptional people who have inspired us. I recently had the opportunity to spend time with the wonderful founder of our school, Diana Howard. Some of you who have been at Polaris for years know Diana personally. Since departing from Polaris in May of 2008, she has returned from time to time to visit classes, join us for Thanksgiving lunch and speak at graduation ceremonies. For those of you who have not been blessed to meet Diana personally, I want you to know how much she influences our very special school. Diana served as a Peace Corps volunteer and her time in Africa inspired our world tour curriculum. Before becoming principal of Polaris, she was a school librarian and made sure that we had our own dedicated librarian in Gail Axt. Together, Diana and Gail, along with many generous parents, filled our soaring library with a rich collection to support research skills as early as kindergarten. Diana designed our school’s arts integration program. Throughout her educational career, she has known that study of the arts enriches academic learning. Our school is full of music, dazzling visual arts, animation, technology and more!
Diana recently shared some wonderful new research with me on the effects of arts integration on children. She continues to be a gift in my life and I wanted to pass along her inspiration to you. Please learn more about the benefits of arts integration.
And please join me as I express my profound gratitude to our lovely founder, Diana Howard. I am forever grateful for her inspiration and support.
Principal Karin Johnson