Holiday Message 2018

December 21, 2018

The natural beauty of our campus pales in comparison to the grandeur which our school community creates through cohesive action.

In the span of 24 hours, our students and faculty enjoyed the homey camaraderie of the holiday talent show and then, with Kim Rizio’s stewardship, fed dozens of hungry families through the sweat equity in lifting, unpacking, stacking, sorting, repacking and delivering, under the aegis of Manchester’s Interfaith Council.  From a diverse mosaic of faith and family traditions, compassion, generosity, and connectedness resonate at LTS.

An inquiry into how we know what we claim to know  – that is, exploring a Theory of Knowledge, or “TOK” – resides at the heart of our International Baccalaureate approach.  We are rigorously nonsectarian and do not promote or advance any particular creed.  Religion, however, can shape how we acquire and absorb knowledge. Personal spiritual identity influences how we make sense of our individual, social and cultural lives and frames the LTS experience of each member of our school community.

To the best of my knowledge, our students, faculty and other stakeholders identify, in alphabetical order, as Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Latter-Day Saints, Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, and Roman Catholics, as well as agnostics, atheists, and humanists.  This enumeration is further nuanced because students often invoke identities other than those of their parents!

As one of my favorite authors, Brené Brown, formulates the charge in Braving the Wilderness (2016): “People are hard to hate close-up. Move in.”  The daily LTS encounter is about moving in through dialogue and shared service, to the place of an understanding heart that listens and acts.

In this season, we join together to thank you for your engagement and to wish joyous and peaceful holidays and all health and happiness in the New Year to you and yours.

/s/ Seth Linfield
Head of School