Nightingale Hosts Welcome Party for New Parents

Nightingale was delighted to welcome new families to a celebratory party this Thursday evening to toast the beginning of a wonderful journey for their daughters inside the blue doors. Parents of new students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School mingled with current Nightingale community members in the Commons and the Middle and Upper School Library before heading down to the auditorium for dinner.

The seated portion of the evening began with a beautiful performance by the Upper School Chorus of “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. During the song’s bridge, two students stepped out from the group to share their own stories of being new at Nightingale. Muniyat Choudhury ’20 assured parents “that your children, regardless of their age, their interests, or their personality, is a part of a family where they will be seen, heard, and valued for who they are and who they will become. At Nightingale, they will never feel alone. On behalf of every student in our school, you have found your home.”

This feeling of belonging was echoed whole-heartedly by the President of the Parents Association Eizelle Taino P’23 P’26. She reflected on her own early days as a new Nightingale parent, which also included adjusting to living in New York City again after 11 years in Hong Kong. Without question, becoming an active member of the Parents Association here was a big help during that transition. What began as volunteering for the Book Fair or decorating the Student Center for her daughter’s Daisy Ceremony, has now led her to be the lead parent ambassador for families at Nightingale. She reminded families that they are all a part of the Parents Association and that any level of parent involvement is encouraged and valued, “whether [you] give 30 minutes a year or [you] are a chairperson for one of our huge events.”
She shared, “Our mission is to live the Nightingale values of truth, friendship and loyalty by promoting a school community that is connected, inclusive and engaged.  Bottom line, we want to have as much fun at Nightingale as our daughters do…you are joining a very vibrant and generous parent community.”

President of the Board of Trustees Rebecca Rasmussen Grunwald P’19 and Head of School Paul A. Burke also addressed our new families and both highlighted the fact that the word “new” is actually outdated – the parents in the room and their daughters in the classrooms are already an essential part of our tight-knit community without question.

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