You may have noticed a very slight update to the uniform and dress code policy from last year: we now ask that students bring a pair of rain boots to school (along with snow boots in the winter).
Spending time outdoors is important for our overall health and well-being. That’s why, in addition to recess, our teachers love taking their students outside for breaks throughout the day. Maybe it’s just for a quick walk around campus. Maybe it’s to pray the Rosary in the grove of trees on the West side. Maybe it’s to spend some time at the park.
Students and teachers alike relish these opportunities, and we don’t want them to miss out for not having the right footwear to walk through puddles.
But there’s a deeper, more human reason for wanting our students to bring rain boots and splash about outside. In the final book of his Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups, C.S. Lewis explains it best in the following scene—
“Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children – and the dogs? They know what snow’s made for.”
“I’m sure I hated wet days as a child,” said Jane.
“That’s because the grown-ups kept you in,” said Camilla. “Any child loves rain if it’s allowed to go out and paddle about in it.”
At Embers, we’ll do our best to teach our students to keep liking the weather.