Looking Back

By Sue Lehman, LMS Parent ’04, ’06, ‘10
From the fall of 1995 to the spring of 2009 I had at least one, and in some years three, of my children attending LMS. My kids, now 21, 19 and 17, were guided by gentle loving hands into the Children’s House as wide-eyed Toddlers, and 10 years later they walked out of the Jane Mack Building (or Middle School for my youngest) as confident, grounded, well-educated young adults. I feel so fortunate to have found LMS and am grateful everyday for the lasting mark it has made on my three kids, and on our entire family.
Now thriving in college (Dartmouth and Colby) and high school (BB&N) my kids know how to seek help from adults when they need it, understanding that adults are allies not adversaries. They know to be respectful and tolerant of others. They know that at any single moment they are both the entire universe and a tiny speck of dust. They know the continents, the planets, the water cycle and the food chain. They have a passion for learning. They appreciate the environment and understand the importance of giving back. They know how to be a good friend, a good listener, and a good student.
We were delighted that the Middle School opened in time for our youngest to attend. It was wonderful to see him make the step-up required both emotionally and intellectually, to handle the Middle School curriculum. I can’t think of a better place to be during this critical journey through adolescence than the place that has loved, cherished, challenged, nurtured and educated you for 10 years. What better environment could there be to foster learning and emotional growth?
The decision to stay at LMS year after year was not always a simple one. We moved to Lexington in 1994 for the public schools. Our friends and neighbors were happy with the town schools. My husband and I both attended local public schools. Not to mention, the financial impact of three tuitions. But good things are not always easy and we always seemed to make it work. Looking back, I am grateful that we had the collective wisdom to stay at LMS for a combined 29 years. If you ask my kids, they’ll tell you they are grateful too. LMS is a very special place. How lucky we were to have such a school within our reach.
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