Community.

By: Elizabeth Bailey, PTF Chairperson and Parent

Having our daughter, now a senior, attend six schools in her lifetime, I am very familiar of “what to expect” from a school community.  There is the typical Elementary School excitement and parent involvement, then moving into Middle School where your child inevitably pushes back and involvement becomes less and less until they reach High School.  In the later stages of High School, you suddenly realize your children are practically adults, and now have a totally separate life that you may or may not be connected to. At Rosslyn, we have the unique ability to turn back the clock and be involved in all ages and grades through the PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship).  When I took over as Chairperson two years ago, I quickly recognized Rosslyn to have a community unlike any other school. There is a humanity about it — a genuine caring and loving community that seems to enjoy the company of others, and welcomes opportunities to get to know each other better. I have never had a warmer welcome as a total stranger to a new community.

The PTF did many amazing things in the past, but we decided to slowly revamp some activities and turn them into exciting and memorable events.  We deliberately drew on Rosslyn’s strengths and “Community” is our overriding theme. PTF members continually have parents and students alike commenting to them about their favorite memories of Rosslyn and we are thrilled many of those include PTF events like Open House/Movie Night, Harvest Carnival, International Day, and more.  We have over 50 countries represented at this school, and it is exciting to see parents come together from all over the world to give of their time and talents — actively taking steps to form deeper relationships, which in turn builds on our amazing and unique community. Every year, our events grow and people see this community as something good, something they want to be part of.  Having the opportunity to be involved in this side of our children’s lives is a blessing beyond measure. Unlike the limited interaction available at most schools, I love knowing my child’s friends, their parents, their teachers, their teacher’s spouse, etc. The Rosslyn Academy experience, though not typical, has been extraordinary, and I will always be thankful for being part of this community.

1 Corinthians 12:25-27

25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.