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Palm Celebration (on Zoom!): All school worship led by the Kindergarten

April 3, 2020 | Emily Ford Sytsma

It’s been an unusual spring! And while we couldn’t be physically together as a school community for the Palm Celebration, we can be together in spirit. The Palm Celebration has been adapted by the teachers for the Zoom online environment. We have homemade palm branches and other plants to stand in for our usual palm branches.

Thank you, kindergarten! Thanks to Ms. Mauldin and alumni Addie and Julius for leading music. And thank you to Avery and Leonor, two of our PROS musicians who worked with Ms. Mauldin to provide the music at the end.

Emily Ford Sytsma

Early Childhood Director

Ms. Sytsma began her career as an educator working in inclusive classrooms in the state of Hawaii but found her roots began to grow here at Mustard Seed School when she came to teach in 1996. She joined the preschool team in 2007, after teaching for many years in the Middle School. She finds delight in the preschool’s approach to teaching and learning, inspired by the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As Early Childhood Director, she seeks to support teachers in their work helping children learn about thinking and creative expression.

Ms. Sytsma’s the mother of a MSS alum and a current student. When not at school, Ms. Sytsma enjoys traveling with her husband and two children. She tends a very simple rooftop garden in Jersey City Heights and on long Saturday mornings, she may be seen taking long walks along the Hudson River and listening to audiobooks or podcasts while organizing her thoughts and getting her heart rate up.

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