Headmaster's Letter

With each Certificate of Harmonious Development - we include a letter from the Headmaster. The letter is a unique affirmation of the recipients spirit. It serves as a talking point, and deepens familial connectivity. The Headmaster's letter is source of deep positive regard.

"Spunk—is a sort of can-do energy, which is boundless. This trait is the energy you use to do stuff—school, dance, art, play. You can be relied on to be energetic, but to also harness that energy to be calm. You are an impressive young man whose infectious humor, energy and positive spirit affects everyone around you."

You to tell us a about your child/student and provide us with some of their backstory - their struggles, their accomplishments; and why you think the chosen virtue is a good fit. We interpret your input and shine light on their accomplishment. We call out their efforts. We acknowledge their strengths. We offer words of encouragement.
"This has been a big year for you. Bigger classes, more responsibility and less time! Growing up is a balancing act, a tightrope, a trapeze, a plate spinning contest where one has to juggle time, responsibility and decision making. You have learned how to look ahead to manage all."
Everyone might wonder, but especially kids: Am I OK? Does anyone appreciate me? We answer those questions with our resounding affirmation. You are important! You are OK!

The  Value of Harmonious Development

Our library organizes forty eight virtues along an positive executive function model. You can use the words to acknowledge growth and affirm change in your child, a co-worker or a student. Harmonious Development is the idea that effort produces change in individuals. Outcomes do matter, yet they are not the complete picture. Certificates of Harmonious Development recognize the internal outcome of effort. They signify that you recognize something of great value in the recipient. To students who struggle, or coworkers who strive or students who study hard, words matter. As people seek to master tasks at hand, there is something of great value - greater than accomplishing a goal, that occurs. 

What matters is that others understand the nature of their effort, the unseen aspects of self actualization and efficacy. The purpose of Certificates of Harmonious Development are to acknowledge the recipients for their inner accomplishments.



Energy required to activate and organize for tasks

Curiosity | Dauntlessness | Humor | Imagination

Pertinacity | Spunk | Zest


Focus of energy to sustain and shift attention

Attentiveness | Creativity | Diligence | Knowledgeable

Mettle | Patience | Perspicacity 


Alertness to self and sustaining effort

Autonomy | Commitment | Courage | Endurance

Foresight | Idealism | Reliability


Managing mental and emotional energy 

Acceptance | Adaptability  | Awareness | Confidence  

Entrepreneurial | Heroism  | Ingenuity | Integrity

Kindness  | Tranquility


Creating internal and external equilibrium

Altruism | Balance | Candor | Character

Collaboration | Compassion | Equity

Gratitude | Intuitiveness



Planning energy and time to complete tasks

Assiduousness | Gumption | Initiative

Judiciousness | Meticulousness