May 04, 2012
We spent Wednesday morning at the beautiful Pre K-4 campus at Rippowam Cisqua School in Mt Kisco, about an hour and ten minutes by train from Grand Central Station. The journey out there is an easy one – the trains here seem to be very reliable and generally they’re clean too. We were greeted at the station by a new friend, Hadley, whose daughter Charlotte is a big Alice-Miranda fan. Charlotte was introduced to the stories by one of her good friends from Australia, Madeleine and it has all come together from there. I love the networking, the friends we’ve made and knowing that in the future we will be able to come back and catch up again with all of these wonderful people.
The overwhelming feeling while we were walking around the school was a sense of calm and purpose. RC is a very happy place and that shone through in the teachers and students from the youngest to the eldest.
Charlotte outdid herself by baking three of Nana Jones’ apple pies from the recipe at the back of Alice-Miranda At School. They looked delicious and the children were planning to enjoy them at lunch. It was such a pleasure to meet the teachers afterwards too and I only wish I could have had a lot more time with the children. But perhaps next year I will teach some writing workshops as well.
We jumped in the car and Hadley drove us into the city. Charlotte came too as the orthodontist beckoned and afterwards we had lunch together at a great restaurant on 60thnear Madison Ave called Philippe Chow. I had assumed French but it turned out to be one of the best Chinese restaurants I’ve been to. The surname should have been a dead giveaway I guess.