Mr. Gould Shares His "Nervcited" Feelings at Opening Day Chapel

Students, parents, faculty, and staff gathered for Opening Day Chapel on September 5, where Mr. Gould spoke about being "nervcited."
Mr. Gould loves the way this word, coined by a student on the first day of school a couple of years ago, captures the combination of emotions one feels when returning to school. “Nervcited is the perfect word to capture the feeling that happens—certainly in my belly--on the first day of school. I am one half nervous and one half excited,” he shared. He explained to tell the students that grown-ups get nervous and nervcited on the first day of school—just like kids do. “The first day of school can be emotional for parents, too,” he said. A big fan of children’s literature, Mr. Gould selected a book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, to read to students, parents, faculty, and staff. It is a wonderful story that speaks to both children and parents about the bundle of emotions that we can all feel on the first day of school.”

Mr. Gould closed chapel with his anticipated feelings about the day: "I know we all wonder what kind of day it’s going to be at Norwood today—and I assure you it’s going to be a wonderful, wonderful day.”

And it was.
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.