Life at JTD
Student Voice

Reina Hewes '19

The moment I stepped out of my mom’s car onto the green lawn, I was scared. That first day of Kindergarten, the day that my journey began, I kept on asking myself the same two questions. “Will I make friends? Will I fit in even though I can’t speak English that well since it is my second language?” I got my answers a few weeks later. Soon, I had made many friends, and I fit in to the cordial community in which the John Thomas Dye School belongs in.
First grade and second grade flew by like the wind. The enjoyment of bouncing the ball on the handball wall at recess, carving pumpkins during Halloween, going whale watching, and performing in front of the school was what made up the first two years. I learned many life lessons, and also became knowledgeable in many subjects.

My experience with the loving teachers in third grade and fourth grade were memorable just like the first two years. I loved the soft, fertile soil on my hands as I gardened in the fourth grade garden. I loved learning new subjects, and being introduced to many books in third grade.

As I moved into the Mac building in fifth grade, I accustomed myself to a new schedule. The load of homework that increased in fifth grade prepared me for years ahead of me. I loved going on the retreat with my friends and being able to look up to the sixth graders. Now it is my last year, and I will miss all the memorable moments. I will miss this school that has become a home for the past seven years.

The three words that I have worn on my uniform for the past seven years that is on the emblem of our school is love, beauty, and truth.

Love. At the John Thomas Dye school, I have learned to love in many ways. I have learned to love my teachers who have taught me important life lessons and guided me on my journey. I have
learned to love my friends who have always been there for me. I have learned to love the birds that chirp while we recite the Salutation of the Dawn. I have learned to love the first day of school that
energizes me every time. I have learned to love this school for it has done so much for me in the seven years I have been here.

Beauty. The John Thomas Dye school has a beautiful campus overlooking the city. I love the bright green grass in front of our sacred hall that gives me a warm feeling every time I walk by it.
Although the campus of the John Thomas Dye school is beautiful, the real beauty lies in the heart of the traditions and the community. I have loved the beauty of seeing everybody kind to each other. I
have loved the beauty of the ways we come together in the traditions.

Truth. At the John Thomas Dye school I have learned to not be afraid to speak the truth. As I have been wrapped in the safe community, I have gone further than where I am most comfortable. Being the shy person I am, I have learned to speak out my thoughts.

When I leave, I will remember all the memories that flow through my veins. I will remember that the John Thomas Dye school has lit a fire inside me that will make me burn bright in the journey that is yet to come.

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.