We made it! Together. Congratulations to our 8th graders and 5th graders! Their resiliency amidst everything this year threw at them is beyond inspiring.
The end of a school year can feel incredibly hectic and chaotic. It is a time when parts of the school are closing down: cleaning out desks and cubbies, checking through the lost and found one last time, taking home notebooks that are packed with old papers, and deciding what to do with the tupperware you just found in the bottom of your backpack. It is turning the page on another school year.
I think we can all agree that this has certainly been an exceptional year (in a number of ways and for various reasons). It was a year that began in small squares on a screen, and ended with celebrations and a lot of, ”See you in the fall!” Needless to say, the past few months have been a welcome return to a sense of normalcy.
While the end of the year brings some chaos, it also brings a wonderful sense of belonging. School communities have been an important part of my life, and the pandemic has highlighted how important this community is to me. School has once again been joyfully filled with the sounds of children laughing, playing, and learning -- which is a stark contrast from this time last year. It has been an incredible relief to be back on campus with kids and colleagues. This has been the most significant silver lining for me: a reaffirmation of the importance of community.
Looking ahead to next year, I am hopeful that we will all see and feel a familiarity resembling a pre-pandemic normal. I look forward to gathering in our usual spots. I look forward to seeing all of you again in-person. I look forward to the members of our community reconnecting with each other, and the beautiful campus we’re so fortunate to call ours. I hope the summer is everything you hope it will be.
See you in the fall!