A sure sign of spring is when I put out my favorite garden accessory by our front door – a copper pinwheel. I bought it in a melancholy moment the first year of empty-nesting. It reminds me of windy days and kite flying with my two boys as it spins easily at the corner of our house. Call it tradition, routine or habit to put it in the garden, every spring it brings fond memories to mind and a smile to my face every time I see it rotating in the wind.
That same nostalgic feeling is true for every educator at the end of a school year. Bittersweet describes the feeling teachers have as one school year is closed out while at the same time looking forward to the next.
Thank you to Bes, Linda and Malkah whose enthusiasm, patience, dedication, expertise, guidance and wisdom provide the atmosphere in which we all continue to grow and flourish.
Farewell to great families who have taken the co-op spirit to heart and laughed, played, wiped off tables, spread mulch or pulled weeds, put away blocks, set up snack, attended meetings, decorated a bulletin board, worked in Forest Kindergarten, made a pitch-in salad, repaired the cabin, run off copies, wiped away tears, assembled a gingerbread house, taken minutes, held a hand, planned a program or a meeting, moved more mulch, balanced a budget, listened to a story and scores of other things that you do for friends, other parents and their children, your own children and our teachers. It’s that spirit that makes me proud to be a part of this school.
As you embark on your next school chapter for your children, take the “pitch-in spirit and can-do attitude” with you. You will continue to make a difference at the schools you have chosen. It will be different and even though you think it can’t get any better, I found that each chapter in the lives of my children ended up being better than the last. To those of you who will be with us, I look forward to welcoming you back to our little school.
I will be in Hawaii visiting our son and will miss the end of year farewell celebrations. I will be back in time to host the joint board dinner where we will have a special hand-off of incoming and outgoing board jobs. I hope to seeing many of you then. The picture above is of our twins at the “good-bye” window in their dining room.
Best in parenting,
Ginny Hacker, Director