I sat down to write the annual Principal's Address to the school, and all that came to mind was, “WOW!” Over the past six months, we have gone from normal school operations, to closing our doors to students, families, and community members, to this very moment of reopening the doors under “near normal” parameters. Honestly, if in February someone would have told me this was our future, I would have scoffed at their claim! The thing is, though, that since March, we have all experienced these unsettling changes. Our community has endured many emotional ups and downs, while battling with feelings of uncertainty, and yet still yearning to get back to the daily routines that provide us with comfort and security. However, amid all of this turmoil lies a silver lining, which is that our children, our community, and ourselves were able to work through these challenging times. We have all grown in ways we never thought imaginable, as we were forced to slow down, support each other, and prioritize our daily routines. Yes, we are coming back to school with new policies and procedures, but we know together we can do this, coming out stronger and more resilient than ever before. The students will adapt and grow, continuing along their developmental pathways. The teachers will focus on connection and provide meaningful lessons that meet the students where they are at. The parents will demonstrate a commitment to the new "normals" and act as role models for our students. The administration will support our school community as we venture into the unexplored territory. Esmeralda Santiago once said, “How can you know what you're capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” This is just it, embracing the unknown will reveal the true abilities that lie deep inside all of us.
Thank you to all of you for bestowing confidence with our school community.
All I have left to say is, “Bring It On” to the 20/21 School Year!