How did it get so late so soon? --Dr. Seuss It always surprises me when we get to the last week of the school year. “Not enough time!” collides with the wish to end well, birthed from the chaos of the final weeks. Children act out and act sweet. They express their intense feelings and worries, and we try to foster and prompt self-regulation in a last-ditch effort to prepare them for the transition to a new school. But we should remind ourselves that really, life is still a journey, not a race, and that we have walked this part of the path with you and your children in the best way we are able. They take many bits of us, of curriculum, and of their evolving selves with them into the next chapter. Seven children are moving on, and for children who are challenged by transition, and staff who have practiced it for years, it becomes a unique dance each spring, but a dance with some common rhythms that repeat annually. Some of these common core experiences include some regression, some acting out, some attitude, lots of volume, as well as a surprising nostalgia expressed by even the youngest of our voyagers. One young friend asked us NOT to sing the Goodbye Song today, as if to prevent the parting. Some older boys decided that the others were “stupid” and would never be their friend again, as if trying to make it easier to part from someone toward whom you feel anger, rather than from a good friend. While teachers all over the country are hitting their walls, we also feel the tug of missing these children we have spent so much time, caring, and thought on. We are imperfect humans and we occasionally make mistakes, but as teachers we are reminded that it is through our mistakes and our uncertainties that we grow.
For those of you who are leaving us this week, we wish you well and that invisible thread we talk about with the children, connects us. You are welcome at our future parent workshops and events, and we will be letting you know about our open house when the new building is ready to go. We will keep you on our email roster, and more importantly, in our hearts and thoughts. For those of you staying with us this summer, or returning in the fall, the adventure continues.
Have a wonderful summer, and let us know how you are faring. Take care, Cathy