"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." — Doug Larson
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! --Mark Twain
Admittedly, I have had enough of shoe-slush, and the weather has been a cruel backdrop to the spring fever we are all feeling. This year I have to disagree with Mr. Twain and say that I do know what I want – the gently warming days that we expect with mid-April. The buds are budding, hearty (or hopeful) birds are singing to the dawn, and the earliest crocuses and snowdrops are peaking through last fall’s leaf-mulch. But, yesterday’s icing was dampening to the landscape – both physically and spiritually. Our kids are feeling the opposing tugs of a spring rife with the irony of constant change. Spring is most often associated with new birth, and the land is ‘colored in’ after winter’s black and white pallor. But, this year we just can’t seem to get to the sticking point, and each week I ask myself, “Next week?” Somehow despite the difficulty waiting (a theme around WLP), we know that change is coming and that winter cannot linger forever. This is when the weeks begin to fly by, and before we know it, we are preparing our fledglings for that goodbye day around the corner. Most of our oldest students will have their final school day June 7 with the picnic lunch on June 8. The rush of new parent calls has begun this week, and the buzz of change is moving closer. The idea of leaving WLP after a year or more may seem daunting. There is a certain feeling of security while families are here, and the image of public school can be intimidating. But, we are here to help you with the transition. One way we try to begin supporting the process is with the Parent Workshop – TRANSITIONS – being held tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Rachel or me so that we know how many cookies we will need. As always, adult guests are welcome. We have been meeting with individual parents to talk about future plans and ways we can support a successful bridge to the next adventure. We continue to address each child’s feelings and worries, while sparking curiosity and problem solving with our look at the world around us. Emerging butterflies being freed on a sunny morning; cecropia moths so large that they trigger worries in some and spontaneous, “Isn’t it so cute?” from others; and the ever hopeful planting of seeds; are seasonal favorites. Earth Day provides fodder for so many discussions related to the environment, personal responsibility, co-existing successfully – as well as focusing awareness on the bountiful but not limitless resources on this planet. Plants, insects, living vs. non-living things, Mother’s Day, flowers, movement and music, and visual arts are explored and enjoyed. We are suddenly taller and faster and more articulate, but the yearly descent into chaotic anxiety and acting out that signals year’s end, is knocking on the door. More sensory materials and awareness are required, calming activities, and the opportunity to express big feelings safely and successfully become the objective. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know. If you need to meet with us, please let us know. If there is something going on in your child’s life outside of school that could be influencing his or her behavior or awareness, please let us know. Check your child’s extra clothing for fit and if you are planning on sending your child this summer, but haven’t signed up, please let us know as soon as possible – we are about to start our waiting list. And finally, if you can attend the fundraiser May 20, please do! If your friends and family and coworkers are able to join us, even better. This will be a spirited event (it is what we do best), but can only be successful if everyone gets involved. If you have ideas to share, please let us know. If you cannot attend but want to help, let Shelley Wright know. We have big dreams around here, and the only way to make them come true is if everyone pulls together. It is the recipe for a future where more children can be helped, more families supported, more professionals trained, and the community ripples increased.