November 19, 2018

Dear Families,

We hope you can stop by tomorrow (Tues, Nov. 20) at any time from 4 - 7pm in the Cafeteria for our FREE, community Pie & Cider Open House (rescheduled from Friday!). Bring the whole family, meet some new friends, and spread some JOY!

We are a very special community. When I describe our school to other educators, I always say JOYOUS. These educators understand how unique it is to use that word. Much of the press on education is anything but joyous. People are so quick to cast a shadow over the world of teaching and learning.

I grew up with a mother who taught for 63 years, and I am married to a principal. We are always HUMBLED by the work of teachers. One, we know only too well how challenging it is to raise children – and we are the last in line to eagerly volunteer to be scrutinized and judged as parents. Rather, we have always understood that while others trust us to raise our children, we have always trusted the intentions and expertise of those who taught our own children.

Two, our approach is to join in the work of those who taught our children. This has meant being patient and approaching situations where we needed clarification with a patient and respectful tone – looking for solutions. It hasn’t always been easy. But these are the people who spend all day with our children, and we were grateful those teachers took on the task of working through the social, emotional, and academic lessons 6 hours a day!

So back to the word JOYOUS. The adults who are teaching your children are joyous. They love their jobs, they strive to be better every day, and they take on the responsibility of teaching, communicating, and creating curriculum every day. They are simply among the best colleagues I have had the honor of working with day after day. They smile and laugh and are incredibly funny.

I also use the word JOYOUS for our funny, laughing, inquisitive, loving, frustrating, loud, quiet, pensive, thoughtful children! They literally fill our halls with ENERGY and JOY.

Finally, I use the word JOYOUS for our parents. For the tons of emails and energy and ideas and solutions that pour in every day. When you ask questions – and when you offer really great ideas – we grow and thrive as a community.

This is all to say THANK YOU. For bringing the joy, for spreading the joy, for keeping the joy.

We hope to see you tomorrow. And Happy Thanksgiving!

With Respect,