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Posted by communications on July 1, 2020 at 11:35 AM

La Escuelita San Alban Bilingual Preschool’s Wholehearted Teaching Manifesto

At the end of each preschool year when we say goodbye to earnest four-year olds, the teachers lament their rise to kindergarten. How will we ever have a more wonderful school year? How can I ever love a group of children more than I did these? And yet, every fall we welcome a new group of eager, kind, rambunctious children and the love settles in again. We are an ever-growing family with ever-growing hearts.

There are wordsmiths able to voice these feelings better than I. One that comes to mind is Sister Carol Bialock who has spent her life deeply devoted to those in need. On her 90th birthday she released her book of poems, Coral Castles.

 

Does the heart have a narrow door?

Will it allow in just one more

of every beast and flower and bird

and every song it has ever heard?

Just one more child, just one more flower,

one more relinquishing of power

to that sane and sacred foolishness

of living by inclusiveness?

Does the heart have a supple, elastic latch

that makes it easy to dispatch

all pettiness and bigotry

and opens it to what makes us free?

. . .

You who can heal all wounds and hate

make my heart open, free, and great.

—Carol Bialock

 

I ask Sister Carol to devote these words to the teachers of La Escuelita San Alban Bilingual Preschool. Lord, may all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and joys. Impart in us the knowledge that love is infinite and never-ending.

Pat Shaw

 

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