|Posted by communications on May 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM|
This time of year is happy and sad. Happy because school is out and summer is here—teachers love spending time with their own children. No homework makes for great family moments! But it is also a time for the sadness of saying goodbye to children who have become our own in so many ways.
We thank the Escuelita parents for trusting us with their children this year. It is clear they are loved and nurtured. We are proud to be even a tiny part of their upbringing. Together we laughed, we learned, we got dirty, we cried, we watched birds, we sang, we held hands, we prayed. Every year there are projects that become favorites and this year is no exception! Who wouldn’t love a volcano or fizz rocket or frog launcher? We sometimes scrap projects because children teach us what works and what doesn’t. We always learn as much from them as they do from us.
In our role as teachers, time can nearly stand still. Each year our classrooms fill with preschool children… they are curious and rambunctious, guileless and kind. They are always preschoolers. But, like you, our teachers are also parents… and as parents we find that time is fickle and fleeting. As Christmases seem to come closer and closer together, we dutifully log all our children’s FIRSTS: the first step, the first word, the first emerging tooth. We notice.
But those LASTS are more elusive and their encounters catch us off guard. Becoming aware of these changes can tug at our heartstrings. We look ahead and dream of days that haven't come to pass… but as we do, we sometimes miss today's sweet, precious lasts. Last week at virtual graduation we had the opportunity to watch a LAST through slow glass. We took mental photos, caught the grins, heard the songs, noticed the light and the letter of the day. This was a LAST we were aware of—the last day of preschool. For children who are leaving, we wish the best. We know you will do so well in Kindergarten. Please keep in touch—we love to see you grow. For those returning, we can’t wait to see you in the fall. Enjoy your summer; be safe, and keep wonder in your lives! God loves you.