Last Friday was Grandparents' Day. After two years without one, it was wonderful to be able to welcome and celebrate our grandparents in our building again. As I walked the halls and looked into classrooms, I saw children sharing work and pointing out important parts of their classroom. "This is my teacher's chair. It's off limits to kids."- and grandparents complimenting work, asking questions and listening carefully. I was struck by how happy everyone seemed. Grandparents and grandchildren share special bond.
Today was Field Day. The sun was shining, and although it was different- no family groups, one-third of the classes participating at a time, fewer games- it was a step towards normal and an opportunity for our students to work and play together. It was a delightful day.
Tomorrow is our live auction. A huge thank you to Dianna Leppa and Amy Rosenfield, our fearless and fabulous auction co-chairs, for planning, pivoting, and putting in an incredible amount of hard work to make this event happen. I am sure it will be amazing. If you are not able to attend tomorrow's event, please participate in the online auction. There is a link to it on our website, and your participation will make a difference.
As the year wraps up, we will soon be saying goodbye to several of our teachers. Nancy Dirks, Diana Hautala, and Monica Stein are all retiring. Although we are so thankful for all that they have done for our students and our school and wish them well on their new adventures, we will miss their daily presence in our building and in our lives. Please mark your calendars and spread the word. You are invited to a retirement celebration for Ms. Hautala and Ms. Stein on Monday, June 13th, from 4:00- 5:30 PM. More details to follow.
Looking forward to next year, we will be hiring a new sixth grade teacher as well as a new library-media specialist. There are other possible opening too. If you or someone you know is interested in and qualified for these positions, please contact me.
Also looking forward to next fall, we have openings for students in first through sixth grades. If you know of families who might be interested in joining our school community, please have them apply online or contact the office for more information.
There is a lot going on. Things are changing because they do and they will. Thank you for being a part of our community as we move forward.
Breathe. Pray. Be kinder than you think necessary. Thank you for being a community that rises. Reach out if you can help or need help.
Peace and blessings,
STFOA 5.20.2022 Newsletter