Friday, May 29, 2009

No Truer Words

This was written by one of the kids on the board the other day and I had to take a picture of it. It sums up what this school year has meant to me. At the start of each school year, I sit the kids down and tell them that, as a class, we are going to operate as a family. I then ask them whether or not they ever fight with their brothers and sisters. Of course the answer is always yes, but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of it, they will always stand up for their family. 

As this school year progressed, I saw more and more evidence of this as they began treating each other like they would treat their brothers and sisters--they would bicker and squabble and the typical stuff, but there was an abounding "esprit de corps" that was almost tangible. This really manifested itself first at Camp Tecumseh, and especially during times like Track and Field Day. We would all cheer on whoever was representing us, and I loved seeing the transformation from a group of kids who were a little bit disparate at the beginning, but which, after time, became...well, a family. 

This morning I told the kids that next year they would be scattered all over the place on different teams at Clay, that they'd never be all together again. One boy muttered underneath his breath, "I wish we could." Frankly, I wish we could too. But hopefully everyone came away from this year with some indelible memories, and that like all families who grow up and move away from home, those memories will flood back just when they need them most. Not just for them, but for me.

And to you parents, I want to thank you for your overwhelming support this school year. You guys were very patient with me, overwhelmingly helpful any time I needed anything, and incredibly generous. Thank you so much.

And please, as a wise man often says, remember to be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Twenty-Four Reasons

I told these guys yesterday that they all need to stick around for just one more year--all of them. I promise they'll learn all new things next year. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Class Act

Sorry it's been awhile, but I just have to say how proud I am of your kids today.

We pretty much blew everyone out of the water during Track and Field Day today, and the attitudes were happy, proud, but not boastful. 

I can NOT have asked for a better group of kids this year. They all have great hearts, were awesome sports, and showed the rest of the classes what it means to win with dignity and class. 

I'll be surprised if my head will fit through the door on the way out tonight. I should take a lesson from your kids!

Thank you for raising children who know how to act like adults. 

(Okay, today, at least!)  :)