I think this month should be called “Mayhem.” There is so much going on in this threshold month between school wrapping up and summer beginning. The combination of celebrations and endings creates a swirl of emotions. May reminds us that change comes whether we are ready for it or not. Our children grow in ways that mean we need to change and grow as parents. But honestly, this process is hard on our hearts sometimes. Do you feel it too?
In his book Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud offers wisdom that might help us all at the end of this school year. Endings, he writes, are a natural and normal part of life just like beginnings. However, there is also a natural tendency for us to avoid or botch them. Reasons include our fear of the unknown, our desire to avoid the sadness associated with an ending, our fear of letting go, our lack of skills to process endings, our personal history of painful endings that get triggered by the natural ending, etc. Cloud’s encouragement is to metabolize endings: accept them, experience them fully (allowing ourselves to feel), break them down (just like your body breaks down food) to keep what is usable and eliminate what you no longer need.
As we do the heart and hard work this month of saying goodbye to this school year and some of you (sniff), allow me to share some related school news.
We are saying goodbye to our beloved 4 Day teachers, Tricia Prusnek (22 years at WDS) and Christine Day (14 years at WDS). Mrs. Prusnek is retiring and Mrs. Day is taking a full-time job in the hospitality industry. We are so happy for and grateful to both of these amazing women. We are saying goodbye to the extraordinary Shannon Brown (3 Day Lead). Look for Shannon to pop up teaching in an elementary school in the future.
Leigh Pantaleon will be moving up to the 4 Day Team next year with Marci Rubio as her assistant teacher. Pat Walkup will float with the 3 Day Team. Tracy Zirkle will move into the 3 Day Lead role with Jenny Hollis as her assistant. Jill Dye will assist Kristen Muhart in 4 Day. Ashley Montanez will do some floating/subbing as she finishes her degree in the fall. Whew...think that just about covers it for now.
We are saying hello to billing in Brighthwheel for the 19-20 school year. I know this is welcome news to all of you who are returning with us. I also have to give a shout out to our amazing office staff who navigate technology and change so well: Vicki Rutledge, Julie Fontaine, and Karen Evans.
We are saying goodbye to 4 Day students at the 4 Day Celebration on Thursday. They actually have a few more days of school after that, but this is our formal ending ceremony to celebrate their growth. Kindergarten here they come!
I do want to thank all of you who completed your parent survey back in March. I read each one and take to heart the commendations and suggestions for improvements you give us. Then I share them with the teaching & administrative teams as well. We use your feedback to help shape our goals for the future. You really are such an important reason that Weekday School is such a fantastic preschool. So thank you!
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2