We’re finally here! It’s the last Friday of our 2016-17 school year. I can hardly believe that another year has passed us by! My hope for you and your family is that this year was better than the last, and that next year will be even better for all of you.
It’s amazing that it’s time to begin our farewells for those who will be leaving us and moving on. We are so grateful that you were part of our community, for adding to our school experience, and making our lives better! We are sad that you will be moving on because we will miss you. At the same time, we are excited for your next adventure! We wish you the very best in the days ahead and we encourage you to continue to make the world a better place in whatever shape or form you can. We also want to remind you of something: You are always a part of our community and have a place here.
This year we focused on and learned about Community. We learned about communities locally and worldwide. And, much like people, communities can be wildly different and each carries with them incredible strengths and challenges. We discovered that communities do not always think the same way or agree, and when we engage in open dialogue, those differences along with the ties that bind us together enable us to grow and thrive and become better and stronger. We learned that communities are places where people belong. And all of you belong here.
In the coming year, our school will focus on Health and Wellness. With the summer months upon us, I hope that this includes lots of time outside for your children. Let them run and play. We have an agreement that children…and adults for that matter…cannot climb trees or fences on campus. While they may not be allowed on campus, these are great gross motor activities for kids…and adults! Consider giving your children the gift of exploration this summer. There is so much to see and do and learn that cannot be found sitting in front of a screen.
I leave you with a request and this poem by Miller Williams. Extend compassion for those around you. This world is a busy and sometimes careless place but most of the people in it are good and kind and caring…like you…and in everyone’s life there are times when we can all use a helping hand.
We are so grateful again that you are part of our community. Have a wonderful summer. Enjoy the warm and sunny days. We can’t wait to see you next year…and for those of you who are moving on please remember you are always welcome here. Come back and visit us!
Have a wonderful summer!
Rick and the McAuliffe Faculty
Have compassion for everyone you meet,
even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,
bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign
of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on
down there where the spirit meets the bone.