There are so many things to celebrate on August 28th. A little more than five months ago, we left our beautiful school thinking we would just have an extended spring break. We didn't know that all summer long we would be wondering if we would even be able to open the doors of school and welcome back the students.
Since March, not a week went by where school staff wasn't planning for August 13th. Even the week of school starting, there were many questions and wonders how this was all going to go. I have never been part of such an emotional start to the school year.
Fast forward to today. There is so much JOY about having put in twelve days of school. Maybe that doesn't seem very impressive. But when most people were telling us that we wouldn't even start the school year in person, that we would have to start remotely, twelve seems like a huge victory.
What has school been like? It's been AMAZING! Seeing the students bounce into school has been a blessing. You can see the sparkle in their eyes and hear the excitement in their voices. The kids are making the best of the situation. The masks which have been a tough topic around, hasn't been a problem.
Kids are LEARNING, from their teachers IN PERSON! They need this SO much. A lot is lost when students and teachers have to converse through a screen. Students are sharing stories of adventures they have had or places they have visited. They are engaged in lessons, remembering their math facts, and working really hard. They understand that school is a great place and the best place for them to learn.
There are some changes, but we have adjusted to them. Our Falcon Families that we started last year has been put on hold for a while. There aren't as many secondary students roaming around the elementary or helping students for now.
Teachers are so glad to have students back in the building. There was a hole in their hearts when the students left in March. It's fun to see the students smile, wave, and cheerfully greet their their teachers from the year before.
It feels like the school that was filled with shades of gray now have the colors of the rainbow pouring through it. There is life again.
So when people ask, how has school been going? I respond immediately with, "amazing!" I don't know how to describe it any other way.