Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my grandmother Elsa who lived to be 100 years old. In her later years, she continued to live on her own in a little house at the bottom of a hill in my hometown. She tended to move a little bit slower and walked into the village less than she had in her earlier years. She was still graceful, though, and her posture was always erect, like a tiny Degas ballerina, as she wrapped her arm in yours to move from place to place.
She would have loved visiting Captain Hunt and Robertson Schools. She would have smiled at the children's giggles that echo through the hallways; she always found peace and beauty in many of the world's little gifts. She appreciated a good cup of tea, the last 20 pages of a book, just looking outside at the birds and flowers and making tiny quarter size pancakes for her great grandchildren on Sundays (just like the ones that we have at school on pancake day!) Whenever I spent time with her, sooner or later, regardless of how substantively you had filled her in, she would ask, but, how are you? ~Really? She would pause and wait and then really listen as you breathed out everything that you carried on your heart.
This week, we are going to have Parent/Teacher conferences at Captain Hunt and Robertson. It is our opportunity to check in with you about your child's school experience. How are you experiencing our school? ~ Really? What can the teachers, staff and I do, together with you, to help your child meet his/her learning goals and be and feel as successful as possible between now and the end of the year. Also, I am going to send out a survey this week; thank you in advance for completing it and returning it to the school office. By doing so, you will be letting me know how you are (formally) experiencing our learning community. What can the teachers and I do, collectively, in the next four months to help you and your child to have the best possible ending to our school year?
As always, thank you for giving the teachers and I the opportunity to spend this year with your amazing child. Thank you also, and especially, for your candor this week as we work together with you at our Parent/Teacher conferences on Tuesday. This way we can plan how to help your child to be and feel as successful as possible. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I promise that we will do our very best to really listen (like my grandmother) and work with intention to honor your child's experience, while working to help you realize your dreams for your child.
Beth Tanner, MS Ed