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Month: September 2020

This Too Shall Pass

I love this. It reminds me that whatever is happening in the moment will not last forever.  Sometimes you wish the moments would pass slowly – like birthday parties, sunsets or beautiful, summer days.  Sometimes you wish they would pass quickly – like a nasty cold, slow traffic, or a long, cold winter.  Either way – it is good to keep in mind – “This Too Shall Pass”.

When you are in a happy moment, remembering that “This Too Shall Pass” reminds us that we need to soak it in – Savour it. To savour something means to enjoy it as much as possible. When we are in a difficult moment, “This Too Shall Pass” reminds us that this hard season will not last forever.

Right now some of us are in hard season of uncertainty.  We are uncertain what the school year will bring. Some of us are uncertain about what sports will look like this year, or if we will be able to have family gatherings at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Some families are uncertain about their jobs or their health. I want to remind us all, that This Too Shall Pass.  No pandemic has ever lasted forever, and this one is no different.  We don’t know exactly when it will pass, but we do know that IT WILL PASS.

I think it is a good practice to ask yourself, what lesson can I learn in this season? Whether you are in a happy season or a hard season of life, you can always learn and grow in your character.  In a happy season, learning to be thankful can be a valuable lesson.  It’s easier to be thankful when things are going well – so learn that lesson when it’s easy to!  That way, when things are hard, you can remember that lesson and it can help you find things to be thankful for. In a hard season, you might not get to choose a “lesson” – life will choose it for you. You might need to learn patience, or how to be kind to people that are sometimes nasty.  But whatever lesson life tosses your way, rather than getting angry, bitter or resentful – choose to grow. Choose to find joy, choose to look for ways to improve your character.

And remind yourself…This Too Shall Pass.

Let’s get this party started!

And, just like that, we’re back into the swing of things.  School started yesterday for teachers, and will start next Wednesday for students.  It was a very different beginning than we’re used to – new routines, new schedules and some new faces.  BUT…what is still the same, and will always be the same, is the complete commitment that every adult in Kleefeld School has to the safety and well being of every student that walks through these doors.

When we met as a staff, there was a lot of discussion on how to create an inviting, safe space for students.  There was a lot of discussion on how to support our families. There was a lot of discussion on how to educate our students in the best way possible – ensuring that this pandemic has as little impact on their learning and their academic futures as possible.  We Have Your Back! Which means we are looking out for students and families.

This will be a year that may have a few more unexpected twists and turns than usual, and this thought reminded me of a tree I saw this summer.  It probably started out it’s life as a sapling like any other tree. Along the way, it was obvious that it had to grow around a few obstacles – other trees, roots, rocks. At one point another tree had fallen onto it, so it had to grow differently from then on – a little crooked and bent – but grow it did!  It was very tall, very strong … and very unique.  We are all living through a strange, challenging season. I hope that we will all be like that tree – we will grow, and we will develop unique perspectives and strengths that really only can develop out of experiences like this pandemic.

Meet the teacher is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, from 1:00 – 6:00, by appointment only.  You can schedule an appointment with your homeroom teacher online. If you’d like to chat with me, please call the school and set that up with the office or ask to speak with me.

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