Recitals, Graduations, family celebrations…it is such a busy time of year!
I was gratified to see so many of our parents and children take the time to gather at the PTO Family Picnic, where everyone seemed to visibly slow down, enjoy the hamburgers, hot dogs, Rita’s Ice, and most importantly, each other!!
Inside the school during these last few weeks, teachers work diligently to keep their students focused on important learning which will take place up until the last day. However, I sense that for the teachers it is difficult to ‘let go’. They work hard over the course of nine months to get to know their students, identify their capabilities and challenges and ‘encourage’ the students to give their very best. It is hard to bring that care and dedication to a stop!
Of course we do not want learning to stop over the summer months. Students will be given a summer reading list, math concepts should be practiced daily and the students are expected to complete the Summer Bridge Workbook for their grade level. I have also spoken to our students about working on their own summer service project. This could include writing letters to the home bound, giving a percentage of profits from a lemonade sale to a favorite charity, or reading to a sibling. The idea is to give of themselves in the service of others.
Many thanks to all of you who took the time during this busy month to complete the parent survey. Know that the information provided will be used toward our focus on continuous improvement of the school program. I was pleased by the many positive comments, including the following:
“St.Peter’s excels at providing a safe and happy environment, and at helping its students grow into kind, thoughtful and moral people. There is a palpable sense of family that sets St.Peter’s apart from other schools.”
As with any family, it is difficult to say ‘good bye’ which we must do to our graduating class of 6th graders. Some of them have been together since kindergarten, some have joined the class more recently; all are loved and will be missed.
It is my hope that the upcoming weeks of summer will afford you an opportunity to slow down, enjoy a relaxing pastime, and peaceful moments with your family.