13 May Message from the Head of School, May 13th, 2021
Are we there yet? . . . Has there ever been a more universally asked question on long trips than this one? This year – the 2020-2021 school year – has been a very long trip, indeed.
It has been a year of hand sanitizer by the bucketsful (literally), masks on every face every day, desk shields, and the attempt, at least, to “socially distance” ourselves. It’s been a year of watching the news, then ignoring the news, then wondering what to believe. We’ve had a year of trying to be creative at every end – with classroom arrangements and schedules, with the children’s musical performances, and holding every possible event outside. It’s been a year of a lot of angst just below the surface and a lot of hard work on everyone’s part to be sure the children had a truly wonderful school year.
Are we there yet?
Have we accomplished our goals? Have we given our students a rich, eventful year filled with learning experiences they will never forget? Have we kept true to our mission in the ways that we have carried out our responsibilities, made our decisions, and treated one another? Have we maintained a sense of community among our families and school even though we’ve been unable to be together in person? Have we set and met goals at the leadership level this year that will propel us forward into even more health and sustainability?
I hope so. I think so.
There is no question in my mind that, despite the limitations of having school during a pandemic, our students have had a terrific year. They have all learned and grown at remarkable rates. Their learning has come via success and failure, wins and losses, excitements and disappointments. This is the stuff of real childhood, even in the year of COVID. Our teachers have worked so hard in creative and collaborative ways all year to ensure that your children would have a full and fun, exciting and exhausting school year. And I do think we are there.
While we haven’t arrived at May 27th, we can see our destination clearly. So, let’s spend the next two weeks fully enjoying the ride to the finish. The students will get to see the 5th and 6th grade production of Beauty and the Beast on Friday this week and then have Field Day next Friday. And we hope to see everyone at the All-School Celebration on Thursday evening the 20th. It’s going to be our first and only time all together as a school and it will truly be special for everyone.
Are we there yet?
On so many levels we will never be, at least this side of heaven. We are incomplete and limited but at the same time we have access to God’s grace and sufficiency and in Him we are whole. I thank God every day for Covenant; it is a jewel of a community made up of people who love Him and work hard to love each other well. What a wonderful place for our children to grow up going to school.
Bucketsful of blessings,