My apologies for not doing a better job keeping in touch with you over the past few months. Last year at this time a swarm of bees came through my neighborhood and landed just on the other side of our fence. At the time the school was still at our house for only one more week and I wanted to catch the swarm so that I could have bees in my backyard. Well I did that and I’ve been through some ups and downs with them and I have learned quite a bit in this past year about bees. The other day, almost exactly a year to the day, our bees swarmed again. Luckily they didn’t go far, just the front yard. The strange thing was that they spilt into two clumps when they swarmed, which I had never seen before. Ok, I know you are wondering where I’m going with this. The bees for me have been a touchstone into the natural world, a mirror of reality and an opportunity to observe. Seeing reality mirrored in the natural world is a reminder to slow down and remember that there is something larger present. There is a presence connecting all of us if we just take the time to see it. The bees have helped me to do exactly that, especially in relation to the school.
Next year our school will be swarming in two directions. We are growing a grades program and a preschool program. The current first grade room will be transformed this summer into a preschool classroom and the room next to the kindergarten classroom will be the first/second grade classroom. This jump is huge for the school and very exciting. Thank you for your patience, pioneering spirit and trust this year and in years to come.
Along with the shift in programs there will be a shift in staff too. I am thrilled to say that Ms. Jan, Ms. Julie and Senora Ana will be returning next year. I will be teaching the mixed age kindergarten (4, 5 and 6 year olds) along with Ms. Julie, Senora Ana and Ms. Jan. The preschool teacher and the assistant are still being determined. Ms. McGinley will be the class teacher for the first and second graders. Senora Ana will continue teaching Spanish to the first and second graders and Ms. Mariah (Gavin and Chaz’s mom) will be teaching gardening and handwork. I am excited to be on this journey with these amazing new teachers. Welcome!
This summer I had posted that I would be hosting a summer camp. I have decided that I am not going to do summer camp. I am terribly sorry for any inconvenience that I may have caused your family. As you can see with the growing needs of the school I will need to be setting up classrooms and getting ready for the fall. I wish you all lots of fun family time this summer.
The children, like a healthy hive, have worked hard this year and grown in many ways. They know each other now, take care of one another and they challenge each other to grow. It has been an honor and a joy to spend each day with your children. Each one has learned and grown so much this year.
Please come to our end of the year celebration on Saturday and invite your family and friends. It is going to be a fun day and a great way to kick off the summer. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!