Sunday, 17 March 2013

The promise of Spring

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.
– Cesar Chavez

Each week, I try to write a note to staff.  As Spring begins and we return from our Spring Break, this seemed to be an appropriate opening note for the week.

I thought this would be a good quote to start the last phase of the year.  March Break is almost over, we will very soon be back into the business of education.  But now the days are getting longer and warmer and while our energy may wane a little we are looking to the end of the year.  I think it is important at this time to look at the quote of Cesar Chavez so that as we enter the final quarter we still realize what power we have over the students we work with every day.
In some cases, our influence will soon come to an end as we see the grade 6 students move on to their next school.  In other cases, the terrific educational journey is just starting and before we know if our kids will be transitioning from kindergarten to primary, primary to junior and we will begin to develop a new group of student leaders.
This is a never ending cycle and we are fortunate to be part of it.  It keeps us young and enthusiastic and always open to the change that will allow us to teach our children more effectively.
As we move into the last quarter, I think we are given the opportunity to think about what we still want to accomplish on this year's journey. What do I want to accomplish as principal, what do you want to achieve as a teacher, what growth can you still imagine for your children.
The Spring is only a few days away.  The world is coming alive again.  My hope for all of you is that you will all return for a well deserved break to become active in the journey again.  We have already accomplished a great deal this year and some of our biggest challenges are behind us.  My hope for all of us is that we will be able to focus on our students and continue to make their time at our school the great adventure!

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