It’s Saturday morning. I’m sitting in the conference room listening to the sounds of construction workers placing their finishing touches on our new heating, air conditioning, and plumbing elsewhere in the building. It’s a beautiful sound; School construction on Saturday produces a much better sound than construction on a Monday!
This morning while enjoying a donut with my pajama clad children at Dunkin Donuts, I ran into a Scott parent. He and I introduced our children, talked about Scouts, and made small talk about the upcoming school year. He did not appear to judge me for my pajama-like attire, nor did I judge them on their post “camp out” attire. It was a wonderful conversation that reminded me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a great community.
While sitting in the conference room accompanied by the scent of “Peace” (an essential oil gift and inside joke between me and a collaborative parent), I can hear the rhythmic sound of a jackhammer on concrete. Perhaps it’s the irony of peace and jackhammers that cause me to reflect on my morning and the myriad of conversations I’ve had very recently with parents- many of which will either directly or indirectly impact the success of their child. The conversations ranged from pleasantries to difficult, critical conversations. Some ended with complete agreement and some did not. But all ended, at least in my mind, with the absolute confidence that we all want what’s best for Scott students and our community.
This year I’ve added “Together We Can” to the oft used and referenced Scott phrase “Every Child. Every Day. A Success.” “Together We Can” is relevant on many different levels – for two students in the classroom or on the playground, for teachers designing lessons to meet the needs of all learners, and for you and me. In my opinion, it’s a concept that we can all benefit from – at the community, state, and national levels, and beyond.
As the new school year is upon us, I consider how lucky I am to be a part of this community and at Scott for a second year. In order for success and growth to continue, Mr. Ernst and I need you. We need each other in order for every child, every day to be successful. We don’t need to always agree. In fact, I find extreme value in differing perspectives and ideas. However, the more effective we partner, the stronger our community will be. This is what I believe. Together, we can.
I can’t wait to see you and your children on the first day of school. I’m fired up!