"How many are your works O Lord! In wisdom you made them all: the earth is filled with your creatures."
Each August the staff here at school eagerly waits for the school year to begin. We meet the children we will shepherd for the year. We meet the parents that will share their children with us. As the year unfolds, we work with children and families. We share good times and bad times. Together, we develop relationships and solve problems. We watch in wonder as children grow in many ways.
Now we come to the end of the year. We will not forget each other. You parents still remember your elementary teachers so you know this is true. We will be telling stories about each other years from now. As the year ends, let's think about the words of David above. He could have easily been talking about each and every one of the kids that came to school at Iroquois this year. How many are your works O Lord. In wisdom you made them all: our school is filled with your 'creatures'.
Thank you for sharing your children with us this year. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and letting us get to know you. Thank you for your support...You have shown it in so many ways. Friday is the last day of the school year. Once again, the school year has passed too quickly. Once again, we are sad to say goodbye. And once again we are thankful for the growth we have seen in each child. We take great joy in the relationships that we have developed and the memories we have. Have a great summer!
I also want to take a moment to tell all of you that I have just been overwhelmed by all the expressions of appreciation you have shared with me this last month. THANK YOU! Retiring is hard and exciting at the same time. The words of Dickens ring true, "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." The appreciation and celebrations may be focused on me, but they are really a testimony to our wonderful community.
When people ask me how I am feeling, I've been sharing a message I recently saw on a sign outside of a Christian school. The message read "Don't be sorry it is over, be thankful it happened." I am thankful it happened and I am thankful it happened with all of you.