“The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them” ~proverb
There is a lovely saying that “it takes a village to raise a child”. I have been proud to have been part of your village for the past few years. Although I have the sad task of saying goodbye to you, I would like to take a moment to recognize our village.
Parents, I want to thank you for bringing your children to our school for trusting us with them every day and more recently for allowing us into your homes to teach them. I especially want to thank you for raising such amazing children who have demonstrated so many positive qualities and we know that it starts with you at home.
Staff, your collective effort in believing in always doing what is best for the children, your kindness and caring for each one of our students is one of the reasons that we have seen success. Thank you for everything you have done to support the students at St. Joseph School.
To the students, I know that this year is the year for the history books. This past year has been unique. I know there is a lot you have missed and although, it is important to acknowledge your grief and loss, it is perhaps more important and productive to recognize all that you have gained. After hard times we can reflect on all the lessons you have learned and all that you have accomplished. You have learned to be flexible, to adapt, to be resilient, to find other ways to connect and communicate and you have learned how to slow down and recognize what is important. You identified what to focus on and what you can control. You learned that working together and embracing our responsibilities provides us hope. You have accomplished so much.
As “a village”, we have completed so much despite lockdown and protocols and constant changes. It was clearly demonstrated that when people work together there was nothing they cannot accomplish. We learned that we could thrive even in the hardest times. Hopefully, through all this, it will serve to bring the world closer together in a way that we have not been before, with greater empathy and understanding of others.
As the year comes to a close, take time this summer to to rest and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time. It has been my privilege to serve the St. Joseph Community and I wish each of you the best in the coming new school year.