Doing Hello and Goodbye Right

“Our care of the children should be governed not by the desire to ‘make them learn things’, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within them the light which is called intelligence.” –Maria Montessori

Ms. Holovaty at the farm with children

Tomorrow is our annual end of year celebration with a “Blessing and Sending.” The third year students will be recognized by the sixth year students, as they are “moving up” to upper elementary. The sixth year students will be recognized by the junior high students, as they are “moving up” to junior high. And, of course, we will all say goodbye to our eighth year students, sending them into the world with our blessing.

There will be a slide show and a song sung by the lower elementary children, along with songs sung by the whole assembly. We will have a pot luck supper afterward, with some games being played outside.

Tradition is important. It tells our story and frames our community. We know that beginnings and endings carry special meaning, so we try to do beginnings and endings well, whether the beginnings happen every day as the child enters the classroom environment or if the ending only happens once every eight years as the child is handed off to the world. Each beginning and ending matters, as each child in the environment, each teacher on staff, and each parent matters.

So I look forward to our eighth annual end of year celebration. It is important to do goodbye right.

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