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Head's Corner, September 9, 2014
Greetings CMS Families!
I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful weather that we had over the weekend and that your family has successfully transitioned to the back-to-school schedule. Transitions can be challenging, especially after creating new habits for the past three months. I know it has been a challenge getting my own family back on track!
Yesterday morning while on traffic duty, I noticed one of the first year students in lower elementary get out of his car with his mom not looking as cheerful and enthusiastic as he always does. He greeted me in a baritone half asleep voice, “good morning” and then asked me a question that I honestly have been grappling with for years. “Why do we have to get up SO EARLY?”
The school administrator part of my brain wanted to respond thoughtfully and give great reasons that support students arriving at school bright-eyed and joyful. As my brain was formulating the perfect response, I replied, “I understand exactly how your feel. It’s tough to get up early every morning after having the liberty to sleep in for a few minutes or hours during the summer.” His face lit up as if to say, thanks for the affirmation - now will you tell my mom not to wake me up so early?
Just two days prior, a parent of an Upper Elementary student thanked us for building in an extra five minutes for arrival. She said that the extra time has helped them arrive to school early and has made a significant difference in their household.
That same day, a parent of a Primary student left the Toddler and Primary building after a tearful separation between herself and her daughter, only to return a couple of minutes afterwards to make sure that her daughter had stopped crying, which she had. Meanwhile, just across the street, a parent of a Middle School student was taking full advantage of the extra time in the mornings since her child is exercising his independence and no longer needs his mom to accompany him into the building. All different needs. All the same issue. Time.
Time is one of the most valuable commodities. We never have enough! We have become accustomed to hearing all sorts of advice about time. “Time waits for no one. Time flies when you’re having fun. Time is of the essence. There is never enough time in the day. Spend your time wisely.” And the list goes on. The reality is that all of those sayings are true. One thing we know for sure is that transitions take time. They are a part of the cycle of life. In a week or so, the toddlers will be blowing kisses to their parents with tears of joy. Elementary students will be arriving at school early, anxiously waiting for the doors to open. Middle School students will figure out a way to spend time with their parents, outside of drop-off and dismissal, without giving up cool-points from their peers.
Every time I see your children, I am reminded of just how fast time flies. I want to rewind time and enjoy the moments of taking my children to school. If only I could embarrass them one more time with a public display of affection when I arrive to pick them up from extra-curricular activities or see the look on their faces after a surprise visit to their dorm for family day. I reflect fondly upon my own childhood and vividly recall my mom reciting one of Dr. Seuss’ famous quotes about time. “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before its [sic] afternoon. December is here before its [sic] June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Your children are in great hands. Transitions may seem like a lifetime. I promise you it is only a moment in time, a blink of an eye or a twinkle in a star. We want you to enjoy, relax and go with the flow. We are your partners in this journey and transitions are what we know! We wish you and your children an amazing school year!