It’s Back to School...wow! Where did the time go, right? This year has put us all through the ringer I feel. Our normal everyday lives came to an abrupt halt over six months ago. To say last school year was typical would be far from the truth. To say this upcoming school year will be typical would definitely be a stretch because we all know how quickly things will change.
Regardless of the circumstances, I’ve got a message for parents, grandparents and of course students. Let me start with those of you actually going back - whether tomorrow is your first day of 4th grade or you’re heading into your senior year of college, seize the moment. Strive for greatness. Get INVOLVED and most importantly, surround yourself with people who want to see you SUCCEED. People who want to bolster you to be the absolute best. It’s also important to realize what your teachers mean to you.
These are people who devote their lives to making a difference in yours. I am a better person today because of teachers I had 15 years ago. Many I still talk to. Cherish your time in the classroom with them. You’ll miss them. Trust me! Finally, stay true to yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not in order to fit in. Stand out be your own person! Go against the grain because at the end of the day there will be no need to discover yourself.
Parents - it’s a bittersweet moment. Bitter because it hurts to see your babies walk out the door and be away from you. For many of you, this may be their first year in school and it’s particularly upsetting - especially with the craziness of late. Rest assured, they are in good hands. They will learn everything they need to be a functioning member of our world. They will meet new friends and start to develop who they are. Support them in their endeavors. Be there for their games and spelling bees and field trips. Be there for the homework assignments that seem never ending. Listen to their struggles and help them find solutions. Lastly, be their guiding light as there will be many times where they will need someone to keep them on track.
Grandparents - some of the most important people out there. I was raised by my grandmother and she MADE me who I am. Never back down from your touch love. Some, like my grandmother have a difficult task. You’ve got to be parent, grandparent, disciplinarian and friend. Thank you for stepping up and caring about your grand kids!
One of my favorite things to do during the school year is to get into the classroom and connect with kids. Teach about weather. Teach about life in general. I miss that. I'm fortunate for technology though. It has allowed me to continue to do what I love through Zoom and Google hangouts. I'm looking forward to doing more this year!