The Final Word…
It’s hard to believe that I am writing the final newsletter for the year (though I know that the first newsletter of next year will be needed in the blink of an eye!). I always greet the last few days with a mix of excitement and pride. I am so proud of the progress our children have made, and the amazing relationships that have been forged. I am excited about the new challenges that lie ahead for the students and for us. I am grateful to the families and the community of Aurora who, consistently and unwaveringly, put their schools and their children first. This is a community that recognizes that its strength, and its future, can be found in the smallest of its citizens as they walk through our school doors every day.
Additionally, as much as this community prides itself on the academics (of which we have good reason to be proud!), there is also an emphasis on developing the emotional and social skills needed for our students to succeed, not just in school, but in life. Time is devoted to the arts and music, because they are so important. Energy is expended on collaborative learning and communication skills, because they are essential. While some schools and districts sacrifice these things to focus on academics, in Aurora, we insist on having it all.
As I get ready to do some of my most important work; creating the classroom communities of the next school year, I will do my best to make sure that each classroom is reflective of this community, and the values that it holds dear. I will make sure that each classroom provides opportunities for students to learn, not only from the teachers, but from one another. I will do my best to make sure that next year is as successful as this one.
Have a wonderful, restful, and safe summer! August will be here before we know it. I look forward to the wonderful days that lie ahead, and treasure each memory made this year. Be sure to keep reading, playing, singing, dancing, celebrating and making new friends this summer! Check out the calendar on page 2 for important fall events and dates.