Congratulations students, parents, teachers, and staff. You have completed the 2019-2020 school year under extremely challenging circumstances, and you've done so with a strong sense of community, resilience, and grace. These last months have been hard, and sometimes also beautiful.

As the editor of this newsletter, I have had the chance to see so many of the ways that we have individually and collectively wrestled with the changes and the sorrows that 2020 has wrought. Again and again, I have been struck the kindness and the daring that this community brings to the task of taking care of one another. The parent organizers who collected and distributed food to families and the mother and daughter team who cared for our tiny salmon- you rock. Teachers who delivered virtual field trips and orchestrated class plays- you are outstanding.   Fierce PTA- you supported those teachers with creative appreciation events.  You provided snacks for the solitary task of packing up.  There are too many acts of kindness to name.  I am so grateful for the 8 years my family has been a part of this school.

This job has been a pleasure and a privilege. There is nothing more satisfying than collaborating passionately with committed people to achieve something useful to the community. I have loved getting to know so many of you in my role as editor of this newsletter for the past 7 years.

In a time when it sometimes feels like we are climbing a mountain of sorrows, it seems somehow strange to grieve the ordinary transitions of life but here I am. The last of my kids is off to middle school next year, and I'll be off with him. As exciting as this new chapter is, I will miss you all.

Have a wonderful summer, families.

Oh, and please, someone, sign up for this job. I promise, it will be a great experience.

Patti Aro
Newsletter Editor