Think about all the little, seemingly inconsequential decisions you make every day with regard to your children. If we examine our days – as teachers and as parents – it seems we rarely make decisions of any consequence, and yet we know on some level that what we decide matters. Let them watch TV for an hour or insist that they play outside: make pancakes for dinner, or stop at the store for fresh veggies and fish: extend recess on a beautiful day or rush inside to get that science worksheet completed: respond to that sassy remark or pretend you didn’t hear it? How do I know when to abandon the lesson plan and just teach everyone the Macarena? How do we know which dispute between siblings or classmates merits our intervention and which is best left alone? It’s easy, amidst all of these insignificant choices to forget that every single day we are creating a life with the children we raise and teach. We are teaching them something about themselves and about relationships every single day. It’s easy to get caught up in what that “perfect mom” down the street does, and think we have to be “as good” as she is at this. It’s easy to forget that the children we teach have plenty of time and opportunity to learn the letter sounds, but only this year to know that their first grade teacher thinks that they are the greatest (funniest? or maybe most creative?) children she’s ever taught. Our children have the incredible ability to live completely “in the moment”. Therapists all over the world tell adults to do the same – impossible, we know. We can’t go back to being kids, but we can appreciate as many of those moments with them as possible. We can learn from the children in our care that a walk down the hill after school is even better if it is done backwards. We can learn to laugh at a really bad joke until milk comes out of our noses. We can learn to play tricks, to spin around until we are dizzy and to lay on the floor and pound our fists when things are getting crazy. We can learn again to cry over a movie, to eat dessert first, to play knee football in the living room and to lie in bed and make up stories instead of getting up and doing chores. We can learn to get lost in a book. While the responsibility is enormous, it cannot be allowed to overwhelm us. This growing up is supposed to be fun – for our children and for us.
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: Tonight! Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm. Speaking of having fun! You still have time to sign up if you haven’t yet. ALL moms are invited to join Kelly McMahon at her beautiful home for cocktails and conversation – catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Celebrate the end of another great year at OLOL! Contact Kelly McMahon at email@example.com.
18 Moms’ Night Out, 7pm
19 Pre-K to the Nature Center
CYO Banquet, 6pm
20 9:00am – Last School Mass of the year
Knights of Columbus Teacher Appreciation Night, 7pm
23 Spirit Week begins
Joe Novak, Principal for a Day
25 Eighth grade last day of classes
26 Field Day
27 NO SCHOOL - Pastor’s Holiday
30 No SCHOOL - Memorial Day
1 Graduation photos, practice and luncheon for eighth grade students, 9:00am – Church
2 Eighth grade graduation followed by reception. 7pm, Church
3 Quarter ends.
Little Group and Pre-K end of year program, 9:30am
ALL VOLUNTEER HOURS MUST BE RECORDED BY THIS DATE.
8 Seventh grade to Gettysburg
9 Dismissal, 12:10pm
10 Last day of school
Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal, 12:10pm NO ASC
13&14 Teacher work days.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world in which we live.” Carson
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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