Today I started this paragraph four times. Each time I started to write about a different topic. For a while I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t just decide on one thing to write about. Now I realize that there is so much happening around here that it’s hard to pick! So today, it’s all about me. When I think or talk about retirement with my many friends who have already entered their “lives of leisure” I try to imagine being somewhere else. Over the summer, I took time to reflect on how important this place has been in my life. I think about the people who are here now, and the people who have been here over the last twelve years and I recognize how much they have changed me. While I have had a number of careers – stay-at-home mom, nurse, counselor, teacher – this school and this job have really defined my purpose for me. Finding myself in a position to change the course of children’s lives has been terrifying and gratifying at the same time.
Walking through the hallways, teaching writing to the eighth graders, visiting classrooms and wandering through the lunchroom these last few days, I have found a new appreciation for the opportunities and the gifts this school brings. There aren’t many other places where a child with Down syndrome can hold the hand of her classmate as they wander around the playground on a beautiful day. There aren’t many other places where a child who has been turned away from other Catholic schools because he or she learns, looks, or speaks differently can be totally accepted and welcomed by teachers and children alike. Maybe I am just seeing the beauty in this community in a new light, and maybe I’m just a little overwhelmed by it. Sometimes Mr. Long says, “If this was easy everyone would do it.” I think that if everyone could see how powerful, how beautiful this is, they couldn’t stop themselves from doing it. We are so lucky to be here with these incredible children and these exceptional teachers. This is what the world is supposed to be like. I will not take this for granted again.
8 New Parents’ Coffee, 8:45 in the Library Media Center
9 Opening School Mass, 9:00am
10 Second grade social
12 Room Mothers’ Coffee, 8:45am
Hot Lunch begins
HSPT Math, 3:15pm
13 Fall school photos, in uniform This is a date change!
HSPT, LA, 3:15pm
Back to School Night for grades K – 5 at 6:00pm
14 Back to School Night for Little Group and Pre-K at 6:00pm
16 Mass at noon
Third grade social
17 Fourth grade social
18 Catechetical Sunday, 9am Mass
19 HSPT, 3:15
20 HSPT, 3:15
21 Progress Reports go home
23 School Mass 9am
Dismissal at 12:10pm
24 Little Group Social
26 HSPT, 3:15pm
27 HSPT, 3:15pm
28 Home and School Association Board, 7pm
30 Mass at noon
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.