There was a time when summer was dedicated to playing outside, walking to the beach, riding bikes, cutting the grass once a week, and helping mom weed the garden every once in a while. Summer meant we got to stay up late, get popsicles from the Good Humor man, and sleep on the screened-in porch. There was a time when no one worried about reading lists or extra tutoring in the summer. No one went to acting or band camp. The day school got out, we piled into cars and went to the beach for the whole summer. My mother would buy two dozen plums on Tuesday, and by Thursday morning they were gone. Every day she packed us up, grabbed her book, her beach chair, her hat and walked us down to the beach where we would stay for hours. We spent our days playing in the water and eating sandy sandwiches. I can still see her sitting on the water’s edge with her sunglasses on, reading her book and smoking her Winston cigarettes. She would look up and remind us to watch the little ones, and then go right back to her book. In the late afternoons, we would all be told to go to our rooms and read for an hour or two. I loved those hours, because I would snatch up my mother’s books as soon as she had finished with them. My brothers would usually fall asleep within about five minutes. When we hit our teens, my parents bought an ice cream shop on the boardwalk, and eight of us worked there. It kept us out of trouble for a few hours a day, and we got to eat a lot of “free” ice cream – and so did our friends! This was clearly not a money-making venture, and was abandoned after one summer. Most of us can’t replicate the summers of the 60’s and 70’s, but we can make sure that our summer includes time for play and discovery and naps and ice cream. It may take planning, and it may mean that you have to leave the office early sometimes, or even take a few days off – but it will be worth it. You don’t have to orchestrate every minute – you shouldn’t orchestrate every minute! Allow your children to figure out what to do with those free hours. Leave the electronics out of it – play word games or talk about what it was like for you growing up. Try three days in a row with no schedule, no electronics and no TV. Think you can do it? Your children can, I promise, and after the first couple of hours, they will enjoy themselves – especially if you can step back and allow them to find their way to the fun!
“At the end of the day your feet will be dirty, your hair will be messy, and your eyes will sparkle!”
1 Third and Fourth Grade to Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg
Graduation Mass, 7:00pm, followed by reception in the gym
2 Fourth Quarter ends
Little Group and PreK last day.
Little Group and PreK end of year program, 9:30am followed by reception in the
Superintendent William Ryan visits OLOL at noon
7 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
8 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
9 Last day of school, Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm, NO AFTERCARE
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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