From the end spring new beginnings. ~ Pliny the Elder
Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities. ~ William Throsby Bridges
Beginnings are always messy. ~ John Galsworthy
Today I have been thinking a lot about beginnings. This is really no surprise, as I head back to work tomorrow – summer break is over and a new school year is about to begin. I also picked up one of our new teachers at the airport today. We are gearing up for a new school year. It is hard to believe that the summer is over, but as Pliny the Elder says, “From the end spring new beginnings.”
I often have a mix of feelings at the beginning of the school year. There is much excitement as we come together as a team to create the new year. There is also a lot of stress, as we have two weeks to prepare for the entry of the students. We also worry about providing the best program possible for our students, meeting our budgets, and finding a way to balance our dedication to our work with our need for personal/ family time. It is a tightrope that many educators walk.
My favorite day of the new school year is orientation. I love that feeling the day before school starts – all the students come on campus and meet their new teachers. I LOVE it when our returning students run up and give us hugs and, full of excitement, tell us all about their summer adventures. We are here for them – when they walk through the door we remember our motivation for choosing to be educators. We remember what a gift it is to be able to walk alongside a young person and assist them on their learning journeys. We remember that we can make an impact. And, we remember that their presence in our lives is a greater gift to us than we could ever return to them.
Today, 204 days ’til 40, I am thankful for new beginnings. I look forward to the new school year and serving all the students who join us.