May 16 Home Communicator – Where has the year gone? It seems like only a couple weeks ago we were trying to get the buildings ready for the students in the fall and now here we are, three weeks away from the graduation of our 8th grade class! As I walk through the halls of both the middle school and elementary, you can certainly sense that it is May and summer is near, but to say school is winding down makes anyone associated with schools smile, because it isn’t.

In many ways, the best is yet to come! A few weeks ago, I led chapel at the middle school and I talked about one of my favorite children’s books “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. If you’ve read the book, you know the story of how each of us is presented with life situations that can change from day to day and hour to hour. I couldn’t help but offer a challenge to our 8th grade students, as they get ready for their next chapter in life.

In so many ways, the next three weeks represents a culmination of a year of hard work, of nurturing children’s hearts and minds, and in the eyes of some of the younger children, a year seems like an entire lifetime. From the Journey Projects that will be presented by the 8th graders, to the graduation exercises that will take place with our 4 School students – and everything in between – many tears will be shed, smiles will be seen and prayers will be answered. I realize the spring can be a crazy busy time for many families with many springtime activities starting up, but when the opportunity is there, please take a moment to reflect on the year with your children. If your students are involved in an activity or program at school, try and take the time out of your busy day to come and enjoy.

Thank you, parents, for once again allowing us to work with your children for another year. It has been our privilege. Thank you to Edie Heerspink, Cheryl Hop, and Deb Toering and our graduates. May the Lord bless you and keep you. Our prayer for you is that the best is yet to come!

Serving Him Together,

Dan Pott, Superintendent