The last day of school for teachers
before children arrive to start the new year,
a young hawk perched atop our Peace Pole.
He stayed for a long time,
looking at the world and at teachers.
It was a good omen indeed.
Everyone was silent at what they had seen,
absorbing the enormity of the hawk’s message.
A new school year begins.
I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about.
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Thank you, Michael!
You are famous, Jennie! It has gone around, and now also hawk parents are sending their youngsters to you. 🙂 Really a good omen! I hope you are reserving a place for him in the classroom. Best wishes, Michael
Yes, a really good omen!! I do hope he returns so the children can see him. Thanks, Michael!
Love it, Jennie. That’s so awesome, and a great omen for a good year.
I think so! Thank you, Norah.
How lovely, Jennie such a good omen for the next year 🙂 x
Indeed it is! Thank you, Carol.
Quite a moment! Hope his appearance brings you lots of luck! Cheers. xx
Thank you, Joy. I hope he returns so the children can see him.
odd world coincidence from afar – we had a red-tailed hawk land on your school’s peace pole last year.
Really? What a wonderful coincidence! Did you get a photo? Did the children see it? Perhaps they are messengers of peace…
yes, the kids saw it and I think I still have a picture ). you may be very right
Wow! The kids seeing it must have been a moment. Did you ever post it on your blog? If not, that might be very cool.
i’m pretty sure i did, i’m going to look back
here it is!
Yes! I remember! I had to reblog…🙂
This is fascinating. A great year ahead for you and the students.
It really is! Thank you, Darlene. 😀
A lovely example of serendipity, and so lucky that you were able to capture the moment.
Best wishes, Pete.
I was very lucky. Thank you, Pete.
I love this!
Thanks, Ritu! It was a moment!!
A wise hawk and a suitable capture! Have a great year Jennie.
Thanks so much, Sandy! Best to you.
I’m not surprised at the good omen for your upcoming school year!
I’m glad to know that! Best to you, Liz.
wow – that must have been quite a sight.
Best of luck to all the students and teachers for a wonderful school year!
It was. The hawk was huge, and he stayed and looked for quite a long time. Thanks so much, Jim!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hawk that close up.
I am sure you will have a great year!
An omen? I pray it is an omen of peace and not what a hawk usually symbolizes.
Oh no. What does a hawk usually symbolize? In New England they are welcome and beautiful birds.
I agree with your liking of hawks as birds; but they also signify men who want war, the opposite of doves, men who want peace.
First thing that comes to mind is the paraphrase composite of Isaiah 11:6 “The lion shall lie down with the lamb” And further with respect to your interactions with children: “…and a little child will lead them.” Taking a little creative license with this, I know, but Hawks and Doves evoke that sense with me and with the image you’ve posted here. Go forth and teach!
Your analogy and comparison is really good. I think you’re onto something. I will go forth and teach! Thank you, Laura.
Have a fab new school year!
Thank you, FR!
What a beautiful hawk. An omen for a powerful new year. And I love where he’s perched. That’s a lovely message. I know you’ll have a great school year, Jennie.
It seems the hawk and the Peace Pole together send quite a message. I feel just like you do! Thank you, Diana!
After reading your post yesterday, a hawk landed on a fence post of our deck. It was there again this morning! I couldn’t help but marvel at the coincidence. 😀
OMG! Things happen in threes! Did you see that Beth had the same thing happen- same Peach Pole at her school and same hawk?
Did you get a photo? Marvel is the key word. Wow!
Wow. Isn’t that strange? My hawk has visited two days in a row, same post. A symbol of creativity, Jennie. I hope our hawks are symbols of a wonderful new year.
This is a god thing, meant to be, and certainly an omen!
Ours is back again this morning. I think he might be staying around for a while.
I hope and pray that the new years bring peace and tranquility.
normally it would be a Dove,I hope a Hawk is not a negative omen Jennie?
Wayne, you are the second blogger who relates hawks as a negative, the opposite of a dove. Hawks in our area are a wonder, beautiful birds gently soaring (the opposite of crows). Like an eagle (we have golden eagles), they are a beautiful presence. If an eagle had landed on the Peace Pole, I would have felt the same way. So, I think is is a positive omen.
Raptors are aggressive hunters but Doves are gentle creatures.
So they brand the peaceful people with the bullies in our society.
That was lovely! We can learn so much from the wildlife we share this world with. A good lesson to learn.
Thank you, Pam.
I love this…thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much, John!
Wonderful. Last year during our Zoom church meetings a hawk frequently showed up in a couple’s back yard. We were all in awe.
A grand omen for sure, Jennie. It is going to be a good school year.
Have a great start to the year, Jennie. What a great omen and wonderful poem.
Wishing you the best year, but that’s like telling a swimmer to enjoy the water. Schools have already been back in session for about two weeks here.
If I know my friend Jennie, that hawk has no idea he will become a lesson for children. I know you’ll have the kids learning about hawks in no time.
You know me well! I’m hoping he returns so the children can see him. Thank you, Pete. Another year, another adventure! 😀
I love it! What a wonderful portent for the year.
I think so! Thank you Cindy.
Nice to see a beautiful hawk perched nicely. What a wonderful omen Jennie.
I think so! Thank you!
Peace…perfect peace! A perfectly amazing way to start off the new school year, Jennie! Sending lots of love to all. ❤ xo
It truly feels that way. Thanks so much, Bette!💕
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What a great post for it to land on, and great sighting, and visit! I hope it’s a great omen for a fabulous school year.
Yes, all the way around! It feels so right, rather perfect. It must be a good omen for the school year. Thank you, Deborah.
A beautiful omen Jennie ❤
Thank you, Debby. 💕
Hope you had an amazing first day with your new students! 🙂
Thank you, Jen!
Great sign for a good year
Hope your well is going well Jennie
Beautiful!! Good catch
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Thank you for being a teacher! 🕊
This is so beautiful!! What a stunning hawk!!