The most important part of school is making connections. When teachers connect with children, and when children connect with each other, the school year begins. It turns on ‘the light’, and that light enables learning, and is deep inside everyone. Oh, yes. There is a sense among children and teachers, something that needs no words.
I love when this happens. Now, we are a family.
Every year we have a family event at school, a pizza dinner and pumpkin carving. This always happens at that connection time. It is magical. Imagine being at school at night with your family, sitting in a big circle with lit jack-o-lanterns, singing songs. The ‘being together’ part is a big deal, and we’re in the dark.
Here is what I wrote to families:
Thank you for a wonderful, magical evening at school. This was such an exciting event for children. For families, it was perhaps the first time to get to know other families and watch children playing together. For teachers, it was delightful to stand back and watch connections and laughter. There was something special about tonight. Did you feel it? The weather was perfect and the fall colors were brilliant. Pizza and your side dishes were delicious. Pumpkin carving was busy and fun. Lighting our jack-o-lanterns and lining them up along the stone wall was the best! Dusk descended. The perfect ending to the evening was sitting with our families in a big circle singing our favorite jack-o-lantern song and waving glow sticks. It was a memory maker for the children.
The Aqua Room is a family. It feels so good.