January 7, 2016

New Beginnings. Endless Possibility.

Photos from the elementary Winter Celebration on December 17.
Welcome back to school and happy New Year.  I hope you had a restful break with your children. It has been good to see everyone’s refreshed faces around campus this week.

New Year.  Capitalized. I find this an interesting concept here in the depths of winter.

While I am a great believer in goal setting, I am not particularly one for making New Year’s resolutions. January first is an odd choice, I believe, for us to celebrate our New Year, but here it is. The calendar tells me so. The ball in Times Square definitely dropped last Thursday night. We’re in the middle of short days and dark, cold evenings. Snow remains firmly in the forecast for the end of this week. Nothing is growing.  January first seems to me like a political division of time that has no reference to any event, astronomical, astrological, seasonal, or geological.

Wouldn’t New Year be better off at a different time?

Say, springtime? The earth is re-born. I shake off the winter blues and turn my head to the sun. My markers are the first daffodils blooming, new buds on the maple outside my window, the first bike rides of the season. The Cubbies, heck, even the Rockies, have a chance at winning the pennant. It’s the most exciting time of the year.  

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility.

Or how about the first day back to school in the fall? I’ve celebrated more than twenty-five of them as an educator. A freshly painted classroom, empty walls, blank writing notebooks, fresh faces, new clothes, green grass on the playground. A year of discovery ahead. Eager teachers feel the privilege of embarking on a new journey alongside their equally eager students.

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility.

Yet, there is still something intriguing when the calendar flips over to a new number.  Here we are. 2016. The summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  An election year at home. A leap year around the world.

And, in the life of our little school, big things are about to happen.  This I know from experience.  Every January, children and teachers return to school refreshed and ready.  Amazing learning happens in these next few weeks.  Kids hit the ground running and grow in leaps and bounds.  Some of them might even learn to fly.

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility. Just you watch. 

Happy New Year!

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