June 6, 2018
Dear Loma and CT Families:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
I have thought a great deal about this final note. There is no way to capture my many thanks or sense of privilege for having been able to serve this school district in different ways for 13 years. I recognize that most of you reading this were not here for hundreds of my Tuesday night thoughts and stories about how my personal life called me to this journey. I want to offer one final personal thought this week reflecting on my favorite book in the world, The Little Prince, by Antoine St. Exupéry. If you haven’t read it, summer is coming. If you have, maybe the next time you see it on your bookshelf you will think of me and smile. The book is a simple story with deep personal meaning for me. The story is the lost pilot learning of life, connection, and eventually loss certainly speaks to me now as I recognize once again that, “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
The Little Prince is the book I shared with my students at the end of each year as the time to say good-bye approached. Teaching is about connecting, learning together, and creating something new for each student – as well as the teacher – during the course of the relationship. And then, though sometimes difficult, we say good-bye to our students though we keep them in our hearts forever.
I can’t do justice to the premise, but while lost in the desert, the pilot learns about “taming” a fox and a rose he comes to care a great deal about. He discovers truths about friendship and what really matters in life. The adventurer is “tamed” as he “tames” his new friends. He discovers that becoming a friend now makes his friends unique in all the world. He realizes that the time he has spent becoming a friend, and being a friend, through simple acts of tending to his friends’ needs and wishes has changed him in ways he could not have imagined. He learns a very simple secret of life, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Our journey together at Loma and CT has taught me much, but mostly it has shown me how truly unique our community is in all the world. This is the longest portion of my career in education. I have had the good fortune to work with amazing colleagues and make friends who will be part of my life forever. I never aspired to be a school board member. I never longed to become a principal or superintendent, or even knew a person could do both at times. I didn’t understand weather, or nature’s fury, or neighbors, or finding common ground, or the importance of both strength and compassion in leadership until I became a part of this team. In the journey across the years, there have been hard times for families and for our schools. It has been a privilege to be allowed to accompany families in times of both great joy and in life’s deepest sorrows. Those difficult, heart wrenching times taught us all to never take a day for granted. I am so fortunate to have been part of this amazing mountain for so long.
Near the end of The Little Prince's time with his friends, he makes a gift of the twinkling stars. "All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them..." I am going to miss the night sky on Loma Prieta, but I will be comforted by knowing that my stars will soon become your stars through the spinning of the Earth. The moon and the stars will travel between us more often than I will be able to travel "home" to Loma Prieta. With every turn of the Earth, part of me will always be here, and you with me. I will miss you and our mountain. Take care of one another, and when you see the stars, please know that I will think of you when I look up as well.
Measure R Heading for a Win!
Thanks to everyone who worked on behalf of the school district to pass Measure R. Though the results will not be final until the election is certified by the counties, this investment in our schools will last for a generation! Our core programs will be protected from any insurance shortfall, the North Campus will finally be restored as the gem of the community it is, and the Loma field will be a wonderful place to play soccer and ultimate Frisbee once again, and much more. Many, many members of our community came together to secure this investment for our kids and our mountain. Thank you one and all!
Loma 5th Grade Promotion begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. The slide show plays before the ceremony. Parking will be at a premium. Please plan to come early.
CT 8th Grade Graduation begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. The slide show plays before the ceremony, so come early since parking will be at a premium. To access the gym, use the door closest to the Loma flagpole. There are blue signs on the construction fencing to help guide you. An alternate entrance is available near the grass on the back side of the gym. To reach this entrance, you would go through the CT courtyard, around the construction fencing and follow the pathway to the double doors that open onto the grass. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are glad that construction is underway. Thanks for your patience!
Root Beer Float Event – August 14th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Our wonderful Home and School Clubs have joined forces to scoop and pour tasty root beer floats.
Elementary school class lists will be posted for viewing. Middle school student schedules will be available for pickup until 5:30. If you are unable to attend, the class lists will remain posted. Middle school student schedules can be viewed on PowerSchool and will be available for pick up at 8 am on August 16th.
6th grade Parents
Please read the important attached letter about required immunizations for 7th grade!
Please note all incoming 7th graders must have a Tdap booster (ADACEL). This is different from a Dtap. Please look at current immunization records and if your student has received the Tdap booster after their 10th birthday please send the CT office a copy ASAP or check with the office to see if we already have your copy. If we do not have a copy of the current Tdap your student will not be allowed to attend school in the fall.
7th grade Parents
Please sign your 7th grade student up early for the Washington DC trip! If you sign up before June 6th not only will you have a longer window to pay for the trip and do fund raising, but you will save money. After June 15th the cost of the trip will go up. Right now all you need to do is get online and pay the $49 deposit. Attached you will find a copy of the flyer with info for early sign up. Please feel free to contact me in the CT office or at Open House for a DC packet or questions you may have about the trip.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
6/6/18 CT 6/7th FUN DAY plus 8th Grade Boardwalk Day (return 5pm)
6/7/18 8th grade Awards Ceremony 11am-12:30pm
6/7/18 Minimum Day 12:30 dismissal-Last Day of School
6/7/18 8th grade Graduation 4pm Gym (graduates need to arrive by 3:30)
8/14/18 Rootbeer Float Social-CT class schedules passed out in the courtyard
School starts on August 16, 2018