Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring Festival and celebrating the spring harvest!

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the
seeds of all things are blest.
The blessing is in the seed.
~ Muriel Rukeyser

Hello Dearest community,

Each spring festival I reflect on the torrent of exciting and promising events that mark the end of a school year. Concerts and performances, trips and expositions, work shares, picnics, and the weighty, vibrant anticipation of summer. In school life here is a certain mourning in the end of the year, and a certain blessed anticipation of the possibility of summer - with a different quality of growth and change than the school year offers. And graduation of our seniors reminds me each year how we are travelers together in community, and the spring is the time we take a short hiatus from our work together, say goodbye to those who are ready to leave, and rest the summer in anticipation for a glorious autumn reunion and welcoming of the youngest who join us.

We are celebrating long-awaited beginnings already this spring, anticipating our remodeling and reimagining of the learning environment. Construction on our project will begin in this summer 2017, and continue through the summer of 2018. With deep anticipation we look forward to this project, which is a culmination of three years of strategic planning and successful cooperation between faculty, board, and community partnerships.

Spring Festival is on the 2oth of May 2-5pm, rain or shine! We will announce our exciting capital campaign  at the Spring Festival and answer questions about the vision and the project. We will also enjoy music from our talented parent community - Jim Parker 2-3pm, Clayton Shanilec 3:15-4:30pm - plus all the popcorn, snocones and hot cocoa one desires. (With a forecast of rain and chill, the dunk tank may be particularly challenging this year :-)
And, as a reminder, we will be unveiling our architectural plans for the facility remodeling project at our School Board Annual Meeting May 31st 6pm. This event will feature a short review of the successes and accomplishments of the school, Student awards, and the architectural plan unveiling! Please join us to celebrate the closing of our year, and the planting of seeds for many future joys.

Full poem to enjoy below on beginnings ~ thank you for your partnership, and I look forward to seeing us all together at a seed planting this spring!
~Sam O'Brien

Elegy in Joy [excerpt]

We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer,
or the look, the lake in the eye that knows,
for the despair that flows down in widest rivers,
cloud of home; and also the green tree of grace,
all in the leaf, in the love that gives us ourselves.

The word of nourishment passes through the women,
soldiers and orchards rooted in constellations,
white towers, eyes of children:
saying in time of war What shall we feed?
I cannot say the end.

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the
seeds of all things are blest.
The blessing is in the seed.

This moment, this seed, this wave of the sea, this look, this instant of love.
Years over wars and an imagining of peace. Or the expiation journey
toward peace which is many wishes flaming together,
fierce pure life, the many-living home.
Love that gives us ourselves, in the world known to all
new techniques for the healing of the wound,
and the unknown world. One life, or the faring stars.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Spring! Welcoming new sprouting ideas and celebrating perennial traditions!

Hello dearest community, 

We are in the midst of warm days and sunny faces here during the school day, and the spirit and energy of spring has filled our environments indoors and out. Students are working in the garden and studying in the green spaces, goats are lounging in the sun, and our classes and seminar discussions are finding their way to happen outdoors more and more often.

This Spring, from a strategic perspective, we are engaged in carrying out our plans for thoughtful enrollment of new families to expand our community. We will be welcoming more first year families than ever before next year, and our Parent Engagement Group, faculty, and school board are working hard to prepare the most welcoming environment for new and current families in 2017-18.

We are a school and a program that is in high demand - as we see the number of families applying for our school rising each year. And we are a school with a wonderful program that aspires to serve the whole child. Our strategic work for the past three years has been to acquire the best learning environment possible for our children. On May 31st, we will unveil the plans for a remodeling of our current facilities into one master campus. Please join us from 6-8pm for our annual meeting where we celebrate the achievements of the year as well!

Also, on May 20th at our annual Spring Fest celebration from 2-5pm we will have live music, a carnival fundraiser for arts and occupations programs, as well as sno cones and snacks. We will also announce a capital campaign for our new facility, and all the ways you can participate. 

Below, I've shared a poem for the spring, and a few links to info from this past month that I thought the community would be interested in. 

Link here to the folder of past presentations on the facility design

Link here to the presentation for new 7th year families

This poem for the spring below was passed along to me by a GRS parent! 
May we all be famous to our highest values and our closest relationships. And I couldn't help but include a picture here of our local wild turkey (really) who visits our campus often - and approached a civics class - ostensibly looking for some good conversation. 

Be well all!

GRS Wild Turkey visits civics seminar
by Naomi Shihab Nye


The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,   
which knew it would inherit the earth   
before anybody said so.   

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds   
watching him from the birdhouse.   

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.   

The idea you carry close to your bosom   
is famous to your bosom.   

The boot is famous to the earth,   
more famous than the dress shoe,   
which is famous only to floors.

The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it   
and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.   

I want to be famous to shuffling men   
who smile while crossing streets,   
sticky children in grocery lines,   
famous as the one who smiled back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,   
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,   
but because it never forgot what it could do.