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.