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.