I can’t believe I’m writing my last Thursday Packet letter! I began writing these in September, 2007, and have continued every week since then. Many of them have focused on very mundane reminders about traffic, school rules, head lice, and the like. In others I shared my thoughts about parenting, building community, and shared values. Sometimes I’ve recycled old letters; other times I’ve shared new thoughts. No matter the topic, the opportunity to communicate with all of you has been important to me. As I think each week about what to write, I reflect about my own life and what matters to me as a school leader, a parent, and a teacher. I’ve had emails from many of you telling me that you have shared my words with your own parents and friends. I’ve had visiting grandparents stop by to tell me that they’ve enjoyed reading my letters. It always surprises me, as I push “send” each week, that my words have value to so many others. Thank you for reading, and thank you for writing back at times. The two-way communication is very meaningful to me.
My many years at Kensington have spanned the most wonderful years of my life. I love teaching, and I love parenting my own two children, and I was so lucky to do both at Kensington School. And for the past fourteen years I have loved leading this school and being part of the village that has included your children and thousands of others. I love hearing about my former students — kids I remember from first grade who are now doctors, lawyers, and stand up comedians! I look forward to running into you at the local library, at Young’s Market, and at Inn Kensington! I hope to continue the relationship I have with many of you long into the future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this wonderful journey.
I hope you have a wonderful summer as we return to some semblance of “normalcy.” Be safe, be healthy, and have fun!