We have had such a wonderful summer here at Camp Little Feet! From learning to blow bubbles at Goldfish Swim School to improving our forehands with Teddy Tennis, we have explored, learned, and grown together! Our beautiful playground was always bustling with water play, tricycle caravans and lunchtime picnics.
Now, we are getting ready to begin another chapter here at the Andrew Friedland Early Childhood Learning Center. Our classrooms have been scrubbed, our shelves stocked with new materials, toys, and books, and our teachers are excited to welcome both old friends and new members of our kehillah.
Many people make resolutions in January; new ideas they want to explore, goals they want to reach, and opportunities that they wish to take advantage of. For teachers, parents, and students, the start of a new school year is often the time that we take stock of what we have accomplished, plan for what we want to tackle next, and revisit how we intend to do just that. It is a chance for us to start anew, reinvent ourselves a little and see the coming year with optimism and hope. The sting from any frustrations or setbacks from the previous year have faded and like a fresh clean notebook, the possibilities are endless. It is also a time when we, as Jews, look back on the decisions we made, the way we treated the people in our lives and how we can do better in the coming year.
In that vein, our school has “operational” goals every day…teaching kids to read, getting them to clean up after work time, and how to properly hold a crayon. However, every September I like to spend some time coming up with “inspirational” goals; bigger picture concepts that help us better teach every child that is entrusted to our care. This year, I especially want to make sure that we, as educators, strive to “be our best selves” both for the children and as a model for how we want them to live their lives, with integrity, compassion and resilience. As this is the time of year that also allows us to focus on gratitude and appreciation, allow me to share some of my own. We are grateful and humbled that you have invited us into your children’s lives and allowed us to share in your simchas and support you during difficult times. Thank you.