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Last week we wrapped up our spirituality program for the year at our Celebration Gathering exploring our final theme of Changes. In the world of families with children, this time of year is even more significant than the New Year we celebrate on January 1. The end of a school year reminds us that our children are growing; it can feel as though time is slipping through our fingers. Having celebrated my older son’s college graduation this year, I am keenly aware of the passage of time, and doing everything I can to live each day with the understanding that today is a gift. Each moment is a unique blessing, even when things are not going my way.
At our Spirituality Assembly, I invited the students to take on a Triple Challenge: 1) to identify someone in the community they need to thank – maybe for helping with homework or providing comfort when it was needed; 2) to identify someone in the community to whom they should offer an apology – for hurting their feelings, whether intentionally or not, or for falling short of being a true friend for all the wrong reasons; and 3) to identify someone in the community from whom they can seek feedback – how did I do as a student? Was I a good friend to you?
As I entered the building today, I was met with sense of excitement so palpable I nearly lost my footing. Today would be a day of not one – but four – field trips. Second Graders were getting ready to visit the Center for Architecture as part of their engineering study of bridges, Third Graders were on their way to the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side as part of their study of Immigration, Fourth Graders were beyond excited to finally be on their way to Cape May for three days as the culminating experience to their year-long study of New Jersey, and Fifth Graders were off to Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, New York as a capstone experience related to their year-long study of the Human-Animal bond.
In the midst of all this excitement, I was struck with the tender reality that the hardest thing for us as parents to do is to let go of our children. It starts out with little things, like leaving them with a babysitter or at day care for the first time, then moves on to their first day of Nursery, their first field trip, first sleepover, and before you know it – summer camp, or overnight trips such as the ones our Fourth and Fifth Graders are on this week. While each of these experiences brings a tremendous sense of satisfaction and joy, the feelings are best described as bittersweet; our children are growing up and becoming more and more independent. And the biggest reality of all? Someday they won’t need us. We will have done our jobs, and we’ll be proud and happy, but like the set of nesting cups our toddlers played with and that we picked up countless times to restack, these joyful feelings will be nested inside what sometimes feels like a bigger bucket of loss, and of time gone by, never to be recouped or lived again.
Fourth Graders treated parents, teachers and schoolmates to their very own student-created NJ Boardwalk this week. This impressive project is a culminating activity to their year-long study of New Jersey. Using only recycled materials, students were challenged with creating arcade games that served the dual purpose of entertainment and education about our state's rich and storied history.
8th Grade Students in Ecuador
The All Saints community raised over $5000 in relief donations for victims of last month’s earthquake in Ecuador. This week, our 8th Grade students purchased and distributed over $3000 worth of diapers, wipes, pots and pans, dishes, miscellaneous kitchen items, towels, and other items for families who lost everything. The students also wrote messages of hope and love on each of the items. The remaining money will be donated to a small organization that works directly with the indigenous communities in the affected area.
Grade 4 Presents to City Council
Last week, Fourth Graders from All Saints Day School presented their Action Research project to Hoboken City Council. This year the class conducted research on composting and recommended that Hoboken provide a curbside composting service to all residents. Hoboken City Council was very receptive to their ideas, and the All Saints community is excited to see how we can help moving forward.