Welcome Back to School!
Too much time has passed since we left the building in March. It is my sincerest hope that distance has in fact made the heart grow fonder and everyone is excited—even if you are nervous—about starting school again!
You are going to see a lot of building blocks around the school and in notes from the school. We want to build an awesome… fill in the blank with your kids… what kind of year do they want to build? We want it to be an awesome year. We want to build a safe, fun, healthy learning environment. We believe that if we work together as the Paterson family, we can do it.
Growing up, I was the youngest of fourteen children. My parents built a strong family that pitched in, worked together, went to church together, served the community together, and built a strong community of love that encompassed extended family and friends. That is how I feel about the Paterson School community. Our families pitch in, work together, support each other, and build a strong community of love. When our PTO asks families to help fund raise so they can sponsor a school-wide field-trip— everyone does what they can—it all works out. When the younger students need chaperones because they are going to sing at Sun Terrace in Prosser, volunteers are plentiful. When kids need extra help to learn a difficult concept, teachers and many times the student’s peers stay in at recess to help the student. We are an extended family. One of our school tag lines reads, respecting tradition--- building futures. This summer with the civil unrest, I contemplated that tag line. I thought, “are we keeping traditions that are no longer necessary?” I decided if the traditions we cherish and preserve are those of love, compassion, strength, and helping our fellow human being —everyone should respect and strengthen those traditions. Every school should build a culture where they can honestly say, “We have a culture built on the tradition of love, compassion, strength, and service to each other and the greater community.” Every year as a teacher and even during my first year as the principal, I received letters from students and families. This year one of our graduating eighth grade students wrote me a beautiful note. In it she wrote, “This community is something everyone should get to be a part of at some point in their lives.” That was a powerful statement of affirmation and quite honestly brought tears to my eyes. Paterson families come from Grandview, Plymouth, the Tri-Cities, Prosser, and of course the entire Paterson School District. It is the fact that we all come together and participate in this school community that keeps these traditions strong and helps us build an awesome community to shape better futures.
I know I speak for the entire Paterson staff when I say, we are excited to start school. We are excited to welcome all of our new families and reunite with our families we had to abruptly scatter last March.
Here is to Building an Awesome Community TOGETHER! Here is to a beautiful school year.
Can’t wait to see everyone!