I know it has been many weeks since my last posting. I have been busy with end of year responsibilities and preparing to hand the leadership baton to the next principal of Union School. It is a bittersweet experience; I am looking forward to the possibilities of retirement, and will certainly miss the daily hugs, smiles, celebrations, and challenges of being the principal of this nurturing learning community.
Thank you to our PTO, teachers, and staff for the many precious gifts you have given me, including 2-tomes of retirement messages and advice from our students. Here are some gems from the 320 student voices I will not soon forget:
Suggestions for what to do when I retire:
- I hope you go to see a play in New York and climb Mt. Everest.
- Read a good book and jot down some notes.
- I hope you go somewhere.
- You should read a lot of good books and write a book.
- Maybe you should get chickens and raise them from chicks.
- My mom recommends these books: Out of my Mind, The One and Only Ivan, Wonder, and I recommend these two movies; Life of Pie, and Hachi
- Since you are leaving, here are some things you can do: You can be a lifeguard or even a doctor.
- When you retire, you can be a producer or a museum guide.
- You can volunteer for anything. Do this because if you stay inside you might be afraid to go outside.
- And please be yourself.
- When you retire you can be a Lego engineer.
- You can be in the army, a detective, or a zookeeper.
- You can be a basketball player and earn a lot of money.
Compliments and Best Wishes:
- I wish you good luck for the rest of your life and beyond.
- I hope you had to leave for a very good reason because, who wants you to leave?
- Caption for illustration: “Union School students protest against their principal choosing to retire!”
- OK, so this is a secret: Sometimes you can get mean principals but trust me on this- you are not one of them.
- I like how you would give me advice to not be silly.
- Some other principals’ kids are afraid of them, but you’re not like that. Kids are not afraid of you. In fact they enjoy seeing you- if they’re not in trouble.
- I like your clothes.
- You are not your average principal. I never see you cooped up in your office like a lot of principals do.
- You hire great teachers who I’ve learned a lot from.
- You are very fast because you’re always popping in and out of classrooms.
- You’ve been here since 1939 and I will never forget you as long as I live.
- You are like the first sunny day in spring after the freezing cold snowy winter.
- I love how you maked kids laugh their heads off.
- No one will forget you and the tears of you leaving will flood the hallways and flood the earth.
- It was like vacation having you here.
This is my last posting as the principal of Union School. I’m not sure how to retire a blog-but I will figure that out. As of July 1, I will seriously consider Union School students’ recommendations and suggestions. (I am not optimistic about getting into medical school or the Army, and my basketball skills are a bit rusty, but you never know.) I will certainly read many books and will always remember to be myself. Great advice for me to follow-and for the Union School community too-Read many books-and remember to be yourself!