Dear Island View Families:
Welcome to 2017!
I know the holiday season is not always a time of fun; it can also be a trying time filled with stress and anxiety. Whatever your situation was this holiday season, I hope you had a restful break and appreciated some moments of happiness and love with your children.
This is a very busy time of the school year. The end of the first semester is January 27th, so students will be finishing units and projects and staff will be preparing report cards, which will be mailed home on Friday, February 3rd. We then gear-up for parent-teacher conferences the second full week of February. One thing is certain: lots of activity and learning fill the beginning of a new calendar year!
As I have explained in previous communications, the Island View staff is dedicated to building hope in our students. One way we have tried to create hope this year is to practice showing gratefulness every day. Several weeks ago I listened to a TED Talk with David Steindl-Rast, who believes strongly that living gratefully creates happiness. He has a simple three-step method to living gratefully: Stop, Look, Go. In every moment we live, there is some potential experience of beauty that should be cherished, yet one must “Stop” and “Look” to fully acknowledge and absorb these moments. The final step is to “Go,” taking the moment with you and acknowledging your gratefulness for the experience.
Just before the winter break, I challenged my staff to remain alert for the moments of beauty we are all given. I now offer the same challenge to parents. Amidst your hectic and busy days, stop and look at your student’s beauty. And be grateful for what you see and hear: your child’s smile, your child’s new learning, your child’s laughter, your child’s sheer exuberance for life.
I am very grateful to work with your students and to partner with you. Happy 2017.
Brian Hanrahan, Principal