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June 26, 2020

Goodbye 2019-2020

June 26th 2020

Dear Connaught Families,

As John Lennon (and my dad) said, “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” Wow. This was certainly a year where life happened. A year filled with confusing, frustrating, messy, uncertain life. But, it was also a year filled with joyful, spontaneous, coming together, trying new things life.

I will remember the parts that included all of you; the phone calls connecting us, seeing the children return to school, reading stories digitally, online gratitude circles, outside play, reading the children’s supportive comments of each other online, meeting on the playground for chats and so many more beautiful moments. While it was different than we planned, it was also a wonderful learning experience for all of us at the school. Mostly it was a great reminder of the effort and energy that goes into meaningful learning- something that the children put in each day.

Grade 5 children and families, I am going to miss all of you but know that you are going to thrive at your new schools. Middle school is such a powerful time, where you will learn lots about who you are and who you want to be. Seek out as many opportunities as you can- you never know what will be the magic for you.

In June, upon arriving back at school a child said to me “I’ve missed you so much, but I also feel like I’ve always been here.” I think this sentiment perfectly explains Connaught. A place that you miss when you are away, but also somehow feels like home no matter how much later you come back. I want to thank all of you for your immense efforts this year. I know that it was a journey and am so appreciative of your flexibility, understanding and kindness. Please know that I will miss all of you this summer and am looking forward to coming “home” in September.

With gratitude,

Jennifer Scorda