Below is the text from my final newsletter of this school year.
As our 5th grade chapter is almost complete, I cannot help but reflect on the relevance of our final read aloud text. In the story, Esperanza Rising, each chapter title is a specific fruit or vegetable. The produce holds symbolism for the primary character as she faces the mountains and valleys of life. Some sweet, some sour, some devoured and some left undiscovered.
My final musing this year is rather bittersweet. I am not returning to our school or district next year. When I think about leaving the students and families I am overwhelmed with sadness. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives, supporting us on our unique learning adventures and celebrating our work. As a teacher, I try to model looking for challenges, taking ownership and learning from the fantastic struggles. And now I hope to model accepting change. I am looking at the future with a new lens (students, you knew that one was coming). I know that it will be a great adventure filled with my own mountains and valleys and the lessons I have learned from my students will be with me always.
As a class, we discussed what symbolizes this year. The answers were all very different: strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, cherries, star fruit and dragon fruit. All can be sweet and juicy (with knowledge) and some of them unique and quite rare. And I agree.
While I am not sure what the next chapter will bring, I am thankful for this chapter and will remember the Meredith Masterminds with a happy heart.
Here's to ideas, adventures and a leap of faith.