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Dear Joslin Community,
What a great second week of school! Students are getting into the rhythm of things, and I enjoyed getting into classrooms to learn a little about each of our mini-communities on campus.
With the celebrating of Labor Day at the beginning of this week, I can’t help but take a moment to appreciate the tremendous labor of love that our teachers and staff put into each school day for our children. I mentioned to several classes over the last few days that if they look around their classrooms, they might notice the inspirational banners hung on the walls, the organized classroom libraries on the shelves, the sorted materials at the ready for class projects, and the day’s lesson that was prepared for them. These hallmarks of school are a given, and so are easy to overlook as notable, yet I observed with them that they can also be seen as outward signs of love and care that their teachers have for them and their learning, day in and day out.
This labor is productive. It creates a fertile environment for students to explore and flourish, each a world unto themselves.
So in considering the work of our staff, our students, and all our Joslin families, I wanted to appreciate together how this is some of the most important work being done in our world today. There is little more valuable than providing a good education to the next generation, and it’s a joy to do it with you at Joslin.
Warm regards to each and all,
Dear Jaguars and Families,
It has been a remarkable first week of school! We began with an eclipse party to celebrate our connection to the natural world around us, with a lyrical "Here Comes the Sun" rendition by Mrs. Barschow, Mr. Klein, a host of second graders, and all those gathered who cared to chime in. Austin Council Member Ann Kitchen joined us to commemorate the rare event, and KVUE recorded it for some good publicity and posterity. Most importantly, though, I heard many students' astonishment as they donned their special protective sunglasses and peered up at the heavens. They called to one another, pointing, noting the spectacle above, and appreciating the celestial miracle together.
It's these moments we cherish and remember. Teachers and parents talked about early memories of eclipses from their childhood. No doubt this will hold true for our young Jaguars. What a great way to come together as a learning community this year.
It's been great, too, that this first event was only the first in a string of positive moments that I have enjoyed with students all this week. Whether when quizzing third graders in the cafeteria over their food selection, learning names of first graders when I got to substitute briefly for them on Tuesday, or dancing the cha-cha during our Wednesday morning dance routine, I have noticed the high degree of engagement in our students.
May we continue to foster this energy this whole year through. Welcome back, everyone. I am honored to be among you, as one of the jamboree (*I just looked up what a group of jaguars was called, and yes, jamboree is indicated, at least by some, as the right term*).
With great appreciation,
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