Tuesday, May 17, 2016

12:34 May 17

Best photo I got of Lauren's rainy Eno field trip this morning. I am impressed by the variety of "dress your kids for rain" gear. ☔️

I've recently accepted positions with two different leadership groups at the kids' school. These will ramp up next year, but things already feel busy as we wrap up this year and look forward to the next. After a meeting last night in which we had some difficult discussions related to our school's diversity, I was and am feeling a bit exhausted and intimidated by what I'm taking on next year.

That said, I've been grateful to use my thinking and writing skills related to these projects in ways I haven't always had the opportunity to as a full-time stay-home parent. I was also reminded this morning as I chaperoned Lauren's field trip to the Eno River State Park about how much I love this school. The outing was a bit chaotic because the students were all pre-K and kindergarten students, who have a very special energy. Also, it was intermittently pouring down rain as we rotated our groups from site to site, most providing at least partial cover. We ended the field trip in a picnic shelter, where the students ate packed lunches. I was opening water bottles and bags of chips and asking kids to stay seated...or at least not touch each other. It was kinda crazy but also really sweet. I'm always impressed, even in situations like this, how the teachers, supported by helpful parent chaperones, calmly corral and redirect the kids. It's quite literally a partnership in action with teachers and parents--a partnership I'm very thankful to be part of.

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