While we are barely into the summer months, I am already missing the sounds of school—in our hallways, classrooms, fields, studios and playgrounds. I miss seeing the smiles at carpool, hearing the bells, worshiping at chapel, and most of all, I miss our students and parents.
During that first week of summer, I found myself driving to school and thinking about the day ahead. However, my day would start the same way it does during the school year—by seeing our students in action. I would walk into the dining hall on the Main Campus each morning, greet the early bird students and summer staff members, and talk to the campers about their experience. It made me realize that no matter the method of instruction, content of the course, or time of year, the bond with our students remains consistent.
Students are known, cared for, and loved at St. Francis. While we all have different passions and ways we use our imagination, it is the meaningful connections we experience—between students and teachers, parents and staff, school and church, and peer-to-peer—that make our community such a special one.
I wish you all the very best of summers. While you are away, I hope you know that we are thinking about you all and look forward to being back together in August.