“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” – Hal Borland
As we approach the last few weeks of school, this quote from Hal Borland, a New York Times journalist rings true; not only have we become wiser this year, but the learning won’t stop on June 3rd. New skills developed in PE might be used at summer camp; a discussion of current events might trigger a memory of a classroom conversation on the “utopian society” from The Giver; a cool experiment in STEAM might inspire some independent research; a new art technique might lead to a creative outlet. The possibilities are endless because we know that the learning will continue.
Tonight we have an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, faculty, Board, and community. The annual meeting highlights both individuals and our Yavneh community. You’ll hear about how we fulfilled our mission and lived by our fundamental beliefs in this challenging year of COVID; we’ll spotlight a few students and teachers who won awards and fellowships; and you’ll hear from our Board President about the essential work of the Board. At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, we’ll be sharing a slideshow of student art created this year.
Most importantly, you’ll hear the words thank you over and over again. The success and magic of Yavneh is due to the community – everyone plays a vital role. Thank you teachers and staff for your tireless efforts in teaching and taking care of every student. Thank you parents for partnering with us and trusting us with your children. Thank you Board members for making hard decisions and supporting me in my first year as Head of School.