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There is flurry of activity on campus at this time of year, but among the bustle, we pause for an evening of reverence as we join the children in a Lantern Walk for Martinmas. This is my absolute favorite festival of the school year. Looking back, my first Lantern Walk cemented my love for the school. I didn't know what to expect and was blown away. I was awed by the gorgeous papier mache lanterns the teachers had lovingly helped these little three- and four-year olds make (they still hang around our house as decorations, they are so special and beautiful). I was moved to tears as we walked slowly through the dark woods, led by our little ones' lanterns, sweetly singing songs. As we returned to the school building, the lanterns were strung up one by one around the play yard, each flickering lantern adding to the ethereal glow, like stars in the sky. And I can only imagine what it feels like to be a young child experiencing this magic.
Martinmas is a time for reflection and reverence, so as Jackson (3rd grade) and Alex (2nd grade) had their Lantern Walk last night, and Cole (nursery) will have his tonight, today is a good day for me to be sitting and reflecting on what this school means to our family.
From the moment my first son started in nursery at Emerson Waldorf, this school has made me a better parent. I am so thankful that I have thrown myself into the school, and am often volunteering in one way or another a few times a week. One day, I picked my kids up from school, and though we usually stay and play for a bit, on this day I said we have to go straight away to pick something up for a school function.
The boys chimed in with, "Come on! Why?" "Yeah, Mom, why are you always doing something for the school?" And I said something along the lines of, "Because I want to help make it better."
My son, Alex, replied, "But our school is already awesome!" And Jackson quickly chimed in, "Yeah! It's the best. How could it get any better!?"
A similar situation arose when Jackson was talking about school with some friends who go to a different school, and they were questioning some things that Emerson Waldorf does differently than their school, and Jackson said simply and with conviction, "I love my school."
I am over the moon that my kids see the school the way they do, but there is so much going on behind the scenes to make it as good as it is. The teachers my children have had – Ms. Patricia, Mr. Wiley, Ms. Ritz, and Ms. Kyle – are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever met. They go above and beyond every day. We have involved parents who are giving so much of their time and talent and energy to the school. And, yes, there are always ways we can make it even better!
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