Welcome, first graders!
The warmth, humidity, and wasps didn’t deter our spirits on Tuesday as we welcomed our incoming first grade class—the school’s largest to date! The Rose Ceremony was a beautiful beginning to the first day of school and a warm welcoming of our new first grade class. The first graders were gathered by their teacher as the spectator circle swelled. Parents held their breaths, laughed, shed tears, and smiled as the children of the new first grade class took the first steps of their new journey as grade-schoolers. Our oldest, eight-grade student welcomed each of them with a smile, a handshake and a rose. During Graduation in May this welcome will be reciprocated with a send-off by the first graders in another Rose Ceremony as our eighth grader graduates and departs for her next chapter.
Each young child is ushered into the school community, and will someday complete the circle – and begin it anew – as they hand out a rose as an eighth grader to begin the next cycle.
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach