I am just going to go ahead and title this year, The Year of Living Weepily. Not sure how this happened, but Eldest is entering her senior year. Yeah, yeah, yeah, generations upon generations have made it through this stage of life . . . whatever. This is our baby. As we enter this important year, our hearts will no doubt be filled with some anxiety about what is next, some excitement about the future and gratitude for all who have been part of her journey.
So on this first day of school of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), I’m doing a little reminiscing. And no, I didn’t get all weepy as I read back through the memories. And by “I didn’t” I mean I totally did. Like I said, The Year of Living Weepily.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorites thoughts about public education and SFUSD from over the years.
New Shoes on the first day of school
Each first day is like recommitting to a community: we are trusting them to help raise our kids in body, mind and spirit and by taking part in the life of the school we are committing to do the same for the children of others. Such a gift, such an adventure and for parents, such a bittersweet reminder that children grow up.
Dog poop, delinquency and other reasons to raise your children in The City
Quick run to the suburbs! Run away, run away from the big bad scary city! Those horrible parents who raise their kids in this modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah will hold down the fort sacrificing the moral development and physical well-being of their offspring along the way!
Surely, they do not have to grow up!
With Youngest joining her sisters at school, we have officially begun the empty-nest process. Our “baby” has begun kindergarten and there is something bittersweet about that transition that will probably take us about 13 years to get used to.
Three Reasons San Francisco Public Schools May Not Be For You
It with the lens of someone who is living through parenting three kids through the San Francisco public school system and have found it to be a meaningful experience, that I offer a few things to remember as you discern your next educational choices.
One more Christian in support of public education
I believe that our government should do everything within its power to not simply provide a public education system, but make the strengthening of the public school system a fiscal priority over and above defense, corrections, subsidies, tax-breaks, etc.
Three affirmations of the San Francisco Unified School District
I may not always agree with what they do or what the Board of Education decides, but, as I have said before, a healthy public education system vital to a healthy society.
40 Word Prayer: In Gratitude for Teachers
Our children step forward
we let go
A teacher teaches
takes a hand
molds a mind
wipes a tear
And together they discover the future
For all these things,
God, I give thanks
Why I love first grade
Not to be too cheesy, but there really is nothing more exciting to see a child’s mind start to “get it” and then be able to express ideas themselves. Their own ideas then began to pour out. Pretty cool.
Musings on the silliness that is 8th grade graduation
After all, when I was a kid . . . we just went to the next stage of school, no parties, no faux commencements and certainly not a huge deal over something that should be a social norm – private, public or homeschool – going to kindergarten, then middle school, then high school. After that . . . sure, you can be done. Might not always be a great idea, but high school, now THAT’S a graduation.
Words of Thanks to the Teachers in Our Life
Letting them go into the world of school each year is difficult as each of our children becomes a unique human developing wonderful particularities, quirks and gifts that will lead them down a variety of roads throughout their life. But . . . I also know that there is great joy is watching one’s children not only discover new things about the world, but to discover new things about their own yearnings and gifts as individuals and as a members of a larger community.