past two weeks have been disruptive to all of us, students and
teachers alike. As a teacher, I miss my students.
Soon enough, however, we'll be back in the
thick of our fall term. I know that all of our teachers will
be working hard to help students to meet the goals they set
themselves this September. Students are going to need the
energy stored up the past weeks!
I have no doubt of your success.
Thoughts on the Picket Line:
For many teachers, myself included, the past
two weeks were my first experiences of being on strike. I had
no idea what to expect.
One impression I carry with me is of the
size and diversity of the staff members of our school. I'd
met, or at least seen, many of the large and devoted support
staff before. But to see the secretaries, the custodians, the
painters every day, standing beside the teachers, gladdened my
heart in a difficult time.
The constant array of donated food, from
delicious home-baked chocolate cookies to pizzas delivered at
noon, showed us every day how much the community cared. It was
humbling to be treated with such generosity.
What I'll remember most was the honks, the
waves, the thumbs up, the V for victory signs from drivers
passing by. The driver of the Coca Cola truck honked; the
driver of the Pepsi Cola truck did too! Honks came from pickup
trucks, from shiny new BMWs, from silver-haired veterans, from
mothers in cars full of children. From the first day to the
last, the community's support was overwhelming.
So, thanks to everyone for your patience. I
know I speak for all the teachers at the ALC when I say we are
happy to be back, anxious to see you all, and ready to get
back to work!
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