When it comes to everything that makes the school day work – it is easy to take a lot for granted.
In a sense, each day is the something like a symphony being played out by an orchestra. And because ‘the music of the day’ flows so smoothly many people are not even aware of the many ‘orchestra members’ making the music. Those orchesrta members are all of the people that work at and for the school.
Let’s start with the obvious. Its 7:47 AM and you know that the bus is going to pick up your children at 7:51 AM. So you step out with your children to the bus stop and wait. The bus arrives at 7:51 AM the children enter and are off on that day’s learning adventure. You go on about your day knowing that the children’s day will fall together according to a planned and predictable schedule.
When the bus arrives at your child’s school the children are greeted by staff members in the hallways, by their lockers and the classrooms. At precisely the correct time, the school day begins. Teachers are in their classroom and students are ready for the new day to unfold. The day continues to unfold as planned. Whether it’s changing classes, going out for recess, moving to and from the lunch room and/or any of the many other activities that can occur during the school day – your child is going to be greeted by people that are ready and prepared to make today a positive learning experience for for him or her. Moreover, when it’s time to go back home, the bus is at school ready to pick up the children and transport them to their home – arriving at the time designated.
None of this happens by accident. It happens because a lot of people know how important each day is for each student. People work together to make schools function effectively.
I am thinking about this because earlier this week I was waiting for a service person to come to our home and check one of our major appliances. The scheduled time of arrival was 830 AM. By 8:45 AM the person had not arrived and we called the place of business. We were informed that, they had “had a staff meeting that morning and were running a little late”.
If your children walks to and from school and had to cross a busy road to get there – I am guessing that you would not accept that the crossing guard was 20 minutes late. Moreover, I’m sure you expect the teachers, support staff, food service staffs, playgrounds supervisors and anyone else connected with the school – to on time for their duties during the school day.
As we start this new school year, thank a school employee for all they do to make the ‘orchestrated school” day turn out to be such a smooth and well implemented event. All of the people that make schools go smoothly are people I appreciate.
The bus dirvers, principal, adminstive assistants, hall monitors, teachers, social workers, cooks, coaches, house keepinng staff, crossing guards, and everybody else connected to making the school day unfold in a safe and focused way – they are all champions for children!!!!
May the year ahead for full of learning and growth for each and every student! Enjoy the new school year!