Today was one of my favorite days of the year: it was the first day of school.
Wait! Before you panic, don’t worry: you didn’t mess up your calendar. Today was the first day of school for TQS faculty — and it was simply a joyous one.
Why is the return of our faculty one of my favorite days each year? Well, if you don’t already know this about me, I love school. I love children, I love learning, I love fun, I love being part of this transformative experience.
So to me, school really begins when all faculty and staff return to the building. The space comes alive again. People are laughing in the hallway, classrooms are being decorated, the curriculum is being reviewed, and lessons are being prepared. It’s truly the start of something extraordinary.
One of the best things about our TQS faculty? I could tell that today was one of their favorite days too.
While new faculty members returned two weeks ago and 15 faculty members were on campus engaging in Orton-Gillingham training last week, today was the first time all 64 of us were together again.
TQS is lucky to have a teacher and staff retention rate of more than 95 percent, so it was wonderful to be reunited. I am so grateful for these returning professionals and new team members who demonstrate their dedication to our students even before there are any children in our building. They are already working tirelessly to make the 2021-2022 school year shine, regardless of what’s happening in the world.
You will be able to see this commitment for yourselves at our upcoming parent conferences.
Beginning the year with conferences is one of my favorite practices here at TQS. This year, you will have 45 minutes to begin building a partnership and plan with your student’s teachers, either in person or virtually.
Conferences begin on September 1. If you attend in person, remember that anyone entering the TQS campus must wear a mask indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
Now, my other favorite day of the year is quickly approaching: the first day that I greet your students at our school doors.
In preparation for that day, please remind your child about the importance of masking, and please send them masked on the first day of school. We have many students under age 12 who are not eligible for vaccination and are vulnerable.
As always, please stay home if you are sick. And please, please, please, if you have not already done so, get vaccinated.
Let’s continue to take care of each other, and let’s continue to prepare for a fantastic school year.