First Day of School Reflections

Dear Families: 

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank

Sometimes one tiny moment perfectly encapsulates a complete experience. That moment for me happened today at 9 a.m., when the bus door opened and TQS student Sophia tentatively walked down the steps. 

I could tell she was a bit unsure about what this new school year would bring … and then she saw Jenn, her beloved teacher. 

Sophia took off like a flash, running right into Jenn’s arms for a hug. “I’m back!” she said through her tears. “We all are,” Jenn replied. 

Families, my heart nearly burst. 

After a year that challenged us, kept us apart, and made us truly realize the importance of our special community, we are finally back in-person for the first time since February 2020. It is, in so many ways, the culmination of everything we’ve collectively been through and the start of a new year that we now know we will be able to navigate together, regardless of what the world throws at us. 

We’re here, in person, in a beautiful new school wing, with a new schedule tailored-made for our TQS community. It’s an unbelievable feeling. 

Yes, it’s true that the world is still a big mess. The rules change every day. Uncertainty is all around us. But nestled in that chaos are bright moments like Sophia stepping off that bus. It’s a small act that demonstrates how TQS will be here, no matter what. We will be that safe place to step forward, that big hug around their shoulders, that trusted partner each and every day. 

Your partnership allows us to be that for your children. Thank you for talking to your students about masking, for sending them to school in masks, and for getting those that are eligible vaccinated. And a big thank you to all parents who are themselves vaccinated and are helping to take care of our community. 

Finally, Sophia’s first-day-of-school moment, similar to those that so many of our students had today, was really possible because of our wonderful teachers. I am grateful every day to work with these warriors and heroes who students love and trust so much. 

If the first day of school is any indication, the 2021-2022 school year will be a beautiful one. Looking forward to another year of learning, growing, and shining together!

Shine on,