It’s quiet around here today, this first Monday after the completion of the 2015-16 school year. After working at home this morning, I came in for a few hours to dig out my desk from the past few weeks and get my head around summer.
Our summer office hours (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday) start tomorrow, and while that’s just when the building will be open and available to anyone who needs us, there’s plenty of work that won’t fit within those specific hours and I want to be ready.
After all, we have a playground to build, a curriculum to update, and our second five-year accreditation from the Association of Classical and Christian Schools to begin working to secure! We have new students to recruit, interview, test, and enroll, a few staff positions for which to interview and hire, and a slew of building touch ups and clean ups to make!
But before we can do any of that, there’s plenty to do to wrap up this past year. We have a yearbook to finish (due back to us in mid-to-late July; we’ll keep you posted), we have final grades to post (look for those online later this week), and we still have to raise the remainder of our year-end fundraising goal by June 30 (as of today, we’re almost halfway there)!
And then, there’s email. There’s always email.
Of course, our Petra families have your own lists for summer, most of which I’ll bet are a little more glamorous. Some are planning trips (if you aren’t on them already), many of you have lists of projects already made (if not begun), and several of you appear to have gotten a jump on some thank you note writing (I know, because we’ve received ones that contained the following quotes):
“Both of our kids’ teachers demonstrated the love of God in their teaching as they train train our kids to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. Thank you!”
“We appreciate all of your hard work and efforts day in and day out. We also appreciate the attention our child receives. This sets Petra apart. Thank you.”
“Thanks for partnering with me as a single parent.”
“Thank you for all you have given and taught our grandchildren.”
“Thank you for sharing the love of Christ with our daughter. You have touched our family in many ways and we are grateful.”
Kind words, all of them, and just a few of the reasons I pause today (or try to) and thank God for this past school year – Petra’s 20th – being so filled with truth, goodness, and beauty. Perhaps the following note from a dad (sent immediately following our closing ceremony at the end of Field Day and picnic lunch on Friday) sums up the sentiment best:
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of you all at Petra. All the glory to God!”
Indeed, all the glory to God.
And now to that desk…
(In case you missed them on Facebook, below are some fun shots from Friday’s Field Day.)