Welcoming Back Our Children as They Return to School

Dear Mountain Phoenix Community,

Welcome back to a new school year at Mountain Phoenix Community School! As the doors of the school open and the children return for a new year, the children often feel a mixture of emotions. Some wait in eager anticipation and enthusiasm for the first day of school and what is to come during the year. Some come with a little anxiety and nervousness around a new classroom, a new teacher, a new year, or new classmates. Some may easily transition from the summer, as one girl said to me at the Back-to-School picnic, “I am so ready to come back to school! I was ready weeks ago!” And, some take longer to transition from the mood of summer and into the daily work of school. Yet, every one is a part of our school community and will find a way into the new school year.

At this time, we hold closely our children who are beginning their journey in the grades. It is a special moment as they cross this threshold from the world of play in Early Childhood over the bridge to first grade where they come redroseto school to work and learn. Our 8th graders who are the student leaders on our campus take a moment on the first day of school to welcome each first grader with a rose and accompany each child over the bridge to greet the first grade teacher to begin this journey. At this special moment in time, we can imagine how each child will blossom as a unique individual in the classroom and in school.

If Ever Any Rose
by Melissa Kay

If ever any rose has touched your heart –
A sudden fragrance, or a sunlit hue,
Receive it now, enfold it in your soul.
It is the emblem of our hope, our dearest goal.

Consider how from hard dark wood it grows,
Climbing its thorny stem from leaf to leaf,
Until within its yielded calyx shows
An inward leap: a bud – not green – but red,
or white, or gold.

Now from the bud the blossoming begins,
As if an angel would unfold its wings –
Petal upon petal, breath by breath,
A light-borne fragrance floods the hallowed air.

In each of us (and among us all) a bud awaits our tending:
The sweet ascent of love – all thorns
transcending.

Best wishes for a wonderful start to a new school year!

With warm regards,
Kelly Morrow
Director of Education