Dear Parents . . .
May has almost passed! Where have the months evaporated to? Our new raised garden bed (Auction’s purchase) has been planted. The children are thrilled to see their seedlings thriving in their new home. Make sure you stop in and look too. Mother’s Tea was a huge success, and we are now all looking forward to the last day’s Ice Cream Social. The “endless” days of summer are beginning to unfold ahead of us . . . how can that be?
The past month has found me running into SWSM alumni students all over. I must admit that I don’t always recognize them. As the years have passed, they’ve gotten taller; and some are bearded. They certainly no longer resemble the cherub faced, toothless grins that last walked through our hallways. Sometimes they make me guess who they are by giving me clues while others reminisce about their time spent at Southwest. On a recent evening, I met a young man ready to begin his medical rotations and his lawyer sister. On our playground, I was greeted by a recent college grad working in the field of finance. On a different afternoon I met another former student and his wife who live around the corner while they introduced their young daughter to the swings. Two classmates just reached out to me and want to reconnect with their Montessori roots now that they are moms. Another who teaches at a local high school has enrolled her child for the fall. Yet another is about to complete his doctorate in history and is currently teaching at The Citadel. The list goes on.
Now it’s time for the kindergartners to pass through our doors and begin a new adventure as they move on to grade school. They will be attending Palos East or West, Orland schools, Lemont Montessori, St. Gerald’s and Prospect School in Clarendon Hills. We certainly will miss them but are excited to see them spread their wings and soar. Our fours are ready to take their places as the “big kids on campus”. Gearing up to take the top spots in the classrooms, we know they’ve been waiting a long time to wear the mantle. The threes will no longer be the young ones in the class and are anxious to step into their new roles, show off their new skills and greet the Toddlers who have grown so independent in so many ways this year as they move into the preschool environments. Fall will be an exciting time for everyone!
As exciting as the coming of summer is with vacation plans, swimming lessons, summer camps, bike rides and ball games, I know too that it is time for us to say goodbye. There are some long established families who no longer have little ones to send to SWSM. A special goodbye goes to our graduates and to the following families:
- Elena, Katrina and Sienna Rheingans, 2008
- Mohammed, Leyalli and Emylli Mansour, 2009
- Simon and Vivienne Gallovitch, 2012
- Siena and Mason Sandeman, 2012
- Luke and Olivia Watne, 2012
Thank you for making this year such a memorable one. May your summer days hold discovery, joy and quiet moments too for you and your beautiful children. I will miss you all.
Happy Summer . . . Ms. Kathy