The time capsule ceremony that was held this morning was symbolic of the struggles we endured this year. Although we are all looking forward to a return to normal and to enjoying a well-deserved summer, it feels good to take a moment to reflect on all that we've experienced together. Flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to make change are key characteristics of those who are doers, problem solvers and creative thinkers. Thank you to Ned Rausch for providing us with the time capsule and thank you to Coulter Young who facilitated the ceremony.
This year, we did not let the pandemic slow us down! It tried to, but we triumphed! Our teachers and staff worked tirelessly this year to make all of the learning experiences possible. For those students who remained in iTutor, we know how hard you worked from home. Your iTutor teachers have shared with us your commitment to learning and how wonderfully you've done this year. We hope that circumstances will be such that we will see you in person in the fall.
Within the GUFS school, creativity could be seen, felt and heard all around us. Our hallways were lined with colorful art work from Mr. Young's art classes. Mr. Connors filled the school grounds with the sounds of music lessons in the courtyards. Ms. Heck used the school as her stage and ignited excitement and friendly competition among classmates during Color Wars. Mr. Beckley created the most epic field day of all time the last week of school complete with an Ice Cream Truck and BBQ after the event. All of our teachers found creative ways to take learning outside of the classrooms by going on field trips, by hosting events on-campus, and by doing lessons under the shade of a tree.
There are some thank yous and congratulatory news to share before I conclude this last Newsletter of the year.
Nancy Galletto, our Technology Specialist, is retiring at the end of June. Thank you for your 17 years of service at GUFS and congratulations on your retirement! We will miss you!
Thank you to all of YOU (our GUFS families) for keeping the course, for reinforcing safety procedures at home, for staying positive, for sharing your feedback, and for putting your trust in us to provide a safe and nurturing place for your children to learn.
In my short time here as your principal, I have had an incredible opportunity to get to know your stories, celebrate your successes, work through the challenges, and foster wonderful connections with our GUFS families and staff. Thank you for welcoming me into this school community. I'm excited to see all of your faces back in school in the fall. For now, please take this time to enjoy a fun-filled summer, relax and take a breath! We did it!