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Marvista Family Message for May 28

Marvista Family Message for May 28

Hello Marvista Families!

As we draw to the end of this school year, many of you are likely celebrating the conclusion of a very difficult year.  Navigating work schedules, Zoom meetings, Seesaw assignments, child care, health challenges, and on and on the list can go.  It is also clear to me that our kids are very aware of how hard a year it has been, and it weighs on them in a lot of seen and unseen ways.

What we all honestly need, adults and kids alike, is both thankfulness and hope.  My final thoughts to us as we head into summer is that we dedicate time and energy in directing our families’ thoughts towards these two things, to bring joy back to it’s rightful central place in our lives.  Here are a few ideas for starting the conversations:

  • Thankfulness: “what are you thankful for during remote learning?”  “how have we grown as a family in the past year?” “What have been your favorite memories the past year?” “what was the coolest/funniest/most creative thing your teacher(s) ever did?” “what’s the most useful thing you learned this year?”
  • Hope: “what are you looking forward to this summer?” “what are you excited about for returning to school in the fall?” “what is a project you’d like to do together this summer?” “let’s have a big celebration this year for when school lets out!  What do you think we should do/eat?”

Yes there are lingering concerns about the future (there always will be), but there is also much to celebrate.  Let’s find that gold as we wrap up the year with smiles on our faces again.  Our kids will breathe a sigh of relief as they reflect on the past and look to the future. 

I’m looking forward to seeing your kids again soon!

Warm Regards,

Andrew Ritsema
School Counselor  
206-823-5441 (call or text)
Andrew.ritsema@highlineschools.org