Yesterday was my final day of work at Elm Creek School. I have been the principal there since September 2008, and have been very blessed to work with a wonderful group of teachers, educational assistants, and support staff. The building itself is a kindergarten through grade 12 school with a daycare and nursery school operating out of it, with 30 staff members and almost 200 students. It’s a vibrant place to learn and work, and I had a lot of mixed feelings yesterday while walking through the building. I enjoyed watching the continued Christmas activities of the students, with afternoon movies and games and skating. I very much enjoyed the annual delicious and lovingly prepared Christmas banquet for the high school, a full-meal-deal served at the church nearby: turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, caesar salad, buns, butter, dozens of different desserts, coffee, tea, juice, water, and incredibly enjoyable company.
One of my colleagues gave me a bookmark which stated “without change there would be no butterfies”. Though I may be feeling the loss of a wonderful workplace, colleagues, students, parents, and community, changing to a new position in a different division offers new opportunities. Change is good.
Our school’s theme this year is “Seize the Day”, with four sub-themes encouraged of everyone: to Play, to Choose Our Attitude, to Be There, and to Make each other’s Day. Though I may not be continuing my school year with Elm Creek, I will continue to “seize the day” and enjoy the change that comes with it.
Thank you, Elm Creek, for a wonderful time these past (almost) five years!