It is with a heavy heart that I write, St. Leo's has officially closed their doors. It was a bittersweet day on Tuesday as we have the last school-wide mass followed by an awards ceremony and then fun at Fantasy Island. It was also the day that I packed up and moved out what seemed like 20 years worth if stuff from my classroom of three years. I end this chapter of my teaching career with this update and farewell:
Where has this semester gone! It has been a whirlwind of activity in the artroom. The last projects have been finished and handed in and artwork from the beginning of the year has been sent home! It was a lot! You don’t realize all that has been made until you bring it all out. It was memory lane for some classes who have forgotten all they have done! And for me…I have found a lot of extra space in the artroom!
The highlight of this semester was not only seeing students talk about past art projects and look through portfolios but our Variety Show! I cannot be more proud of those students who had incredible courage to perform not only in front f loved ones but the entire school as well! The first Variety Show night was one to remember. All of our performers did absolutely wonderful! There were tears, laughs and some very proud Drama Club advisors! Congratulations Drama Club and Variety Show participants!
The days are flying by as we enter the last few days of school. I’m sure many of our hearts are heavy but also our minds full of precious memories of our time here at St. Leo’s. These past three years have been a pleasure to see these wonderful students grow and make some incredible artwork. This was my very first teaching placement and I cannot think of a better fit to start my career. To the parents, thank you for all your support and instilling your children will the importance of succeeding in all subjects, even art. It was great to have students that loved art as much as I do and to be able to run a successful art club and drama club. We had more participants then I could have hoped for! To the staff, thank you for keeping this part-time teacher in the loop. It is easy to feel distant and not part of this community being here twice a week but I can happily say that I felt quite a part of this school. Thank you for the guidance and allowing your students to get quite messy at times in the artroom. To the students, you are what made me want to go to work every Tuesday and Thursday. You are all so talented in your own little ways, whether art was “your thing” or not, find what you love and pursue it. I wish you all the very best at your new school, you will all do wonderful, but just remember to keep being good friends and remember all that you learned and accomplished at St. Leo’s. I will miss you all but I know I will fondly bring these memories with me to wherever I end up next.
Wishing you all the very best,