Welcome Back, Hawks: Reflecting Back on the First Day of School

We’ve got a question for you: does the first day of school feel like just yesterday, but also much more than several weeks ago, to anybody else? What a full seven weeks it has been! Each day has been abuzz with activity, but we don’t want to miss the “small wins” that come with a successful first few weeks of school. 

From Upper School to Lower School, the first day of school was met with great expectation and excitement. Many schools all over the country haven’t had the special “First Day of School” experience this year, so we are grateful for the opportunity to start our school year all together, with safety measures in place. 

Once the doors opened on August 10th, the first day of school went off without a hitch. “The whole building just came alive,” said Main Campus Elementary Asssistant Principal, Deanna Elliott. 

“This year, I was most excited about getting to see all of our students and faculty,” continued Mrs. Elliott. “The previous school year ended so abruptly, and we were not able to say goodbye and close our year out. It was vitally important to our administration that we begin school on time and in person. The smile on the faces of the children [on the first day of school] was life-giving.”
 
Families were greeted with a “Welcome Back” sign in the Main Campus front lawn and with big waves and elbow bumps from faculty in the carpool line upon arrival on August 10th. Summer projects were turned in and the senior class kicked off the day with a special celebration, and everyone was able to settle into their new school routines with renewed energy. We were all just so excited to see each other in person again! As the school year continues, it is our goal to bring the same amount of enthusiasm into each day, knowing that we are fortunate to pour our time, energy, and efforts into this special school. 

We leave you with some advice from Mrs. Elliott  as we continue the school year: 
 
“My advice to our families this year is to keep trusting the Lord and pouring into your family.  One thing that quarantine taught me was to enjoy my time with my family.  I have learned to put my phone away more, sit quietly before the Lord, and enjoy every minute with my family.  Time is precious.”

As you reflect on the first day of school and the weeks since, we encourage you to thank God for His protection and guidance as we have navigated the first term together. Let’s live each day like it’s the First Day of School! 
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