- Waking up at the 5.30 am to get ready for school
- Making sure my 7th grader gets to the car on time
- Getting to school and clocking in at the security gate
- Stopping and chatting with colleagues about their weekend
- Saying Good morning to Ms. J next door and quickly going over the day’s lessons
- Settling at my table and turning on some quiet classical music
- Shrieking good morning to my students as they place their rucksacks in their cubbies and run off to play
- P walking to me with his writers’ notebook to complete his work
- A chatting about something interesting that happened over the weekend
- G asking if there is anything she can help with
- Our principal passing through to share some new information or remind us about something or the other
- The sounds of students playing Four-Square outside
- A whiff from the caterers of something savory being prepared for lunch
I hear the rhythmic instrumental composed by our music teacher calling all to our Village Square (Our daily morning assembly on the badminton court outside the Elementary classes). The sound comes to life by a couple of randomly picked students singing live with their shrill voices, using a microphone; Agooo, Ameeee, Agooo, Ameeee. Our daily local call and answer. I miss that sound so much! It invites us all to come together as an Elementary School. These are some of the images that are so precious, part of a culture we have been developing as a school.
As I remember them, I am sure students will also crave the togetherness and hearty start of our school day.