My dear students,
As I watched each one of you come through those doors last Monday, I was so overwhelmed at three things. I want to tell you about each one of those things because I think you just need to know.
1. The first thing that amazed me was how much you had grown in just 8 short weeks! You are all so much taller! You must have been eating your vegetables!! I was amazed at how grown-up you seem.
2. The second thing that made me swell with pride was how polite you were to each other. You were glad to see old friends; and, you were excited to make new ones. You were kind to the little ones, gently helping them to find their classrooms with your arms around them. You said, "Good morning, Mrs. Halloran!" to me, and that made me feel so special. There is something about J. H. House manners that stays with you your whole life and makes you a better person. I was so glad to see it filling our halls!
3. The third and most special thing I noticed about you was the light in your eyes. You were excited to be here. You were looking forward to another year, a new teacher, new friends, and so much to learn! You were excited and I loved seeing you like that. Always keep that special quality. Always look for new things, and always be excited about learning.
I look forward to coming to your classes and being with you. That is my most favorite part of my job. I wish it was the only part of my job! We will begin our guidance classes the first week in September and I can't wait!! I will be looking for your kind, excited faces. Enjoy your year! See you soon!