Remember to Breathe

The beginning of each year is filled with so many forces: new students, new teachers, new classes. What will the new rules be? Who is on my bus? Who has changed the most from last year? We have so much on our minds that we tend to settle quickly into a rhythm or pattern just to keep moving forwards.

Here, one month into the school year, I want to advise us all to pause and take a breath. If we do,we’ll look around and see really interesting classes in the sciences, geometry, literature, and art; we’ll hear children drilling one another on flashcards and preparing to argue against misogyny in the ancient world; we’ll watch them throw themselves wholeheartedly into soccer games and cross-country meets. We’ll hear joyful singing, see happy dancing, and enjoy growing friendships.

It may not be the most scholastic quote I’ll mention all year, but I think of the words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Let’s all commit to not missing our daily lives together as Academy community members.

Dr. Brian Bloomfield
Head of School, Academy at Charlemont