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Hello Walnut Creek Family,
Did you know the average student will ONLY spend 15,000 hours in school, from Kindergarten through 12th Grade? This includes early morning care, afterschool sport clubs and evening events. During this same time, they will spend about 38,000 hours in their beds and 10,000 hours on their phones or game systems!
This means the time spent in school must be effective and very meaningful, because it is so limited. As the Proud Principal of Walnut Creek, I am excited and committed to insuring the time spent here is relevant and memorable for every student. However, I believe educators cannot effectively engage in this work, without the vital support of parents and other members in our community. The poem below best signifies this philosophy...
I dreamt I stood in a studio,
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind, And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher—the tools used, Were books, music, and art.
The other, a parent—working with a guiding hand, And a gentle loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch that was deft and sure. While the parent labored by their side, And polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last, their task was done, They were proud of what they had wrought. For the things they had molded into the child, Could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed they would have failed If each had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the school, And behind the parent, the home.
- Author Unknown
So, hand in hand, let us work together, to ensure every child is supported in their learning and celebrated for their accomplishments.