But this doesn’t happen without effort and without the hard work of numerous staff, some of whom you may know and some who might be invisible to you.
Each June is a month in which our moods vary from elated to sad because it is a time in which we realize that we are about to separate and may not see each other until the fall.
It is therefore a time of thank yous. We take a moment to thank the incredible unifying work of our outgoing PTA Executive Board with a special appreciation for Anna Catherine and Aga, our PTA Co Chairs. Their efforts have been tireless.
There are no words that can adequately thank the staff. They do not do a 9 to 5 job. This is their life and their commitment to all of the children.
This letter cannot close without a few goodbyes because June is also the month of retirement. We say goodbye to three long time staff members: Michelle Rayvid, Pauline Headlam, and Steve Wilson.
Michele has been a part of BNS since we moved to this building back in 1999. As an English as a New Language teacher, Michele has serviced many a student at 610 Henry Street. Her focused support has made it possible for hundreds to shine. They have become comfortable speaking and sharing their ideas because of Michele’s behind the scenes efforts. We wish Michele adventure in the next phase of her life.
Pauline has been a Paraprofessional at BNS for eighteen years and sixteen of those years were spent alongside eighteen four year olds and Jacqueline, their teacher. What will Pre-k be without Pauline? That is an image we cannot fathom. Her steady presence and her clear guidance has allowed many a little one to persevere, explore and discover. We hope Pauline will be able to rest and relax in retirement.
Steve is known to many. After all, he has been teaching third grade in room 301 for a long time. But did you know that before that he taught grade two? Steve has been at BNS since 1991. He came to us in the spring, replacing a sudden departure. The rest is history. We will miss his wisdom, his compassion, his passion, his work ethic and his skills. But don’t worry. He is not going far. Steve plans to come by and help. We look forward to seeing him next year!