Graduation is a bittersweet time of happy memories, sad goodbyes, and lots of hugging. Before we go, I am going to take a moment to practice the attitude of gratitude, and speak on behalf of my class to express how grateful we are for the chance to grow up at this school.
First I want to thank our wonderful teachers. Not only have you taught us how to sew pajamas, throw javelins, and play the winking game. You have also shown us what it means to be compassionate, respectful, confident, and creative. Even though some of us are now taller than you, we will always look up to you!
And now, the remarkable Ms. DeNatale. Ms. D, you are the ultimate butterfly, bright and powerful. You came into our lives, shaped us, watched us grow, kept your calm (for the most part) and helped us reach our full potential.
Since you have decided to take a break from teaching, I want to give you a suggestion for what your next career should be. I think you should be a superhero. You always seem to know what the class gossip is, who is about to get sick, and you can transport us through space and time with your awesome storytelling. You can stay in control of a room full of energetic adolescents (pretty impressive), you help us resolve conflicts with grace, and you make us feel loved. Whatever you decide to do in your life you will be great. And if you ever need letters of recommendation, I know at least 21 people who will be happy to help.
I also want to thank our parents who got us out the door to school every day. We literally would not be here without you. After the parent breakfast last week, the 8th graders and our parents shared memories from our years at Waldorf. I want to give a special thanks to Elijah’s Dad, Todd for what he said. He told us that even though school is ending, he would always be there for us if we ever needed anything. Hearing him say that reminded me how lucky I am to be part of this Waldorf family. Because even though we won’ t be together every day, we will always be a community.
I love you guys.