Long-time 5th/6th grade teacher, Kathy Boone, announces her retirement
June 12, 2020
Dear Friends and Families of Our Beloved Harmony School Community,
I hope this letter finds all of you finding many happy moments slowing down and in robust health. This spring I’ve put in a nice vegetable garden, watched birds, went for a few nature walks, read some books and had a good time catching up with family and friends. I write to all of you with a somewhat heavy heart today, however.
After twenty five years in the 5th & 6th grade classroom and four or so years in auxiliary positions prior, as well as many years as a parent and now a grandparent in our community, I am sadly forced to leave my teaching position due to ongoing health issues.
Families, I feel grateful for your trust in me to work with your children. It is a great honor. You’ve all been so generous with your time, talents and resources as volunteers, and for that I thank you. Most of all, your friendship and community connection in our Harmony family have been the glue that holds me together. I hope that we will remain close as friends and community members, as I plan to remain actively involved as a grandparent volunteer once physical distancing restrictions have passed.
Students past and present, you are my joy, and rest assured that I will remember our many adventures together for the rest of my life. Space and time will not allow for listing all of the lovely memories of us engaged in research exhibitions, arts and crafts creativity, engaging discussions, hands-on experiments and explorations, camping trips, field experiences and nature explorations we’ve enjoyed together that I carry in my heart into this new phase of my life. Hopefully, you’ll all continue to enjoy the arts as creators and patrons, and explore world cultures, literature, and nature throughout your life. You are my teachers, as I’m confident I’ve learned as much or more from you than the other way around, and in the future I hope to hear about your travels and experiences as you explore the world into adulthood. While we face many world issues, I feel confident that the critical thinking skills, empathy and compassion, ethics, passion and activism for social justice that you all demonstrate serve as tools for you to work to make the world a more just, peaceful and life-sustaining place. Hopefully, you all have found an avenue or few where you can best focus your amazing skills to make your contribution. It’s now time for me to step aside and follow your all’s capable lead. I hold all the confidence in the world in you.
Please know, if anyone, particularly current students, desire to reach out please do! You know my email address!
Thank you for the memories! Let’s stay in touch.