Sunset Park SchoolIssue 32Spring 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear graduating class of 2020,
We are so incredibly proud of each and every one of you. You have grown in so many different ways in the past six years.
Physically, many of you have grown tall, but you have also grown to understand how your physical attributes make you who you are. You have come to understand your identities through the color of your hair, your skin, the shape of your eyes and the way that your curves and angles reflect the generations of your family lineage. You have learned to be proud of how you’ve grown into yourselves. You have kept yourselves safe and have protected your bodies from harm and have come to this day to bask in your accomplishments.
Mentally, many of you have learned your ABCs and your 123s, but you have also learned to seek answers and to discover your curiosities. You ask questions when you don’t understand and you have learned to question what many believe to already be certain. Your search to find understandings of the unknown will lead you to discoveries that will help us in our future. The many teachers here believe in each and every one of you and the power you have to make the world better when you share your discoveries.
Emotionally, you have learned to control your tantrums, but more importantly, you have grown in your emotional intelligence. You know when a friend is lonely, you know how to pass on kindness to those that need it most. When you are in a group with other students, you know how to sense the emotions in the room, (including your teacher!) and you know how to change the way you interact. You know how to respect the emotions you feel and control your actions that follow. You know that this skill will carry you far. There will be many hearts out there that will need your healing hands.
This year especially, you have grown faster than maybe many of us wanted you to grow. You have been brave and we thank you for doing the best that you can in maintaining your stability through all that has happened these past few months. As you use your physical, mental, and emotional strength to keep pushing forward, we don’t want you to forget these days. I want you to remember each day--because each day is a gift.
Many of you write your stories, draw your memories, create things to memorialize the moments you have experienced. You never know, maybe one day, you will look back on your stories and it will help you realize your strength and inspire you. Maybe one day, you will find your drawing and remember what it was like to be quarantined for months. When these times will be distant from your memory, you will have your writer’s notebook, your box of recycled art, or your hundred different drawings of your room! It will help you remember and tell stories of your lives to others that may be at disbelief of the history that we write of each day.
Congratulations to each and every one of you. We can’t wait to see what’s ahead!
EuJin Tang, Joanna Cohen, Jamie Fidler, Melissa Hart, and Emily Hurst