"It looks like Mother Nature will likely win her rainy battle, and we will have to conceit to her and cancel our outing to Shevlin Park. That being said, we would still like the kids to bring in their bikes and we will make a fun afternoon happen here at school."
I wrote those words in an email to families on Monday when Ms. Letersky and I, after checking the weather forecast, knew it was best for us to cancel our biking field trip. You know, the one, the kids had been looking forward to for the past few weeks and had been counting down the days until it was going to happen. I couldn't help but think, was it serendipitous that the first character trait for our social emotional FLIGHT program is flexibility? Was life mimicking learning? Maybe so. Or, was it just as the saying goes, "The only thing that is constant is change."
Adjusting to change with a good attitude is something we strive to do in our daily lives and something we hope we can instill in our children, especially as they are growing up in an ever changing world. We can't control our circumstances but we can control how we respond to them. We can look on the bright side, see the positive and rearrange our plans. Or in the case above, move the field trip to our campus and create an experience that would provide the kids with a chance to practice being flexible all while creating memories that will stick with them for the years to come. With each opportunity to be flexible and stretch and bend, we grow up a little more and learn a whole lot too.
-Ms. Fiore, 2nd Grade Teacher