And this is it! The final Sunday School Messenger for the 2019-20 School Year! What a journey it has been from mid-March until now. Two and a half months of something we’ve never experienced before. I am super proud of how our Randolph staff, students, and families worked together to provide some structure of academics. Of course, I know that for many families it was and still remains a very, very hard struggle. I urge you to take advantage of community resources.
The fifth-grade graduation home visits went very well last week. We’ve got one left Monday – Mrs. Brantley’s class! The majority of our graduating class was visited by a caravan of Randolph staff. There were some great pictures posted on the web. Boy was it hard for teachers to not hug their kiddos goodbye! We have one more important ceremony before sending them off to the middle school – a closing graduation video! Many of us have recorded parts that are now all being pieced together by Mrs. Eastwood and Mrs. Brantley. We will post the video on the web at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd. It will remain posted on our website in case you can’t get to it at that time.
Up next, another time that it’s gonna be super hard to not hug goodbye! This Wednesday, June 3rd from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM we are asking all families to come and pick up student belongings, report cards, and certificates. And to drop off library books and any borrowed teacher items. Most staff has signed up for hour time slots so that you can have a proper summer send-off. Please note a few can’t make it due to child care issues. Based on the weather, we will either bring the bags from the gym or have them all next to your teacher around the car drop off loop. As we’ve never done this before we ask for patience and flexibility. Here is the staff sign up list. For those of you that cannot make it on June 3rd, I will send out alternative pick up instructions after I see how many bags were left.
Traditionally on Wednesday morning, the last day of school, we’d all gather together in the cafeteria for an annual tradition – The End-of-Year Sing-A-Long! Unfortunately, and boy do I hate using that word so much, we cannot get together. So Alden Blevins has put it all together in a virtual show! Click on this link to get a full 35-minute show with music, the lyrics, and even a picture of Mrs. Blevins showing you all the dance moves! Mrs. Blevin’s encourages those of you on Twitter to post a short dancin’ clip to Twitter handle RES_Music_ or to email her the video.
Let’s do birthdays next. Preschooler Valerie, Happy Birthday! Anne Gray, Lindsey, and Sawyer celebrate Kindergarten birthdays. Ben and Makel – happy 1st-grade birthdays! Aston in 3rd and Brianna in 4th – congrats! And a BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT to all of our summer birthday kiddos – over 90 of you!
Before I close this final message I want to address the unknown future. It is clear to me that the Governor of Virginia and our Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley value safety and learning. At this time no decision has been made as to what learning will look like in the fall. I can assure you that Goochland is preparing for any opening, be it virtual or face-to-face. Make sure your school messenger information is up-to-date or visit our county school website at goochlandschools.org for the latest plan.
I will end with the principal read for the week. It is entitled “Love” by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Loren Long. I’ve chosen this book to send you off to the summer with a special message. YOU ARE LOVED! And to prove my point even more please check out this special poster coming from our Randolph Family to your family. They are a dedicated group of passionate educators. As a community we are…learning, caring, discovering. As we Journey together.