Dear Zaharis Families,
Driving to work each day with my son Rex gives me perspective. When he leaves my side and ventures off to the playground, I often pause to consider the enormous degree of trust I place with the adults that are called upon to teach, nurture, guide, and care for him. I then look to see a multitude of other parents going through the same separation ritual—parents who love their child as much as I do Rex. And then my palms get a bit sweaty when the reality kicks in—they all reside under my stewardship! What an enormous responsibility. Then I think of those who we all rely upon to mentor our precious little ones and I become more settled. We are truly blessed with a core group of educators who I consider second to none.
While none of us would consider abdicating our responsibility to raise our children to another, it is overwhelming to consider the task of bringing them up without supports to enhance our best efforts. I applaud the efforts of the Scout leaders who dedicate their time to work with many of our young men and to the Girl Scout leaders who commit themselves to the development of our little girls. I am grateful to those in the line of fire—the many police officers and firefighters who frequently visit Zaharis to teach our youth. I am inspired by the parent who stays up a little late to read to his or her child and to those who go in a little late to work so they can volunteer in the classroom. I appreciate the time that local church leaders contribute to support learning outside of the public school domain, the soccer, basketball and football coaches, dance teachers… the list goes on and on.
This past week, six principals from neighboring Mesa schools visited Zaharis. After visiting classrooms and experiencing the heartbeat of Zaharis, one made the following observation: “You have such a strong sense of community. Zaharis is a nurturing, warm and inviting place. The climate is caring from the adults to the kids. There is a much greater commitment to the school vision and beliefs than I have ever seen in a school before.” Another replied, “The students are very comfortable and confident with each other and with their teachers. They are even comfortable with new adults who come in their room!” Together, we have developed a school that outside others take notice of when they come to visit.
We share a common purpose—we both love your little ones. It is humbling to play a small part in their journey as they find their way.