A Spring in Our Step

So yesterday might just have been the most inspiring day of the year so far…for me at least. Not only did I go out for a long run in the sun, wearing shorts for the first time in months, I was also incredibly moved to see the March for Our Lives event unfold all over the world, as young people across the globe used their courageous and powerful voices for change…talk about a soul quenching afternoon! It was a magical day in many ways, and one that I will surely remember as the perfect start to Spring…cherry blossoms blooming, birds singing, the ground thawing, and young activists screaming at the top of their lungs.

I love this time of the year by the way. There is something about Spring that gives everyone an extra jump in their step, and makes all of our smiles a little bit wider and brighter. It’s an exciting time of the year to be an educator that’s for sure, as we reflect on all that’s been accomplished with our students thus far, and begin setting 4th quarter goals to finish the school year strong. Springtime musicals and concerts are coming up, student led conferences are on the horizon, and there is a renewed sense of possibility and opportunity everywhere you look. There is a beauty in this time of the year that feels different, and special in my opinion. There’s an energy that is positive and palpable, and it’s right there for us to take advantage of. The long climb to Spring is over and in many ways it’s a down hill run to June, so be sure to make the most of it with our kids.

Use the beauty of Springtime to find your best self, and to use that extra energy to inspire everyone you meet. Anyway, I’m off for another long run through the park and then to play basketball outside with my kids…enjoy this poignant poem below (one of my favorites), and use it as a reminder that life speeds us all by and seasons roll along…make sure to open your eyes to the wonder of Spring…smell the flowers, listen to the noises of nature, and let the change in the air feed your soul. Have a fantastic week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other…Spring has Sprung!

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

– A.E Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

 

Quote of the Week –

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

-Mark Twain

 

Inspiring Videos –

Powerful Signs

Treat Everyone Like You Know Them

Outstanding Sportsmanship

How to Make Peace

Spring is Here

 

Related Articles –

March for Our Lives

Reasons to Love Spring

Lessons on Spring

About Daniel Kerr

Dan Kerr is now Lower School Director at the American School of Paris. He previously served as Intermediate Division Principal at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador, and prior to that was the Middle School Principal at SCIS in Shanghai, China. Dan has also worked at JIS in Jakarta, Indonesia and he began his International career in Abu Dhabi. Dan is thrilled to be joining the ASP family and will be accompanied by his wife, Jocelyn, who will be working as a counselor, and his two children, Max and Gabby. 
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