Spring has Sprung!

So I wrote a similar Springtime post to this a couple of years ago, and to be honest I love the following poem and quote so much that I thought I’d share them again. There’s something about this time of year that puts a wider smile on my face, and breathes some extra life into my soul. As an educator, I have always loved the months of March and April because I begin to reflect on all that has been accomplished with our students since the beginning of the year, and I know that there is still some time left to accomplish all of our goals before June rolls around. We’ve entered the fourth quarter of the year if you can believe it, so it’s time to shake off the winter coats and cobwebs, and open your hearts to Spring. I want to thank you all for working so hard during this long ten week stretch of winter, and for keeping student learning as your focus.

Make sure to keep smiling everyone, and embrace the change of season and all that comes with it. We only have a few more days until the Spring holiday, so I want to wish you all safe travels and a relaxing, energizing, and well deserved break. It’s a beautiful day outside so I’m off to the field with shorts on to kick the ball around with my boy. Spring has finally sprung and life is good. I hope your smile is as wide as mine, and I hope you know how proud and honored I am to be working with such outstanding educators and people…get out there and enjoy the day everyone, and get ready for arguably the best part of the year which is now upon us! Have a fantastic short week and remember to be great for our students and good to each other.

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

TED Talk – Louie Schwartzberg (Perfect for Spring and Beautiful)
http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_the_hidden_beauty_of_pollination

Flower God, God Of The Spring
FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,
Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,
Here I wander……
Cold, grey-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:
O child, happy are children!
She still smiles on their innocence,
She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,
Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:
Thus one cunning in music
Wakes old chords in the memory:
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal
Green – one more, and my bosom
Feels new life with an ecstasy.
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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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