Dear Madison Comets,
It was a bittersweet 5th grade promotion and end to the 2019-2020 school year. We are grateful for your continued partnership, communication, collaboration and flexibility as we navigated distance learning this Spring.
Please find below my message to our 5th grade students who are promoting to Adams Middle School:
2020 is a year we’ll never forget. In January, the biggest news of 2020 was the upcoming presidential election. By the end of the month, we were mourning the loss of an LA icon and hero, Kobe Bryant. In March, we could never have imagined the world would come to a halt as COVID-19 forced us all to shelter in place and go to school, at home. Now, we see protests nationwide pleading for peace and tolerance.
To say this spring has been challenging is an understatement. We will put this challenge behind us, but I can say with certainty that there will always be challenges in our future.
It is our response to those challenges that has the potential to make us wiser, stronger and more compassionate.
Challenges will always exist. Some challenges are manageable, some seem overwhelming. We can let those challenges beat us, make us fearful and angry, or we can let those challenges make us stronger.
I want you to know, you are not walking through this life alone. You walk with your family. You walk with your friends. You walk with your classmates, teachers, teammates and siblings. You can choose to “Do Good and Be Kind” everywhere you go. You can choose to speak up to oppose injustice and intolerance.You can choose to lift up those around you, lead by example and make the right decision even when no one is watching. But remember, people are watching. Every thing you say and do paint the picture of who you are.
Kobe Bryant believed this too. He once said:
It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.
So go, face your challenges, let them make you stronger. Go, remember you are not alone and must lift each other up. Go, listen for understanding so you may help create a more peaceful and inclusive community. You are not alone, you will always be a Madison Comet. And MADISON COMETS SOAR!