I saw the future and it looks bright! What I saw was our school-wide Celebrate the Arts Day. As educators, we look at our students and are inspired. The day began with chapel and, as we worshiped together, I saw a Cross and Shield member (look here to learn more) take care of one of the Pre-Kers. I saw them remind the little ones to pay attention and I witnessed everyone listening to Chaplain Smalley share the good news. I then went to the Explorium where I listened to first graders recite poetry that I did not even read until middle school.

I visited Camp Colordays as our Class of 2018 reset the bar for excellence in their 8th grade theater production, which was written by our own staff. At the Birmingham Museum of Art, I watched American History portraits come alive and speak to me through seventh grade writers. Leadership at the BMA shared, “The presentations were incredible marriages of creative writing, historical research, performance, and imagination; truly a model of arts integration.”

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Students danced and sang and played different instruments as various cultures came alive. Parents and community members shared how the arts have provided them with a profession they enjoy. The leadership of Ms. Everitt (our upper school art teacher), who spearheaded this event, represents a faculty who each in their own way shine, lead, and inspire our students.

Math, writing, and spelling state championships do not just happen, even here at Advent. Our students work hard and we are all blessed for it. Advent is a team that knows getting the best out of each other, children and adults, advances all.

Yes, it was an incredible week of celebrating the arts, but it was really a celebration of hope. There is hope for our future as Advent students will lead it. Our students are inspired by a faculty that understands and expects us to meet our responsibilities. Our students are encouraged by a group of parents who support their children in so many ways. We are all blessed to be a part of this remarkable community.

May Fest is this Sunday at Crestwood Park (5/20/18) from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is a time to celebrate this school year as it comes to a close. I look forward to seeing the joy on so many faces!

Palmer Kennedy

 

*To learn more about Advent Episcopal School, please visit our website: http://www.adventepiscopalschool.org