A Letter to Parents – September 11, 2020

Mark Turner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

After six months of quiet, solitude and Zoom, it has been a wonderful and refreshing first few days of the year. The first student I asked how they felt about returning to school said, “Super, awesome.” While this may be at the extreme end of the enthusiasm scale, even for SMUS students, it has been noticeable that all have expressed some measure of excitement and even relief, at taking a small but significant step towards the new normal.

This week I have been busy, among other things, giving an interview to CFAX radio and writing an op-ed piece for CHEK News about our return to school.

There has been time for a little poetry. (There must always be time for a little poetry.) I was reminded of a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox, one of my perennial favourites:

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the self-same winds that blow;
   ‘Tis the set of the sails
   And not the gales
That tells them the way to go.

Having carefully considered all its options, the good ship SMUS has set its sails for the new term. We are delighted to have you all aboard. We are expecting choppy waters and strong tides but feel confident that our course will avoid the reefs rocks and other hazards, at least those that are currently marked on our chart.

Bon voyage!

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