As we send off our graduates each year, it has become a tradition to reflect on a poem written by Ilan Shamir. We trust you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Advice from a Tree

Dear Friend, Stand Tall and Proud Sink your roots deeply into the Earth Reflect the light of a greater source Think long term Go out on a limb Remember your place among all living beings Embrace with joy the changing seasons For each yields its own abundance The Energy and Birth of Spring The Growth and Contentment of Summer The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter Feel the wind and the sun And delight in their presence Look up at the moon that shines down upon you And the mystery of the stars at night. Seek nourishment from the good things in life Simple pleasures Earth, fresh air, light Be content with your natural beauty Drink plenty of water Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes Be flexible Remember your roots Enjoy the view!

Farewell to our 8th Grade Graduates!

May you always be true to who you are, never lose your joy of the outdoors, find a way to make the world a better place, and always remember your roots!

~ Kelly Ellis


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