It has been said that “the only constant in the universe is change.” Nothing could be truer than the recent events. We have been asked to change the way we live, learn and interact with each other. All of us have had to adapt our way of life and have had to learn new skills in a very short period. This year really has been a period of growth and change for all of us.
This year we’ve learned the importance of character. Being able to be trustworthy, kind, thoughtful and fair are important character traits that reflect on all of us as individuals and as a school. Our school mission ‘to equip students to meet the challenges with confidence, integrity, and respect for others’ is the foundation of how and what we do in our school. It should also be the way you approach your lives amid whatever challenges are ahead.
To our graduates, and on behalf of all the staff, it has been our pleasure to work with you and to help you navigate through the changes you have experienced throughout your time with us. Many of you have been a part of Astoria Lutheran School since Early Childhood and have known the staff here since you’ve arrived. Regardless of how much time you have been with us, you will always be a part of our school and I hope we will always be a part of you. You will always be welcome back here.
Finally, do not let the recent events define you or this period of your life. Focus more on what you have gotten out of it and learned rather than what it has taken away. I am extremely proud of all your efforts in these difficult times but most importantly of how you have responded to the unexpected changes you have faced with honesty, patience and grace.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
See you at the gate!