Finding Joy

Last month, I sent the faculty a mid-year survey. This survey was an excellent opportunity to check our faculty's well-being and get feedback on how I can better support our students and faculty. One of my favorite questions to ask faculty is, “Do you find joy in your role?” For such a little word, joy is a very impactful term.
Overwhelmingly, our faculty expressed joy and provided beautiful examples of joy at James River. From the hugs and smiles of our students to creating lessons to help our students grow to the relationships fostered with families, our faculty find joy in big and little ways every day. 
During the spring months, the weather clears, flowers bloom, and the fog of winter lifts. It is easy to find and feel joy, but like every season in independent schools, spring brings a flood of activities. In just a single week, we will host the traditional 2nd-grade Hall of States presentation, our spring parent book club discussions, and Grandparents and Friends Day. Our lower school students will also have an art show opening on the evening of March 1 at Riverviews ArtSpace downtown. Our teachers are steadily working on writing their report comments and finalizing grades for the second trimester, and our administrative staff is steadily planning for the upcoming Bird Bash and the next school year!! Watching our small community navigate these big tasks brings me tremendous joy, and I am grateful to be a part of this fantastic place. I am excited about the work our team is doing, and I cannot wait to share it with you all in the future. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at one of the many events next week and celebrating our students. 
Let’s Fly!