If you’ve read my newsletter for any length of time you probably know Cade attends first grade – and Ella will soon be starting Kindergarten – at Field Elementary School in the Pasadena Unified School District. Field had its annual “Gala” over the weekend and it truly was a great time! The event is heavily attended each year by those with kids in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program and is an opportunity for us to get together, socialize, be entertained, and of course raise money for the school.
I’ve got to tell you, I never cease to be impressed by the other Field parents. They are doctors and lawyers, scientists and artists, entrepreneurs and homemakers, and everything else in between. But it’s not just their professional accomplishments that impress me. They are easily among the most generous, caring, and involved parents at any school, public or private. And so many of them are just super cool, too. I really love spending time with them.
On top of that, I can’t imagine better teachers at any school anywhere, and I was thrilled to see so many of them there Saturday night including Cade’s amazing teachers from both this year and last. It really warms my heart as a parent to know my child is getting a terrific education and that his teachers also take a genuine, active interest in his social and emotional development right alongside Yan and me. Nobody can tell me public schools don’t attract outstanding teachers. I am reminded daily that they absolutely do.
I feel fortunate to have so many incredible adults involved, in one way or another, in my children’s lives. It offers Yan and me a great support network which, quite frankly, takes some of the pressure off us! It gives my kids multiple positive influences and role models, of which they can never have enough. And it provides my whole family with a strong community of really incredible people we get to call our own. How great is all of that?