Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

To begin, I would like to thank our PTA for hosting a spectacularly successful color run. We had over 300 students, staff members, and family members participate in the color-filled fun. Sunshine and smiles were as plentiful as the rainbow-inspired powders that floated in the air. At one point as I ran, a first grader came up alongside me and asked me to hold her hand. For a short time, the student and I (along with her mom) formed a hand-holding connection that mirrored the larger event.  I left school inspired by the strong school community that permeated the whole experience.

We are wrapping up end of year assessments, and many classes are enjoying field trips and other exciting culminating activities. It is a fun and busy time of the year. It is also a time when some students experience a roller-coaster of emotions as the school year ends. Please be sure your student gets enough rest during the last weeks of school, and be watchful for emotional stress in your student.  

I hope you have a special summer with your students, making warm memories that can be fondly recalled for years to come. I recently recalled a summer afternoon I enjoyed with my oldest son when he was three or four. We sat on a picnic blanket in the dappled shade of our cherry tree, a humungous bowl of watermelon between us. We laughed, rolled in the grass, and consumed every bit of cold, sweet melon. It was such a simple afternoon. But one I remember in detail.   

This summer, I hope you enjoy many simple pleasures with your students. Walk on the beach. Roll around in cool grass. Eat fresh berries together. Laugh until your belly aches. Read together every day. Take time to savor the special moments. Childhood is not forever.   

Finally, I would like to congratulate two retiring Island View staff members: Scott Butterworth (science specialist) and Nancy Schafer (speech and language pathologist). Please be sure to thank Mr. Butterworth and Ms. Schafer when you see them around school.

Have a wonderful summer. I’ll see you in the fall!

Brian Hanrahan, Principal   


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