31 August 2021

Back to School 2021

Female student with Welcome back sign at English private high school for girls

Those Bureau en Gros back to school ads hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t believe it was already August. Where has the summer gone? I can’t pretend that I’m happy that the summer is coming to an end because it’s truly one of my favorite times of the year. Summer is carefree, stress free, and the living is just easier, especially compared to our Montreal winters. But the truth is I really shouldn’t complain because I have had several weeks to decompress, enjoy the weather, and get ready for the new year ahead. I am also coming back to a place that feels like home and is welcoming me with open arms. 


For the past 9 years, I’ve returned to Sacred Heart at the end of the summer ready to start fresh. I feel invigorated, renewed, and energetic. The past year was one of the most difficult of my professional career, but I’m optimistic and feel prepared for the year ahead. Last year taught me to truly appreciate the small things, take deep breaths, and not think about the things beyond my control. 


My first blog last year was about butterflies in my stomach and how nervous I was. I’m still nervous and the butterflies are still there, but it’s different this year. We know what we’re dealing with, we proved how strong we are together and I’m feeling more confident. 


As we embark on this new academic year I am setting some good intentions and I hope you all do the same. We need to reflect on how we as a society have changed due to COVID and embrace the positive aspects. Our lives may never be the same, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be better. 


As we all adjust to new back to school routines, there are ways to ease into things and be prepared. First, set a clear bedtime and a morning schedule. Personally, I always make my lunch the night before, put out my clothes, and pack my bag so that I’m ready to go in the morning. 


I also try to enjoy the warm weather because before we know it, it’ll be gone! At the end of a school day, we are mostly mentally tired, but we should push ourselves to do something physical. I always tell the students to take the dog for a walk, go for a quick bike ride, or play a sport outdoors.


My most important advice to teens is to get involved at school, make new friends, and don’t sweat the small stuff. High school is about self-discovery, having fun, and learning new and exciting things.


As another summer winds down and we gear up for a new year, I am reminded of how resilient we all are and how much our community has grown together over the past year. May we all continue to be blessed to be a part of this incredible family and may we continue to support one another. 


Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new year.

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