Good Afternoon -

I’m guessing this email is either finding you across the school year finish line or at least very close to finishing the race.   We celebrated our Q4 graduates at the Tokata Learning Center yesterday.  Seeing the fruits of everyone’s collective investment is such a powerful, emotional, validating reminder of how invaluable our work is for our students and their families.   I hope in the craziness and chaos of closing a school year you have a grounding experience that reminds you how important you are to your students and school.  

Here are a few closing highlights/announcements from the South Metro MAAP Region:

    Motivational Moments…

I came across this the other day and used it in our staff’s closing circle….. It is a good reminder that when it comes to ushering in change for our schools and students – we are responsible and the time is always now…

A Hopi Elder Speaks

"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.  And there are things to be considered . . .

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

 What are your relationships?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community.

Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader."

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time!"

        "There is a river flowing now very fast.  It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.  They will try to hold on to the shore.   They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.  

        "Know the river has its destination.  The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.   And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.  At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves.  For the moment that we do,  our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.  

        "The time for the lone wolf is over.  Gather yourselves!  Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

        "We are the ones we've been waiting for."

-- attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder

Hopi Nation

Oraibi, Arizona

Have a great summer!

Eric Serbus